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Unformatted text preview: PHYS 385 Lecture 28  Addition of angular momentum 28  1 ©2003 by David Boal, Simon Fraser University. All rights reserved; further copying or resale is strictly prohibited. Lecture 28  Addition of angular momentum What's important : • atoms with many electrons • addition of angular momentum Text : Gasiorowicz, Chap. 19 Atoms with many electrons Most atoms of chemical interest have more than the two electrons which we have discussed in the helium atom. The general Hamiltonian for the n electron system (neglecting spin interactions) is: H = ( h 2 /2 m e ) Σ i ∇ i 2 Σ i Zke 2 / r Ni + Σ i ≠ j ke 2 / r ij . If the two electron problem was impossible to solve analytically, then certainly the n electron problem is. So we proceed as before to decouple the interactions by introducing an effective charge Z' . Now, in the manyelectron system this really is a dicey move because the effective change “seen” by an electron will depend on how many other electrons there are close to the nucleus. Hence, Z' = Z' ( n ). We won ’ t let this bother us. So the Hamiltonian is separable as before: H = ∑ i h ( i ) and the wavefunction is a product of hydrogenlike basis states ψ tpt = φ 1s · · · φ (times spin factors) The “state” of the many electron system is the product of single electron “orbitals” φ ....
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2009 for the course PHYS 385 taught by Professor Davidboal during the Spring '09 term at Simon Fraser.
 Spring '09
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 Angular Momentum, Momentum, Quantum Physics

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