3 years ago

Muonic hydrogen and the proton size.

Duane A. Dicus, Wayne W. Repko

We reexamine the structure of the $n=2$ levels of muonic hydrogen using a two-body potential that includes all relativistic and one loop corrections. The potential was originally derived from QED to describe the muonium atom and accounts for all contributions to order $\alpha^5$. Since one loop corrections are included, the anomalous magnetic moment contributions of the muon can be identified and replaced by the proton anomalous magnetic moment to describe muonic hydrogen with a point-like proton. This serves as a convenient starting point to include the dominant electron vacuum polarization corrections to the spectrum and extract the proton's mean squared radius $\langle r^2\rangle$. Our results are consistent with other theoretical calculations that find that the muonic hydrogen value for $\langle r^2\rangle$ is smaller than the result obtained from electron scattering.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1709.07440

DOI: arXiv:1709.07440v2

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