Lamb shift measurement in the 1 S-1 ground state of helium

K.S.E. Eikema, W.M.G. Ubachs, W. Vassen, W. Hogervorst

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With a phase-modulated extreme ultraviolet pulsed laser sourer the frequency of the I S-1-2 P-1 transition of helium at 58 nm has been measured. Thr phase modulation scheme enabled measurement and reduction of frequency chirp. usually limiting pulsed precision spectroscopy. From the measured transition frequency of 5 130 395 083(45) MHz, a fourfold improved value of the ground state Lamb shift of 41 224(45) MHz is deduced, in good agreement with a theoretical value of 41 233(35) MHz based on QED calculations up to order alpha(5)Z(6). From these measurements, the well-known binding energy of the 2 P-1 state and the previously determined He-4-He-3 isotope shift. accurate values for the ionization energies of the helium atom follow: 198 310.6672(15) cm(-1) for He-4 and 198.301.8808(15) cm(-1) for He-3.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1866-1884
JournalPhysical Review A. Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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