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Shivani_Ram

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- Atomic physics, Rydberg atoms

Hi all,

My exposure to atomic physics is limited and hence could use some expert opinion on a basic question. From my knowledge, Rydberg atoms are assumed to be hydrogen-like and hence the Rydberg formula to calculate the transition frequency is generally used. But not all atoms are the same. Especially for heavier elements, for lower l states the quantum defect dominates and this changes their energy significantly. Can the Rydberg formula with the Rydberg constant assuming infinite nuclear mass be used for the calculation of atomic transition frequencies in Oxygen?

Views along with references to some literature theoretical calculations or experimental measurements will be appreciated.

Thank you!

My exposure to atomic physics is limited and hence could use some expert opinion on a basic question. From my knowledge, Rydberg atoms are assumed to be hydrogen-like and hence the Rydberg formula to calculate the transition frequency is generally used. But not all atoms are the same. Especially for heavier elements, for lower l states the quantum defect dominates and this changes their energy significantly. Can the Rydberg formula with the Rydberg constant assuming infinite nuclear mass be used for the calculation of atomic transition frequencies in Oxygen?

Views along with references to some literature theoretical calculations or experimental measurements will be appreciated.

Thank you!