Fine-structure constant
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Numbers
$\alpha$:
0.0072973525675 +/- 1.09e-11
$\alpha^{-1}$:
137.035999113 +/- 2.03e-7
Definition
The fine-structure constant $\alpha$ is the dimensionless physical constant defined as $\alpha = e^2/(2 \varepsilon_0 c h)$, where $e$ is the elementary charge, $\varepsilon_0$ the electric constant, $c$ the speed of light in vacuum, and $h$ the Planck constant.
Comments
(1)
$\alpha$ may not be constant [3].
References
[1]
Arnold Sommerfeld, "Zur Quantentheorie der Spektrallinien", Annalen der Physik Ser. 4, Bd. 51 (1916).
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Data properties
Numbers are of type: real number
Sources of data: [4]
Reliability: The given real intervals are chosen to contain all measurements up to five measurement uncertainties that are displayed in [4] in the years 2014-2020. Also note (1).