Hydrogen spectrometer
Balmer alpha and Balmer beta light visible at the hydrogen spectrometer​.​​​​​​
​Image credit: MPQ​​

CANCELLED: Challenging QED with atomic hydrogen

The colloquium by Professor​ Thomas Udem, Max-Planck Institut of Quantum Optics, is cancelled due to the Corina virus.


Precise determination of transition frequencies of simple atomic systems are required for a
number of fundamental applications such as tests of quantum electrodynamics (QED), the
determination of fundamental constants and nuclear charge radii. The sharpest transition in
atomic hydrogen occurs between the metastable 2S state and the 1S ground state with a
natural line width of only 1.3 Hz. Its transition frequency has been measured with almost 15
digits accuracy using an optical frequency comb and a cesium atomic clock as a reference [1].
A measurement of the Lamb shift in muonic hydrogen is in significant contradiction to the
hydrogen data if QED calculations are assumed to be correct [2]. In order to shed light on
this discrepancy the transition frequency of one of the broader lines in atomic hydrogen has
to be measured with very good accuracy [3].

[1] C. G. Parthey et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 203001 (2011).
[2] A. Antognini et al., Science 339, 417, (2013).
[3] A. Beyer et al., Science 358, 79 (2017).
​Coffee and sandwiches will be served outside PJ lecture room from 14.45.
Category Colloquium; Public lecture
Location: PJ, lecture hall, Fysikgården 2B, Fysik Origo
Starts: 02 April, 2020, 15:15
Ends: 02 April, 2020, 16:15

Published: Fri 20 Mar 2020.