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dc.contributor.advisorDaniel Kleppner.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHolley, Jeffrey Ren_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-08-19T19:01:14Z
dc.date.available2005-08-19T19:01:14Z
dc.date.copyright1998en_US
dc.date.issued1998en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/9624
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Physics, 1998.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 171-175).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Rydberg constant, R[infinity], is the scaling factor which link the spectrum of atomic hydrogen to practical laboratory energy units. Thus it has intrinsic importance by providing information on our simplest atomic system. Precision measurements of the Rydberg constant, or more accurately of the Rydberg frequency cR[infinity] , also have practical applications, since they effectively calibrate the entire hydrogen spectrum as a frequency standard. Previous measurements of R[infinity] and cR[infinity] have been carried out in the optical region. Our approach is to measure transitions between "circular" (maximum I and 1ml) states of hydrogen and deuterium Rydberg atoms with principal quantum numbers in the range n = 27 - 30. These transitions lie in the millimeter-wave regime, at 250 - 320 GH:G. We have measured the n = 27 --> n = 28 circular transitions with statistical uncertainties of approximately 1 x 10- 10-20 We have also determined how to account for frequency shifts due to the Stark and Zeeman effects. This thesis describes the methods and apparatus used to perform these measurements. A novel technique for analyzing the data obtained with a time-resolved Ramsey interference method is presented, and important sources of systematic error are analyzed.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Jeffrey R. Holley.en_US
dc.format.extent178 p.en_US
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
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dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subjectPhysicsen_US
dc.titlePrecision spectroscopy of circular Rydberg states of hydrogenen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physicsen_US
dc.identifier.oclc42282514en_US


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