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The Structure of the Red Lithium Line

Nature volume 110, page 632 (11 November 1922) | Download Citation



IN a recent number of the Proceedings of the Royal Society Prof. McLennan and Mr. Ainslie have announced the interesting discovery of a new component of the line λ = 6708 in the spectrum of lithium, the line appearing, under the conditions of excitation employed by them, as a quartet. They proceed to discuss the possibility of this structure being due to two pairs of lines, each pair being assigned to one of the isotopes of lithium. To the present writer it appears that the new components cannot be accounted for in this manner.

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  1. The Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford, October 19.

    • T. R. MERTON


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