Gynecological Endocrinology. Vol. 35. 2019. P. 24-26
The Bethe logarithm for a large set of states of the helium atom is calculated with a precision of 12-14 significant digits. The numerical data are obtained for the case of infinite mass of a nucleus. Then we study the mass dependence and provide coefficients of the me/M expansion, which allows us to calculate accurate values for the Bethe logarithm for any finite mass. An asymptotic expansion for the Rydberg states is analyzed, and a high-quality numerical approximation is found, which ensures 7-8-digit accuracy for the S, P, and D states of the helium atom. © 2019 American Physical Society.