Approximate neutrality of large-Z ions

Elliott H. Lieb, Israel M. Sigal, Barry Simon, Walter Thirring

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Let N(Z) denote the number of electrons which a nucleus of charge Z can bind in non-relativistic quantum mechanics (assuming that electrons are fermions). We prove that N(Z)/Z → 1 as Z → ∞.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Stability of Matter
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Atoms to Stars: Fourth Edition
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)3540420835, 9783540222125
StatePublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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