Many-Electron Atoms

  • Hermann Haken
  • Hans Christoph Wolf


The simplest many-electron atom is the helium atom. In the ground state, its two s electrons exactly fill the innermost shell with the principal quantum number n = 1. There is no room for more electrons in this shell, as we shall see below.


Angular Momentum Quantum Number Orbital Angular Momentum Total Angular Momentum Helium Atom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Haken
    • 1
  • Hans Christoph Wolf
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Physikalisches InstitutUniversität StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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