Nonrelativistic QED and next-to-leading hyperfine splitting in positronium Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We compute the next-to-leading, O(m alpha^5), contribution to the hyperfine splitting in positronium within the framework of NRQED. When applied to the ground state, our calculation reproduces known results, providing a further test of NRQED techniques. Besides providing a very simple method of calculation of the standard result, we also obtain new expressions for excited states of positronium with negligible additional effort. Our calculation requires the complete next-to-leading matching of the lowest-dimension NRQED four-fermi couplings, which we publish here for the first time.

publication date

  • December 15, 1997