Jun 13 – 19, 2015
University of Alberta
America/Edmonton timezone
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Analysis of Quantum Defects in high energy Helium P states

Jun 15, 2015, 4:30 PM
CCIS L2-200 (University of Alberta)

CCIS L2-200

University of Alberta

Oral (Student, In Competition) / Orale (Étudiant(e), inscrit à la compétition) Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Canada / Division de la physique atomique, moléculaire et photonique, Canada (DAMOPC-DPAMPC) M2-10 Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy: microwave to X-ray (DAMOPC) / Spectroscopie atomique et moléculaire: des micro-ondes aux rayons X (DPAMPC)


Ryan Peck


Quantum defects are useful in interpreting high energy atomic states in terms of simple Hydrogenic energy levels. We will find the energy levels for 1snp singlet and triplet P state Helium from $n = 2$ to $n = 12$ with some of the most accurate helium atom calculations to date using the exact non-relativistic Hamiltonian with wave functions expanded in a basis set of Hylleraas coordinates. The results will be used to determine accurate values for the coefficients in the quantum defect expansion: $\delta = \delta_0 + \delta_2/n^{*2} + \delta_4/n^{*4} + \cdots$, where $n^* = n - \delta$. We will also test the usual assumption that only the even powers of $1/n^*$ need be included [1]. In addition, we will study the effectiveness of a unitary transformation in reducing the numerical linear dependence of the basis set for large basis sets.

Primary author

Gordon Drake (University of Windsor)


Ryan Peck Mr Travis Valdez (Drake Research Group)

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