Generalized Sturmians and Atomic Spectra

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This book describes the generalized Sturmian method, which offers a fresh approach to the calculation of atomic spectra. Generalized Sturmians are isoenergetic solutions to an approximate many-electron Schrödinger equation with a weighted potential. The weighting factors are chosen in such a way as to make all of the solutions correspond to a given energy. The advantage of such an isoenergetic basis set is that every basis function has the correct turning point behaviour needed for efficient synthesis of the wave function.

The book also discusses methods for automatic generation of symmetry-adapted basis sets. Calculations using the generalized Sturmian method are presented and compared with experimental results from the NIST Atomic Spectra Database. The relationship of Sturmians to harmonic polynomials and hyperspherical harmonics is also described. Methods for treating angular functions and angular integrals by means of harmonic projection are discussed, and these methods are shown to be especially useful for relativistic calculations. A final chapter discusses application of the generalized Sturmian method to the calculation of molecular spectra.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherWorld Scientific
Number of pages240
ISBN (Print)9812568069
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Science - atomic physics, atomic spectra, quantum chemistry, sturmians, generalized Sturmian method, spherical harmonics, hyperspherical harmonics, harmonic polynomials, goscinskian, Fock-projection, large-Z approximation, hyperangular integration formula, quantum theory, mathematics, Schrödinger equation

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