Departmental Seminar

Accurate solutions of the Schrödinger equation for electrons on spheres

Date & time

Fri 11 Aug 2017, 11am–12pm



Link Building Seminar room


Members of RSPE welcome


Professor Peter Gill
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Professor Peter Gill
Research School of Chemistry, ANU

We consider the quantum mechanical description of electrons that are confined to D-dimensional spheres. In the physically interesting cases of a ring (D = 1), a normal sphere (D = 2) and a glome (D = 3), we show that accurate wave functions and energies can be obtained when the electron density (i.e. the ratio of the number of electrons to the volume of the sphere) is high or low. Intermediate densities are more difficult but smooth interpolations appear to yield satisfactory results. (For more information see: PF Loos and PMW Gill, Phys Rev Lett 103 (2009) 241101 & PMW Gill and PF Loos, Theor Chem Acc, 131 (2012) 1069).

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