Title

Toward High-Precision Values of the Self Energy of Non-S States in Hydrogen and Hydrogen-Like Ions

Abstract

The method and status of a study to provide numerical, high-precision values of the self-energy level shift in hydrogen and hydrogen-like ions is described. Graphs of the self energy in hydrogen-like ions with nuclear charge number between 20 and 110 are given for a large number of states. The self-energy is the largest contribution of quantum electrodynamics (QED) to the energy levels of these atomic systems. These results greatly expand the number of levels for which the self energy is known with a controlled and high precision. Applications include the adjustment of the Rydberg constant and atomic calculations that take into account QED effects.

Department(s)

Physics

Keywords and Phrases

Electric Charge; Electrodynamics; Graph Theory; Hydrogen; Ions; Quantum Theory; Atomic Systems; Nuclear Charge; Quantum Electrodynamics (QED); Rydberg Constant; Electron Energy Levels

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0008-4204

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2005 National Research Council of Canada, All rights reserved.

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