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A 100 cm-1 scan of the H cross section with a fit to the E3/2 threshold law.

The electron affinities of atomic hydrogen and deuterium have been determined by tunable-laser threshold-photodetachment spectroscopy: the electron affinities of H (F=0) and D (F=1/2) are 6082.99±0.15 and 6086.2±0.6 cm−1, respectively. The value for H is a 20-fold improvement over previous experimental determinations.