A comparison of precision frequency measurements to quantum electrodynamics (QED) predictions for Rydberg states of hydrogenlike ions can yield information on values of fundamental constants and test theory. With the results of a calculation of a key QED contribution reported here, the uncertainty in the theory of the energy levels is reduced to a level where such a comparison can yield an improved value of the Rydberg constant.
U. D. Jentschura et al., "Fundamental Constants and Tests of Theory in Rydberg States of Hydrogenlike Ions," Physical Review Letters, vol. 100, no. 16, pp. 160404-1-160404-4, American Physical Society (APS), Apr 2008.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.160404
Keywords and Phrases
Electric Frequency Measurement; Ions; Quantum Theory; Uncertainty Analysis; Hydrogenlike Ions; Quantum Electrodynamics; Rydberg States
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