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The Fine Structure Constant and Electron (g‐2) Factor: Questions Nick Hutzler Ph 135c Spring 2007 1. What processes are responsible for the aμτ, aweak, and ahadronic terms in the anomalous magnetic moment expansion? [Slide 6] aμτ comes from Feynman diagrams that include virtual μ and τ particles, for example a μ+anti‐μ pair creation/annihilation. Since the masses of the μ and τ are around 200 and 3500 times the electron mass (respectively), these terms are very small compared to the QED expansion. aweak is from Feynman diagrams involving virtual exchange of weak gauge bosons, such as the following: Lastly, ahadronic is from Feynman diagrams involving virtual hadrons. 2. Which fields in the Penning Trap cause the cyclotron, axial, and magnetron motions? The cyclotron motion (and spin precession) are caused by the axial magnetic field, while the axial and magnetron motions are caused by the quadrupole electric field. 3. What is the constant δ in the energy levels? [Slides 15,16] The third term in the expression for E(n,ms) is the leading relativistic correction to the energy levels, and δ is defined as 10 Where νc=eB/(2πm) is the classical electron cyclotron frequency. 4. Is this the most accurate experimental result in all of history? This is a difficult question to interpret. One possible answer is no, because differences between atomic clocks can be measured to greater accuracy than this measurement. As far as a measurement of a constant of nature, it is among the most accurate: looking at the Particle Data Group table of constants, only the electron/proton mass ratio is known to greater precision. However, this is still not an absolute measurement but instead a comparison. As far as absolute measurements, this is likely to be the most accurate ever.