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Light, atoms and nuclei: the optical discovery of deuterium



Charles W. Clark, Joseph Reader


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.
Optics and Photonics News


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


Clark, C. and Reader, J. (2012), Light, atoms and nuclei: the optical discovery of deuterium, Optics and Photonics News (Accessed June 15, 2024)


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Created May 1, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017