How well Do We Understand the Hydrogen 21 cm Line?
Hyperfine intervals in light hydrogenic atoms and ions are among the most
accurately measured quantities in physics. The theory of QED corrections has
recently advanced to the point that the uncertainty of these corrections for
hydrogenic atoms and ions is probably smaller than 0.1 parts per million (ppm),
which is nevertheless not as accurate as the experiments. One such line is the 21 cm
line in hydrogen. An assessment is made of how well we understand the theory
of this transition.