A Hyperspherical Description of N-Electron Atoms

  • Michael Cavagnero
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 181)


General features of the hyperspherical adiabatic representation of atomic structure and spectra are illustrated by means of a pair of simple thought experiments. The thought experiments describe how correlated atomic wavefunctions evolve under independent variations of the nuclear charge and of the number density of electrons. Consequences of the theory include systematic patterns of configuration mixing in both ground state channels and multiply-excited states.


Thought Experiment Correlation Diagram Hyperspherical Harmonic Independent Electron Quantum Defect Theory 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Cavagnero
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA

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