Fundamental constants and tests of theory in Rydberg states of hydrogenlike ions

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757-762
Number of pages6
JournalCanadian journal of physics
Volume87
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 26 2009

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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