Wigner on Solid State Physics

  • Walter Kohn
Part of the The Collected Works of Eugene Paul Wigner book series (WIGNER, volume A / 4)


Although the published work of Eugene Wigner on the theory of solids essentially extends over only 6 years, from 1933 to 1938 (not including three overview papers with F. Seitz between 1953 and 1956), and consists of only 12 papers out of a total of over 500, Wigner is justly regarded as one of the fathers of the modern theory of the electronic structure of metals.


Cohesive Energy Correlation Energy Pauli Exclusion Principle Metallic Sodium Electronic Specific Heat 
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References and Footnotes

  1. [1]
    (with F. Seitz) On the constitution of metallic sodium. Phys. Rev. 42, 804–810 (1933); Vol. IV, PartiiGoogle Scholar
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    (with F. Seitz) On the constitution of metalic sodium II. Phys. Rev. 46, 509–524 (1934); Vol. IV, PartiiCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    On the interaction of electrons in metals. Phys. Rev. 46, 1002–1011 (1934); Vol.IV, PartiiGoogle Scholar
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    Effects of the electron interaction on the energy levels of electrons in metals. Transactions of the Faraday Society 34, 678–685 (1938); Vol. IV, Part IICrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Qualitative theory of the cohesion in metals, Proceedings, International Conference of Theoretical Physics, Kyoto and Tokyo, 649-663 (1953); Vol. IV, Part II. (Reprinted in slightly expanded form with F. Seitz, Solid State Physics 1, 97-126 (1955), Academic Press)Google Scholar
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    (with J. Bardeen) Theory of the work function of monovalent metals. Phys. Rev. 48, 84–87 (1935); Vol.IV, PartiiCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    J. Bardeen: Theory of the work function II. The surface double layer. Phys. Rev. 653–663 (1936)Google Scholar
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    (with L.B. Bouckaert, R. Smoluchowski) Theory of Brillouin zones and symmetry properties of wave functions in crystals. Phys. Rev. 50, 58–67 (1936); Vol. IV, Part IICrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    (with F. Seitz) The effect of radiation on solids. Scientific American 195, no. 2, 76–84 (1975); Vol. IV, Part IICrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    On the structure of solid bodies. Scientific Monthly 39, 415–419 (1936)Google Scholar
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    (with H.B. Huntington) On the possibility of a metallic modification of hydrogen. Journal of Chemical Physics 3, 764–770 (1935); Vol.IV, Part IICrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    The paper restricts itself to crystals without glide planes and scalar axes. For such crystals the space group is the direct product of a translation group and a point group, more precisely, the group generated by the exp(ikΓj), where Γj are fundamental translation vectorsGoogle Scholar
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    On the constant A in Richardson’s equation. Phys. Rev. 49, 696-700 (1936); Vol. IV, Part IIGoogle Scholar

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