Spectroscopy of Highly Excited States of the Hydrogen Atom

Authors

  • Simon Scheidegger ETH Zurich, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 2, CH-8093 Zurich, Switzerland;, Email: simon.scheidegger@phys.chem.ethz.ch
  • Frédéric Merkt ETH Zurich, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 2, CH-8093 Zurich, Switzerland;, Email: frederic.merkt@phys.chem.ethz.ch

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2533/chimia.2020.285

Keywords:

High resolution, Hydrogen atom, Rydberg states, Spectroscopy

Abstract

In this contribution, we describe the status of the development of a precision-spectroscopic experiment aimed at measuring transitions to states of high principal quantum number n of the hydrogen atom (H). These states form series (called Rydberg series) which converge for n ? ? to the ionization threshold of H. The ionization energy of H can thus be determined directly by measuring the frequencies of transitions to high-n states and extrapolating the Rydberg series to n ? ?.

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Published

2020-04-29

How to Cite

[1]
S. Scheidegger, F. Merkt, Chimia 2020, 74, 285, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2020.285.