The most negative ion in the Thomas-Fermi-von Weizsacker theory of atoms and molecules

R. Benguria, E. H. Lieb

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Abstract

Let Ncdenote the maximum number of electrons that can be bound to an atom of nuclear charge z, in the Thomas-Fermi-von Weizsacker theory. It is proved that Nccannot exceed z by more than one, and thus this theory is in agreement with experimental facts about real atoms. A similar result is proved for molecules, i.e. Nccannot exceed the total nuclear charge by more than the number of atoms in the molecule.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number006
Pages (from-to)1045-1059
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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