Title

Theory of Potential Energy Minima for Electron Orbits in Neighboring Atoms

Publication Year

1961

Keywords

energy, electrons, atoms, physics, mathematics, theory

Disciplines

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics | Mathematics | Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Physics

Abstract

A few decades ago the electron was thought by some to be smeared out over space so that it could not be regarded as a discrete particle.

The distribution curve given by solutions of Schroedinger's wave equation is now widely interpreted as a probability of position, rather than as a true "picture" of a single electron. To even use the words "probability of position" implies that an individual electron must have a unique position in space and time. If then an electron has position in space and time the next logical step for curious theorists would seem to be to ask themselves what new models can be built up from that idea.

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