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Consideration of possible mass and velocity corrections to magnetic experiments

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Author(s)

Z. Y. Liu, P. A. Dowben, A P. Popov, David P. Pappas

Abstract

Gadolinium occurs, in natural abundance, as several isotopes. The possible combinations of different gadolinium isotopes dictates that even for a fixed number of atoms in the cluster, clusters of gadolinium atoms will exhibit a range of masses. This and the expected consequence of the translation energy distributions are explored as possible corrections to Stern-Gerlach cluster beam-deflection experiments. Upon closer inspection of the experimental data, we find that the translation energy plus the vibrational temperature distribution may be inhomogeneous. This could be the origin of a long tail to high deflections in the experimental deflection profiles, at low cluster temperatures, in the magnetic cluster Stern-Gerlach experiments.
Citation
Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics)
Volume
67

Keywords

cluster beam deflection, magnetic clusters, Stern-Gerlach

Citation

Liu, Z. , Dowben, P. , Popov, A. and Pappas, D. (2003), Consideration of possible mass and velocity corrections to magnetic experiments, Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics) (Accessed June 13, 2024)

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Created December 31, 2002, Updated October 12, 2021