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.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics
|Published - 1985
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics