International Journal of Theoretical Physics

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 431–435

Mass term variations in the Dirac hydrogen atom

  • James D. EdmondsJr.

DOI: 10.1007/BF01808326

Cite this article as:
Edmonds, J.D. Int J Theor Phys (1975) 13: 431. doi:10.1007/BF01808326


The extended quaternion algebra allowstwo forms for the Dirac equation mass term. We show that the definition of angular momentum in the relativistic hydrogen atom suggests that either is physically allowed, but not a combination of both. A combination of both mass termscould still give the usual mass term in the nonrelativistic limit as is shown.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • James D. EdmondsJr.
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsSan Diego State UniversitySan Diego

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