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A new kind of test of the correspondence principle based on the prediction of the absolute intensities of spectral lines

Tolman, Richard C. and Badger, Richard M. (1926) A new kind of test of the correspondence principle based on the prediction of the absolute intensities of spectral lines. Physical Review, 27 (4). pp. 383-396. ISSN 0031-899X.

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The correspondence principle postulates a relation between the average rate at which energy is actually being discontinuously emitted by quantum transitions and the continuous rate of emission which would be calculated from the classical theory. The principle has hitherto been used to predict the relative intensities of spectral lines of similar origin. Since, however, the classical theory permits a claculation of absolute rates of energy emission, it should be possible to calculate from the correspondence principle the absolute intensities of spectral lines. In the present article, the correspondence principle is subjected for the first time to this new kind of absolute test, using Czerny's data on the intensities of the far infra-red lines Nos. 8, 9, and 10 in the pure rotational spectrum of the dipole HCl. Tests of this kind have not previously been easy to make owing to lack of information as to the experimental values of absolute intensities or lack of knowledge of the the atomic models involved. The agreement between experimental and calculated intensities is close enough greatly to increase our confidence in the correspondence principle, justify us in subjecting it to further tests, and lead us to hope that an exact quantitative formulation of the principle may be found.

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URLURL TypeDescription 10.1103/PhysRev.27.383DOIUNSPECIFIED
Additional Information:©1926 The American Physical Society. Received 19 January 1926.
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:05 Apr 2006
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