Letter | Published:

The Motion of the Spinning Electron

Nature volume 117, page 514 (10 April 1926) | Download Citation

Subjects

Abstract

IN a letter published in NATURE of February 20, p. 264, Messrs. Uhlenbeck and Goudsmit have shown how great difficulties which atomic theory had met in the attempt to explain spectral structure and Zeeman effects, can be avoided by using the idea of the spinning electron. Although their theory is in complete qualitative agreement with observation, it involved an apparent quantitative discrepancy. The value of the precession of the spin axis in an external magnetic field required to account for Zeeman effects seemed to lead to doublet separations twice those which are observed. This discrepancy, however, disappears when the kinematical problem concerned is examined more closely from the point of view of the theory of relativity.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

Author information

Affiliations

  1. Universitetets Institut for Teoretisk Fysik, Copenhagen, February 20.

    • L. H. THOMAS

Authors

  1. Search for L. H. THOMAS in:

About this article

Publication history

Published

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/117514a0

Comments

By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.