Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Pages 1-26
  3. Pages 27-129
  4. Pages 130-174
  5. Pages 295-369
  6. Pages 370-382
  7. Pages 383-396
  8. Back Matter

About this book


Semiclassical Theory of Atoms presents a novel approach to theoretical atomic physics. The fundamental quantity in this new, powerful formalism is the effective potential, not the density. The starting point is the highly semiclassical approximation known as the Thomas-Fermi model. It is studied in great detail, and then refined in three steps by adding quantum corrections successively according to their importance. First, the strongly bound electrons are treated in detail. Second, the bulk of electrons is better described by introducing quantum corrections to the Thomas-Fermi treatment and by including the exchange interaction. At this stage, predicted binding energies, for instance, are correct to within a small fraction of a percent. Third, shell effects are introduced. The improved semiclassical treatment is then sufficiently refined to reproduce the systematics of the Periodic Table. It addresses the graduate student with a good knowledge of elementary quantum mechanics.


Exchange interaction Thomas-Fermi model atomic physics atoms density electron electrons mechanics physics quantum mechanics structure systematics

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-19204-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-39141-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-6361
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