Observation of a Rydberg Series in H+H-: A Heavy Bohr Atom

M.O. Vieitez, T.I. Ivanov, E.M. Reinhold, C.A. de Lange, W.M.G. Ubachs

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We report on the realization of a heavy "Bohr atom," through the spectroscopic observation of a Rydberg series of bound quantum states at principal quantum numbers n=140 to 230. The system is made heavy by replacing an electron inside a hydrogen atom by a composite H- particle, thus forming a H+H- Coulombically bound system obeying the physical laws of a generalized atom with appropriate mass scaling. © 2008 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163001
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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