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Publication Citation: Fundamental constants and tests of theory in Rydberg states of hydrogenlike ions

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Author(s): Ulrich D. Jentschura; Peter J. Mohr; Joseph N. Tan; Benedikt J. Wundt;
Title: Fundamental constants and tests of theory in Rydberg states of hydrogenlike ions
Published: July 01, 2009
Abstract: A comparison of precision frequency measurements to quantum electrodynamic (QED) theoretical predictions can be used to test theory and to obtain information regarding fundamental constants. We find that for Rydberg states, theoretical uncertainties due to the problematic nuclear size correction are very small. With the help of QED calculations, the largest remaining source of uncertainty can be eliminated. Theoretical predictions, taking advantage of the latest theoretical results, in combination with planned experiments, can lead to an improved value for the Rydberg constant.
Citation: Canadian Journal of Physics
Volume: 87
Issue: 7
Pages: pp. 757 - 762
Keywords: fundamental constants, Rydberg constant, quantum electrodynamics, hydrogenlike ions
Research Areas: Atomic Theory
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