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Time-dependent perturbation theory question not a hard one

  1. Mar 7, 2010 #1
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    A hydrogen atom is placed in a uniform electric field E(t) given by E(t) = Enaught*exp(-a*t) (where a is a constant) for t >0.

    The atom is initially in the ground state. What is the probability that, as
    t→∞ , the atom makes a transition to the 2p state?

    I know how to do this problem in general, but I'm just curious if by 2p state it means |2 0 0> or |2 1 0>...I want to go with the former, but is that what others would do? Or is it even going to matter?

    Thanks so much!
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  3. Mar 7, 2010 #2


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    2s would mean n=2, l=0; 2p means n=2, l=1. If I recall correctly, the electric dipole transition ends up requiring l to change by 1.
  4. Mar 7, 2010 #3
    Ah, yes, of course! Thank you! I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached...
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