Method for laser spectroscopy of metastable pionic helium atoms

M. Hori, A. Sótér, H. Aghai-Khozani, D. Barna, A. Dax, R. S. Hayano, Y. Murakami, H. Yamada

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The PiHe collaboration is currently attempting to carry out laser spectroscopy of metastable pionic helium atoms using the high-intensity π beam of the ring cyclotron facility of the Paul Scherrer Institute. These atoms are heretofore hypothetical three-body Coulomb systems each composed of a helium nucleus, a π occupying a Rydberg state, and an electron occupying the 1s ground state. We briefly review the proposed method by which we intend to detect the laser spectroscopic signal. This complements our experiments on metastable antiprotonic helium atoms at CERN.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-87
Number of pages5
JournalHyperfine Interactions
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 7 2015



  • Exotic atoms
  • Laser spectroscopy
  • Pionic atoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Hori, M., Sótér, A., Aghai-Khozani, H., Barna, D., Dax, A., Hayano, R. S., Murakami, Y., & Yamada, H. (2015). Method for laser spectroscopy of metastable pionic helium atoms. Hyperfine Interactions, 233(1-3), 83-87.