Pure recoil corrections to the Lamb shift in hydrogenic atoms

M. Doncheski, H. Grotch, G. W. Erickson

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The recoil corrections of order (Z)6m2/M to the hydrogenic Lamb shift are reviewed, and additional terms previously thought to be small are calculated numerically. It is found that significant contributions arise from single-transverse single-Coulomb interactions in which the bulk of the contribution comes from negative-energy electron intermediate states. This term is found to contain a lnZ dependence, which accounts for its large effect. Other smaller terms are also computed and combined with all previous Lamb-shift contributions. The current status of the Lamb shift in hydrogen is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2152-2170
Number of pages19
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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