Questions tagged [lamb-shift]

The energy shift of the transition in e.g. hydrogen arising from the interaction between vacuum energy fluctuations and the orbitals' electrons.

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Why is the energy of $2s_{1/2}$ greater than the energy of $2p_{1/2}$ after the Lamb shift is taken into account?

The Wikepedia article here defines Lamb shift as a difference in energy between two energy levels $2s_{1/2}$ and $2p_{1/2}$ (in term symbol notation) of the hydrogen atom which was not predicted by ...
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Relation between the reduced Green's function and the full Green's function

Let us assume that we have some Hamiltonian and we know its spectrum $$H_0 \psi_n = E_n \psi_n .$$ We define the Green's function in as $$ G(x,y,E) =\sum_m \frac{\psi_m^*(x)\psi_m(y)}{E-E_m}, $$ and ...
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Why does the Lamb shift only affect s-states?

The shift is due to interactions between atomic electrons and vacuum state fluctuations, so I would think that there would be an associated energy shift for all states, and not just s-states. Also, ...
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What parameters determine the amount of Uehling potential and self-energy correction effects?

Uehling potential correction and electron self-energy correction are the two most important factors contributing to the lamb shift in the hydrogen atom, by "smearing" the wavefunction of the electron. ...