Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy

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Nucl. Phys. At. Energy 2017, volume 18, issue 3, pages 215-221.
Section: Nuclear Physics.
Received: 17.05.2017; Accepted: 12.10.2017; Published online: 28.12.2017.
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Calculation of the atomic states energies in the Thomas - Fermi approximation

S. N. Fedotkin*

Institute for Nuclear Research, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

*Corresponding author. E-mail address:

Abstract: A method for calculating the energies of levels for many-electron neutral atoms is proposed. In this case, in addition to the Coulomb field of the nucleus, an important contribution to the energy is connected with the interaction between the electrons. This interaction is taken into account approximately by perturbation theory in the framework of the Thomas - Fermi statistical model. Using the Taytz approximation for the mean potential the analytical expressions for the energies of s-states are obtained with principal quantum numbers n = 1, 2, 3, 4. The energies are calculated for the nuclear charges in the interval 1 < Z ≤ 100. A good agreement with the experimental values of the energies was obtained.

Keywords: energies of atomic levels, Thomas - Fermi model, perturbation theory.


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