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Meson corrections to the hyperfine structure in hydrogen

Iddings, C. K. and Platzman, P. M. (1959) Meson corrections to the hyperfine structure in hydrogen. Physical Review, 115 (4). pp. 919-921. ISSN 0031-899X. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.115.919.

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The authors have previously shown that the form factor of the proton, measured by Hofstadter, implies an energy shift in the hyperfine structure of atomic hydrogen. Uncertainties in this method of applying the Hofstadter data, due to the effects of virtual mesons, are investigated in an approximate way and found to be small, on the order of one to two percent of the total correction. Under certain assumptions about the form of the amplitudes for various photoproduction processes, we conclude that the value of the fine-structure constant implied by the hyperfine structure (hfs) measurement of Kusch disagrees with the value obtained from the Lamb shift by 34±21 ppm.

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Additional Information:©1959 The American Physical Society. Received 30 March 1959. We would like to thank Professor M. Gell-Mann for suggesting the method of attack in this problem. We are also indebted to Professor R.P. Feynman for his continued encouragement and many helpful comments and criticisms. [C.K.I. was a] Rand Fellow. [P.M.P. was a] Howard Hughes Fellow.
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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