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A question about the Inglis-Teller limit?

  1. Oct 18, 2007 #1
    Do anyone knows the term "the Inglis-Teller limit", which is relevant to the ionization of Rydberg molecules?
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  3. Oct 18, 2007 #2
    An atom looses it's outer bound states into a continuum if it's in a plasma, because the total field a bound electron sees becomes that of the nucleus plus that of the surrounding electrons. The Inglis-Teller limit is the last bound state, or alternatively the last discrete line in the emission spectrum, depending on the context.
  4. Jan 27, 2010 #3
    The disappearance of the lines is because of the electron screening effect?
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