Effect of alpha variation on a prospective experiment to detect variation of m(e)/m(p) in diatomic molecules

Beloy, K., Borschevsky, A., Flambaum, V. V. & Schwerdtfeger, P., 24-Oct-2011, In : Physical Review A. 84, 4, 5 p., 042117.

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We consider the influence of variation in the fine structure constant alpha on a promising experiment proposed by DeMille et al. to search for variation in the electron-to-proton mass ratio mu using diatomic molecules [DeMille et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 043202 (2008)]. The proposed experiment involves spectroscopically probing the splitting between two nearly degenerate vibrational levels supported by different electronic potentials. Here we demonstrate that this splitting may be equally or more sensitive to variation in alpha as to variation in mu. For the anticipated experimental precision, this implies that the alpha variation may not be negligible, as previously assumed, and further suggests that the method could serve as a competitive means to search for alpha variation as well.

Original languageEnglish
Article number042117
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 24-Oct-2011
Externally publishedYes



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