Precise frequency measurement of the 2S-8S/8D transtions in atomic hydrogen: New determination of the Rydberg constant

F. Nez, M. D. Plimmer, S. Bourzeix, L. Julien, F. Biraben, R. Felder, O. Acef, J. J. Zondy, P. Laurent, A. Clairon, M. Abed, Y. Millerioux, P. Juncar

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Abstract

We have measured the Rydberg constant by frequency comparison of the three transitions 2S1/2-8S1/2, 2S1/2-8D3/2, and 2S1/2-8D5/2 in hydrogen with the difference of two optical standards, the methane-stabilized He-Ne laser and the iodine-stabilized He-Ne laser. The frequency of the iodine-stabilized He-Ne laser has been remeasured. The new value for the Rydberg constant, R=109 737.315 683 0(31) cm-1, is currently the most precise available.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2326-2329
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume69
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

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    Nez, F., Plimmer, M. D., Bourzeix, S., Julien, L., Biraben, F., Felder, R., Acef, O., Zondy, J. J., Laurent, P., Clairon, A., Abed, M., Millerioux, Y., & Juncar, P. (1992). Precise frequency measurement of the 2S-8S/8D transtions in atomic hydrogen: New determination of the Rydberg constant. Physical Review Letters, 69(16), 2326-2329. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.69.2326