Letters in Mathematical Physics

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 137–140 | Cite as

Monotonicity of ionization energies for three electron lithium-type systems

  • Ph. Briet
  • P. Duclos
  • H. Hogreve


Although it is quite obvious that an increasing amount of energy is required to remove more and more electrons from an atom, the proof of this observation seems to be a ‘remarkably difficult problem in mathematical physics’. Here, by using well-known energy bounds, we show the monotonicity of ionization energies for the simplest nontrivial system, i.e., a nucleus (with infinite mass) and three electrons, which physically corresponds to ionization in the lithium isoelectronic series via the para-channel.


Lithium Statistical Physic Mathematical Physic Group Theory Ionization Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ph. Briet
    • 1
  • P. Duclos
    • 1
  • H. Hogreve
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre de physique théoriqueMarseille cedex 9France

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