Proposal for the determination of nuclear masses by high-precision spectroscopy of Rydberg states

B. J. Wundt, U. D. Jentschura

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Abstract

The theoretical treatment of Rydberg states in one-electron ions is facilitated by the virtual absence of the nuclear-size correction, and fundamental constants like the Rydberg constant may be in the reach of planned high-precision spectroscopic experiments. The dominant nuclear effect that shifts transition energies among Rydberg states therefore is due to the nuclear mass. As a consequence, spectroscopic measurements of Rydberg transitions can be used in order to precisely deduce nuclear masses. A possible application of this approach to hydrogen and deuterium, and hydrogen-like lithium and carbon is explored in detail. In order to complete the analysis, numerical and analytic calculations of the quantum electrodynamic self-energy remainder function for states with principal quantum number n = 5,⋯, 8 and with angular momentum ℓ = n - 1 and ℓ = n - 2 are described (j = ℓ ± 1/2).

Original languageEnglish
Article number115002
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume43
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 3 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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