We introduce a new spectroscopic technique in which electron emission after optical excitation is measured with picosecond time resolution using a streak camera. By scanning the frequency of the exciting laser and measuring the electron flux in certain time gates, time-gated photoionization spectra are obtained. The technique is demonstrated for cesium Rydberg wave packets in an electric field of 1.0 kV/cm. The electron ejection probability is enhanced when the radial and angular oscillation periods of the excited wave packet are commensurable.

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Lankhuijzen, G. M, Robicheaux, F, & Noordam, L. D. (1997). Time-gated photoionization spectroscopy demonstrated for cesium Rydberg wave packets in an electric field. Phys.Rev.Lett., 79, 2427–2430.