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Fundamental Constants and Tests of Theory in Rydberg States of Hydrogen-like Ions

Published

Author(s)

Ulrich D. Jentschura, Peter J. Mohr, Joseph N. Tan, B. J. Wundt

Abstract

A comparison of precision frequency measurements to quantum electrodynamics (QED) predictions for Rydberg states of hydrogen-like ions can yield information on values of fundamental constants and test theory. With the results of a calculation of a key QED contribution reported here, the uncertainty in the theory of the energy levels is reduced to a level where such a comparison can yield an improved value of the Rydberg constant.
Citation
Physical Review Letters
Volume
100
Issue
16

Keywords

frequency measurements, quantum electrodynamics, QED, Rydberg States
Created April 22, 2008, Updated October 31, 2017