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Title: The Effect of Quantum-Mechanical Interference on Precise Measurements of the n = 2 Triplet P Fine Structure of Helium

For many decades, improvements in both theory and experiment of the fine structure of the n = 2 triplet P levels of helium have allowed for an increasingly precise determination of the fine-structure constant. Recently, it has been observed that quantum-mechanical interference between neighboring resonances can cause significant shifts, even if such neighboring resonances are separated by thousands of natural widths. The shifts depend in detail on the experimental method used for the measurement, as well as the specific experimental parameters employed. Here, we review how these shifts apply for the most precise measurements of the helium 2{sup 3}P fine-structure intervals.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3 (Canada)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22493962
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data; Journal Volume: 44; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; FINE STRUCTURE; HELIUM; INTERFERENCE; P STATES; QUANTUM MECHANICS; RESONANCE; SOMMERFELD CONSTANT; TRIPLETS