Eighty years have passed since atomic spectroscopy was used to discover deuterium, or “heavy hydrogen.” The element has played a transformational role in the development of nuclear energy and isotope chemistry. Currently, it is helping astronomers to understand the very origins of our universe.
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(020.3260) Atomic and molecular physics : Isotope shifts
(300.6210) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, atomic
(300.6550) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, visible
(350.1270) Other areas of optics : Astronomy and astrophysics
(020.1475) Atomic and molecular physics : Bose-Einstein condensates
Charles W. Clark and Joseph Reader, "Light, Atoms and Nuclei: The Optical Discovery of Deuterium," Optics & Photonics News 23(5), 36-41 (2012)
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