Experimental Confirmation of Breit and Teller Hypothesis Using Correlated Two-Photon Radiation from Metastable Atomic Deutrium and an Achromatic Half-Wave Plate

Authors: Zahoor Ahmad SHEIKH

Abstract: We report the result of a novel experiment which, for the first time, involves the interaction of two photons, produced in two photon decay of metastable atomic deuterium, with an achromatic half-wave plate. The results agree with the quantum mechanical predictions and confirm the hypothesis of Breit and Teller that the fine and hyperfine interaction play no role in the emission process.