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dc.contributor.authorWalker, Bryan
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-23T01:11:04Z
dc.date.available2020-04-23T01:11:04Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.urihttps://dspace.sewanee.edu/handle/11005/21692
dc.description.abstractQuantum mechanics is a phenomenal tool for modeling the physical world; its predictive power is unparalleled among other quantitative theories in physics. However, the mathematical formalism is a painfully abstract beast that requires considerably more effort than classical theories to extract useful answers in most cases. Here, we will present a method of approximating the quantum-mechanical state of the two nonrelativistic electrons in the ground state of Helium. An exact solution to this motion is unknown because obtaining it involves a PDE over a six-dimensional phase space. However, experience has shown that we can formulate a reasonable guess which converges to a fairly accurate approximation in only a few iterations.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of the Southen_US
dc.subjectScholarship Sewanee 2020en_US
dc.subjectQuantumen_US
dc.subjectHartreeen_US
dc.subjectHartree-Focken_US
dc.subjectHeliumen_US
dc.subjectHydrogenen_US
dc.subjectWavefunctionen_US
dc.subjectOrbitalen_US
dc.subjectEnergyen_US
dc.titleQuantum Mechanics in Practice: Calculating the Ionization Energy of Heliumen_US
dc.typePresentationen_US


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