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  • Vol. 58, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1968
  • pp: 1315–1316

Zeeman Effect in a Spinless Two-Body System*

ERNST BREITENBERGER  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 58, Issue 9, pp. 1315-1316 (1968)

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ERNST BREITENBERGER, "Zeeman Effect in a Spinless Two-Body System*," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 58, 1315-1316 (1968)

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  1. W. E. Lamb. Jr., Phys. Rev. 85, 259 (1952), Secs. 51 and 54(d). See also S. J. Brodsky and R. G. Parsons, ibid. 163. 134 (1967).
  2. A lucid plausibility argument is given by H. A. Bethe and E. D. Salpeter, in Encyclopedia of Physics Vol. 35, S. Flügge, Ed., (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1957), Sec. 47β.
  3. This simple conservation law must have been noticed by many; I first heard it from E. C. Lerner. An obvious analog holds when the two charges are not equal and opposite.
  4. For a situation witlh some parallels, see E. Breitenberger, Am. J. Phys. 36. 504 (1968).
  5. Recent references: H. H. Denman, J. Math. Phys. 6, 1611 (1965) and 7, 1910 (1966); C. A. López, Nuovo Cimento 40, 19 (1965); B. Podolsky, Am. J. Phys. 34, 42 (1966).
  6. Physically, this term corresponds to an electrodynamic Stark effect [W. Wien, Ann. Physik 49, 842 (1916)] caused by the joint motion of the two charges across the magnetic-field lines (cf. also Lamb, Ref. 1); it has the requisite form -e(-E.r) for a constant, homogeneous electric field E = (P/M) × B.
  7. V. Berestetsky, Zh. Eksperim. i Teor. Fiz. 19, 1130 (1949) (in Russian). Also Bethe and Salpeter, Ref. 2, Sec. 23.
  8. L. I. Schiff and H. Snyder, Phys. Rev. 55, 59 (1939); D. Harting and P. F. A. Klinkenberg, Physica 14, 669 (1949); and further references given therein.

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