The Vacuum Polarization Correction in Muonic Atoms

  • R. Engfer
  • J. L. Vuilleumier
  • E. Borie


The quantum electrodynamic theory — a simple, elegant, theory involving only the lepton masses and the coupling constant — has been tested in a large variety of experiments at low and at high energies [BroD 70, Pic 71, AllB 72, Lau P 72]. There are several reasons why experimentalists are searching for a possible breakdown of the present QED: It is difficult to accept that divergent but unphysical expressions appear in the theory. Is the theory still valid at small distances? Since the perturbation theory expands in powers of αZ, discrepancies might occur at high Z.


Vacuum Polarization Lamb Shift Finite Size Effect Electron Screening Muonic Atom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Engfer
    • 1
  • J. L. Vuilleumier
    • 1
  • E. Borie
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratorium für HochenergieETH-ZürichVilligenSwitzerland
  2. 2.SINVilligenSwitzerland

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