Zeeman Effect

Experiment Guide
1.  Pre-Lab
2.  Zeeman Effect
Related Material
1.  Melissinos (2003), 218-228
2.  Eisberg and Resnick Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei and Particles, Chapter 10 
Useful Links
1.  Nobel Prize

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

In this atomic physics experiment you will study the Zeeman effect (1902 Nobel Prize in Physics) by observing the spectra of neon and mercury; you will determine the g-factors and compare with those predicted on the basis of L-S coupling. This experiment allows you to use quantum mechanics to understand the atomic energy levels in multi-electron atoms under a magnetic field. Some of the practical applications include spectral analysis and measurement of magnetic field strength, especially when the latter cannot be measured directly.