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The hydrogen atom

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Langer, Rudolph M. (1927) The hydrogen atom. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-03262004-134242

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A critical examination of dispersion theory indicates that a measurement of the refractive index of atomic hydrogen is important for the theory of matter. Such an experiment is fully described and discussed. The result is that [...]. Incidentally it is found that a partial pressure of half a millimeter of atomic hydrogen can be had in a discharge tube while the discharge is on. Thermal conditions in such tubes are discussed and investigated.

The experimental result is at first sight not in support of the new quantum mechanics which requires [...]. However, by assuming that [...] is connected with volume, in the kinetic theory sense it turns out that the expectation from the theory is effectively [...]. This leads support to the physical reality of the quantity [...] and leads to a prediction of an increase in refractivity at very low pressures for almost any gas. Pictures are given of the normal hydrogen atom and also its excited states and of the configuration under the action of a light waves

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Millikan, Robert Andrews
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1927
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-03262004-134242
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-03262004-134242
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:1131
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:26 Mar 2004
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 02:35

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