Title

From First Principles of QED to an Application: Hyperfine Structure of P States of Muonic Hydrogen

Abstract

The purpose of this article is twofold. First, we attempt to give a brief overview of the different application areas of quantum electrodynamics (QED). These include fundamental physics (prediction of atomic energy levels), where the atom may be exposed to additional external fields (hyperfine splitting and g factor). We also mention QED processes in highly intense laser fields and more applied areas like Casimir and Casimir-Polder interactions. Both the unifying aspects as well as the differences in the the theoretical treatment required by these application areas (such as the treatment of infinities) are highlighted. Second, we discuss an application of the formalism in the fundamentally interesting area of the prediction of energy levels, namely, the hyperfine structure of P states of muonic hydrogen.

Department(s)

Physics

Keywords and Phrases

Application Area; Atomic Energy Levels; Casimir; Casimir-Polder Interaction; Energy Level; External Fields; First-principles; Fundamental Physics; G Factors; Hyperfine Splittings; Hyperfine Structure; Intense Laser Field; Muonic Hydrogen; Quantum Electrodynamics; Theoretical Treatments; Electrodynamics; Hydrogen; Quantum Electronics; Atomic Physics

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0008-4204

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2011 National Research Council of Canada, All rights reserved.

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