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It takes care of the negative sign of the charge on the electron. a is a positive quantity. g is a positive number. Contrast (31) e with (40), the corresponding equation for nuclei. ) The first experiments (1% accuracy) gave g = 2. This was e supported by Dirac's relativistic wave equation applied to the electron specified by -e and m only: such a particle must possess also spin and magnetic moment, with g = 2, exactly. e Experiments of higher accuracy (Nafe, Nelson, Rabi; Phys. Rev. The theory of QED 1947) showed that this relation is not exact.
1 From this one may calculate a distribution of electron charge, and hence a potential UI(ri). This will generally differ from UO(ri). A correction to UO is applied, and the procedure repeated until UI differs from uO only by a tolerable amount. Wave-functions so determined are called Hartree-Fock functions. In contemporary work a similar procedure is used, based on Dirac's relativistic wave e~uation. One refers to RHF (relativistic Hartree-Fock) calculations. 5. 1 Electrostatic Non-central Forces: Electron Correlation The foregoing sections have been written in the context of central forces: e~uation (27), instead of the more complete 33 ATOMIC STRUCTURES AND TRANSITIONS equation (26).
W. SERIES 46 The difficulties lie in two categories: problems with fundamental theory - quantum electrodynamics, and problems concerning the particles - the proton is not a simple, point particle. QED will form the subject of other lectures. As to the particles, there are other two-body systems, and some of these are simpler: positronium, for instance. In this lecture we shall not be concerned with difficulties at this level. But when we speak of H, it is to be realised that the ideas and equations will be applicable , with minor and obvious changes, to many other systems, in particular (i) the isotopes of hydrogen, (ii) the one-electron ions of the elements, He+, Li++ ••• , (iii) positronium, e+-e-, (iv) muonium, ~+-e-.