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A Precise Determination of the Fine Structure Constant

Christy, R. F. and Keller, J. M. (1940) A Precise Determination of the Fine Structure Constant. Physical Review, 58 (7). p. 658. ISSN 0031-899X. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:CHRpr40

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Abstract

About a year ago, R.T. Birge [1] suggested the possibility of an experimental determination of the fine structure constant based on measurements of the x-ray spin doublet splitting (LII-LIII levels). A direct determination of this quantity is of interest because of the discrepancies existing in the values of the atomic constants, and because of controversial ideas as to the value of this constant itself.


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Additional Information:© 1940 The American Physical Society Received 16 September 1940 We are indebted to Professor J.R. Oppenheimer for pointing out to us this method of calculating the splitting, and for continual encouragement.
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