Deuterium Lamb shift via quenching-radiation anisotropy measurements

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

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The Lamb shift of a hydrogenic ion can be deduced from the anisotropy in the angular distribution of the 2s12-1s12 electric field quenching radiation. The accuracy of our previous anisotropy measurement for deuterium is improved to about ± 150 ppm. The derived Lamb shift is (1059.36±0.16) MHz. The sources of error are carefully analyzed and the prospects for further improvements in the accuracy are discussed. © 1978 The American Physical Society.