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Abstract Volume 11 Issue 3 (2006) pp 162-163

Ground-State Energy of the Beryllium Atom

Abolghassem Saleh-Jahromi

Department of Physics, College of Science and Engineering, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90045-8227, asalehja@lmu.edu
Received March 2, 2006. Accepted April 15, 2006.

Published online: 8 May 2006

Abstract. Starting with the common variational calculation of the ground-state energy of the helium atom, we calculate the ground-state energy of beryllium and beryllium-like atoms. Using this method we have obtained a simple formula for the ground-state energies of the first four atoms of the periodic table. This work is an extension of a result we previously reported for lithium.

Key Words: In the Classroom; physical chemistry; quantum mechanics

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: asalehja@lmu.edu)

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Issue date: June 1, 2006

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