Photon-scattering theory of the quenching of hydrogenic metastables

Gordon W. F. Drake, University of Windsor
R. B. Grimley

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The quenching of hydrogenic metastables is formulated as a near-resonant photon-scattering problem, and a complete analysis of the polarization and angular distribution of the emitted radiation is presented. The contribution from np states with n>2 is calculated, and an alternative method of measuring the Lamb shift is suggested. © 1973 The American Physical Society.