Nonperturbative relativistic calculation of the muonic hydrogen spectrum

J. D. Carroll, A. W. Thomas, J. Rafelski, G. A. Miller

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We investigate the muonic hydrogen 2P3/2F=2 to 2S1/2F=1 transition through a precise, nonperturbative numerical solution of the Dirac equation including the finite-size Coulomb force and finite-size vacuum polarization. The results are compared with earlier perturbative calculations of (primarily) and experimental results recently presented by Pohl, in which this very comparison is interpreted as requiring a modification of the proton charge radius from that obtained in electron scattering and electronic hydrogen analyses. We find no significant discrepancy between the perturbative and nonperturbative calculations, and we present our results as confirmation of the perturbative methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012506
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 15 2011

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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