Is a molecule in chemistry explicable as a broken symmetry in quantum mechanics?

  • Brian Sutcliffe
Part of the Lecture Notes in Chemistry book series (LNC, volume 74)


It is argued that incorporating the molecular geometry into the transformation specifications for deriving the standard (Eckart) Hamiltonian used to describe molecular spectra, cannot generally be accomplished without breaking the permutational symmetry requirements on identical nuclei.


Point Group Euler Angle Break Symmetry Electronic Wave Function Nuclear Motion 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Sutcliffe
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  1. 1.Department de Chimie Physique MoleculaireUniversite Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium

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