Improved anisotropy measurement of the Lamb shift in He+

J. Patel
A. Van Wijngaarden
Gordon W. F. Drake, University of Windsor

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An improved anisotropy measurement of the Lamb shift is obtained by means of a new method for the high-precision measurement of light intensities. The photon-counting techniques used in our previous work [Phys. Rev. A 20, 1299 (1979)] are replaced by the direct measurement of photoelectron currents with high-precision electrometers. Our new value for the Lamb shift in He+ is 14 041.91.5 MHz. This agrees with the earlier microwave resonance measurement of Lipworth and Novick [Phys. Rev. 108, 1434 (1957)], but lies clearly below the more recent measurement by Narasimham and Strombotne [Phys. Rev. A 4, 14 (1971)]. © 1987 The American Physical Society.