Title

Two-Loop Self-Energy Corrections to the Fine Structure

Abstract

We investigate two-loop higher order binding corrections to the fine structure, which contribute to the spin-dependent part of the Lamb shift. Our calculation focuses on the so-called 'two-loop self-energy' involving two virtual closed photon loops. For bound states, this correction has proved to be notoriously difficult to evaluate. The calculation of the binding corrections to the bound-state two-loop self-energy is simplified by a separate treatment of hard and soft virtual photons. The two photon-energy scales are matched at the end of the calculation. We explain the significance of the mathematical methods employed in the calculation in a more general context, and present results for the fine-structure difference of the two-loop self-energy through the order of α8.

Department(s)

Physics

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0305-4470

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2002 IOP Publishing, All rights reserved.

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