Heavy atoms in the strong magnetic field of a neutron star

E. H. Lieb, J. P. Solovej, J. Yngvason

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The ground-state energy of an atom of nuclear charge Ze and in a magnetic field B is evaluated exactly in the asymptotic regime Z. We show rigorously that there are five regions as Z: BZ4/3, BZ4/3, Z4/3BZ3, BZ3, BZ3. Different regions have different physics and different asymptotic therories. Regions 1,2,3,5 are described exactly by a simple density-functional theory, but only in regions 1,2,3 is it of the semiclassical Thomas-Fermi form. Region 4 cannot be described exactly by any simple density-functonal theory; surprisingly, it can be described by a simple density matrix functonal theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)749-752
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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