Physical Review A
An interference asymmetry in the angular distribution of the Ly quenching radiation emitted by He+ ions in the metastable 2s1/2 state is measured to high precision to obtain the lifetime of the 2p1/2 state. The derived lifetime of (0.997 170.000 75)×10-10 s is the most accurate available for a fundamental atomic system. A detailed discussion of systematic corrections is included. The result is in good agreement with theory, thereby confirming the theory of radiative transition probabilities to 0.075%, and indicating that differences between theory and experiment for the alkali metals must be due to either inadequate wave functions or experimental errors. © 1992 The American Physical Society.
Drake, Gordon W. F.; Kwela, J.; and Van Wijngaarden, A.. (1992). He+ 2p state lifetime by a quenching-asymmetry measurement. Physical Review A, 46 (1), 113-124.