28 May 2017 to 2 June 2017
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Tune-out Wavelength for the $\mathbf{1s2s\;^3S - 1s3p\;^3P}$ Transition of helium: relativistic effects

29 May 2017, 16:30
BioSci 1103 (Queen's University)

BioSci 1103

Queen's University

CLOSED - Oral (Non-Student) / orale (non-étudiant) Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Canada / Division de la physique atomique, moléculaire et photonique, Canada (DAMOPC-DPAMPC) M4-2 Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy: Microwave to X-ray (DAMOPC) | Spectroscopie atomique et moléculaire: des micro-ondes aux rayons X (DPAMPC)


Dr Gordon Drake (University of Windsor)


The tune-out wavelength is the wavelength at which the frequency dependent polarizability of an atom vanishes. It can be measured to very high precision by means of an interferometric comparison between two beams. This paper is part of a joint theoretical/ experimental project with K. Baldwin et al.\ (Australian National University) [1] and L.-Y. Tang et al.\ (Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics) [2] to perform a high precision comparison between theory and experiment as a probe of atomic structure, including relativistic and quantum electrodynamic effects. We will report the results of calculations for the
tune-out wavelength that is closest to the $1s2s\;^3S - 1s3p\; ^3P$ transition of $^4$He. Our result for the $M = 0$ magnetic substate, obtained with a fully correlated Hylleraas basis set, is $413.079\,958\,51(12)$ nm. This includes a leading relativistic contribution of $-0.059\,218\,5(16)$ nm from the Breit interaction as a perturbation, and a relativistic recoil contribution of $-0.000\,044\,47(17)$ nm. The results will be compared with recent relativistic CI calculations [2].
[1] B. M. Henson et al., Phys.\ Rev.\ Lett.\ {\bf 115}, 043004 (2015).\newline
[2] Y.-H. Zhang et al., Phys.\ Rev.\ A {\bf 93}, 052516 (2016).

Primary authors

Dr Gordon Drake (University of Windsor) Mr Jacob Manalo (University of Windsor)

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