Self-energy correction to the hyperfine splitting for excited states

B. J. Wundt, U. D. Jentschura

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The self-energy corrections to the hyperfine splitting is evaluated for higher excited states in hydrogenlike ions using an expansion in the binding parameter Zα, where Z is the nuclear-charge number and α is the fine-structure constant. We present analytic results for D, F, and G states, and for a number of highly excited Rydberg states, with principal quantum numbers in the range 13≤n≤16, and orbital angular momenta =n-2 and =n-1. A closed-form analytic expression is derived for the contribution of high-energy photons, valid for any state with ≥2 and arbitrary n, , and total angular momentum j. The low-energy contributions are written in the form of generalized Bethe logarithms and evaluated for selected states.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052501
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 4 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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