Asymptotic 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 that a nucleus of charge Z binds in nonrelativistic quantum theory. It is proved that N(Z)Z1 as Z. The Pauli principle plays a critical role.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)994-996
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Lieb, E. H., Sigal, I. M., Simon, B., & Thirring, W. (1984). Asymptotic neutrality of large-Z ions. Physical review letters, 52(12), 994-996.