The precise determination of the energy of the Lyman α1 and α2 lines in hydrogen-like heavy ions provides a sensitive test of quantum electrodynamics in very strong Coulomb fields. For the first time, a calorimetric low-temperature detector was applied in an experiment to precisely determine the transition energy of the Lyman lines of lead ions 207Pb81+ at the Experimental Storage Ring (ESR) at GSI. The detectors consist of silicon thermistors, provided by the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and Pb or Sn absorbers to obtain high quantum efficiency in the energy range of 40-80 keV, where the Doppler-shifted Lyman lines are located. The measured energy of the Lyman α1 line, E(Ly-α1, 207Pb81+) = (77937±12stat±23syst) eV, agrees within errors with theoretical predictions. The systematic error is mainly due to uncertainties in the non-linear energy calibration of the detectors as well as the relative position of detector and gas-jet target.
The Thirteenth International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors - LTD13
- Pub Date:
- December 2009
- Quantum electrodynamics;
- refrigerators low-temperature detectors and other low-temperature equipment;
- High-temperature instrumentation;