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Light, atoms and nuclei: the optical discovery of deuterium

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Author(s)

Charles W. Clark, Joseph Reader

Abstract

Deuterium was discovered by atomic spectroscopy 80 years ago, and led to the rapid development of nuclear energy and isotope chemistry. Atomic spectroscopy of deuterium remains vibrant, with a recent application to understanding the early universe.
Citation
Optics and Photonics News

Keywords

hydrogen, deuterium, isotope, spectroscopy, cryogenics, boson, fermion, nucleus, mass spectroscopy, heavy water, nuclear weapons

Citation

Clark, C. and Reader, J. (2012), Light, atoms and nuclei: the optical discovery of deuterium, Optics and Photonics News (Accessed September 17, 2021)
Created May 1, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017