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Nuclear size corrections to the hyperfine structure of hydrogen


Iddings, Carl (1960) Nuclear size corrections to the hyperfine structure of hydrogen. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


This thesis is a calculation of the energy shift in the hyperfine structure of atomic H due to the finite size of the proton. We use experimental data of Hofstadter to determine the size of the proton and we find that the measured value of the hyperfine structure is in slight disagreement with our predicted value. Possible reasons for this are investigated.

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):
  • Feynman, Richard Phillips
Thesis Committee:
  • Feynman, Richard Phillips (chair)
  • Gell-Mann, Murray
  • Christy, Robert F.
  • Mathews, Jon
Defense Date:1 January 1960
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-06202006-084058
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ID Code:2654
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Deposited On:30 Jun 2006
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 02:53

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