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00 [<OU 164039 ~ Osmania Universitq This book should be returned on or before the Barked below INTRODUCTION QUANTUM MECHANICS With Applications to Chemistry LINUS -pAULfG, PBPM SC.D Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Tefyn&oftT E. BRIGHT WILSON, JR., PH.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry, Harvard University INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EDITION ' MCGRAW-HILL BOOK COMPAN^IN NEW YORK AND LONDON KOGAKUSHA COMPANY, LTD. TOKYO. INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM MECHANICS INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EDITION Exclusive rights by Kogakusha Co., Ltd. for manufacture and export from Japan. This book cannot be re-exported from the country to which u is consigned by Kogakusha Co., Ltd. or by McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc. or any of Us subsidiaries. COPYRIGHT, 1935, BY THE MCGRAW-HILL BOOK COMPANY, INC. fill rights reserved. This book, or parts Ike ;'<;/, ir.ay rtct be reproduced in any form without permission of the publishers. TOSHO INSATSU PRINTING CO , LTD TOKYO, JAPAN PREFACE In writing this book we have attempted to produce a textbook of practical quantum mechanics for the chemist, the experi- mental physicist, and the beginning student of theoretical physics. The book is not intended to provide a critical discus- sion of quantum mechanics, nor even to presen^ia thorough survey of the subject. We hope that it does gb^ela, lucid and easily understandable introduction to a limjAdVpori*<m > quantum-mechanical theorv; n*w*iv. *hat i^WJ < - - Via 1 ^ suggested by the nnm- ( ,-..-/. ,., 1 <..,-,,, ra^tinta of the al&eussion of the Schrodinger wave equal kM . ^ l?fce" problems which ran be treated by means of it. The effort has been made to provide for the reader a means of equipping himself with a practical grasp of this subject, so that he can apply quantum mechanics to most of the chemical and physical problems which may confront him. The book is particularly designed for study by men without extensive previous experience with advanced mathematics, such as chemists interested in the subject because of its chemical applications. We have assumed on the part of the reader, in addition to elementary mathematics through the calculus, only some knowledge of complex quantities, ordinary differential equations, and the technique of partial differentiation. It may be desirable that a book written for the reader not adept at mathematics be richer in equations than one intended for the mathematician; for the mathematician can follow a sketchy derivation with ease, whereas if the less adept reader is to be led safely through the usually straightforward but sometimes rather complicated derivations of quantum mechanics a firm guiding hand must be kept on him. Quantum mechanics is essentially mathematical in character, and an understanding of the subject without a thorough knowledge of the mathematical methods involved and the results of their application cannot be obtained. The student not thoroughly trained in the theory of partial differential equations and orthogonal functions must iv PREFACE learn something of these subjects as he studies quantum mechan- ics. In order that he may do so, and that he may follow the discussions given without danger of being deflected from the course of the argument by inability to carry through some minor step, we have avoided the temptation to condense the various discussions into shorter and perhaps more elegant forms. After introductory chapters on classical mechanics and the old quantum theory, we have introduced the Schroding^r wave equation and its physical interpretation on a postulatory basis, and have then given in great detail the solution of the wave equation for important systems (harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom) and the discussion of the wave functions and their proper- ties, omitting none of the mathematical steps except the most l^JT!^?577 A, similarly detailed treatment has been given in the discussion di pert in 1 option Shruor^, the variation method, the structure of simple molecules, and, in general, 'iu --, important section of the book. In order to limit the size of the book, we have omitted from discussion such advanced topics as transformation theory and general quantum mechanics (aside from brief mention in the last chapter), the Dirac theory of the electron, quantization of the electromagnetic field, etc. We have also omitted several subjects which are ordinarily considered as part of elementary quantum mechanics, but which are of minor importance to the chemist, such as the Zeeman effect and magnetic interactions in general, the dispersion of light and allied phenomena, and most of the theory of aperiodic processes. The authors are severally indebted to Professor A. Sommerfeld and Professors E. U. Condon and H. P. Robertson for their own introduction to quantum mechanics. The constant advice of Professor R. C. Tolman is gratefully acknowledged, as well as the aid of Professor P. M. Morse, Dr. L. E. Sutton, Dr. G. W. Wheland, Dr. L. 0. Brockway, Dr. J. Sherman, Dr. S. Weinbaum, Mrs. Emily Buckingham Wilson, and Mrs. Ava Helen Pauling. LINUS PAULING. E. BRIGHT WILSON, JR. PASADENA, I^AMF., CAMBRIDGE MASS., July, 193J5. CONTENTS PREFACE CHAPTER I SURVEY OF CLASSICAL MECHANICS SECTION 1. Newton's Equations of Motion in the Lagntngian Form ..... 2 la. The Three-dimensional Isotropic Harmonic Oscillator. . 4 Ib. Generalized Coordinates .......... \. A . . . . 6 Ic. The Invariance of the Equations of Motion in the Lagraib- gian Form .................... 7 Id. An Example: The Isotropic Harmonic Oscillator in Polar Coordinates .................... 9 le. The Conservation of Angular Momentum . . . 11 2. The Equations of Motion in the Hamiltonian Form ...... 14 2a. Generalized Momenta ................. 14 26. The Hamiltonian Function and Equations ....... 16 2c. The Hamiltonian Function and the Energy ...... 16 2d. A General Example ............... 17 3. The Emission and Absorption of Radiation. . ...... 21 4. Summary of Chapter I ............ ....... 23 CHAPTER II THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY 5. The Origin of the Old Quantum Theory ........... 25 5a. The Postulates of Bohr ................ 26 56. The Wilson-Sommerfeld Rules of Quantization ...... 28 5c. Selection Rules. The Correspondence Principle ..... 29 6. The Quantization of Simple Systems .............. 30 6a. The Harmonic Oscillator. Degenerate States ...... 30 66. The Rigid Rotator .................. 31 6c. The Oscillating and Rotating Diatomic Molecule ..... 32 6d. The Particle in a Box ................. 33 6e. Diffraction by a Crystal Lattice ........... 34 7. The Hydrogen Atom .................... 36 7a. Solution of the Equations of Motion .......... 36 76. Application of the Quantum Rules. The Energy Levels . . 39 7c. Description of the Orbits ............... 43 7d. Spatial Quantization ................. 45 8. The Decline of the Old Quantum Theory ............ 47 v vi CONTENTS SECTION PAGE CHAPTER III THE SCHRODINGER WAVE EQUATION WITH THE HARMONIC OSCILLATOR AS AN EXAMPLE 9. The Schrodinger Wave Equation 50 9a. The Wave Equation Including the Time 53 96. The Amplitude Equation 56 9c. Wave Functions. Discrete and Continuous Sets of Charac- teristic Energy Values 58 9d. The Complex Conjugate Wave Function ty*(x,t).... 63 10. The Physical Interpretation of the Wave Functions 63 10a. Sk* (x, t)V(x, t) as a Probability Distribution Function. . 63 106. Stationary States 64 lOc. Further Physical Interpretation. Average Values of Dynamical Quantities 65 11. The Harmonic Oscillator in Wave Mechanics . . 67 11 a. Solution of the Wave Equation . . 67 116. The Wave Functions for the Harmonic Oscillator and their Physical Interpretation ... . 73 lie. Mathematical Properties of the Harmonic Oscillator Wave Functions 77 CHAPTER IV THE WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF POINT PARTICLES IN THREE DIMENSIONS 12. The Wave Equation for a System of Point Particles 84 12a. The Wave Equation Including the Time 85 126. The Amplitude Equation 86 12c. The Complex Conjugate Wave Function ty*(xi ZAT, t) 88 12d The Physical Interpretation of the Wave Functions ... 88 13 The Free Particle 90 14. The Particle in a Box 95 15. The Three-dimensional Harmonic Oscillator in Cartesian Coordi- nates 100 16. Curvilinear Coordinates 103 17. The Three-dimensional Harmonic Oscillator in Cylindrical Coordi- nates 105 CHAPTER V THE HYDROGEN ATOM 18. The Solution of the Wave Equation by the Polynomial Method and the Determination of the Energy Levels 113 18a. The Separation of the Wave Equation. The Transla- tional Motion 113 186. The Solution of the *> Equation 117 CONTENTS Vit SUCTION PAGE 18c. The Solution of the & Equation 118 18d. The Solution of the r Equation 121 18c. The Energy Levels 124 19. Legendre Functions and Surface Harmonics 125 19a. The Legendre Functions or Legendre Polynomials 126 196. The Associated Legendre Functions 127 20. The Laguerre Polynomials and Associated Laguerre Functions . .129 20a. The Laguerre Polynomials 129 206. The Associated Laguerre Polynomials and Functions ... 131 21. The Wave Functions for the Hydrogen Atom 132 21a. Hydrogen-like Wave Functions 132 216. The Normal State of the Hydrogen Atom 139 21c. Discussion of the Hydrogen-like Radial Wave Functions. . 142 2ld. Discussion of the Dependence of the Wave Functions on the Angles t? and <p 146 CHAPTER VI PERTURBATION THEORY 22. Expansions in Series of Orthogonal Functions 151 23\ x First-order Perturbation Theory for a Non-degenerate Level ... 156 23a. A Simple Example: T>/> P^^tujj^ejjJH^mjinnin QsillRf.nr . 160 ?jfo An Exjunplp- Tfor Normal FHium Atn 162 24. J$tst-order Perturbation Theory for a Degenerate Level 165 24a. An Example: Application of a Perturbation to a Hydrogen Atom 172 25. Second-order Perturbation Theory 176 25a. An Example: The Stark Effect of the Plane Rotator . . .177 CHAPTER VII THE VARIATION METHOD AND OTHER APPROXIMATE METHODS 26. The Variation Method 180 26a. The Variational Integral and its Pmpgrtjes 180 266. An Example f The Normal State of the_ Helium Atom . . . 184 26c. Application of the Variation Method to Other States ... 186 26d. Linear Variation Functions 186 26e. A More General Variation Method 189 27. Other Approximate Methods 191 27a. A Generalized Perturbation Theory 191 276. The Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin Method 198 27c. Numerical Integration 201 27d. Approximation by the Use of Difference Equations .... 202 270. An Approximate Second-order Perturbation Treatment . . 204 via CONTENTS SUCTION PAQB CHAPTER VIII THE SPINNING ELECTRON AND THE PAULI EXCLUSION PRINCIPLE, WITH A DISCUSSION OF THE HELIUM ATOM 28. The Spinning Electron 207 29. The Helium Atom. The Pauli Exclusion Principle 210 29a. The Configurations Is2s and Is2p 210 296. The Consideration of Electron Spin. The Pauli Exclusion Principle 214 29c. The Accurate Treatment of the Normal Helium Atom. . . 221 29d. Excited States of the Helium Atom 225 29e. The Polarizability of the Normal Helium Atom 226 CHAPTER IX MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS 30. Slater's Treatment of Complex Atoms 230 30a. Exchange Degeneracy 230 306. Spatial Degeneracy 233 30c. Factorization and Solution of the Secular Equation. . . 235 30d. Evaluation of Integrals ... * 239 30e. Empirical Evaluation of Integrals. Applications. . . . 244 31. Variation Treatments for Simple Atoms 246 31 a. The Lithium Atom and Three-electron Ions . .... 247 316. Variation Treatments of Other Atoms. . . 249 32. The Method of the Self-consistent Field 250 32a. Principle of the Method 250 326. Relation of the Self-consistent Field Method to the Varia- tion Principle 252 32c. Results of the Self-consistent Field Method 254 33. Other Methods for Many-electron Atoms 256 33a. Semi-empirical Sets of Screening Constants 256 336. The Thomas-Fermi Statistical Atom 257 CHAPTER X THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES 34. The Separation of Electronic and Nuclear Motion 259 35. The Rotation and Vibration of Diatomic Molecules 263 35a. The Separation of Variables and Solution of the Angular Equations 264 356. The Nature of the Electronic Energy Function 266 35. A Simple Potential Function for Diatomic Molecules . . . 267 35d. A More Accurate Treatment. The Morse Function . . . 271 36. The Rotation of Polyatomic Molecules 275 36a. The Rotation of Symmetrical-top Molecules 275 36b. The Rotation of Unsymmetrical-top Molecules 280 CONTENTS ix SECTION PAGE 37. The Vibiation of Polyatomic Molecules 282 37a. Normal Coordinates in Classical Mechanics 282 376. Normal Coordinates in Quantum Mechanics 288 38. The Rotation of Molecules in Crystals 290 CHAPTER XI PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME, THE EMISSION AND ABSORPTION OF RADIATION, AND THE RESONANCE PHENOMENON 39. The Treatment of a Time-dependent Perturbation by the Methoa of Variation of Constants .... 294 39a. A Simple Example .... 296 40. The Emission and Absorption of Radiation .V .... 299 40a. The Einstein Transition Probabilities .... 299 406. The Calculation of the Einstein Transition Probabilities by Perturbation Theory 302 40c. Selection Rules and Intensities for the Harmonic Oscillator 306 40d. Selection Rules and Intensities for Surface-harmonic Wave Functions 306 40e. Selection Rules and Intensities for the Diatomic Moleculev- The Franck-Condon Principle 309 40/. Selection Rules and Intensities for the Hydrogen Atom . .312 400. Even and Odd Electronic States and their Selection Rules. 313 41. The Resonance Phenomenon 314 41a. Resonance in Classical Mechanics 315 416. Resonance in Quantum Mechanics 318 41c. A Further Discussion of Resonance 322 CHAPTER XII THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES 42. The Hydrogen Molecule-ion 327 42a. A Very Simple Discussion 327 426. Other Simple Variation Treatments 331 42c. The Separation and Solution of the Wave Equation .... 333 42d. Excited States of the Hydrogen Molecule-ion 340 43. The Hydrogen Molecule 340 43a. The Treatment of Heitler and London. 340 436. Other Simple Variation Treatments . . . 345 43c. The Treatment of James and Coolidge 349 43d. Comparison with Experiment 351 43e. Excited States of the Hydrogen Molecule 353 43/. Oscillation and Rotation of the Molecule. Ortho and Para Hydrogen 355 44. The Helium Molecule-ion Hef and the Interaction of Two Normal Helium Atoms 358 44a. The Helium Molecule-ion Hef 358 INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM MECHANICS CHAPTER I SURVEY OF CLASSICAL MECHANICS The subject of quantum mechanics constitutes the most recent step in the very old search for the general la ws_goyrning the motion of matter. For a long time investigators confined their efforts to studying the dynamics of bodies of macroscopic dimen- sions, and while the science of mechanics remained in that stage it was properly considered a branch of physics. Since the development of atomic theory there has been a change of emphasis. It was recognized that the older laws are not correct when applied to atoms and electrons, without considerable modification. Moreover, the success which has been obtained in making the necessary modifications of the older laws has also had the result of depriving physics of sole claim upon them, since it is now realized that the combining power of atoms and, in fact, all the chemical properties of atoms and molecules are explicable in terms of the laws governing the motions of the electrons and nuclei composing them. Although it is the modern theory of quantum mechanics in which we are primarily interested because of its applicatiqns_to chemical jjroblems , it is desirable for us first to discuss briefly the background of classical mechanics from which it was devel- oped. By so doing we not only follow to a certain extent the historical development, but we also introduce in a more familiar form many concepts which are retained in the later theory. We shall also treat certain problems in the first few chapters by the methods of the older theories in preparation for their later treat- ment by quantum mechanics. It is for this reason that the student is advised to consider the exercises of the first few chapters carefully and to retain for later reference the results which are secured. 1 2 SURVEY OF CLASSICAL MECHANICS [1-1 In the first chapter no attempt will be made to give any parts of classical dynamics but those which are useful in the treatment of atomic and molecular problems. With this restriction, we have felt justified in omitting discussion of the dynamics of rigid bodies, non-conservative systems, non-holonomic systems, sys- tems involving impact, etc. Moreover, no use is made of Hamilton's principle or of the Hamilton-Jacobi partial differential equation. By thus limiting the subjects to be discussed, it is possible to give in a short chapter a thorough treatment of Newtonian systems of point particles. 1. NEWTON'S EQUATIONS OF MOTION IN THE LAGRANGIAN FORM The earliest formulation of dynamical laws of wide application is that of Sir Isaac Newton. If we adopt the notation #-, y t , Z{ for the three Cartesian coordinates of the iih particle with mass Wi, Newton's equations for n point particles are m t x = i = 1, 2, - - - , n, (1-1) where X,-, F;, Z t are the three components of the force acting on the ^th particle. There is a set of such equations for each particle. Dots refer to differentiation with respect to time, so that * - v <'- 2 > By introducing certain familiar definitions we change Equation 1-1 into a form which will be more useful later. We define as the kinetic energy T (for Cartesian coordinates) the quantity T = If we limit ourselves to a certain class of systems, called conserva- tive systems, it is possible to define another quantity, the potential energy V, which is a function of the coordinates x \y\z\ of all the particles, such that the force components acting 1-1] NEWTON'S EQUATIONS OF MOTION 3 on each particle are equal to partial derivatives of the potential energy with respect to the coordinates of the particle (with negative sign) ; that is, Y - At 7: > OXi dV Yi = ~^Y 7 - dV Zi _ ___, i = 1, 2, , n. (1-4) It is possible to find a function V which will express in this manner forces of the types usually designated as mechanical, electrostatic, and gravitational. Since other types of forces (such as electro- magnetic) for which such a potential-energy function cannot be set up are not important in chemical applications, we shall not consider them in detail. With these definitions, Newton's equations become at dxi dxi dT 3V dt dyi + dy, d dT dV n n . . T t ~^- + 3 = 0. (l-5c) dt dZi dZi ^ ' There are three such equations for every particle, as before. These results are definitely restricted to Cartesian coordinates; but by introducing a new function, the Lagrangian function L, defined for Newtonian systems as the difference of the kinetic and potential energy, L = L(XI, i/i, 21, , x n , y n , z n , Xi f - , z n ) = T - F, (1-6) we can throw the equations of motion into a form which we shall later prove to be valid in any system of coordinates (Sec. Ic). In Cartesian coordinates T 7 is a function of the velocities xi, , z n only, and for the systems to which our treatment is restricted F is a function of the coordinates only; hence the equations of motion given in Equation 1-5 on introduction of the function L assume the form SURVEY OF CLASSICAL MECHANICS P-la d^dL _ dL = eft dZi to* ' _ d _ d = ' t = 1, 2, , n. (1-7) In the following paragraphs a simple dynamical system is discussed by the use of these equations. la. The Three-dimensional Isotropic Harmonic Oscillator. As an illustration of the use of the equations of motion in this form, we choose a system which has played a very important part in the development of quantum theory. This is the lwrn,wiwscj$M&r, a particle bound to an equilibrium position by a force which increases in magnitude linearly with its distance r from the point. In the three-dimensional isotropic harmonic oscillator this corresponds to a potential function %kr 2 , represent- ing a force of magnitude kr acting in a negative direction; i.e., from the position of the particle to the origin, k is called the force constant or Hookas-law constant. Using Cartesian coordi- nates we have L = whence -r.(mx) + fcx = mx + fcx == 0, flf my + ky = 0, wz + fcz = 0. (1-8) (1-9) Multiplication of the first member of Equation 1-9 by x gives (1-10) .dx _ , dx mx dt ~ ~ kx ~dt or dl (1-11) 2 dt which integrates directly to ^mx 2 = %kx 2 + constant. (1-12) The constant of integration is conveniently expressed as I-la] NEWTON'S EQUATIONS OF MOTION Hence or, on introducing the expression ^mvl in place of the force constant k, dx which on integration becomes 27n>o* + d x = sin" 1 - XQ or x = x sin (27r^ + $*), (1-14) and similarly t/ = t/o sin (Zirwt + ),) (1-15) Z = Z Sin (27T*>o + S z ). / In these expressions rr , 2/0, Zo, 5 X , 6 y , and d z are constants of integration, the values of which determine the motion in any given case. The quantity VQ is related to the constant of the restoring force by the equation Wmvl = k, (1-16) so that the potential energy may be written as V = 27r 2 m^r 2 . (1-17) As shown by the equations for x, T/, and z, j> is the frequency of the motion. It is seen that the particle may be described as carrying out independent harmonic oscillations along the x, y, and z axes, with different amplitudes XQ, 2/o, and ZQ and different phase angles 6 X , d y , and d z , respectively. The energy of the system is the sum of the kinetic energy and the potential energy, and is thus equal to On evaluation, it is found to be independent of the time, with the value 27r 2 mj/ 2 ) (:r 2 ) + 2/o + z l) determined by the amplitudes of oscillation. The one-dimensional harmonic oscillator, restricted to -motion along the x axis in accordance with the potential function F = %kx 2 = 27r 2 rai>Jz 2 , is seen to carry out harmonic oscillations 6 SURVEY OF CLASSICAL MECHANICS [I-lb along this axis as described by Equation 1-14. Its total energy is given by the expression 2T 2 mj>gzJ. Ib. Generalized Coordinates. Instead of Cartesian coordi- nates xij 2/1, 2i, , x n , 7/ n , n, it is frequently more convenient to use some other -set of coordinates to specify the configuration of the system. For example, the isotropic spatial harmonic oscillator already discussed might equally well be described using polar coordinates; again, the treatment of a system composed of two attracting particles in space, which will be considered later, would be very cumbersome if it were necessary to use rectangular coordinates. If we choose, any set of 3n coordinates, which we shall always assume to be independent and at the same time sufficient in number to specify completely the positions of the particles of the system, then there will in general exist 3n equations, called the equations of transformation, relating the new coordinates Qk to the set of Cartesian coordinates x tj y lf z t; (1-18) There is such a set of three equations for each particle i. The functions / t , g iy hi may be functions of any or all of the 3n new coordinates q^ so that these new variables do not necessarily split into sets which belong to particular particles. For example, in the case of two particles the six new coordinates may be the three Cartesian coordinates of the center of mass together with the polar coordinates of one particle referred to the other particle as origin. As is known from the theory of partial differentiation, it is possible to transform derivatives from one set of independent variables to another, an example of this process being = . . . dt dq, dt ^ dq 2 dt "*" + dq* n ~3T' I This same equation can be put in the much more compact form 3n I-lc] NEWTON'S EQUATIONS OF MOTION 7 This gives the relation between any Cartesian component of velocity and the time derivatives of the new coordinates. Similar relations, of course, hold for t/ and 2< for any particle. The quantities g/, by analogy with x if are called generalized velocities, even though they do not necessarily have the dimensions of length divided by time (for example, <?/ may be an angle). Since partial derivatives transform in just the same manner, we have _ . _ _ dxi dqj dyi dqj dz n d d Z **< . *Z to* . dV dz <\ dx, dqj + dyi dq] + dz> dqj Since Q, is given by an expression in terms of V and <// which is analogous to that for the force Xi in terms of V and #,, it is called a generalized force. In exactly similar fashion, we have . L _J_ T dqj dyi dqj Ic, The Invariance of the Equations of Motion in the Lagran- gian Form. We are now in a position to show that when New- ton's equations are written in the form given by Equation 1-7 they are valid for any choice of coordinate system. For this proof we shall apply a transformation of coordinates to Equa- tions 1-5, using the methods of the previous section. Multiplica- dx ' dlJ ' tion of Equation l-5a by *> of 1-56 by ^> etc., gives oOj uQj ox\ a d J. dv dx\ x -^^v^- + ^ ^ =o, dqj at dxi ox\ dqj dqj dt dx% dx% dqj ' (122) ^ I n 5 == dqj dt dx n dx n dq,- with similar equations in y and z. Adding all of these together gives SURVEY OF CLASSICAL MECHANICS [I-lc dW fadW faddQ dV = ( qj dt dXi "*" dq, dt dyi ^ dq, dt diif ^ dq f ' V ' where the result of Equation 1-20 has been used. In order to reduce the first sum, we note the following identity, obtained by differentiating a product, _i = i _ i dqjdt\dXi) dt\dXidqjJ dXidt\d' ( } From Equation l-19b we obtain directly Furthermore, because the order of differentiation is immaterial, we see that d/dXi\ _ i d /dXi\ By introducing Equations 1-26 and 1-25 in 1-24 and using the result in Equation 1-23, we get d/dTdi .dTdyi , ^T <^\ /dTdXi dTdy* dt\dXi dqj ^ dyi 3% "^ dz* dqj \dxi dqj "*" dyi dq^ which, in view of the results of the last section, reduces to IJS -+- <>* Finally, the introduction of the Lagrangian function L = T V y with V a function of the coordinates only, gives the more compact form -- ' ^ = 1^,3,-.., 3n. (1-29) I-ld] NEWTON'S EQUATIONS OF MOTION 9 (It is important to note that L must be expressed as a function of the coordinates and their first time-derivatives.) Since the above derivation could be carried out for any value of ,/, there are 3n such equations, one for each coordinate g/. They are called the equations of motion in the Lagrangian form and are of great importance. The method by which they were derived shows that they are independent of the coordinate system. We have so far rather limited the types of systems considered, but Lagrange's equations are much more general than we have indicated and by a proper choice of the function L nearly all dynami- cal problems can be treated with their use. These equations are therefore frequently chosen as the fundamental postulates of classical mechanics instead of Newton's laws. Id. An Example : The Isotropic Harmonic Oscillator in Polar Coordinates. The example which we have treated in Section la can equally well be solved by the use of polar coordinates r, #, and $ (Fig. 1-1) . The equations of transformation correspond- ing to Equation 1-18 are x = rsin#cos<p,} y = r sin tf sin $>, \ (1-30) z = rcostf. j With the use of these we find for the kinetic and potential energies of the isotropic harmonic oscillator the following expressions: T = ~ m(x* + y* + * 2 ) = | (r 2 + rW + r 2 sin V = 27r 2 mv 2 r 2 , and L = T - V = ~(r 2 + rW + r 2 sin 2 tty 2 ) - 27r 2 m^r 2 . (1-32) Z The equations of motion are 2 ^- ' ^ - mr* sin * cos W = 0, (1-34) at d$ do- at - mr sin 2 W + ^r^mv\r - 0. - at or or at (1-35) 10 SURVEY OF CLASSICAL MECHANICS I-td In Appendix II it is shown that the motion takes place in a plane containing the origin. This conclusion enables us to simplify the problem by making a change of variables. Let us introduce new polar coordinates r, #', x such that at the time t = the plane determined by the vectors r and v, the position and velocity vectors of the particle at t = 0, is normal to the new z' axis. This transformation is known in terms of the old set of coordinates if two parameters # and v? , determining the position of the axis z' in terms of the old coordinates, are given (Fig. 1-2). FIG. 1-1. The relation of polar coor- dinates r, t? , and <p to Cartesian axes. Fio. 1-2. The rotation of axes. In terms of the new coordinates, the Lagrangian function L and the equations of motion have the same form as previously, because the first choice of axis direction was quite arbitrary. However, since the coordinates have been chosen so that the plane of the motion is the x'y' plane, the angle #' is always equal to a constant, v/2. Inserting this value of & in Equation 1-33 and writing it in terms of x instead of <?, we obtain (1-36) (1-37) :)" - 0, U*/ which has the solution mr*x = Px> a constant. The r equation, Equation 1-35, becomes oL dt ( = 0, Me] NEWTON'S EQUATIONS OF MOTION 11 or, using Equation 1-37, a . - . . w = 0, (1-38) mr* ' v y an equation differing from the related one-dimensional Cartesian- coordinate equation by the additional term p|/wr 3 which represents the centrifugal force. Multiplication by r and integration with respect to the time gives r 2 = ^* T - 47r 2 v 2 r 2 + 6, (1-39) ra 2 r 2 u i > \ / / 02 V* so that r = I ~~ - 47r 2 ^r 2 + 6 I \ m 2 r 2 / This can be again integrated, to give rdr + bx + cx*)*' in which x = r 2 , a p%/m 2 , b is the constant of integration in Equation 1-39, and c = 47r 2 j> 2 ,. This is a standard integral which yields the equation -^-J6 + A sin with A given by We have thus obtained the dependence of r on the time, and by integrating Equation 1-37 we could obtain x as a function of the time, completing the solution. Elimination of the time between these two results would give the equation of the orbit, which is an ellipse with center at the origin. It is seen that the constant v again occurs as the frequency of the motion. le. The Conservation of Angular Momentum. The example worked out in the previous section illustrates an important principle of wide applicability, the principle of the conservation of angular momentum. 12 SURVEY OF CLASSICAL MECHANICS [I-le Equation 1-37 shows that when x is the angular velocity of the particle about a fixed axis z' and r is the distance of the particle from the axis, the quantity p x = wr 2 x is a constant of the motion. 1 This quantity is called the angular momentum of the particle about the axis z'. It is not necessary to choose an axis normal to the plane of the motion, as z' in this example, in order to apply the theorem. Thus Equation 1-33, written for arbitrary direction z, is at once integrable to rar 2 sin 2 &<p = p vy a constant. (1-40) Here r sin & is the distance of the particle from the axis z, so that the left side of this equation is the angular momentum about the axis z. 2 It is seen to be equal to a constant, p^. FIG. 1-3. Figure showing the relation between dx, d&, and d<p. In order to apply the principle, it is essential that the axis of reference be a fixed axis. Thus the angle d of polar coordinates has associated with it an angular momentum p# = mr 2 $ about an axis in the xy plane, but the principle of conservation of angular momentum cannot be applied directly to this quantity because the axis is not, in general, fixed but varies with <?. A simple relation involving p* connects the angular momenta 1 The phrase a constant of the motion is often used in referring to a constant of integration of the equations of motion for a dynamical system. 2 This is sometimes referred to as the component of angular momentum along the axis z. I-le] NEWTON'S EQUATIONS OF MOTION 13 p x and p<p about different fixed axes, one of which, p x , relates to the axis normal to the plane of the motion. This is Pxdx = Pd$ + Pvdv, (1-41) an equation easily derived by considering Figure 1-3. The sides of the small triangle have the lengths r sin M>, rdx, and rd&. Since they form a right triangle, these distances are connected by the relation = r L sm* which gives, on introduction of the angular velocities x, <f>, and # and multiplication by m/dt> mr^xdx = wi?* 2 sin 2 $<pd<p + r/ir 2 $d$. Equation 1-41 follows from this and the definitions of p x , p*, and p v . Conservation of angular momentum may be applied to more general systems than the one described here. It is at once evident that we have not used the special form of the potential- energy expression except for the fact that it is independent of direction, since this function enters into the r equation only. Therefore the above results are true for a particle moving in any spherically symmetric potential field. Furthermore, we can extend the theorem to a collection of point particles interacting with each other in any desired way but influenced by external forces only through a spherically symmetric potential function. If we describe such a system by using the polar coordinates of each particle, the Lagrangian function is n L = ^2 5/Wi(^? + ?*&* + r 2 sin 2 Instead of <pi, ^ 2 , , <p n , we now introduce new angular coordinates a, 0, , * given by the linear equations <Pi = oi + 6i0 + + kiK, <e* - + 2 /3 + + k 2 K, (i _ 43) J The values given the constants 61, , k n are unimportant so long as they make the above set of equations mutually independ- 14 SURVEY OF CLASSICAL MECHANICS [I-2a ent. a is an angle about the axis z such that if a is increased by Aa, holding /?, , K constant, the effect is to increase each <pi by Aa, or, in other words, to rotate the whole system of particles about z without changing their mutual positions. By hypothesis the value of V is not changed by such a rotation, so that V is independent of a. We therefore obtain the equation ddL^dL^ddT^ dtda da dtda U **' Moreover, from Equation 1-42 we derive the relation t - 1 1=1 Hence, calling the distance r l sin t> t of the ith particle from the z axis pi, we obtain the equation itpfci = constant. (1-46) This is the more general expression of the principle of the con- servation of angular momentum which we were seeking. In such a system of many particles with mutual interactions, as, for example, an atom consisting of a number of electrons and a nucleus, the individual particles do not in general conserve angular momentum but the aggregate does. The potential-energy function V need be only cylindrically symmetric about the axis z for the above proof to apply, since the essential feature was the independence of V on the angle a about z. However, in that case z is restricted to a particular direction in space, whereas if V is spherically symmetric the theorem holds for any choice of axis. Angular momenta transform like vectors, the directions of the vectors being the directions of the axes about which the angular momenta are determined. It is customary to take the sense of the vectors such as to correspond to the right-hand screw rule. 3. THE EQUATIONS OF MOTION IN THE HAMILTONIAN FORM 2a. Generalized Momenta. In Cartesian coordinates the momentum related to the direction x k is m k x k , which, since V is I-2a] EQUATIONS OF MOTION IN HAMILTONIAN FORM 15 restricted to be a function of the coordinates only, can be written as Angular momenta can likewise be expressed in this manner. Thus, for one particle in a spherically symmetric potential field, the angular momentum about the z axis was defined in Section le by the expression p? = rap V = mr 2 sin 2 #<f>. (2-2) Reference to Equation 1-31, which gives the expression for the kinetic energy in polar coordinates, shows that dT dL <* *\ * = a* = W (2 ~ 3) Likewise, in the case of a number of particles, the angular momentum conjugate to the coordinate a. is dT dL as shown by the discussion of Equation 1-46. By extending this to other coordinate systems, the generalized momentum p k conjugate to the coordinate q k is defined as Pk = J|> * = 1, 2, , 3n. (2-5) The form taken by Lagrange's equations (Eq. 1--29) when the definition of p k is introduced is P" = 7^' * = 1, 2, , 3n, (2-6) <7^A so that Equations 2-5 and 2-6 form a set of 6n first-order dif- ferential equations equivalent to the 3n second-order equations of Equation 1-29. being in general a function of both the q y s and g's, the u<lk definition of p k given by Equation 2-5 provides 3n relations between the variables #*, (fc, and p*, permitting the elimination of the 3n velocities q^ so that the system can now be described in terms of the 3n coordinates q k and the 3n conjugate momenta 16 SURVEY OF CLASSICAL MECHANICS (I-2c Pk. Hamilton in 1834 showed that the equations of motion can in this way be thrown into an especially simple form, involving a function H of the pk's and qk's called the Hamiltonian function. 2b. The Hamiltonian Function and Equations. For con- servative systems. 1 we shall show that the function H is the total energy (kinetic plus potential) of the system, expressed in terms of the pk's and g^'s. In order to have a definition which holds for more general systems, we introduce H by the relation 3n H = 2W* - L(q k , q k ). (2-7) Although this definition involves the velocities </*, H may be made a function of the coordinates and momenta only, by eliminating the velocities through the use of Equation 2-5. From the definition we obtain for the total differential of H ths equation 3n 3n 3n 3n dH = or, using the expressions for pk and pk given in Equations 2-5 and 2-6 (equivalent to Lagrange's equations), 3n , (2-9) whence, if // is regarded as a function of the qk's and p/t's, we obtain the equations dH S dH = 1, 2, , 3n. (2-10) These are the equations of motion in the Hamiltonian or canonical form. 2c. The Hamiltonian Function and the 'Energy. Let us con- sider the time dependence of H for a conservative system. We have 1 A conservative system is a system for which H does not depend explicitly on the time t. We have restricted our discussion to conservative systems by assuming that the potential function V does not depend on t. 1-81 THE EMISSION AND ABSORPTION OF RADIATION 21 coordinate but only its derivative. Such a coordinate is called a cyclic coordinate. 3. THE EMISSION AND ABSORPTION OF RADIATION The classical laws of mechanical and electromagnetic theory permit the complete discussion of the emission and absorption of electromagnetic radiation by a system of electrically charged particles. In the following paragraphs we shall outline the results of this discussion. It is found that these results are not in agreement with experiments involving atoms and molecules; it was, indeed, just this disagreement which was the principal factor in leading to the development of the Bohr theory of the atom and later of the quantum mechanics. Even at the present time, when an apparently satisfactory theoretical treatment of dynamical systems composed of electrons and nuclei is provided by the quantum mechanics, the problem of the. emission and absorption of radiation still lacks a satisfactory solution, despite the concentration of attention on it by the most able theoretical physicists. It will be shown in a subsequent -chapter 'however, that, despite our lack of a satisfactory conception of the nature of electromagnetic radiation, equations similar to the classical equations of this section can be formulated which represent correctly the emission and absorption of radiation by 'atomic systems to within the limits of error of experiment. According to the classical theory the rate of emission of radiant energy by an accelerated particle of electric charge e is _dE 2eW dt ~ 3c 3 ' dE in which -^- is the rate at which the energy E of the pagtich ctt is converted into radiant energy, v is the acceleration of the particle, and c the velocity of light. Let us first consider a system of a special type, in which a particle of charge e carries out simple harmonic oscillation with frequency v along the x axis, according to the equation x = x cos Zirvt. (3-2) Differentiating this expression, assuming that x* is independent of the time, we obtain for the acceleration the value v =* x * -4irVz cos 22 SURVEY OF CLASSICAL MECHANICS [I- The average rate of emission of radiant energy by such a system is consequently dE inasmuch as the average value cos 2 2irvt over a cycle is "one-half. As a result of the emission of energy, the amplitude z of the motion will decrease with time; if the fractional change in energy during a cycle of the motion is small, however, this equa- tion retains its validity. The radiation emitted by such a system has the frequency v of the emitting system. It is plane-polarized, the plane of the electric vector being the plane which includes the x axis and the direction of propagation of the light. In case that the particle carries out harmonic oscillations along all three axes x, y, and 2, with 'frequencies v xy v v , and v z and amplitudes (at a given time) x , 2/0, and ZQ, respectively, the total rate of emission of radiant energy will be given as the sum of three terms similar to the Tight side of Equation 3-4, one giving the rate of emission of energy as light of frequency v x , one of v y , and one of v. If the motion of the particle is not simple harmonic, it can be represented by a Fourier series or Fourier integral as a sum or integral of harmonic terms similar to that of Equation 3-2; light of frequency characteristic of each of these terms will then be emitted at a rate given by Equation 3-4, the coefficient of the Fourier term being introduced in place of x . The emission of light by a system composed of several inter- acting electrically charged particles is conveniently discussed in the following way. A Fourier analysis is first made of the motion of the system in a given state to resolve it into harmonic terms. For a given term, corresponding to a given frequency of motion v, the coefficient resulting from the analysis (which is a function of the coordinates of the particles) is expanded as a power series in the quantities i/X, , z n /X, in which i, , z n are the coordinates of the particles relative to some origin (such as the center of mass) and X = c/v is the wave length of the radiation with frequency v. The term of zero degree in this expansion is zero, inasmuch as the electric charge of the system does not change with time. The term of first degree involves, in addition to the harmonic function of the time, only 1-4] SUMMARY OF CHAPTER I 23 a function of the coordinates. The aggregate of these first- degree terms in the coordinates with their associated time factors, summed over all frequency values occurring in the original Fourier analysis, represents a dynamical quantity ktiown as the electric moment of the system, a vector quantity P defined as (3-5) in which r denotes the vector from the origin to the position of the iih particle, with charge a. Consequently to this degree of approximation the radiation emitted by a system of several particles can be discussed by making a Fourier analysis of the electric moment P. Corresponding to each term of frequency v in this representation of P, there will be emitted radiation of frequency v at a rate given by an equation similar to Equation 3-4, with exo replaced by the Fourier coefficient in the electric- moment expansion. The emission of radiation by this mechanism is usually called dipole emission, the radiation itself sometimes being described as dipole radiation. The quadratic terms in the expansions in powers of x\/\ , Zn/X form a quantity Q called the quadrupole moment of the system, and higher powers form higher moments. The rate of emission of radiant energy as a result of the change of quadru- pole and higher moments of an atom or molecule is usually negligibly small in comparison with the rate of dipole emission, and in consequence dipole radiation alone is ordinarily discussed. Under some circumstances, however, as when the intensity of dipole radiation is zero and the presence of very weak radiation can be detected, the process of quadrupole emission is important. 4. SUMMARY OF CHAPTER I The purpose of this survey of classical mechanics is twofold: first, to indicate the path whereby the more general formulations of classical dynamics, such as the equations of motion of Lagrange and of Hamilton, have been developed from the original equations of Newton; and second, to illustrate the application of these methods to problems which are later discussed by quantum- mechanical methods. In carrying out the first purpose, we have discussed Newton's equations in Cartesian coordinates and then altered their form by 24 SURVEY OF CLASSICAL MECHANICS [1-4 the introduction of the kinetic and potential energies. By defining the Lagrangian function for the special case of Newtonian systems and introducing it into the equations of motion, Newton's equations were then thrown into the Lagrangian form. Follow- ing an introductory discussion of generalized coordinates, the proof of the general validity of the equations of motion in the Lagrangian form for any system of coordinates has been given; and it has also been pointed out that the Lagrangian form of the equations of motion, although we have derived it from the equations of Newton, is really more widely applicable than Newton's postulates, because by making a suitable choice of the Lagrangian function a very wide range of problems can be treated in this way. In the second section there has been derived a third form for the equations of motion, the Hamiltonian form, following the introduction of the concept of generalized momenta, and the rela- tion between the Hamiltonian function and the energy has been discussed. In Section 3 a very brief discussion of the classical theory of the radiation of energy from accelerated charged particles has been given, in order to have a foundation for later discussions of this topic. Mention is made of both dipole and quadrupole radiation. Finally, several examples (which are later solved by the use of quantum mechanics), including the three-dimensional harmonic oscillator in Cartesian and in polar coordinates, have been treated by the methods discussed in this chapter. General References on Classical Mechanics W. D. MACMILLAN: " Theoretical Mechanics. Statics and the Dynamics of a Particle," McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1932. S. L. LONEY: "Dynamics of a Particle and of Rigid Bodies," Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1923.. J. H. JEANS: "Theoretical Mechanics," Ginn and Company, Boston, 1907. E. T. WHITTAKER: "Analytical Dynamics," Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1928. R. C. TOLMAN: "Statistical Mechanics with Applications to Physics and Chemistry," Chemical Catalog Company, Inc., New York, 1927, Chap. II, The Elements of Classical Mechanics. W. E. BYEBLY: "Generalized Coordinates," Ginn and Company, Boston, 1916. CHAPTER II THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY 5. THE ORIGIN OF THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY The old quantum theory was born in 1900, when Max Planck 1 announced his theoretical derivation of th^jdistrihutionjaw for, black-body radiation which he had previously formulated from empirical considerations. He showed that the results of experi- ment on the distribution of energy with frequency of radiation in equilibrium with matter at a given temperature can be accounted for by postulating that the vibrating particles of matter (considered to act as harmonic oscillators) do not emit or absorb light continuously but instead only in discrete quanti- ties of magnitude hv proportional to the frequency v of the light. The constant of proportionality, h> is a new constant of nature; it is called Planck's constant and has the magnitude 6.547 X 10~ 27 erg sec. Its dimensions (energy X time) are those of the old dynamical quantity called action; they are such that the product of h and frequency v (with dimensions sec" 1 ) has the dimensions of energy. The dimensions of h are also those of angular momen- tum, and we shall see later that just as hv is a quantum of radiant energy of frequency v, so is h/2w a natural unit or quantum of angular momentum. The development of the quantum theory was at first slow. It was not until 1905 that Einstein 2 suggested that the quantity of radiant energy hv was sent out in the process of emission of light not in all directions but instead unidirectionally, like a particle. The name light quantum or photon is applied to such a portion of radiant energy. Einstein also discussed the photo- electric effect, the fundamental processes of photochemistry, and the heat capacities of solid bodies in terms of "the quantum theory. When light falls on a metal plate, electrons are emitted from it. The maximum speed of these photoelectrons, however, 1 M. PLANCK, Ann. d. Phys. (4) 4, 553 (1901). 2 A. EINSTEIN, Ann. d. Phys. (4) 17, 132 (1905). 25 26 THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY n-6a is not dependent on the intensity of the light, as would be expected from classical electromagnetic theory, but only on its frequency; Einstein pointed out that this is to be expected from the quantum theory, the process of photoelectric emission involv- ing the conversion of the energy hv of one photon into the kinetic energy of a photoelectron (plus the energy required to remove the electron from the metal). Similarly, Einstein's law of photochemical equivalence states that one molecule may be activated to chemical reaction by the absorption of one photon. The third application, to the heat capacities of solid bodies, marked the Beginning of the quantum theory of material systems. Planck's postulate regarding the emission and absorption of radiation in quanta hv suggested that a dynamical system such as an atom oscillating about an equilibrium position with fre- quency VQ might not be able to oscillate with arbitrary energy, but only with energy values which differ from one another by integral multiples of hv Q . From this assumption and a simple extension of the principles of statistical mechanics it can be shown that the heat capacity of a solid aggregate of particles should not remain constant with decreasing temperature, but should at some low temperature fall off rapidly toward zero. This prediction of Einstein, supported by the earlier experi- mental work of Dewar on diamond, was immediately verified by the experiments of Nernst and Eucken on various substances; and quantitative agreement between theory and experiment for simple crystals was achieved through Debye's brilliant refinement of the theory. 1 6a. The Postulates of Bohr. The quantum theory had developed to this stage before it became possible to apply it to the hydrogen atom; for it was not until 1911 that there occurred the discovery by Rutherford of the nuclear constitu- tion of the atom its composition from a small heavy posi- tively charged nucleus and one or more extranuclear electrons. Attempts were made immediately to apply the quantum theory to the hydrogen atom. The successful effort of Bohr 2 in 1913, despite its simplicity, may well be considered the greatest single step in the development of the theory of atomic structure. 1 P. DEBYB, Ann. d. Phya. (4) 39, 789 (1912); see also M. BORN and T. VON , Phys. Z. 13, 297 (1912); 14, 15 (1913). XT T>*v~ H-5a] THE ORIGIN OF THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY 27 It was clearly evident that the laws of classical mechanical and electromagnetic theory could not apply to the Rutherford hydrogen atom. According to classical theory the electron in a hydrogen atom, attracted toward the nucleus by an inverse- square Coulomb force, would describe an elliptical or circular orbit about it, similar to that of the earth about the sun. ^The agc_eleratioiLDf the chargedjgartjcles would lead to the emission of light, with frequencies equal to the mechanical frequency of the electron in its orbit, and to multiples of this as overtones. With the emission of energy, the radius of the orbit_ would dimmish and the mechanical frequency would change. Hence the emitted light should show a wide range of frequencies.) This is not at all what is observed the radiation emitted by hydrogen atoms is confined to spectral lines of sharply defined frequencies, and, moreover, these frequencies are not related to one another by integral factors, as overtones, but instead show an interesting additive relation, expressed in the Ritz combination principk, and in addition a still more striking relation involving the squares of integers, discovered by Balmer. Furthermore, the existence of stable non-radiating atoms was not to be understood on the basis of classical theory, for a system consisting of electrons revolving about atomic nuclei would be expected to emit radiant energy until the electrons had fallen into the nuclei. Bohr, no doubt inspired by the work of Einstein mentioned above, formulated the two following postulates, which to a great extent retain their validity in the quantum mechanics. I. The Existence of Stationary States. An atomic system can exist in certain stationary states, each one corresponding to a definite value of the energy W of the system; and transition from one stationary state to another is accompanied by the emission or absorption as radiant energy, or the transfer to or from another system, of an amount of energy equal to the difference in energy of the two states. II. The Bohr Frequency Rule. The frequency of the radiation emitted by a system on transition from an initial state of energy Wz to a final state of lower energy W\ (or absorbed on transition from the state of energy Wi to that of energy TF 2 ) is given by the equation 1 1 This relation was suggested by the Ritz combination .principle, which it closely resembles. It was found empirically by Rite and others that if 28 THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY [H-6b Wt - Wi Bohr in addition gave a method of determining the quantized states of motion the stationary states of the hydrogen atom. His method of quantization, involving the restriction of the angular momentum of circular orbits to integral multiples of the quantum h/2ir, though leading to satisfactory energy levels, was soon superseded by a more powerful method, described in the next section. Problem 5-1. Consider an electron moving in a circular orbit about a nucleus of charge Ze. Show that when the centrifugal force is just balanced by the centripetal force Ze 2 /r 2 , the total energy is equal to one-half the potential energy Ze 2 /r. Evaluate the energy of the stationary states for which the angular momentum equals nh/27r j with n 1, 2, 3, . 6b. The Wilson-Sommerfeld Rules of Quantization. In 1915 W. Wilson and A. Sommerfeld discovered independently 1 a powerful method of quantization, which was soon applied, especially by Sommerfeld and his coworkers, in the discussion lines of frequencies v\ and vi occur in the spectrum of a given atom it is frequently possible to find also a line with frequency v\. -f- ^2 or v\ i> 2 . This led directly to the idea that a set of numbers, called term values, can be assigned to an atom, such that the frequencies of all the spectral lines can be expressed as differences of pairs of term values. Term values are usually given in wave numbers, since this unit, which is the reciprocal of the wave length expressed in centimeters, is a convenient one for spectro- scopic use. We shall use the symbol v for term values in wave numbers, reserving the simpler symbol v for frequencies in see" 1 . The normal state of the ionized atom is usually chosen as the arbitrary zero, and the term values which represent states of the atom with lower energy than the ion are given the positive sign, so that the relation between W and v is W The modern student, to whom the Bohr frequency rule has become common- place, might consider that this rule is clearly evident in the work of Planck and Einstein. This is not so, however; the confusing identity of the mechanical frequencies of the harmonic oscillator (the only system discussed) and the frequency of the radiation absorbed and emitted by this quantized system delayed recognition of the fact that a fundamental violation of electromagnetic theory was imperative. W. WILSON, Phil. Mag. 29, 795 (1915); A. SOMMERFELD, Ann. d. Phys. 51, 1 (1916). H-5c] THE ORIGIN OF THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY 29 of the fine structure of the spectra of hydrogen and ionized helium, their Zeeman and Stark effects, and many other phe- nomena. The first step of their method consists in solving the classical equations of motion in the Hamiltonian form (Sec. 2), therefore making use of the coordinates #!,, <?3n and the canonically conjugate momenta pi, , p 3n as the independent variables. The assumption is then introduced that only those classical orbits are allowed as stationary states for which the following conditions are satisfied: tfpkdqk n k h, k = 1, 2, , 3n; n k = an integer. (5-2) These integrals, which are called action integrals, can be calcu- lated only for conditionally periodic systems; that is, for systems for which coordinates can be found each of which goes through a cycle as a function of the time, independently of the others. The definite integral indicated by the symbol $ is taken over one cycle of the motion. Sometimes the coordinates can be chosen in several different ways, in which case the shapes of the quantized orbits depend on the choice of coordinate systems, but the energy values do not. We shall illustrate the application of this postulate to the determination of the energy levels of certain specific problems in Sections 6 and 7. 5c. Selection Rules. The Correspondence Principle. The old quantum theory did not provide a satisfactory method of cal- culating the intensities of spectral lines emitted or absorbed by a system, that is, the probabilities of transition from one sta- tionary state to another with the emission or absorption of a photon. Qualitative information was provided, however, by an auxiliary postulate, known as Bohr's correspondence principle, which correlated the quantum-theory transition probabilities with the intensity of the light of various frequencies which would have been radiated by the system according to classical electro- magnetic theory. In particular, if no light of frequency cor- responding to a given transition would have been emitted classically, it was assumed that the transition would not take place. The results of such considerations were expressed in selection rules. For example, the energy values nhv Q of a harmonic oscillator (as given in the following section) are such as apparently to 30 THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY [H-6a permit the emission or absorption of light of frequencies which are arbitrary multiples (n 2 UI)V Q of the fundamental fre- quency i/o. But a classical harmonic oscillator would emit only the fundamental frequency v , with no overtones, as discussed in Section 3 ; consequently, in accordance with the correspondence principle, it was assumed that the selection rule An = 1 was valid, the quantized oscillator being thus restricted to transitions to the adjacent stationary states. 8. THE QUANTIZATION OF SIMPLE SYSTEMS 6a. The Harmonic Oscillator. Degenerate States. It was shown in the previous chapter that for a system consisting of a particle of mass ra bound to the equilibrium position x = by a restoring force kx= 4ir*mvlx and constrained to move along the x axis the classical motion consists in a harmonic oscilla- tion with frequency v , as described by the equation x = XQ sin 2-jrvot. (6-1) The momentum p x = mx has the value p x = ZirmvoXo cos 2?rvo<, (6-2) so that the quantum integral can be evaluated at once: = I * cos ^v^dt = < 2fx' i vtimx\ nh. (6-3) The amplitude X Q is hence restricted to the quantized values 0n = {nh/2v 2 VQm}tt. The corresponding energy values are W n = T + V = 27r 2 m^(sin 2 2mv<t, + cos 2 2irv Q t) or W n = nhv, n = 0, 1, 2, . (t>-4) Thus we see that the energy levels allowed by the old quantum theory are integral multiples of hvo, as indicated in Figure 6-1. The selection rule An = 1 permits the emission and absorption of light of frequency VQ only. A particle bound to an equilibrium position in a plane by restoring forces with different force constants in the x and y directions, corresponding to the potential function V = 2r 2 m(^ 2 + v v V), (fr-5) H-6b] THE QUANTIZATION OF SIMPLE SYSTEMS 31 is similarly found to carry out independent harmonic oscillations along the two axes. The quantization restricts the energy to the values W ntnv = n x hv x + nyhv v , n*, riy = 0, 1, 2, , (6-6) determined by the two quantum numbers n x and n y . The ampli- tudes of motion x and t/ are given by two equations similar to Equation 6-3. n-5 V,W n-4 n. 3 n-2 n 1 FIQ. 6-1. Potential-energy function and quantized energy levels for the har- monic oscillator according to the old quantum theory. In case that v x = v v = j> , the oscillator is said to be isotropic. he energy levels are then given by the equation W n = (n x + ny)hv Q = nhv<>. (6-7) Different states of motion, corresponding to different sets of values of the two quantum numbers n 9 and n y , may then correspond to the same energy level. Such an energy level is said to be degenerate, the degree of degeneracy being given by the number of independent sets of quantum numbers. In this case the nth level shows (n + l)-fold degeneracy. The nth level of the three-dimensional isotropic harmonic oscillator shows (n + l)(n + 2) , . , , - ^ - --fold degeneracy. Zi 6b. The Rigid Rotator. The configuration of the system of a rigid rotator restricted to a plane is determined by a single angular coordinate, say x- The canonically conjugate angular momentum, p x = /x, where / is the moment of inertia, 1 is a 1 See Section 36a. footnote, for a definition of moment of inertia. 32 THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY [II-6c constant of the motion. 1 Hence the quantum rule is or p x = ~ } K = 0, 1, 2, . (6-8) Thus the angular momentum is an integral multiple of h/2ir, as originally assumed by Bohr. The allowed energy values are WK = 27 = 87T 1 /" ( 6 ~ 9 ^ The rigid rotator in space can be described by polar coordinates of the figure axis, <p and #. On apply- ing the quantum rules it is found K c 4 that the total angular momentum is given by Equation 6-8, and the component of angular momentum along the z axis by W K-2 . -- , 0, , + K. (6-10) 1 - K=i The energy levels are given by "FIG. 6~2.-Energy levels fo/the Equation 6-9, each level being rotator according to the old (2K + l)-fold degenerate, inas- quantum theory. miich ^ the quantum numbe r M does not affect the energy (Fig. 6-2). 6c. The Oscillating and Rotating Diatomic Molecule. A molecule consisting of two atoms bonded together by forces which hold them near to the distance r apart may be approxi- mately considered as a harmonic oscillator joined with a rigid rotator of moment of inertia / = M^*O> M being the reduced mass. The quantized energy levels are then given by the equation W vK = t**o v being the oscillational or vibrational quantum number 2 and K 1 Section le, footnote. * The symbol v is now used by band spectroscopists rather than n for this quantum number. H-6d] THE QUANTIZATION OF SIMPLE SYSTEMS 33 the rotational quantum number. The selection rules for such a molecule involving two unlike atoms are AK = 1, At; = 1. Actual molecules show larger values of Ay, resulting from devi- ation of the potential function from that corresponding to harmonic oscillation. The frequency of light absorbed in a transition from the state with quantum numbers v", K" to that with quantum numbers i;', K' is or, introducing the selection rule AK = 1, iv'*",.'*"*i = (v' - O"o + (2K" + 1)~ (6-12) The lines corresponding to this equation are shown in Figure 6-3 for the fundamental oscillational band v = > v 1, together Calculated by equation 6~I2 I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I 10*9 9*88*77*6 6*5 .5*44*3 3~2 2*1 1*00*1 1*22*3 3*44*55*66*77*8 Observed v ^ FIG. d-3. The observed rotational fine structure of the hydrogen chloride fundamental oscillational band v > v = 1, showing deviation from the equidistant spacing of Equation 6-12. with th3 experimentally observed absorption band for hydrogen chloride. It is seen that there is rough agreement; the observed lines are not equally spaced, however, indicating that our theo- retical treatment, with its assumption of constancy of the moment of inertia /, is too strongly idealized. 6d. The Particle in a Box. Let us consider a particle of mass m in a box in the shape of a rectangular parallelepiped with edges a, 6, and c, the particle being under the influence of no 34 THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY [H-6e forces except during collision with the walls of the box, from which it rebounds elastically. The linear momenta p x , p v , and p t will then be constants of the motion, except that they will change sign on collision of the particle with the corresponding walls. Their values are restricted by the rule for quantization as follows: pxdx = 2ap x = nji, p x = -~i n x = 0, 1, 2, , pv = W n " = ' l ' 2 ' ' ' ' ' (6r ~ 13) P* = ^> n, = 0, 1, 2, Consequently the total energy is restricted to the values *W, = -L(rf + Pi + Pi) = (| + 5j + |). (6-14) 6e. Diffraction by a Crystal Lattice. Let us consider an infinite crystal lattice, involving a sequence of identical planes spaced with the regular interval d. The allowed states of motion of this crystal along the z axis we assume, in accordance with the rules of the old quantum theory, to be those for which flpgdz = n z h. For this crystal it is seen that a cycle for the coordinate z is the identity distance d, so that (p z being constant in the absence of forces acting on the crystal) the quantum rule becomes d <L p4z = nji, or p g = -' (&-15) Any interaction with another system must be such as to leave p f quantized; that is, to change it by the amount Ap t = Anji/d or nh/dj in which n = An* is an integer. One such type of interaction is collision with a photon of frequency v, represented in Figure 6-4 as impinging at the angle & and being specularly reflected. Since the momentum of a photon is hv/c, and its hv component along the z axis sin #, the momentum transferred c to the crystal is sin & = ~ sin #. Equating this with the C A n-6e] THE QUANTIZATION OF SIMPLE SYSTEMS 35 allowed momentum change of the crystal nh/d y we obtain the expression nX = 2d sin 0. (6-16) This is, however, just the Bragg equation for the diffraction of x-rays by a crystal. This derivation from the corpuscular view of the nature of light was given by Duane and Compton 1 in 1923. Let us now consider a particle, say an electron, of mass m simi- larly reflected by the crystal. The momentum transferred to the crystal will be 2mv sin #, which is equal to a quantum for the crystal when n = 2d sin mv Fia. 6-4.- -The reflection of a photon by a crystal. Thus we see that a particle would be scattered by a crystal only when a diffraction equation similar to the Bragg equation for x-rays is satisfied. The wave length of light is replaced by the expression h mv (6-18) which is indeed the de Broglie expression for the wave length associated with an electron moving with the speed v. This simple consideration, which might have led to the discovery of the wave character of material particles in the days when the old quantum theory had not yet been discarded, was overlooked at that time. In the above treatment, which is analogous to the Bragg treat- ment of x-ray diffraction, the assumption of specular reflection is made. This can be avoided by a treatment similar to Laue's derivation of his diffraction equations. The foregoing considerations provide a simple though perhaps somewhat extreme illustration of the power of the old quantum theory as well as of its indefinite character. That a formal argu- ment of this type leading to diffraction equations usually derived 1 W. DUANE, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sri. 9, 158 (1923); A. H. COMPTON, ibid. 9, 359 U923). 36 THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY [11-7* by the discussion of interference and reinforcement of waves could be carried through from the corpuscular viewpoint with the old quantum theory, and that a similar treatment could be given the scattering of electrons by a crystal, with the introduction of the de Broglie wave length for the electron, indicates that the gap between the old quantum theory and the new wave mechanics is not so wide as has been customarily assumed. The indefinite- ness of the old quantum theory arose from its incompleteness its inability to deal with any systems except multiply-periodic ones. Thus in this diffraction problem we are able to derive only the simple diffraction equation for an infinite crystal, the interesting questions of the width of the diffracted beam, the dis- tribution of intensity in different diffraction maxima, the effect of finite size of the crystal, etc., being left unanswered. 1 7. THE HYDROGEN ATOM The system composed of a nucleus and one electron, whose treatment underlies any theoretical discussion of the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, was the subject of Bohr's first paper on the quantum theory. 2 In this paper he discussed cir- cular orbits of the planetary electron about a fixed nucleus. Later 3 he took account of the motion of the nucleus as well as the electron about their center of mass and showed that with the consequent introduction of the reduced mass of the two particles a small numerical deviation from a simple relation between the spectral frequencies of hydrogen and ionized helium is satisfactorily explained. Sommerfeld 4 then applied his more general rules for quantization, leading to quantized elliptical orbits with definite spatial orientations, and showed that the relativistic change in mass of the electron causes a splitting of energy levels correlated with the observed fine structure of hydrogenlike spectra. In this section we shall reproduce the Sommerfeld treatment, except for the consideration of the rela- tivistic correction. 7a. Solution of the Equations of Motion. The system con- sists of two particles, the heavy nucleus, with mass MI and 1 The application of the correspondence principle to this problem was made by P. S. Epstein and P. Ehrenfest, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 10, 133 (1924). 2 N. BOHR, Phil. Mag. 26, 1 (1913). 8 N. BOHR, ibid. 27, 506 (1914). 4 A. SOMMERFELD, Ann. d. Phys. 51, 1 (1916). H-7a] THE HYDROGEN ATOM 37 electric charge +Ze, and the electron, with mass w 2 and charge e, between which there is operative an inverse-square attrac- tive force corresponding to the potential-energy function V(r) = -Z6 2 /r, r being the distance between the two particles. (The gravi- tational attraction is negligibly small relative to the electro- static attraction.) The system is similar to that of the sun and a planet, or the earth and moon. It was solved by Sir Isaac Newton in his " Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica," wherein he showed that the orbits of one particle relative to the other are conic sections. Of these we shall discuss only the closed orbits, elliptical or circular, inasmuch as the old quantum theory was incapable of dealing with the hyperbolic orbits of the ionized hydrogen atom. The system may be described by means of Cartesian coordi- nates x\j 2/1, z\ and x 2 , 2/2, z 2 f the two particles. As shown in Section 2d by the introduction of coordinates x, y, z of the center of mass and of polar coordinates r, #, <p of the electron relative to the nucleus, the center of mass of the system undergoes translational motion in a fixed direction with constant speed, like a single particle in field-free space, and the relative motion of electron and nucleus is that of a particle of mass ju = + ma the reduced mass of the two particles, about a fixed center to which it is attracted by the same force as that between the electron, and nucleus. Moreover, the orbit representing any state of motion lies in a plane (Sec. Id). In terms of variables r and x in the plane of motion, the Lagrangian equations of motion are = Mri 2 _ ^ ( 7 _!) r 2 and 0. (7-2) The second of these can be integrated at once (as in Sec. Id), to give /*r 2 x = p, a constant. (7-3) This first result expresses Keoler's area law: The radius vector 38 THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY [H-7a from sun to planet sweeps out equal areas in equal times. The constant p is the total angular momentum of the system. Eliminating x from Equations 7-1 and 7-3, we obtain 7) 2 7jP* ^r = P- _ q-, (7-4) Mr 3 r 2 v ' which on multiplication by r and integration leads to ,- -. ' (7 ~ 5) M r 2 p 2 ,Ze 2 ~ - " " The constant of integration W is the total energy of the system (aside from the translational energy of the system as a whole). Instead of solving this directly, let us eliminate t to obtain an equation involving r and x- Since . __ dr _ dr d\ _ dr p Equation 7-5 reduces to (idrV __1 2ZeV VF'dx/ - F' + p'r + - or, introducing the new variable u = \, (7-7) dU = (7-8) 2 M TF -\ / T~ \ p 2 "T" o C* 2 This can be integrated at once, for W either positive or negative. In the latter case (closed orbits) there is obtained ,- ^ (7 ~ 9) This is the equation of an ellipse with the origin at one focus, as in Figure 7-1. In terms of the eccentricity and the semimajor and semiminor axes a and 6, the equation of such an ellipse is 1 1 + sin (x xo) a , ^/o 2 b 2 . f , U - r -- a(l - : *) = P + ^-F sm (x - xo) ' (7-10) with b -- n-7b] THE HYDROGEN ATOM 39 Thus it is found that the elements of the elliptical orbit are given by the equations Ze 2 a = 2W' b = CM,, The energy W is determined by the major axis of the ellipse alone. As shown in Problem 5-1, the total energy for a circular orbit is equal to one-half the potential energy and to the kinetic energy with changed sign. It can be shown also that similar relations FIG. 7-1. An elliptical electron-orbit for the hydrogen atom according to the old quantum theory. hold for the time-average values of these quantities for elliptic orbits, that is, that W = Y 2 V = -?, (7-12) in which the barred symbols indicate the time-average values of the dynamical quantities. 7b. Application of the Quantum Rules. The Energy Levels. The Wilson-Sommerfeld quantum rules, in terms of the polar coordinates r, tf , and ^, are expressed by the three equations nji, (7-13a) n*h, (7-136) mh. (7-13c) Since p^isa, constant (Sec. le), the third of these can be integrated at once, giving 40 THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY [H-7b Yfth 2vp v = mh, or p v = ^- m = 1, 2, . (7-14) Hence the component of angular momentum of the orbit along the z axis can assume only the quantized values which are integral multiples of h/2ir. The quantum number m is called the mag- netic quantum number, because it serves to distinguish the various slightly separated levels into which the field-free energy levels are split upon the application of a magnetic field to the atom. This quantum number is closely connected with the orientation of the old-quantum-theory orbit in space, a question discussed in Section Id. The second integral is easily discussed by the introduction of the angle x and its conjugate momentum p x = p, the total angular momentum of the system, by means of the relation, given in Equation 1-41, Section le, + Pvd<p. (7-15) In this way we obtain the equation fp x d x = kh, (7-16) in which p x is a constant of the motion and k is the sum of n& and m. This integrates at once to 2rrp = kh, or p = ^ k = 1, 2, - - . (7-17) 47T Hence the total angular momentum of the orbit was restricted by the old quantum theory to values which are integral mul- tiples of the quantum unit of angular momentum h/"2ir. The quantum number k is called the azimuthal quantum number. To evaluate the first integral it is convenient to transform it in the following way, involving the introduction of the angle x and the variable u = 1/r with the use of Equation 7-6: , . , . ,_ 10 , Pr dr = rdr = ^J d x = p ^( d x . (7-18) From Equation 7-10 we find on differentiation du cos (x - xo) H-7b] THE HYDROGEN ATOM 41 with the use of which the r quantum condition reduces to the form ~ cosMx-^xo) d = nji (7 _^ {I + Sin(x - xo)} 2 The definite integral was evaluated by Sommerfeld. 1 The resultant equation is 2rp( -= - 1 j = n r h. (7-21) \ v 1 ~~~ * / This, with the value of p of Equation 7-17 and the relation b = a\/\ e 2 , leads to the equation a = n r + k = n (7-22) b k k In this equation we have introduced a new quantum number n> called the total quantum number, as the sum of the azimuthal quantum number k and the radial quantum number n r : n = n r + k. (7-23) With these equations and Equation 7-11, the energy values of the quantized orbits and the values of the major and minor semiaxes can be expressed in terms of the quantum numbers and the physical constants involved. The energy is seen to have the value being a function of the total quantum number alone. The value of R, the Rydberg constant, which is given by the equation P 27r ^ e4 (7 OKN R = --, (7-25) depends on the reduced mass /x of the electron and the nucleus. It is known very accurately, being obtained directly from spectroscopic data, the values as reported by Birge for hydrogen, ionized helium, and infinite nuclear mass being # H = 109,677.759 0.05 cm" 1 , fine = 109,722.403 0.05 cm- 1 , fl = 109,737.42 0.06 cm- 1 . 1 A. SOMMERFELD, Ann. d. Phys. 51, 1 (1916). 42 THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY [H-7b The major and minor semiaxes have the values n _ n * a h - nka H 9fi\ a = ^-1 o = --; (7-26) \n which the constant a has the value The value of this quantity, which for hydrogen is the distance of the electron from the nucleus in the circular orbit with n = 1, k = 1, also depends on the reduced mass, but within the experi- mental error in the determination of e the three cases mentioned above lead to the same value 1 a = 0.52851, in which 1 A = 1 X 10~ 8 cm. The energy may also be expressed in terms of a as %,,* 72v>2 W n = ~ = -- (7-28) Za Zn z do The total energy required to remove the electron from the normal hydrogen atom to infinity is hence IWke = (7-29) This quantity, Wn = 2.1528 X 10~ n ergs, is often expressed in volt electrons, TF H = 13.530 v.e., or in reciprocal centimeters or wave numbers, W H = 109,677.76 cm"" 1 (the factor he being omitted), or in calories per mole, Wn = 311,934 cal/mole. The energy levels of hydrogen are shown in Figure 7-2. It is seen that the first excitation energy, the energy required to raise the hydrogen atom from the normal state, with n = 1, to the first excited state, with n = 2, is very large, amounting to 10.15 v.e. or 234,000 cal/mole. The spectral lines emitted by an excited hydrogen atom as it falls from one stationary state to another would have wave numbers or reciprocal wave lengths v given by the equation n .,, -.. ( 7 -30) 1 The value given by Birge for infinite mass is 0.5281 e 0.0004 X lQ- cm, that for hydrogen being 0.0003 larger (Appendix I). H-7c] THE HYDROGEN ATOM 43 in which n" and ri are the values of the total quantum number for the lower and the upper state, respectively. The series of lines corresponding to n" = 1, that is, to transitions to the normal state, is called the Lyman series, and those corresponding to n" = 2, 3, and 4 are called the Balmer, Paschen, and Brackett series, respectively. The Lyman series lies in the ultraviolet region, the lower members of the Balmer series are in the visible region, and the other series all lie in the infrared. w-o I I + 1 1 f n4 " ~~ i41 Paschen Brackett series series n=2 Balmer series nl Lyman series FIG. 7-2. The energy levels of the hydrogen atom, and the transitions giving rise to the Lyman, Balmer, Paschen, and Brackett series. 7c. Description of the Orbits. Although the allowed orbits given by the treatment of Section 76 are not retained in the quantum-mechanical model of hydrogen, they nevertheless serve as a valuable starting point for the study of the more subtle concepts of the newer theories. The old-quantum-theory orbits are unsatisfactory chiefly because they restrict the motion too rigidly, a criticism which is generally applicable to the results of this theory. For the simple non-relativistic model of the hydrogen atom in field-free space the allowed orbits are certain ellipses whose com- mon focus is the center of mass of the nucleus and the electron, and whose dimensions are certain functions of the quantum 44 THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY numbers, as we have seen. For a given energy level of the atom there is in general more than one allowed ellipse, since the energy depends only on the major axis of the ellipse and not on its eccentricity or orientation in space. These different ellipses are distinguished by having different values of the azimuthal FIG. 7-3a, 6, c. Bohr-Sommerfeld electron-orbits for n = 1, 2, and 3, drawn to the same scale. quantum number fc, which may be any integer from 1 to n. Wlienjc-^qu^ls^n^ the orbit is a circle, as is seen from Equation 7-26. For k less than n, the minor semiaxis b is less than the major semiaxis a, the eccentricity e of the orbit increasing as k decreases relative to n. The value zero for k was somewhat arbitrarily excluded, on the basis of the argument that the H-7d] THE HYDROGEN ATOM 45 corresponding orbit is a degenerate line ellipse which would cause the electron to strike the nucleus. Figure 7-3 shows the orbits for n = 1, 2, and 3 and for the allowed values of k. The three different ellipses with n = 3 have major axes of the same length and minor axes which decrease with decreasing ft. Figure 7-3 also illustrates the expansion of the orbits with increasing quantum number, the radii of the circular orbits increasing as the square of n. A property of these orbits which is of particular importance in dealing with heavier atoms is the distance of closest approach of the electron to the nucleus. Using the expressions for a and b given in Equation 7-26 and the properties of the ellipse, we obtain e j.i - j- , xi i r. - , for this distance the value - ~ - - 1ms formula L and the orbits drawn in Figure 7-3 show that the most eccentric orbit for a given n, i.e., that with the smaU^st-^alue-of k, comes the nearest to the nucleus. In many-electron atoms, this causes a separation of the energies corresponding to these different elliptical orbits with the same n, since the presence of the other electrons, especially the inner or core electrons, causes a modification of the field acting on the electron when it enters the region near the nucleus. Since the charge on the nucleus enters the expression for the radius of the orbit given by Equations 7-26 and 7-27, the orbits for He + are smaller than the corresponding ones for hydrogen, the major semiaxis being reduced one-half by the greater charge on the helium-ion nucleus. 7d. Spatial Quantization. So far we have said nothing of the orientation of the orbits in space. If a weak field, either electric or magnetic, is applied to the atom, so that the z direction in space can be distinguished but no appreciable change in energy occurs, the z component of the angular momentum of the atom must be an integral multiple of h/2ir, as mentioned in Section 7b following Equation 7-14. This condition, which restricts the orientation of the plane of the orbit to certain definite directions, is called spatial quantization. The vector representing the total angular momentum p is a line perpendicular to the plane of the orbit (see Sec. le) and from Equation 7-17 has the length kh/2ir. The z component of the angular momentum is of length fc cos w(V2rr), if w is the angle between the vector p and 46 THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY [H-7d the z axis. This results in the following expression for cos o>: m COS CO = -T ' The value zerojor m was excluded for reasons related to those used in barring k = 0, so that m may be 1, 2, , k. '0) -1 m-3 FIQ. 7-4a, 6, c. Spatial quantization of Bohr-Sommerfeld orbits with A; = 1, 2. and 3. For the lowest state of hydrogen, in which k = 1 (and for all orbits for which k = 1), there are only two values of m, +1 and 1, which correspond to motion in the xy plane in a counterclockwise or in a clockwise sense. For fc = 2 four orientations are per- n-8] THE DECLINE OF THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY 47 mitted, as shown in Figure 7-4. Values k for m always cor- respond to orbits lying in the xy plane. It can be shown by the methods of classical electromagnetic theory that the motion of an electron with charge e and mass kh mo in an orbit with angular momentum 5- gives rise to a magnetic ZTT field corresponding to a magnetic dipole of magnitude ^-^ oriented in the same direction as the angular momentum vector. The component of magnetic moment in the direction of the z axis he is m- A -- The energy of magnetic interaction of the atom with he a magnetic field of strength H parallel to the- z axis is mj- H. It was this interaction energy which was considered to give rise to the Zeeman effect (the splitting of spectral lines by a magnetic field) and the phenomenon of * paramagnetism. It is now known that this explanation is only partially satisfactory, inasmuch as the magnetic moment associated with the spin of the electron, discussed in Chapter VIII, also makes an important contribution. he The magnetic moment -: - is called a Bohr magneton. 6 Problem 7-1. Calculate the frequencies and wave lengths of the first five members of the Balmer series for the isotopic hydrogen atom whose mass is approximately 2.0136 on the atomic weight scale, and compare with those for ordinary hydrogen. Problem 7-2. Quantize the system consisting of two neutral particles of masses equal to those of the electron and proton held together by gravita- tional attraction, obtaining expressions for the axes of the orbits and the energy levels. 8. THE DECLINE OF THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY The historical development of atomic and molecular mechanics up to the present may be summarized by the following division into periods (which, of course, are not so sharply demarcated as indicated) : 1913-1920. The origin and extensive application of the old quantum theory of the atom. 1920-1925. The decline of the old quantum theory. 1925- . The origin of the new quantum mechanics and its application to physical problems. 48 THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY [U-8 1927- The application of the new quantum mechanics to chemical problems. The present time may well be also the first part of the era of the development of a more fundamental quantum mechanics, includ- ing the theory of relativity and of the electromagnetic field,- and dealing with the mechanics of the atomic nucleus as well as of the extranuclear structure. vThe decline of the old quantum theory began with the introduc- tion of half-integral values for quantum numbers in place of integral values for certain systems, in order to obtain agreement with experiment. It was discovered that the pure rotation spectra of the hydrogen halide molecules are not in accordance with Equation 6-9 with K = 0, 1, 2, , but instead require K = ^, %, . Similarly, half-integral values of the oscilla- tional quantum number v in Equation 6-11 were found to be required in order to account for the observed isotope displace- ments for diatomic molecules. Half-integral values for the azimuthal quantum number k were also indicated by observations on both polarization and penetration of the atom core by a valence electron. Still more serious were cases in which agree- ment with the observed energy levels could not be obtained by the methods of the old quantum theory by any such subterfuge or arbitrary procedure (such as the normal state of the helium atom, excited states of the helium atom, the normal state rf the hydrogen molecule ion, etc.), and cases where the methods of the old quantum theory led to definite qualitative disagreement with experiment (the influence of a magnetic field on the dielectric constant of a gas, etc.). Moreover, the failure of the old quan- tum theory to provide a method of calculating transition probabil- ities and the intensities of spectral lines was recognized more and more clearly as a fundamental flaw. Closely related to this was the lack of a treatment of the phenomenon of the disper- sion of light, a problem which attracted a great amount of attention. This dissatisfaction with the old quantum theory culminated in the formulation by Heisenberg 1 in 1925 of his quantum mechanics, as a method of treatment of atomic systems leading to values of the intensities as well as frequencies of spectral lines. The quantum mechanics of Heisenberg was rapidly 1 W. HEISENBERG, Z. f. Phys. 33, 879 (1925). H-8] THE DECLINE OF THE OLD QUANTUM THEORY 49 developed by Heisenberg, Born, and Jordan 1 by the introduction of matrix methods. In the meantime Schrodinger had inde- pendently discovered and developed his wave mechanics, 2 stimulated by the earlier attribution of a wave character to the electron by de Broglie 3 in 1924. The mathematical identity of matrix mechanics and wave mechanics was then shown by Schrodinger 4 and by Eckart. 5 The further development of the quantum mechanics was rapid, especially because of the con- tributions of Dirac, who formulated 6 a relativistic theory of the electron and contributed to the generalization of the quantum mechanics (Chap. XV). General References on the Old Quantum Theory A. SOMMERFELD: " Atomic Structure and Spectral Lines," E. P. Button & Co., Inc., New York, 1923. A. E. RUARK and H: C. UREY: "Atoms, Molecules and Quanta," McGraw- Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1930. 1 M. BORN and P. JORDAN, ibid. 34, 858 (1925); M. BORN, W. HEISENBERG, and P. JORDAN, ibid. 36, 557 (1926). 2 E. SCHRODINGER, Ann. d. Phys. 79, 361, 489; 80, 437; 81, 109 (1926). 3 L. DE BROGLIE, Thesis, Paris, 1924; Ann. de phys. (10) 3, 22 (1925). 4 E. SCHRODINGER, Ann. d. Phys. 79, 734 (1926). 6 C. ECKART, Phys. Rev. 28, 711 (1926). 6 P. A. M. DIRAC, Proc. Roy. Soc. A 113, 621; 114, 243 (1927); 117, 610 (1928). CHAPTER III THE SCHRODINGER WAVE EQUATION WITH THE HARMONIC OSCILLATOR AS AN EXAMPLE In the preceding chapters we have given a brief discussion of the development of the theory of mechanics before the discovery of the quantum mechanics. Now we begin the study of the quan- tum mechanics itself, starting in this chapter with the Schrodinger wave equation for a system with only one degree of freedom, the general principles of the theory being illustrated by the special example of the harmonic oscillator, which is treated in great detail because of its importance in many physical problems. The theory will then be generalized in the succeeding chapter to systems of point particles in three-dimensional space. 9. THE SCHR6DINGER WAVE EQUATION In the first paragraph of his paper 1 Quantisierung als Eigen- wertproblem, communicated to the Annalen der Physik on January 27, 1926, Erwin Schrodinger stated essentially: In this communication I wish to show, first for the simplest case of the non-relativistic and unperturbed hydrogen atom, that the usual rules of quantization can be replaced by another postulate, in which there occurs no mention of whole numbers. Instead, the introduction of integers arises in the same natural way as, for example, in a vibrating string, for which the number of nodes is integral. The new conception can be generalized, and I belieVe that it penetrates deeply into the true nature of the quantum rules. In this and four other papers, published during the first half of 1926, Schrodinger communicated his wave equation and applied it to a number of problems, including the hydrogen atom, the harmonic oscillator, the rigid rotator, the diatomic molecule, and 1 E. SCHRODINGER, Ann. d. Phys. 79, 361 (1926), and later papers referred to on the preceding page. An English translation of these papers has appeared under the title E. Schrodinger, "Collected Papers on Wave Mechanics," Blackie and Son, London and Glasgow, 1928. 60 ffi-9] THE SCHRODINGER WAVE EQUATION 51 the hydrogen atom in an electric field (Stark effect). For the last problem he developed his perturbation theory, and for the discussion of dispersion he also developed the theory of a perturbation varying with the time. His methods were rapidly adopted by other investigators, and applied with such success that there is hardly a field of physics or chemistry that has remained untouched by Schrodinger's work. Schrodinger's system of dynamics differs from that of Newton, Lagrange, and Hamilton in its aim as well as its method. Instead of attempting to find equations, such as Newton's equations, which enable a prediction to be made of the exact positions and velocities of the particles of a system in a given state of motion, he devised a method of calculating a function of the coordinates of the system and the time (and not the momenta or velocities), with the aid of which, in accordance with the interpretation developed by Born, 1 probable values of- the coordinates and of other dynamical quantities can be predicted for the system. It was later recognized that the acceptance of dynamical equa- tions of this type involves the renunciation of the hope of describ- ing in exact detail the behavior of a system. The degree of accuracy with which the behavior of a system can be discussed by quantum-mechanical methods forms the subject of Heisen- berg's uncertainty principle, 2 to which we shall recur in Chapter XV. The Schrodinger wave equation and its auxiliary postulates enable us to determine certain functions ^ of the coordinates of a system and the time. These functions are called the Schrodinger wave functions or probability amplitude functions. The square of the absolute value of a given wave function is interpreted as a probability distribution function for the coordinates of the system in the state represented by this wave function, as will be discussed in Section 10a. The wave equation has been given this name because it is a differential equation of the second order in the coordinates of the system, somewhat similar to the wave equation of classical theory. The similarity is not close, however, and we shall not utilize the analogy in our exposition. Besides yielding the probability amplitude or wave function ty, the Schrodinger equation provides a method of calculating values 1 M. BORN, Z.f. Phys. 37, 863; 38, 803 (1926). W. HEISENBERG, Z. /. Phys. 43, 172 (1927). 52 THE SCHRODINGER WAVE EQUATION [HI-9 of the energy of the stationary states of a system, the existence of which we have discussed in connection with the old quantum theory. No arbitrary postulates concerning quantum numbers are required in this calculation; instead, integers enter auto- matically in the process of finding satisfactory solutions of the wave equation. For our purposes, the Schrodinger equation, the auxiliary restrictions upon the wave function ^, and the interpretation of the wave function are conveniently taken as fundamental postulates, with no derivation from other principles necessary. This idea may be clarified by a comparison with other branches of physics. Every department of deductive science must necessarily be founded on certain postulates which are regarded as fundamental. Frequently these fundamental postulates are so closely related to experiment that their acceptance follows directly upon the acceptance- of the experiments upon which they are based, as, for example, the inverse-square law of electrical attraction. In other cases the primary postulates are not so directly obvious from experiment, but owe their acceptance to the fact that conclusions drawn from them, often by long chains of reasoning, agree with experiment in all of the tests which have been made. The second law of thermodynamics is represeritative of this type of postulate. It is not customary to attempt to derive the second law for general systems from anything more fundamental, nor is it obvious that it follows directly from some simple experiment; nevertheless, it is accepted as correct because deductions made from it agree with experiment. It is an assumption, justified only by the success achieved by its consequences. The wave equation of Schrodinger belongs to this latter class of primary assumption. It is not derived from other physical laws nor obtained as a necessary consequence of any experiment ; instead, it is assumed to be correct, and then results predicted by it are compared with data from the laboratory. A clear distinction must frequently be made between the way in which a discoverer arrives at a given hypothesis and the logical position which this hypothesis occupies in the theory when it has been completed and made orderly and deductive. In the process of discovery, analogy often plays a very important part. Thus the analogies between geometrical optics and m-9a] THE SCHRODINOER WAVE EQUATION 53 classical mechanics on the one hand and undulatory optics and wave mechanics on the other may have assisted Schrodinger to formulate his now famous equation; but these analogies by no means provide a logical derivation of the equation. In many cases there is more than one way of stating the funda- mental postulates. Thus either Lagrange's or Hamilton's form of the equations of motion may be regarded as fundamental for classical mechanics, and if one is so chosen, the other can be derived from it. Similarly, there are other ways of expressing the basic assumptions of quantum mechanics, and if they are used, the wave equation can be derived from them, but, no matter which mode of presenting the theory is adopted, some starting point must be chosen, consisting of a set of assumptions not deduced from any deeper principles. It often happens that principles which have served as the basis for whole branches of theory are superseded by other principles of wider applicability. Newton's laws of motion, adopted because they were successful in predicting the motions of the planets and in correlating celestial and terrestrial phenomena, were replaced by Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations because these are more general. They include Newton's laws as a special case and in addition serve for the treatment of motions involving electric, magnetic, and relativistic phenomena. Like- wise, quantum mechanics includes Newton's laws for the special case of heavy bodies and in addition is successful in problems involving atoms and electrons. A still more general theory than that of Schrodinger has been developed (we shall discuss it in Chap. XV), but for nearly all purposes the wave equation is a convenient and sufficient starting point. 9a. The Wave Equation Including the Time. Let us first consider a Newtonian system with one degree of freedom, consisting of a particle of mass m restricted to motion along a fixed straight line, which we take as the x axis, and let us assume that the system is further described by a potential-energy func- tion V (x) throughout the region *> < x < + > . For this system the Schrodinger wave equation is assumed to be , -A **( In this equation the function ^(z, t) is called the Schrddinger 54 THE SCHRODINGER WAVE EQUATION [m-9a wave function including the time, or the probability amplitude function. It will be noticed that the equation is somewhat similar in form to the wave equations occurring in other branches of theoretical physics, as in the discussion of the motion of a vibrating string. The student facile in mathematical physics may well profit from investigating this similarity and also the analogy between classical mechanics and geometrical optics on the one hand, and wave mechanics and undulatory optics on the other. 1 However, it is not necessary to do this. An extensive previous knowledge of partial differential equations and their usual applications in mathematical physics is not a necessary prerequisite for the study of wave mechanics, and indeed the study of wave mechanics may provide a satisfactory introduction to the subject for the more physically minded or chemically minded student. The Schrodinger time equation is closely related to the equation of classical Newtonian mechanics H( Px , x) = T( Px ) + V(x) = W, (9-2) which states that the total energy W is equal to the sum of the kinetic energy T and the potential energy V and hence to the Hamiltonian function H(p x , x). Introducing the coordinate x and momentum p x , this equation becomes H(P., *) = ifcPl + V(x) = W. (9-3) If we now arbitrarily replace p x by the differential operator PT . and W by jrr -TT> and introduce the function ^(x, t) on Am ox Jnri ot which these operators can operate, this equation becomes h , XX -_ -_ ri dx X r (X ' t} - &r 2 m dx 2 + V * ~ 2wi dt' which is identical with Equation 9-1. The wave equation is 1 See, for example, Condon and Morse, "Quantum Mechanics," p. 10, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1929; Ruark and Urey, "Atoms, Molecules and Quanta," Chap. XV, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1930; E. Schrddinger, Ann. d. Phys. 79, 489 (1926); K. K. Darrow, Rev. Mod. Phys. 8, 23 (1934); or other treatises on wave mechanics, listed at the end of this chapter. m-9a] THE SCHRODINGER WAVE EQUATION 55 consequently often conveniently written as H* TF*, (9-5) in which it is understood that the operators =. -r- and H. -r; ZiTTl OX Jflft dt are to be introduced. * a lii replacing p by the operator > p* is to be replaced by * 2irt ox and so on. (In some cases, which, however, do not arise in the simpler problems which we are discussing in this book, there may be ambiguity regarding the formulation of the operator. 1 ) It might be desirable to dis- tinguish between the classical Hamiltonian function H = H(p x , x) and the Hamiltonian operator / i \1 \1 ( I \2iriy die *_!/*_, A \2Tri dx I as by writing /^operator for the latter. We shall not do this, however, since the danger of confusion is small. Whenever H is followed by ^ (or by f, representing the wave functions not including the time, discussed in the following sections), it is understood to be the Hamiltonian operator. Simi- larly, whenever W is followed by ^ it represents the operator . 2nt dt The symbol W will also be used to represent the energy constant (Sees. 96, 9c). We shall, indeed, usually restrict the symbol W to this use, and h d , , wnte for the operator. 2wi dt F It must be recognized that this correlation of the wave equation and the classical energy equation, as well as the utilization which we shall subsequently make of many other classical dynamical expressions, has only formal significance. It provides a convenient way of describing the system for which we are setting up a wave equation by making use of the terminology developed over a long period of years by the workers in classical dynamics. Thus our store of direct knowledge regarding the nature of the system known as the hydrogen atom consists in the results of a large number of experiments spectroscopic, chemical, etc. It is found that all of the known facts about this system can be correlated and systematized (and, we say, explained) by associating with this system a certain wave equation. Our confidence in the significance of this association increases when predictions regarding previously uninvestigated properties of 1 B. PODOLSKY, Phys. Reo. 32, 812 (1928). 56 THE SCHRtiDINGER WAVE EQUATION [HI-9b the hydrogen atom are subsequently verified by experiment. We might then describe the hydrogen atom by giving its wave equation; this description would be complete. It is unsatis- factory, however, because it is unwieldy. On observing that there is a formal relation between this wave equation and the classical energy equation for a system of two particles of different masses and electrical charges, we seize on this as providing a simple, easy, and familiar way of describing the system, and we say that the hydrogen atom consists of two particles, the electron and proton, which attract each other according to Coulomb's inverse-square law. Actually we do not know that the electron and proton attract each other in the same way that two macroscopic electrically charged bodies do, inasmuch as the force between the two particles in a hydrogen atom has never been directly measured. All that we do know is that the wave equation for the hydrogen atom bears a certain formal relation to the classical dynamical equations for a system of two particles attracting each other in this way. Having emphasized the formal nature of this correlation and of the usual description of wave-mechanical systems in terms of classical concepts, let us now point out the extreme practical importance of this procedure. It is found that satisfactory wave equations can be formulated for nearly all atomic and molecular systems by accepting the descriptions of them developed during the days of the classical and old quantum theory and translating them into quantum-mechanical language by the methods discussed above. Indeed, in many cases the wave-mechanical expressions for values of experimentally observable properties of systems are identical with those given by the old quantum theory, and in other cases only small changes are necessary. Throughout the following chapters we v shall make use of such locutions as "a system of two particles with inverse-square attraction " instead of "a system whose wave equation involves six coordi- nates and a function e 2 /ri 2 ," etc. 9b. The Amplitude Equation. In order to solve Equation 9-1, let us (as is usual in the solution of a partial differential equation of this type) first study the solutions ^ (if any exist) which can be expressed as the product of two functions, one involving the time alone and the other the coordinate alone: *(*, t) - m-9b] THE SCHRODINOER WAVE EQUATION 57 On introducing this in Equation 9-1 and dividing through by \l/(x)<p(f), it becomes The right side of this equation is a function of the time t alone and the left side a function of the coordinate x alone. It is consequently necessary that the value of the quantity to which each side is equal be dependent on neither x nor t\ that is, that it be a constant. Let us call it W. Equation 9-6 can then be written as two equations, namely, (9-7) and _ h 2 c 87T 2 w dx 2 The second of these is customarily written in the form (9-8) obtained on multiplying by 87r 2 ra//i 2 and transposing the term in W. Equation 9-8 is often itself called the Schrodinger wave equa- tion, or sometimes the amplitude equation, inasmuch as \l/(x) determines the amplitude of the function >(#, t). It is found that the equation possesses various satisfactory solutions, cor- responding to various values of the constant W. Let us indicate these values of W by attaching the subscript n, and similarly represent the amplitude function corresponding to W n as ^ n (x). The corresponding equation for <p(t) can be integrated at once to give or (9-9) The general solution of Equation 9-1 is the sum of all the particu- lar solutions with arbitrary coefficients. We consequently write as the general expression for the wave function for this system m *(*, *) - 2an*n(x, - "" 58 THE SCHRODINGER WAVE EQUATION [HI-9c in which the quantities a n are constants. The symbol V is to be considered as representing the process of summation over discrete values of W n or integration over a continuous range or both, according to the requirements of the particular case. It will be shown later that the general postulates which we shall make regarding the physical interpretation of the wave function require that the constant W n represent the energy of the system in its various stationary states. 9c. Wave Functions. Discrete and Continuous Sets of Characteristic Energy Values. The functions tn(x) which satisfy Equation 9-8 and also certain auxiliary conditions, dis- cussed below, are variously called wave functions or eigenf unctions (Eigenfunktionen), or sometimes amplitude functions, charac- teristic functions, or proper functions. It is found that satis- factory solutions \l/ n of the wave equation exist only for certain values of the parameter W n (which is interpreted as the energy of the system). These values W n are characteristic energy values or eigenvalues (Eigenwerte) of the wave equation. A wave equation of this type is called a characteristic value equation. Inasmuch as we are going to interpret the square of the absolute value of a wave function as having the physical significance of a probability distribution function, it is not unreasonable that the wave function be required to possess certain properties, such as single-valuedness, necessary in order that this interpretation be possible and unambiguous. It has been found that a satisfactory wave mechanics can be constructed on the basis of the following auxiliary postulates regarding the nature of wave functions: To be a satisfactory wave function, a solution of the Schrodinger wave equation must be continuous, single-valued, and finite 1 through- 1 The assumption that the wave function be finite at all points in configura- tion space may be more rigorous than necessary. Several alternative postulates have been suggested by various investigators. Perhaps the most satisfying of these is due to W. Pauli ("Handbuch der Physik," 2d ed., Vol. XXVI, Part 1, p. 123). In Section 10 we shall interpret the function ^* as a probability distribution function. In order that this interpretation may be made, it is necessary that the integral of V** over configuration space be a constant with changing time. Pauli has shown that this condition is satis- fied provided that ^ is finite throughout configuration space, but that it is also satisfied in certain cases by functions which are not finite everywhere. The exceptional cases are rare and do not occur in the problems treated ID this book. m-9c] THE SCHRODINGER WAVE EQUATION 59 out the configuration space of the system (that is, for all values of the coordinate x which the system can assume). These conditions are those usually applied in mathematical physics to functions representing physical quantities. For example, the function representing the displacement of a vibrat- ing string from its equilibrium configuration would have to satisfy them. For a given system the characteristic energy values W n may occur only as a set of discrete values, or as a set of values covering a continuous range, or as both. From analogy with spectroscopy it is often said that in these three cases the energy values comprise a discrete spectrum, a continuous spectrum, or both. The way Fia. 9-1. Potential-energy function for a general system with one degree of freedom. in which the above postulates regarding the wave equation and its acceptable solutions lead to the selection of definite energy values may be understood by the qualitative consideration of a simple example. Let us consider, for our system of one degree of freedom, that the potential-energy function V(x) has the form given in Figure 9-1, such that for very large positive or negative values of x, V(x) increases without limit. For a given value of the energy parameter W, the wave equation is (9-11) In the region of large x (x > a) the quantity V(x) - W will be positive. Hence in this region the curvature ^ wil1 be positive if ^ is positive, and negative if ^ is negative. Now let us assume 60 THE SCHRODINGER WAVE EQUATION that at an arbitrary point x = c the function \l/ has a certain value (which may be chosen arbitrarily, inasmuch as the wave equation is a homogeneous equation 1 ) and a certain slope -p> as indicated for Curve 1 in Figure 9-2. The behavior of the function, as it is continued both to the right and to the left, is completely determined by the values assigned to two quantities; to wit, the d\l/ slope -7- at the point x = c, and the energy parameter W in the wave equation, which determines the value of the second deriva- FIG. 9-2. The behavior of ^ for x > a. tive. As we have drawn Curve 1, the curvature is determined by the wave equation to be negative in the region x < a, where V(x) W is negative, \l/ being positive, and hence the curve can be continued to the right as shown. At the point x a, the function remaining positive, the curvature becomes positive, the curve then being concave upward. If the slope becomes positive, as indicated, then the curve will increase without limit for increasing x, and as a result of this "infinity catastrophe" the function will not be an acceptable wave function. 1 An equation is homogeneous in ^, if the same power of \l/ (in our case the first power) occurs in every term. The function obtained by multiplying any solution of a homogeneous equation by a constant is also a solution of the equation. m-9c] THE SCHRODINGER WAVE EQUATION 61 We can now make a second attempt, choosing the slope at x = c as indicated for Curve 3. In this case the curve as drawn intersects the x axis at a point x = d to the right of a. For values of x larger than d the function ^ is negative, and the curva- ture is negative. The function decreases in value more and more rapidly with increasing z, again suffering the infinity catastrophe, and hence it too is not an acceptable wave function in this region. Thus we see that, for a given value of W y only by a very careful selection of the slope of the function at the point x = c can the function be made to behave properly for large values of x. This selection, indicated by Curve 2, is such as to cause the wave function to approach the value zero asymptotically with increas- ing x. Supposing that we have in this way determined, for a given value of W, a value of the slope at x = c which causes the function to behave properly for large positive values of x, we extend the function to the left and consider its behavior for large negative values of x. In view of our experience on the right, it will not be surprising if our curve on extension to the left behaves as Curve 1 or Curve 3 on the right, eliminating the function from consideration; in fact, it is this behavior which is expected for an arbitrarily chosen value of W. We can now select another value of W for trial, and determine for it the value of the slope at x = c necessary to cause the function to behave properly on the right, and then see if, for it, the curve behaves properly on the left also. Finally, by a very careful choice of the value of the energy parameter W, we are able to choose a slope at x = c which causes the function to behave properly both for very large and for very small values of x. This value of W is one of the characteristic values of the energy of the system. In view of the sensitiveness of the curve to the param- eter Wj an infinitesimal change from this satisfactory value will cause the function to behave improperly. We conclude that the parameter W and the slope at the point x = c (for a given value of the function itself at this point) can have only certain values if ^ is to be an acceptable wave function. For each satisfactory value of W there is one (or, in certain cases discussed later, more than one) satisfactory value of the slope, by the use of which the corresponding wave function can 62 THE 8CHRODINGER WAVE EQUATION [in-9c be built up. For this system the characteristic values W n of the energy form a discrete set, and only a discrete set, inasmuch as for every value of W y no matter how large, V(x) W is positive for sufficiently large positive or negative values of x. It is customary to number the characteristic energy values for such a system as indicated in Figure 9-1, W being the lowest, W\ the next, and so on, corresponding to the wave functions to(x)> ^i(z)> etc. The integer n, which is written as a subscript in W n and ^ n (x), is called the quantum number. For such a one-dimensional system it is equal to the number of zeros 1 possessed by ^ n . A slight extension of the argument given above W orA v x~^ Fia. 9-3. The energy levels for a system with V( <) or F(-}-oo) finite. shows that all of the zeros lie in the region between the points x = b and x = a, outside of which V(x) W n remains positive. The natural and simple way in which integral quantum numbers are introduced and in which the energy is restricted to definite values contrasts sharply with the arbitrary and uncertain procedure of the old quantum theory. Let us now consider a system in which the potential-energy function remains finite at x + or at x > oo or at both limits, as shown in Figure 9-3. For a value of W smaller than both F(+<) and F( >) the argument presented above is valid. Consequently the energy levels will form a discrete set for this region. If W is greater than F(+<x>), however, a similar argument shows that the curvature will be such as always to return the wave function to the x axis, about which it will 1 A zero of t n (x) is a point (x = x\) at which $ n is equal to zero. m-lOa] PHYSICAL INTERPRETATION OF WAVE FUNCTIONS 63 oscillate. Hence any value of W greater than F(+) or F( oo ) will be an allowed value, corresponding to an acceptable wave function, and the system will have a continuous spectrum of energy values in this region. 9d. The Complex Conjugate Wave Function *F*(x, *) In the physical interpretation of the wave equation and its solutions, as discussed in the following section, the quantity ^*(x, t), the complex conjugate of ^(x, t), enters on an equivalent basis with ^(x, f). The wave equation satisfied by ^* is the complex conjugate of Equation 9-1, namely, *>"' -53 di The general solution of this conjugate wave equation is the following, the conjugate of 9-10: .Wn **(x, t) = ]a*^n OB, = ^*^n(^)e * IT "'. (9-13) (Some authors have adopted the convention of representing by the symbol the wave function which is the solution of Equation 9-12 and by ^* that of 9-1. This is only a matter of nomenclature.) It will be noticed that in the complex conjugate wave function the exponential terms containing the time are necessarily different from the corresponding terms in ^ itself, the minus sign being removed to form the complex conjugate. The amplitude functions 1/^(2), on the other hand, are frequently real, in which case ^*(x) = t n (x). 10. THE PHYSICAL INTERPRETATION OF THE WAVE FUNCTIONS 10a. W*(x, t)W(x, as a Probability Distribution Function. Let us consider a given general solution ^(x, t) of the wave equa- tion. For a given value of the time t, the function ^*(z, t)V(x, t), the product of and its complex conjugate, is a function defined for all values of x between oo and + < ; that is, throughout the configuration space of this one-dimensional system. We now make the following postulate regarding the physical significance of *: The quantity V*(x, t)V(x, t)dx is the probability that the system in the physical situation represented by the wave function y(x, t) 64 THE SCHR6DINOER WAVE EQUATION [Hl-lOb have at the time t the configuration represented by a point in the region dx of configuration space. In other words, ty*(x, t)^(x, t) is a probability distribution function for the configuration of the system. In the simple system under discussion, V*(x, t)V(x, t)dx is the probability that the particle lie in the region between x and x + dx at the time t. In order that this postulate may be made, the wave function (x, t) must be normalized to unity (or, briefly, normalized); that is, the constants a n of Equation 9-10 must be so chosen as to satisfy the relation f + J^*(:r, f)V(x, t)dx = 1, (10-1) inasmuch as the probability that the coordinate x of the particle lie somewhere between < and +00 is necessarily unity. It is also convenient to normalize the individual amplitude functions $ n (x) to unity, so that each satisfies the equation \l/*(x)\l/ n (x)dx = 1. (10-2) Moreover, as proved in Appendix III, it is found that the independent solutions of any amplitude equation can always be chosen in such a way that for any two of them, ^ m (x) and ^ n (z), the integral J^m(^)^n(z)dx over all of configuration space van- ishes; that is, f + "tZ(xW n (x)dx =0, m * n. (10-3) J- oo The functions are then said to be mutually orthogonal. Using these relations and Equations 9-10 and 9-13, it is found that a wave function ^f(x y t) = Va n ^ r n (o;, t) is normalized when the n coefficients a n satisfy the relation 10b. Stationary States. Let us consider the probability dis- tribution function S*SI> for a system in the state represented by the wave function ^(x, t) = ^a n \l/ n (x)e ** h and its conjugate n 2 I , t) = a*^*(z)e ** h On multiplying these series IH-lOc] PHYSICAL INTERPRETATION OF WAVE FUNCTIONS 65 together, ^*^ is seen to have the form , - 5aX#*(x)* n (s) + n .(Wm-W*) ' in which the prime on the double-summation symbol indicates that only terms with ra ^ n are included. In general, then, the probability function and hence the properties of the system depend on the time, inasmuch as the time enters in the exponen- tial factors of the double sum. Only if the coefficients a n are zero for all except one value of W n is ^*^ independent of t. Tn such a case the wave function will contain only a single term -2wi^t (with n = ri, say) n '(z, = $'(x)e h , the amplitude function \l/ n '(x) being a particular solution of the amplitude equation. For such a state the properties of the system as given by the probability function ^*^ are independent of the time, and the state is called a stationary state. lOc. Further Physical Interpretation. Average Values of Dynamical Quantities. If we inquire as to what average value would be expected on measurement at a given time t of the coordinate x of the system in a physical situation represented by the wave function ^, the above interpretation of S^*^ leads to the answer = C J x, t)xdx; that is, the value of x is averaged over all configurations, using the function *&*<& as a weight or probability function. A similar integral gives the average value predicted for a; 2 , or a; 3 , or any function F(x) of the coordinate x: , t)F(x)dx. (10-5) In order that the same question can be answered for a more general dynamical function G(p XJ x) involving the momentum p x as well as the coordinate x, we now make the following more general postulate: The average value of the dynamical function G(p x , x) predicted for a system in the physical situation represented by the wave function ^(x, f) is given by the integral 66 THE SCHRODINOER WAVE EQUATION [m-ioc (10-6) in which the operator (?, obtained from G(p x , x) by replacing p x h d by o . -^~' operates on the function ty(x, t) and the integration is J 2m dx * v ' ' 6 extended throughout the configuration space of the system. 1 In general, the result of a measurement of G will not be given by this expression for G. G rather is the average of a very large number of measurements made on a large number of identical systems in the physical situation represented by ^, or repeated on the same system, which before each measurement must be in the same physical situation. For example, if ^ is FIG. 10-1. Two types of probability distribution function finite for a range of values of x (Curve A, Figure 10-1), then a measurement of x might lead to any value within this range, the probability being given by > J r *^ r . Only if ty*ty were zero for all values of x except x a, as indicated by Curve B in Figure 10-1, would the probability of obtaining a particular value x = a on measurement of x be unity. In this case the value a r would be predicted with probability unity to be obtained on measurement of the rth power of x ; so that for such a prob- ability distribution function x r is equal to (x) r . It has also been shown by mathematicians that the existence of this identity of G r and (G) r for all values of r is sufficient to establish that the probability distribution function for the dynamical quantity G is of type B] that is, that the value of G can be predicted accurately. 1 In some cases further considerations are necessary in order to determine the exact form of the operator, but we shall not encounter such difficulties. m-lla] HARMONIC OSCILLATOR IN WAVE MECHANICS 67 Even if the system is in a stationary state, represented by the -Mr- function ty n (x, t) = $ n (x)e h , only an average value can be predicted for an arbitrary dynamical quantity. The energy of the system, corresponding to the Hamiltonian function H(p x , x), has, however, a definite value for a stationary state of the system, equal to the characteristic value W n found on solution of the wave equation, so that the result of a measurement of the energy of the system in a given stationary state can be predicted accurately. To prove this, we evaluate H r and (B) r . R is given by the integral H = the factor involving the time being equal to unity. This trans- forms with the use of Equation 9-8 into 8 = /4- oo \f/*(x)\l/ n (x)dX = 1, H = W n , and (HY - W r n . (10-7) By a similar procedure, involving repeated use of Equation 9-8, it is seen that H r is equal to W r n . We have thus shown H r to be equal to (H) r , in consequence of which, in accordance with the argument set forth above, the energy of the system has the definite value W n . Further discussion of the physical significance of wave functions will be given in connection with the treatment of the harmonic oscillator in this chapter and of other systems in succeeding chapters, and especially in Chapter XV, in which the question of deciding which wave function to associate with a given system under given circumstances will be treated. In the earlier sections we shall restrict the discussion mainly to the properties of stationary states. 11. THE HARMONIC OSCILLATOR IN WAVE MECHANICS lla. Solution of the Wave Equation. As our first example of the solution of the Schrodinger wave equation for a dynamical system we choose the one-dimensional harmonic oscillator, not only because this provides a good illustration of the methods 68 THE SCHRODINGER WAVE EQUATION [Hl-lla employed in applying the wave equation, but also because this system is of considerable importance in applications which we shall discuss later, such as the calculation of the vibrational energies of molecules. The more difficult problem of the three- dimensional oscillator was treated by the methods of classical mechanics in Section la, while the simple one-dimensional case was discussed according to the old quantum theory in Section 6a. The potential energy may be written, as before, in the form V(x) = 27r 2 mv^ 2 , in which x is the displacement of the particle of mass m from its equilibrium position x = 0. Insertion of this in the general wave equation for a pne-dimensional system (Eq. 9-8) gives the equation = 0, (11-1) or, introducing for convenience the quantities X and a = 47r 2 m^ //i, g + (X - aW)t = 0. (11-2) We desire functions \l/(x) which satisfy this equation throughout the region of values <*> to + for x, and which are acceptable wave functions, i.e., functions which are continuous, single- valued, and finite throughout the region. A straightforward method of solution which suggests itself is the use of a power- series expansion for ^, the coefficients of the successive powers of x being determined by substitution of the series for \l/ in the wave equation. There is, however, a very useful procedure which we may make use of in this and succeeding problems, consisting of the determination of the form of ^ in the regions of large positive or negative values of #, and the subsequent dis- cussion, by the introduction of a factor in the form of a power series (which later reduces to a polynomial), of the behavior of ^ for \x\ small. This procedure may be called the polynomial method. 1 The first step is the asymptotic solution of the wave equation when \x\ is very large. For any value of the energy constant W, a value of \x\ can be found such that for it and all larger values 1 A. SOMMBBFELD, "Wave Mechanics," p. 11. m-lla] HARMONIC OSCILLATOR IN WAVE MECHANICS 69 of \x\, X is negligibly small relative to V, the asymptotic form of the wave equation thus becoming This equation is satisfied asymptotically by the exponential functions * = 2 inasmuch as the derivatives of \l/ have the values , -T- = -f axe dx ~ and and the second term in -^-^ is negligible in the region considered. ctx _? x . + xi Of the two asymptotic solutions e 2 and e 2 , the second is unsatisfactory as a wave function since it tends rapidly to infinity with increasing values of \x\ ; the first, however, leads to a satisfactory treatment of the problem. We now proceed to obtain an accurate solution of the wave equation throughout configuration space ( & < x <+>), based upon the asymptotic solution, by introducing as a factor a power series in x and determining its coefficients .by substitution in the wave equation. = e 2 /Or). Then ^ = r3*V*/ - af - 2axf +/"}, in which /' and /" represent -p and -7-^ respectively. Equation -** - 1 1-2 then becomes, on division by e 2 , f _ 2af + (X - a)/ = 0, (11-4) the terms in aVf cancelling. 70 THE SCHRODINGER WAVE EQUATION [Hl-lla It is now convenient to introduce a new variable { , related to x by the equation f = V*r, (11-5) and to replace the' function f(x) by H(), to which it is equal. The differential equation 11-4 then becomes d*H dH /X A ~ ' We now represent H(l-) as a power series, which we differentiate to obtain its derivatives, dH = 1 2a 2 On substitution of these expressions, Equation 1 1-6 assumes the following form : 1 2a 2 + 2 3a 3 + 3 4a 4 2 + 4 5a 5 3 + - 2<*i - 2 2a,{* - 2 3a 3 3 - - l) ia 3 3 + - - = 0. In order for this series to vanish for all values of (i.e., for //() to be a solution of 11-6), the coefficients of individual powers of must vanish separately 1 : 1 - 2a 2 + ( - - 1 ja = 0, \ / = 0, = 0, 4 5a 6 + ( 1 2 3 jo 8 = 0, \ / 1 See footnote, Sec. 23. m-lla] HARMONIC OSCILLATOR IN WAVE MECHANICS 71 or, in general, for the coefficient of *, or This expression is called a recursion formula. It enables the coefficients a 2 , a 8 , a 4 , to be calculated successively in terms of a and ai, which are arbitrary. If a is set equal to zero, only odd powers appear; with a\ zero, the series contains even powers only. For arbitrary values of the energy parameter X, the above given series consists of an infinite number of terms and does not correspond to a satisfactory wave function, because, as we shall show, the value of the series increases too rapidly as x increases, with the result that the total function, even though it includes the negative exponential factor, increases without limit as x increases. To prove this we compare the series for H and that for e**, 4 6 tv v+2 gJ _ J _|_ 2 I _L -j- _L -L _L q J - - -L . . . For large values of the first terms of these series will be unim- portant. Suppose that the ratio of the coefficients of the vth terms in the expansion of H () and e& is called c, which may be small or large, i.e., a v /b v = c, if 6, is the coefficient of " in the expansion of e*\ For large enough values of v, we have the asymptotic relations 2 = -a and 6, 2 = \ v+2 v v+2 v , so that a.,+2 a v if v is large enough. Therefore, the higher terms of the series for H differ from those for e? only by a multiplicative constant, so that for large values of ||, for which the lower terms are unim- 72 THE SCHR6DINGER WAVE EQUATION [IH-lla _I! portant, H will behave like e** and the product e 2 H will behave + L* like 6 2 in this region, thus making it unacceptable as a wave function. We must therefore choose the values of the energy parameter which will cause the series for H to break off after a finite number of terms, leaving a polynomial. This yields a satisfactory wave _! 2 function, because the negative exponential factor e 2 will cause the function to approach zero for large values of |f|. The value of X which causes the series to break off after the nth term is seen from Equation 11-7 to be X = (2n + 1). (11-8) It is, moreover, also necessary that the value either of a or of ai be put equal to zero, according as n is odd or even, inasmuch as a suitably chosen value of X can cause either the even or the odd series to break off, but not both. The solutions are thus either odd or even functions of . This condition is a sufficient condi- tion to insure that the wave equation 11-2 have satisfactory solutions, and it is furthermore a necessary condition; no other values of X lead to satisfactory solutions. For each integral value 0, 1, 2, 3, of n, which we may call the quantum number of the corresponding state of the oscillator, a satisfactory solution of the wave equation will exist. The straightforward way in which the quantum number enters in the treatment of the wave equation, as the degree of the polynomial H(), is especially satisfying when compared with the arbitrary assump- tion of integral or half-integral multiples of h for the phase integral of the old quantum theory. The condition expressed in Equation 11-8 for the existence of the nth wave function becomes W = W n = (n + M)hv, n = 0, 1, 2, - , (11-9) when X and a are replaced by the quantities they represent. A comparison with the result W = nhv Q obtained in Section 6a by the old quantum theory shows that the only difference is that all the energy levels are shifted upward, as shown in Figure 11-1, by an amount equal to half the separation of the energy levels, the so-called zero-point energy %hv<>. From this we Hi-lib] HARMONIC OSCILLATOR IN WAVE MECHANICS 73 see that even in its lowest state the system has an energy greater than that which it would have if it were at rest in its equilibrium position. The existence of a zero-point energy, which leads to an improved agreement with experiment, is an important feature of the quantum mechanics and recurs in many problems. 1 Just as in the old-quantum-theory treatment, the frequency emitted or absorbed by a transition between adjacent energy levels is equal to the classical vibration frequency i> (Sec. 40c). VJY FIG. 11-1. Energy levels for the harmonic oscillator according to wave me* chanics (see Fig. 6-1). lib. The Wave Functions for the Harmonic Oscillator and Their Physical Interpretation. For each of the characteristic values W n of the energy, a satisfactory solution of the wave equation 11-1 can be constructed by the use of the recursion formula 11-7. Energy levels such as these, to each of which there corresponds only one independent wave function, are said to be non-degenerate to distinguish them from degenerate energy levels (examples of which we shall consider later), to which several 1 The name zero-point energy is used for the energy of a system in its lowest stationary state because the system in thermodynamic equilibrium with its environment at a temperature approaching the absolute zero would be in this stationary state. The zero-point energy is of considerable importance in many statistical-mechanical and thermodynamic discussions. The existence of zero-point energy is correlated with the uncertainty principle (Chap. XV), 74 THE SCHRODINOER WAVE EQUATION m-llb] independent wave functions correspond. The solutions of 11-1 may be written in the form ~ in which = \/ax. H n () is a polynomial of the nth degree in , and N n is a constant which is adjusted so that ^ n is normalized, i.e., so that \l/ n satisfies the relation x)dx = 1, (11-H) in which ^*, the complex conjugate of ^ n , is in this case equal to ^ n . In the next section we shall discuss the nature and properties - A 3 -i -1 12 3 -3-2 -1 I 2 3 FIG. 11-2. The wave function ^o() for the normal state of the harmonic oscillator (left), and the corresponding probability distribution function [\^o()P (right). The classical distribution function for an oscillator with the same total energy is shown by the dashed curve. of these solutions \l/ n in great detail. The first of them, which corresponds to the state of lowest energy for the system, is Figure 11-2 shows this function. From the postulate discussed in Section 10a, ^J^ = ^, which is also plotted in Figure 11-2, represents the probability distribution function for the coordinate x. In other words, the quantity ^l(x)dx at any point x gives the probability of finding the particle in the range dx at that point. We see from the figure that the result of quantum mechanics for this case does not agree at all with the probability function which is computed classically for a harmonic oscillator with the same energy. Classically the particle is most likely to m-llbj HARMONIC OSCILLATOR IN WAVE MECHANICS 75 be found at the ends of its motion, which are clearly defined points (the classical probability distribution is shown by the dotted curve in Figure 11-2), whereas $1 has its maximum at the origin of x and, furthermore, shows a rapidly decreasing but nevertheless finite probability of finding the particle outside the region allowed classically. This surprising result, that it is possible for a particle to penetrate into a region in which its total energy is less than its potential energy, is closely connected with Heisenberg's -3 -2 -1" 012 3 4 -4-3-2-10 1 2 34 -4-3-2-10 I 2 54 FIG. 11-3. The wave functions v^n(), n 1 to 6, for the harmonic oscillator. For each case the heavy horizontal line indicates the region traversed by the classical harmonic oscillator with the same total energy. uncertainty principle, which leads to the conclusion that it is not possible to measure exactly both the position and the velocity of a particle at the same time. We shall discuss this phenomenon further in Chapter XV. It may be mentioned at this point, however, that the extension of the probability distribution func- tion into the region of negative kinetic energy will not require that the law of the conservation of energy be abandoned. The form of \l/ n for larger values of n is shown in Figure 11-3. Since H n is a polynomial of degree n, \l/ n wilLhave n zeros or points where \l/ n crosses the zero line. The probability of finding the particle at these points is zero. Insuection of Figure 11-3 shows that all the solutions plotted show a general behavior in 76 THE SCHRODINGER WAVE EQUATION [Hi-lib agreement with that obtained by the general arguments of Section 9c; that is, inside the classically permitted region of motion of the particle (in which V(x) is less than W n ) the wave function oscillates, having n zeros, while outside that region the wave function falls rapidly to zero in an exponential manner and has no zeros. Furthermore, we see in this example an illustration of still another general principle: The larger the value of n, the Fio. 11-4. The probability distribution function [^io()] 2 for the state n 10 of the harmonic oscillator. Note how closely the function approximates in its average value the probability distribution function for the classical har- monic oscillator with the same total energy, represented by the dashed curve. more nearly does the wave-mechanical probability distribution function approximate to the classical expression for a particle with the same energy. Figure 11-4 shows \l/ 2 (x) for the state with n = 10 compared with the classical probability curve for 21 the harmonic oscillator with the same value -^-hvo for the energy. JL It is seen that, aside from the rapid fluctuation of the wave- mechanical curve, the general agreement of the two functions is good. This agreement permits us to visualize the motion of the particle in a wave-mechanical harmonic oscillator as being m-llc] HARMONIC OSCILLATOR IN WAVE MECHANICS 77 similar to its classical to-and-fro motion, the particle speeding up in the center of its orbit and slowing down as it approaches its maximum displacement from its equilibrium position. The amplitude of the oscillation cannot be considered to be constant, as for the classical oscillator; instead, we may picture the particle as oscillating sometimes with very large amplitude, and some- times with very small amplitude, but usually with an amplitude in the neighborhood of the classical value for the same energy. Other properties of the oscillator also are compatible with this picture; thus the wave-mechanical root-mean-square value of the momentum is equal to the classical value (Prob. 11-4). A picture of this type, while useful in developing an intuitive feeling for the wave-mechanical equations, must not be taken too seriously, for it is not completely satisfactory. Thus it cannot be reconciled with the existence of zeros in the wave functions for the stationary states, corresponding to points where the probability distribution function becomes vanishingly small. lie. Mathematical Properties of the Harmonic Oscillator Wave Functions. The polynomials H n () and the functions _v e 2 H n () obtained in the solution of the wave equation for the harmonic oscillator did not originate with Schrodinger's work but were well known to mathematicians in connection with other problems. Their properties have been intensively studied. For the present purpose, instead of developing the theory of the polynomials H n (), called the Hermite polynomials, from the relation between successive coefficients given in Equation 11-7, it is more convenient to introduce them by means of another definition: We shall show later that this leads to the same functions as Equation 11-7. A third definition involves the use of a generating function, a method which is useful in many calculations and which is also applicable to other functions. The generating function for the Hermite polynomials is 78 THE SCHRtiDINQER WAVE EQUATION [HI-llc This identity in the auxiliary variable s means that the function 0*1- <-$> h^ the property that, if it is expanded in a power series in s, the coefficients of successive powers of s are just the Hermite polynomials H n (), multiplied by 1/n !. To show the equivalence of the two definitions 11-13 and 11-14, we differentiate S n times with respect to s and then let s tend to zero, using first one and then the other expression for S] the terms with v < n vanish on differentiation, and those with v > n vanish for s > 0, leaving only the term with v = n: and d n S\ = />e*'- ( -* )a \ = Jd n e- ( <-v*\ dsV,_o " \ ds A^o ~ 6 \d(s - )*A Comparing these two equations, we see that we obtain Equation 11-13, so that the two definitions of H n () are equivalent. Equation 11-13 is useful for obtaining the individual functions, while Equation 11-14 is frequently convenient for deriving their properties, such as in the case we shall now discuss. To show that the functions we have defined above are the same as those used in the solution of the harmonic oscillator problem, we look for the differential equation satisfied by fln(). It is first convenient to derive certain relations between successive Hermite polynomials and their derivatives. We note that since S = e**-^-^*, its partial derivative with respect to s is given by the equation - -2(. - Q8. Similarly differentiating the series S = rs n , and equating the two different expressions for dS/ds, we obtain the equation 2ffn({) (n-l)! or, collecting terms corresponding to the same power of s, m-llc] HARMONIC OSCILLATOR IN WAVE MECHANICS 79 + _ n! (n 1)! n! n Since this equation is true for all values of s, the coefficients of individual powers of s must vanish, giving as the recursion formula for the Hermite polynomials the expression H^(& - 2tH*($ + 2n/7 n _ 1 ({) - 0. (11-15) Similarly, by differentiation with respect to {, we derive the equation |f - M, which gives, in just the same manner as above, the equation or Hi(Q = ^^ = 2ntf n _ 1 (), (11-16) involving the first derivatives of the Hermite polynomials. This can be further differentiated with respect to to obtain expressions involving higher derivatives. Equations 11-15 and 11-16 lead to the differential equation for ff n (), for from 11-16 we obtain H?(t) = 2nffJ_ 1 ({) = 4n(n - !)#*-,(*), (11-17) while Equation 11-15 may be rewritten as ff n (f) - 2ff ,.!({) + 2(n - l)ff -,() = 0, (11-18) which becomes, with the use of Equations 11-16 and 11-17, Hn(& - $lpi(& + IH;'(O = o or ) = 0. (11-19) This is just the equation, 11-6, which we obtained from the har- monic oscillator problem, if we put 2n in place of -- 1, as required by Equation 11-8. Since for each integral value of n this equation has only one solution with the proper behavior at 80 THE SCHR&DINOER WAVE EQUATION [III -lie infinity, the polynomials H n () introduced in Section lla are the Hermite polynomials. The functions __ ^ n (x) - AT n e 2 ff n (), = V*, (11-20) are called the Hermite orthogonal functions; they are, as we have seen, the wave functions for the harmonic oscillator. The /+ il/*(x)dx = 1, i.e., which normalizes *n, is The functions are mutually orthogonal if the integral over configuration space of the product of any two of them vanishes: = 0, n * m. (11-22) To prove the orthogonality of the functions and to evaluate the normalization constant given in Equation 11-21, it is convenient to consider two generating functions: M) = and e,o = Using these, we obtain the relations f " e - 1 -"+ ! "+ ( - t df = e" f s - t) , +TT Considering coefficients of s n ^ m in the two equal series expansions, /~H * H n ()H m ()e-*'d vanishes for m^n, and has the value ^nlx/r for m = n, in consequence of which the functions Hi-lie] HARMONIC OSCILLATOR IN WAVE MECHANICS 81 are orthogonal and the normalization constant has the value given above. The first few Hermite polynomials are Hp) =1 + 12 = 32 6 - 160 8 + 120 (11-23) - 480 4 + 720 2 - 120 7 - 1344 5 + 3360 3 - 1680 = 256 8 - 3584J 6 + 13440? 4 - 13440 2 + 1680 f 7 + 48384 6 - 80640f 3 + 30240f f 10 - 23040 8 + 161280f 6 - 403200f 4 + 302400 2 - 30240. The list may easily be extended by the use of the recursion formula, Equation 11-15. Figure 11-3 shows curves for the first few wave functions, i.e., the functions given by Equation 11-20. By using the generating functions S and T we can evaluate certain integrals involving \l/ n which are of importance. For example, we may study the integral which, as we shall later show (Sec. 40c), determines the probability of transition from the state n to the state m. This is x nm = f + ViMdz = ^^ f + "ff ja^e-Ptf*. (11-24) J * OL J QO Using S and T we obtain the relation M f +fl -<-._) _ *, f +a ((_ t -0 ~ e J-oo * * J-oo * ( - s - t)d($ - 8 - /.+ + e 2 "(s + e- ( -'-W(f - s - 0. J- co The first integral vanishes, and the second gives VT- On expanding the exponential, we obtain 82 THE SCHRODINOER WAVE EQUATION [TO-llc Hence, comparing coefficients of s n t m , we see that x nm is zero except for m = n 1, its values then being (ll-25a) * *i\* and It will be shown later that this result requires that transitions occur only between adjacent energy levels of the harmonic oscillator, in agreement with the conclusion drawn from the correspondence principle in Section 5c. Problem 11-1. Show that if V(-x) = V(x\ with V real, the solutions f n (x) of the amplitude equation {M* have the property that ^( x) ^(x). Problem 11-2. Evaluate the integrals where fa is a solution of the wave equation for the harmonic oscillator. Problem 11-3. Calculate the average values of x, x*, 8 , and x* for a harmonic oscillator in the nth stationary state. Is it true that re* = ()* or that P = (P) 2 ? What conclusions can be drawn from these results concerning the results of a measurement of x? Problem 11-4. Calculate the average values of p x and p* for a harmonic oscillator in the nth stationary state and compare with the classical values for the same total energy. From the results of this and of the last problem, compute the average value of the energy W = T -f V for the nth stationary state. Problem 11-5. a. Calculate the zerp-point energy of a system consisting of a mass of 1 g. connected to a fixed point by a spring which is stretched 1 cm. by a force of 10,000 dynes. The particle is constrained to move only in the x direction. 6. Calculate the quantum number of the system when its energy is about equal to kT, where k is- Boltzmann's constant and T - 298 A. This corre- sponds to thermodynamic equilibrium at room temperature (Sec. 49). General References on Quantum Mechanics A. SoMMBBFBfcD: "Wave Mechanics," E. P. Dutton A Co., Inc., New York, 1930. E. U. CONDON and P. M. MORSE: "Quantum Mechanics," McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1929. Ill-lie] HARMONIC OSCILLATOR IN WAVE MECHANICS 83 A. E. RUABK and H. C. UBBY: "Atoms, Molecules and Quanta/' McGraw- Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1930. N. F. MOTT: "An Outline of Wave Mechanics," Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1930. J. FRENKBL: "Wave Mechanics," Oxford University Press, 1933-1934. K. K. DABBOW: Elementary Notions of Quantum Mechanics, Rev. Mod. Phys. 6, 23 (1934). E. C. KEMBLB: General Principles of Quantum Mechanics, Part I, Rev. Mod. Phys. 1, 157 (1929). E. C. KEMBLE: "Fundamental Principles of Quantum Mechanics," Mc- Graw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937. E. C. KEMBLE and E. L. HILL: General Principles of Quantum Mechanics, Part II, Rev. Mod. Phys. 2, 1 (1930). S. DUSHMAN: "Elements of Quantum Mechanics," John Wiley & Sons, Inc., J938. CHAPTER IV THE WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF POINT PARTICLES IN THREE DIMENSIONS 12. THE WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF POINT PARTICLES The Schrodinger equation for a system of N interacting point particles in three-dimensional space is closely similar to that for the simple one-dimensional system treated in the preceding chapter. The time equation is a partial differential equation in 3N + 1 independent variables (the 3N Cartesian coordinates, say, of the N particles, and the time) instead of only two inde- pendent variables, and the wave function is a function of these 3N + 1 variables. The same substitution as that used for the simpler system leads to the separation of the time equation into an equation involving the time alone and an amplitude equation involving the 3N coordinates. The equation involving the time alone is found to be the same as for the simpler system, so that the time dependency of the wave functions for the stationary states of a general system of point particles is the same as for the one-dimensional system. The amplitude equation, however, instead of being a total differential equation in one independent variable, is a partial differential equation in 3N independent variables, the 3N coordinates. It is convenient to say that this is an equation in a 3]V-dimensional configuration space, meaning by this that solutions are to be found for all values of the 3N Cartesian coordinates Xi ZN from oo to + - The amplitude function, dependent on these 3N coordinates, is said to be a function in configuration space. A point in configuration space corresponds to a definite value of each of the 3N coordi- nates x\ ZN, and hence to definite positions of the N particles in ordinary space, that is, to a definite configuration of the system. The wave equation, the auxiliary conditions imposed on the wave functions, and the physical interpretation of the wave functions for the general system are closely similar to those for 84 IV-12a] WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES 85 the one-dimensional system, the only changes being those conse- quent to the increase in the number of dimensions of configura- tion space. A detailed account of the postulates made regarding the wave equation and its solutions for a general system of point ^articles is given in the following sections, together with a dis- cussion of various simple systems for illustration. 12a. The Wave Equation Including the Time. Let us con- sider a system consisting of N point particles of masses mi, w 2 , , WIN moving in three-dimensional space under the influence of forces expressed by the potential function V(x\ 2/i ZN> t), xi - - Z N being the 37V" Cartesian coordinates of the N particles. The potential function 7, representing the interaction of the particles with one another or with an external field or both, may be a function of the 3N coordinates alone or may depend on the time also. The former case, with V V(x\ ZN), corresponds to a conservative system. Our main interest lies in systems of this type, and we shall soon restrict our discussion to them. We assume with Schrodinger that the wave equation for this system is , m y t-1 This equation is often written as ._-- 2ri dt' i-i in which v, ? is the Laplace operator or Laplacian for the ith particle. 1 In Cartesian coordinates, it is given by the expression U2= a2 4.J1+ d \ Vi ~dx! + dy? + dz? The wave function ^ = V(xi z# 9 1) is a function of the 3N coordinates of the system and the time. It will be noted that the Schrodinger time equation for this general system is formally related to the classical energy equation in the same way as for the one-dimensional system of the preced- J The symbol A is sometimes used in place of V 2 . The symbol V 2 is commonly read as del squared. 86 WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES [IV-12b ing chapter. The energy equation for a Newtonian system of point* particles is H(p Xl p v xi ZN, f) = T(p Xi p.J + V(x l Z N , t) = W, (12-2) which on explicit introduction of the momenta p xi . . . p gfi becomes - z Nl t) = F. (12-3) We now arbitrarily replace the momenta p X i p** by the differential operators x . -r s . - > respectively, 27rt dxi 2m dz N T .% and TF by the operator ? ~ , and introduce the function .<&7r& of V(xi zir, t) on which these operators can operate. The equation then becomes h 3 h d which is identical with Equation 12-1. Just as for the one- dimensional case, the wave equation is often symbolically written H* = TF*. (12-5) The discussion in Section 9a of the significance of this formal relation is also appropriate to this more general case. 12b. The Amplitude Equation. Let us now restrict our atten- tion to conservative systems, for which F is a function of the 3# coordinates only. To solve the wave equation for this case, we proceed exactly as in the simpler problem of Section 96, investigating the solutions ^ of the wave equation which can be expressed as the product of two functions, one of which involves only the time and the other only the 3JV coordinates: *(*! ZK, t) = f(xi - z N ) 9 ((). (lfc-6) On introducing this expression in Equation 12-1, the wave equa- IV-12b] WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES 87 tion can be separated into two equations, one for <p(f) an d one for $(xi - ZN). These equations are (12-7) dt and The second of these is often written in the form N This is Schrodinger's amplitude equation for a conservative system of point particles. The auxiliary conditions which must be satisfied by a solution of the amplitude equation in order that it be an acceptable wave function are given in Section 9c. These conditions must hold throughout configuration space, that is, for all values between oo and + oo for each of the 3iV Cartesian coordinates of the system. Just as for the one-dimensional case, it is found that acceptable solutions exist only for certain values of the energy parameter W. These values may form a discrete set, a con- tinuous set, or both. It is usually found convenient to represent the various succes- sive values of the energy parameter and the corresponding ampli- tude functions by the use of 3N integers, which represent 3N quantum numbers HI - nw, associated with the 3N coordi- nates. The way in which this association occurs will be made clear in the detailed discussion of examples in the following sections of this chapter and in later chapters. For the present let us represent all of the quantum numbers n\ - UZN by the one letter n, and write instead of W ni ntff and ^ ni n w the simpler symbols W n and ^ n . The equation for ^(0 gives on integration -2*5-1 _ "is J (12-9) *(*) 6 * , - v ' exactly as for the one-dimensional system. The various particu- lar solutions of the wave equation are hence 88 WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES [IV-12d w *n(xi *, = f n (xi ' ' **)e "**"**. (12-10) These represent the various stationary states of the system. The general solution of the wave equation is y = a n ^ n (xi - Z N , = n __ 2iri w <M*i z N )e "*', (12-11) in which the quantities a n are constants. The symbol V repre- n sents summation for all discrete values of W n and integration over all continuous ranges of values. 12c. The Complex Conjugate Wave Function *F*(XI z#, 0. The complex conjugate wave function V*(xi Z N , is a solution of the conjugate wave equation N -l The general solution of this equation for a conservative system is \S/^fT, 9*. f\ ^^/7 *\I/*^ / r < 9+r i\ * \**'l &N) v) X r^n. * n v^l ^^j vy n o .^. 12d. The Physical Interpretation of the Wave Functions. The physical interpretation of the 'wave functions for this general system is closely analogous to that for the one-dimensional system discussed in Section 10. We first make the following postulate, generalizing that of Section 10a: The quantity ^*(xi Z N , 0^(xi ZN, t)dxi dz N is the probability that the system in the physical situation represented by the wave function ty(xi Z N , t) have at the time t the configura- tion represented by a point in the volume element dx\ dzx of configuration space. *> thus serves as a probability distribution function for the configuration of the system. IV-12d] WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES 89 The function W(xi Zy, t) must then be normalized to unity, satisfying the equation z*, t)dr = 1, (12-14) in which the symbol dr is used to represent the volume element dx\ - - dz N in configuration space, and the integral is to* be taken over the whole of configuration space. (In the remaining sections of this book the simple integral sign followed by dr is to be considered as indicating an integral over the whole of configuration space.) It is also convenient to normalize the amplitude functions \l*n(xi Zy), according to the equation It is found, as shown in Appendix III, that the independent solutions of any amplitude equation (just as for the one-dimen- sional case) can be chosen in such a way- that any two of them are orthogonal, satisfying the orthogonality equation =0, m * n. (12-16) A wave function ty(xi - - - Z N , t) = a n ^ n (^i * * * zy, t) is n then normalized if the coefficients a n satisfy the equation = I- (12-17) An argument analogous to that of Section 10b shows that the -to&t wave functions V n (xi Zy, t) = ^ n (zi z N )e h give probability distribution functions which are independent of the time and hence correspond to stationary states. A more general physical interpretation can be given the wave functions, along the lines indicated in Section lOc, by making the postulate that the average value of the dynamical function G(p Xl p tff , xi ZN, t) predicted for a system in the physical situation represented by the wave function ^f(x\ - z Nj t) is given by the integral o *(*i ' ' Zy, t)dr, (12-18) in which the operator (?, obtained from G(p Xl PI H ,XI ZN, 90 WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES [IV-13 T <\ T < by replacing p zi - p^by ^-^ - ^.^respectively, operates on the function ^(xi Z N , t) and the integration is extended throughout the configuration space of the system. Further discussion of the physical interpretation of the wave functions will be found in Chapter XV. 13. THE FREE PARTICLE A particle of mass m moving in a field-free space provides the simplest application of the Schrodinger equation in three dimen- sions. Since V is constant (we choose the value zero for con- venience), the amplitude equation 12-8 assumes the following form: = 0, (13-1) or, in Cartesian coordinates, 2 n = This is a partial differential equation in three independent variables x, y, and z. In order to solve such an equation it is usually necessary to obtain three total differential equations, one in each of the three variables, using the method of separation of variables which we have already employed to solve the Schrodinger time equation (Sec. 96). We first investigate the possibility that a solution may be written in the form t(x, y, z) = X(x) - Y(y) Z(z), (13-3) where X(x) is a function of x alone, Y(y) a function of y alone, and Z(z) a function of z alone. If we substitute this expression in Equation 13-2, we obtain, after dividing through by i/s the equation 1 d*X 1 d*Y +ld*Z X ~dx* + YW + Z7^ Since X is a function only of x, the first term does not change its value when y and z change. Likewise the second term is independent of x and z and the third term of x and y. Never- theless, the sum of these three terms must be equal to the con- O9 slant -- r*~W f r an Y choice of x t y, z. By holding y and z IV-13] THE FREE PARTICLE 91 fixed and varying x, only the first term can vary, since the others do not depend upon x. However, since the sum of all the terms is equal to a constant, we are led to the conclusion that 1 d 2 X v ~j~z * s independent of x as well as of y and z, and is therefore A. d/x itself equal to a constant. Applying an identical argument to the other terms, we obtain the three ordinary differential equations v A 2 - *-. ^TT7 = fc "> and ^^ = *. (!3-5) X ax 2 F at/ 2 Z cfe 2 with the condition JU i JU i T* ^ W /'1Q_A^ A/x i % n^ t'z , g rr . \-*-" W It is convenient to put k x = p W x , which gives the equation in x the form ~ + *^W X X = 0. (13-7) This is now a total differential equation, which can be solved by familiar methods. As may be verified by insertion in the equation, a solution is (2- f ) X(x) = N x sin <~V^rnW x (x - x )>- (13-8) Since it contains two independent arbitrary constants N x and XQ, it is the general solution. It is seen that the constant x defines the location of the zeros of the sine function. The equations for F and Z are exactly analogous to Equation 13-7, and have the solutions Y(y) = N y sin = , sn The fact that we have been able to obtain the functions X, Y, and Z justifies the assumption inherent in Equation 13-3. It can also be proved 1 that no other solutions satisfying the 1 The necessary theorems are given in R. Courant and D. Hilbert, "Methoden der mathematischen Physik," 2d ed., Julius Springer, Berlin, 1931. 92 WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES [IV-13 boundary conditions can be found which are linearly independent of these, i.e., which cannot be expressed as a linear combination of these solutions. The function ^ must now be examined to see for what values of W = W x + W v + W it satisfies the conditions for an acceptable wave function given in Section 9c. Since "the sine function is continuous, single-valued, and finite for all real values of its argument, the only restriction that is placed on W is that W x , W y , W* and therefore W be positive. We have thus reached the conclusion that the free particle has a continuous spectrum of allowed energy values, as might have been anticipated from the argument of Section 9c. The complete expression for the wave function corresponding to the energy value W = W, + W v + W, (13-10) is t(x, y,z) = N sin <j^\^2mWl(x z U sin jy V2^W~ y (y - y ) \ ' sin <^V2mWz(z - z)\, (13-11) in which TV is a normalization constant. The problem of the normalization of wave functions of this type, the value of which remains appreciable over an infinite volume of configuration space (corresponding to a continuous spectrum of energy values), is a complicated one. Inasmuch as we shall concentrate our attention on problems of atomic and molecular structure, with little mention of collision problems and other problems involving free particles, we shall not discuss the question further, contenting ourselves with reference to treatments in other books. 1 In discussing the physical interpretation of the wave functions for this system, let us first consider that the physical situation is represented by a wave function as given in Equation 13-11 with W y and W f equal to zero and W x equal to W. The func- X A. SOMMEBFELD, "Wave Mechanics," English translation by H. L. Brose, pp. 293-295, E. P. Button A Co., Inc., New York, 1929; RUARK and UREY, "Atoms, Molecules, and Quanta/' p. 541, McGraw-Hill Book Com- pany, Inc., New York, 1930. IV-13] THE FREE PARTICLE 93 (27T / ) -2ri^< tion 1 ty(x, y, z, t) = N sin ^-r-v2mTF(z "" X o)r6 h is then a set of standing waves with wave fronts normal to the x axis. The wave length is seen to be given by the equation (13-12) In classical mechanics the speed v of a free particle of mass m moving with total energy W is given by the equation ^wt> 2 = W. A further discussion of this system shows that a similar inter- pretation of W holds in the quantum mechanics. Introducing v in place of W in Equation 13-12, we obtain X = (13-13) mv ^ This is the de Broglie expression 2 for the wave length associated with a particle of mass m moving with speed v. It is the sinusoidal nature of the wave functions for the free particle and the similar nature of the wave functions for other systems which has caused the name wave mechanics to be applied to the theory of mechanics which forms the subject of this book. This sinusoidal character of wave functions gives rise to experi- mental phenomena which are closely similar to those associated in macroscopic fields with wave motions. Because of such experiments, many writers have considered the wavelike char- acter of the electron to be more fundamental than its corpuscular character, but we prefer to regard the electron as a particle and to consider the wavelike properties as manifestations of the sinusoidal nature of the associated wave functions. Neither view is without logical difficulties, inasmuch as waves and particles are macroscopic concepts which are difficult to apply to microscopic phenomena. We shall, however, in discussing the results of wave-mechanical calculations, adhere to the particle concept throughout, since we believe it is the simplest upon which to base an intuitive feeling for the mathematical results of wave mechanics. 1 It can be shown that the factors involving y and x in Equation 13-11 approach a constant value in this limiting case. 1 L. DB BROGLIE, Thesis, 1924; Ann. de phys. 3, 22 (1925). 94 WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES [IV-13 The wave function which we have been discussing corresponds to a particle moving along the x axis, inasmuch as a calculation of the kinetic energy T x = ^pl associated with this motion shows that the total energy of the system is kinetic energy of motion in the x direction. This calculation is made by the general method of Section 12d. The average value of T x is or, since in this case we have assumed W x to equal TF, T x = W. Similarly we find T r x = W r = (T x ) r , which shows, in accordance with the discussion of Section lOc, that the kinetic energy of motion along the x axis has the definite value W, its probability distribution function vanishing except for this value. On the other hand, the average value of p x itself is found on calculation to be zero. The wave function N sin <y \/2mW (x - z )>e ,w t "T 1 hence cannot be interpreted as representing a particle in motion in either the positive or negative direction along the x axis but rather a particle in motion along the x axis in either direction, the two directions of motion having equal probability. The wave function N cos \-j-\/2mW(x x Q )fe * %h differs from the sine function only in the phase, the energy being the same. The sum and difference of this function and the sine func- tion with coefficient i are the complex functions N'e h m e h and N'e h e h , which are also solutions of the wave equation equivalent to the sine and cosine functions. These complex wave functions represent physical situations of the system in which the particle is moving along the x axis in the positive direction with the IV-14] THE PARTICLE IN A BOX 95 definite momentum p x =* ^/2rnW or p x = \/2mW, the motion in the positive direction corresponding to the first of the complex wave functions and in the negative direction to the second. This is easily verified by calculation of p x and p r x for these wave functions. The more general wave function of Equation 13-11 also represents a set of standing plane waves with wave length X = h/\/2mW, the line normal to the wave fronts having the direction cosines \/W x /W, \/W y /W, and \/W z /W relative to the Xy y, and z axes. Problem 13-1. Verify the statements of the next to the last paragraph regarding the value of p x . 14. THE PARTICLE IN A BOX 1 Let us now consider a particle constrained to stay inside of a rectangular box, with edges a, 6, and c in length. We can repre- sent this system by saying that the potential function V(x, y, z) has the constant value zero within the region < x < a, < y < by and < z < c, and that it increases suddenly in value at the boundaries of this region, remaining infinitely large everywhere outside of the boundaries. It will be found that for this system the stationary states no longer correspond to a continuous range of allowed energy values, but instead to a discrete set, the values depending on the size and shape of the box. Let us represent a potential function of the type described as V(xy y f z) = V x (x) + V y (y) + V,(z)y (14-1) the function V x (x) being equal to zero for < x < a and to infinity for x < or x > a, and the functions V v (y) and V z (z) showing a similar behavior. The wave equation dV aV dV 87r 2 m dx 2 + dy 2 + dz 2 + h 2 {W - V x (x) - V y (y) - V z (z)}+ = (14-2) is separated by the same substitution t( X y y, z) = X(x) - Y(y) - Z(z) (14-3) 1 Treated in Section Qd by the methods of the old quantum theory. 96 WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES [IV-14 as for the free particle, giving three total differential equations, that in x being (14-1) + \W, - V.(x)}X = 0. In the region < x < a the general solution of the wave equation is a sine function of arbitrary amplitude, frequency, and phase, as for the free particle. Several such functions are repre- sented in Figure 14-1. All of these are not acceptable wave o-- V x (x) Fio. 14-1. The potential-energy function V x (x) and the behavior of X(x) near the point x = a. functions, however; instead only those sine functions whose value falls to zero at the two points x = and x a behave properly at the boundaries. To show this, let us consider the behavior of Curve A as x approaches and passes the value a, using the type of argument of Section 9c. Curve A has a finite positive value as x approaches a, and a finite slope. Its curvature is given by the equation (14-5) dz' At the point x = a the value of V(x) increases very rapidly and without limit, so that, no matter how large a value the constant W* has, W x - V x becomes negative and of unbounded magni- IV-Ul THE PARTICLE IN A BOX 97 tude. The curvature or rate of change of the slope consequently becomes extremely great, and the curve turns sharply upward and experiences the infinity catastrophe. This can be avoided in only one way; the function X(x) itself must have the value zero at the point x = a, in order that it may then remain bounded (and, in fact, have the value zero) for all larger values of x. Similarly the sine function must fall to zero at x = 0, as shown by Curve C. An acceptable wave function X(x) is hence a sine function with a zero at x = and another zero at x = a. xwt 4 <> t FIG. 14-2. The wave functions Xn x (x) and probability distribution functions [Xn x (x)]* for the particle in a box. thus having an integral number of loops in this region. The phase and frequency (or wave length) are consequently fixed, and the amplitude is determined by normalizing the wave func- tion to unity. Introducing the quantum number n x as the number of loops in the region between and a, the wave length becomes 2a/n x , and the normalized X(x) function is given by the expression / \ /* W>xRX 100 "0*0 = \/~ sm > n * = !> 2 > 3, with W -!. ""' ~ 8ma* < x < a, (14-6) (14-7) 98 WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES [VI-U The first four wave functions X i(x), , X 6 (x) are represented in Figure 14-2, together with the corresponding probability distribution functions { X n *(x) } 2 . A similar treatment of the y and z equations leads to similar expressions for Y nv (y) and Z n ~(z) and for W y and W*. The com- rix n y n lie us 114 113 112 2 = 111 S ,x S S s ,X ^ f f X S S </ s / S ^ ^ ^ X / / / / / s ^ ^ f JX* S ^ ,x S S s ^ ^ f X / X S x / s f ^ f X 121 Ml __4 ^ ^ ^ s s ^ ^r jr ^^ f 211 31L -^411 511 fc__ -Ull ~~~ r vS*--^ -c i/ ->*'b 0. '01 riojtn FIG. 14-3. A geometrical representation of the energy levels for a particle in a rectangular box. plete wave function \l/ ntnvn ,(x, y, z) has the form, for values of x, y, and z inside the box, / / \ / 8 . n x irx . Y ntnv n t (x, y, z) = -J-jT- sm -- sin . ,. . ^. - sin - > (14-8) i? C with n, = 1, 2, 3, ; n, = 1, 2, 3, ; n, = 1, 2, 3, and W n . = + + . (14-9) W n The wave function ^ n , n| , n can be described as consisting of standing waves along the x, y, and z directions, with n x + 1 equally spaced nodal planes perpendicular to the x axis (begin- ning with x = and ending with x a), n v 4- 1 nodal Dlanes IV-14] THE PARTICLE IN A BOX 99 perpendicular to the y axis, and n t + 1 nodal planes perpendicular to the z axis. The various stationary states with their energy values may be conveniently represented by means of a geometrical analogy. Using a system of Cartesian coordinates, let us consider the 27 26 24 22 21 19 18 17 ia 2 Wf h*~~ I 8ma 2 W 14 12 n x n y n z p=4 511etc,333 P =6 431 etc. p =3 422 etc. P=3 332 etc. P =6 421 etc. P =3 331 etc. 'P =3 41 1 etc. p =3 322 etc. P =6 321,132,213,312,231,123 P = I 222 P =3 311,131,113 P =3 221,122,212 P =3 211,121,112 p = I 111 Fia. 14-4. Energy levels, degrees of degeneracy, and quantum numbers for a particle in a cubic box. lattice whose points have the coordinates n x /a, n v /b, and n/c, with n x = 1, 2, ; n y = 1, 2, ; and n ? = 1, 2 . This is the lattice defined in one octant about the origin by the translations I/a, 1/6, and 1/c, respectively; it divides the octant into unit cells of volume 1/abc (Fig. 14-3). Each point of the lattice represents a wave function. The corresponding energy value is~ w = -z> W n*n y n, Q^/n^n, (14-10) 100 WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES [IV-15 in which l nxn > n . is the distance from the origin to the lattice point *, given by the equation ++- (14 ~ n) In case that no two of the edges of the box a, 6, and c are in the ratio of integers, the energy levels corresponding to various sets of values of the three quantum numbers are all different, with one and only one wave function associated with each. Energy levels of this type are said to be non-degenerate. If, however, there exists an integral relation among a, 6, and c, there will occur certain values of the energy corresponding to two or more distinct sets of values of the three quantum numbers and to two or more independent wave functions. Such an energy level is said to be degenerate, and the corresponding state of the system is called a degenerate state. For example, if the box is a cube, with a = b = c, most of the energy levels will be degener- ate. The lowest level, with quantum numbers 111 (for n xy Uy, n z , respectively) is non-degenerate, with energy 3/i 2 /8ma 2 . The next level, with quantum numbers 211, 121, and 112 and energy 6ft 2 /8ma 2 , is triply degenerate. Successive levels, with sets of quantum numbers and degrees of degeneracy (represented by p) y are shown in Figure 14-4. The degree of degeneracy (the number of independent wave functions associated with a given energy level) is often called the quantum weight of the level. 15. THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL HARMONIC OSCILLATOR IN CARTESIAN COORDINATES Another three-dimensional problem which is soluble in Car- tesian coordinates is the three-dimensional harmonic oscillator, a special case of which, the isotropic oscillator, we have treated in Section la by the use of classical mechanics. The more general system consists of a particle bound to the origin by a force whose components along the x, y, and z axes are equal to k x x, Jc y y, and k z z, respectively, where k x , k y , k z are the force constants in the three directions and x, t/, z are the components of the displacement along the three axes. The potential energy is thus IV-15] THREE-DIMENSIONAL HARMONIC OSCILLATOR 101 which, on introducing instead of the constants k x , k v , k t their expressions in terms of the classical frequencies v xj v v , v g , becomes V = 2w*m(p*x* + v$y* + F.V), (16-2) since k x = 4ar*mv*,\ k v = 47r 2 mv 2 A (15-3) fc, = 4ir 2 mj/ 2 .) The general wave equation 12-8 thus assumes for this problem the form dV # 3V (15-4) which, on introducing the abbreviations X = ^f^W, (15-5a) (15-56) (15-5c) Hi and a. = ^v,, (15-W) simplifies to the equation ^~2 + -T1 + TT + (^ ~~ a x x * ~~ a y2/ 2 "~ 2 2 2 )^ = 0. (15-6) To solve this equation we proceed in exactly the same manner as in the case of the free particle (Sec. 13) ; namely, we attempt to separate variables by making the substitution t(x, y, z) = X(x) Y(y) Z(z). (15-7) This gives, on substitution in Equation 15-6 and division of the result by ^, the equation I d*X /I . % x 2 A alz ) (16-8) 102 WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES [IV-15 It is evident that this equation has been separated into terms each of which depends upon one variable only; each term is therefore equal to a constant, by the argument used in Section 13. We obtain in this way three total differential equations similar to the following one : ^ + (\ x - oJcW*) = 0, (15-9) in which X* is a separation constant, such that X* + X,, + X z = X. (15-10) Equation 15-9 is the same as the wave equation 11-2 for the one-dimensional harmonic oscillator which was solved in Section 11. Referring to that section, we find that X(x) is given by the expression X(x) = N nx e^H and that X* is restricted by the relation X, = (2n x + !) (15-12) in which the quantum number n x can assume the values 0, 1, 2, . Exactly similar expressions hold for Y(y) and Z(z) and for X^ and X*. The total energy is thus given by the equation W ninv n, = h{(n x + W* + (rh,+ l A}v y + (n z + M)"*}> (15-13) and the complete wave function by the expression ^^ (15-14) The normalizing factor has the value For the special case of the isotropic oscillator, in which v x = v v = v z = v Q and a x = ay = a*, Equation 15-13 for the energy reduces to the form W = (n x + n v + n z + %)h* Q - (n + %)hv Q . (15-16) n = n x + ny + n a may be called the total quantum number. Since the energy for this system depends only on the sum of the IV-16] CURVILINEAR COORDINATES 103 quantum numbers, all the energy levels for the isotropic oscilla- tor, except the lowest one, are degenerate, with the quantum weight ~ - n + ' Figure 15-1 shows the first few energy n-3 p-IO p-6 300,030,003, ,, , 201,120,012, in! ' 200,020.002, 110,101,011. p3 100,010,001. n0 FIG. 15-1. Energy levels, degrees of degeneracy, and quantum numbers for the three-dimensional isotropic harmonic oscillator. levels, together with their quantum weights and quantum numbers. 16. CURVILINEAR COORDINATES In Chapter I we found that curvilinear coordinates, such as spherical polar coordinates, are more suitable than Cartesian coordinates for the solution of many problems of classical mechanics. In the applications of wave mechanics, also, it is very frequently necessary to use different kinds of coordinates. In Sections 13 and 15 we have discussed two different systems, the free particle and the three-dimensional harmonic oscillator, whose wave equations are separable in Cartesian coordinates. Most problems cannot be treated in this manner, however, since it is usually found to be impossible to separate the equation into three parts, each of which is a function of one Cartesian coordi- nate only. In such cases there may exist other coordinate systems in terms of which the wave equation is separable, so that by first transforming the differential equation into the proper 104 WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES [IV-16 coordinates the same technique of solution may often be applied. In order to make such a transformation, which may be repre- sented by the transformation equations x = f(u, v, w), (16-la) y = g(u y v, w), (16-16) z = h(u, v, w), (16-lc) it is necessary to know what form the Laplace operator V 2 assumes in the new system, since this operator has been defined only in Cartesian coordinates by the expression tf = I iz The process of transforming these second partial derivatives is a straightforward application of the principles of the theory of partial derivatives and leads to the result that the operator V 2 in the orthogonal coordinate system uvw has the form W JL\ + d (q u qw d\ _d/W _d\) q u du/ dv\ q v dv/ dw\ q w dw/j (16-8) in which (16-4) \dw/ ' \dw/ ' \dw; Equation 16-3 is restricted to coordinates u, v, w which are orthogonal, that is, for which the coordinate surfaces represented by the equations u = constant, v = constant, and w = constant intersect at right angles. All the common systems are of this type. The volume element dr for a coordinate system of this type is also determined when q u , q v , and q w are known. It is given by the expression dr = dxdydz = q u q v q w dudvdw. (16-5) In Appendix IV, q u , q v , q w , and v 2 itself are given for a number of important coordinate systems. IV-17] THREE-DIMENSIONAL HARMONIC OSCILLATOR 105 Mathematicians 1 have studied the conditions under which the wave equation is separable, obtaining the result that the three- dimensional wave equation can be separated only in a limited number of coordinate systems (listed in Appendix IV) and then only if the potential energy is of the form in which $u(u) is a function of u alone, $ v (v) of t; alone, and &w(w) of w alone. 17. THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL HARMONIC OSCILLATOR IN CYLINDRICAL COORDINATES The isotropic harmonic oscillator in space is soluble by separa- tion of variables in several coordinate systems, including Car- Fia. 17-1. Diagram showing cylindrical coordinates. tesian, cylindrical polar, and spherical polar coordinates. We shall use the cylindrical system in this section, comparing the results with those obtained in Section 15 with Cartesian coordinates. Cylindrical polar coordinates p, <?, z, which are shown in' Figure 17-1, are related to Cartesian coordinates by the equations of transformation x = p cos y = psin z = z. (17-1) 1 H. P. ROBERTSON, Mathematische Annalen 98, 749 (1928); L. P. EISBN- HART, Ann. Mathematics 35, 284 (1034). 106 WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES [IV-17 Reference to Appendix IV shows that V 2 in terms of p, <p, z has the form Consequently, the wave equation 15-4 for the three-dimensional harmonic oscillator becomes Id/ d\l/\ ,1 " r i ~ r /I 2 when we make v x = v y = j> (only in this case is the wave equa- tion separable in these coordinates). Making the substitutions X = S -^W, (17-4o) a = ^^v , (17-46) and we obtain the equation Pursuing the method used in Section 15, we try the substitution * = P(p) *M ' Z(z), (17-6) in which P(p) depends only on p, <!>(<?) only on <p, and Z(^) only on z. Introduction of this into Equation 17-5 and division by ^ leads to the expression dP. 22 -- = The terms of this equation may be divided into two classes: those which depend only on z and those which depend only on p and <?. As before, since the two parts of the equation are func- tions of different sets of variables and since their sum is constant, IV-17] THREE-DIMENSIONAL HARMONIC OSCILLATOR 107 each of the two parts must be constant. Therefore, we obtain two equations + (X, - af**)Z = (17-8) and with X' + X* = X The first of these is the familiar one-dimensional harmonic oscillator equation whose solutions (17-10) are the Hermite orthogonal functions discussed in Section lie. As in the one-dimensional problem, the requirement that the wave function satisfy the conditions of Section 9c restricts the parameter X* to the values X, = (2n> + l)o., n z = 0, 1, 2, - . (17-11) Equation 17-9, the second part of the wave equation, is a function of p and <p and so must be further separated. This may be accomplished by multiplying through by p 2 . The second term of the resulting equation is independent of p; it is therefore equal to a constant, which we shall call w 2 . The two equations we obtain are the following: = (17-12) U<f>~ and The first of these is a familiar equation whose normalized solution is 1 1 <|>(<p) = -gim<p (1714) Inasmuch as e im * is equal to cos my + i sin w<p, we see that for arbitrary values of the separation constant m this function is 1 Instead of the exponential, the forms &(<?) = N cos m<p and N sin m* may be used. See Section 186, Chapter V. 108 WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES [IV-IT not single- valued; that is, $ does not have the same value for <p = and for <p = 2r, which correspond to the same point in space. Only when m is a positive or negative integer or zero is < single-valued, as is required in order that it be an acceptable wave function (Sec. 9c) ; m must therefore be restricted to such values. <p is called a cyclic coordinate (or ignorable coordinate), these names being applied to a variable which does not occur anywhere in the wave equation (although derivatives with respect to it do appear). Such a coordinate always enters the wave function as an exponential factor of the type given in Equation 17-14. * The equation for P(p) may be treated by the same general method as was employed for the equation of the linear harmonic oscillator in Section lla. The first step is to obtain an asymp- totic solution for large values of p, in which region Equation 17-13 becomes approximately ~ - 2 p 2 P = 0. (17-15) The asymptotic solution of this is e * P , since this function satisfies the equation )e ( = 0, which reduces to 17-15 for large values of p. Following the "easoning of Section lla, we make the substitution (17-16) in Equation 17-13. From this we find that / must satisfy the equation 1 -m 2 /" - 2p/' + + (X' - 2a)/ - / = 0. (17-17) As before, it is convenient to replace p by the variable = V^P (17-18) and /(p) by F(), a process which gives the equation - ---* ->< 1 CONDON and MORSE, "Quantum Mechanics," p. 72. IV-17] THREE-DIMENSIONAL HARMONIC OSCILLATOR 109 We could expand F directly as a power series in , as in Section lla. This is not very convenient, however, because the first few coefficients would turn out to be zero. Instead, we make the substitution in which s is an undetermined parameter and a is not equal to zero. This substitution is, indeed, called for by the character of the differential equation. 1 Equation 17-19 is written in the standard form dF the coefficient of being unity. The coefficients p and q hi Equation 17-19 possess singularities 2 at = 0. The singular point = is a regular point , however, inasmuch as p() is of order l/ and q() of order l/ 2 . To solve a differential equation possessing a regular point at the origin, the substitution 17-20 is made in general. It is found that it leads to an indicial equation from which the index s can be determined. Since we are interested only in acceptable wave functions, we shall ignore negative values of s. For this reason we could assume F() to contain only positive powers of . Occasionally, however, the indicial equation leads to non-integral values of s, in which case the treatment is greatly simplified by the substitution 17-20. If we introduce the series 17-20 into Equation 17-19 and group together coefficients of equal powers of , we obtain the equation (s 2 - m 2 )a - 2 + {(s + 1) 2 - {( + 2) 2 - 2 }a 2 - \(s + v } 2 m 2 }a, + j a 2(s + v + =0. (17-21) Since this is an identity in , that is, an equation which is true for all values of , we can show that the coefficient of each power 1 See the standard treatments of the theory of linear differential equations; for example, Whittaker and Watson, "Modern Analysis," Chap. X. * A singularity for a function p() is a point at which p() becomes infinite. 110 WAVE EQUATION FOR A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES [IV-17 of must be itself equal to zero. This argument gives the set of equations (s 2 - m 2 )a = 0, (17-22a) {(s + I) 2 - m 2 }a! -0, (17-226) - 1) ja,_, = 0, {(s + vY - m*}a v + ^IL - 2(a + v - 1) fa,_ 2 = 0, (17-22c) etc. The first of these, 17-22a, is the indicial equation. From it we see that s is equal to +m or w, inasmuch as a is not equal to zero. In order to obtain a solution of the form of Equation 17-20 which is finite at the origin, we must have s positive, so that we choose s = +|wi|. This value of s inserted in Equation 17-226 leads to the conclusion that ai must be zero. Since the general recursion relation 17-22c connects coefficients whose subscripts differ by two, and since a\ is zero, all odd coefficients are zero. The even coefficients may be obtained in terms of a by the use of 17-22c. However, just as in the case of the linear harmonic oscillator, the infinite series so obtained is not a satisfactory wave function for general values of X', because its value increases so rapidly with increasing as to cause the total wave function to become infinite as increases without limit. In order to secure an acceptable wave function it is necessary to cause the series to break off after a finite number of terms. The condition that the series break off at the term a n >% n/+lm] , where n' is an even integer, is obtained from 17-22c by putting n' + 2 in place of v and equat- ing the coefficient of a n , to zero. This yields the result X' = 2(|m| -h n' + 1). (17-23) Combining the expressions for X* and X' given by Equations 17-11 and 17-23, we obtain the result X = V + X, = 2(H + n 1 + l)a + 2(n z + }4)a,, (17-24) or, on insertion of the expressions for X, a, and a*, TFmn'n = (|w| + ri + l)fc* + (n. + Y^hv z . (17-25) In the case of the isotropic harmonic oscillator, with v z = this becomes IV-17] THREE-DIMENSIONAL HARMONIC OSCILLATOR 111 W n = (n + %)hv Q , n = |m| + ri + n,. (17-26) The quantum numbers are restricted as follows: m = 0, 1, 2, - - - , n' = 0, 2, 4, 6, , n z = 0, 1, 2, . These lead to the same quantum weights for the energy levels as found in Section 15. The wave functions have the form (17-27) in which N is the normalization constant and F\ m \, n '(\fap) is a polynomial in p obtained from Equation 17-20 by the use of the recursion relations 17-22 for the coefficients a v . "It contains only odd powers of p if \m\ is odd, and only even powers if \m\ is even. Problem 17-1. The equation for the free particle is separable in many coordinate systems. Using cylindrical polar coordinates, set up and separate the wave equation, obtain the solutions in <f> and z, and obtain the recursion formula for the coefficients in the series solution of the p equation. Hint: In applying the polynomial method, omit the step of finding the asymptotic solution. Problem 17-2. Calculate pi for a harmonic oscillator in a state repre- sented by tn'mn, of Equation 17-27. Shew that p x is zero in the same state. Hint: Transform into cylindrical polar coordinates. oX Problem 17-3. The equation for the isotropic harmonic oscillator is separable also in spherical polar coordinates. Set up the equation in these coordinates and carry out the separation of variables, obtaining the three total differential equations. CHAPTER V THE HYDROGEN ATOM The problem of the structure of the hydrogen atom is the most important problem in the field of atomic and molecular structure, not only because the theoretical treatment of this atom is simpler than that of other atoms and of molecules, but also because it forms the basis for the discussion of more complex atomic sys- tems. The wave-mechanical treatment of polyelectronic atoms and of molecules is usually closely related in procedure to that of the hydrogen atom, often being based on the use of hydrogen- like or closely related wave functions. Moreover, almost without exception the applications of qualitative and semiquantitative wave-mechanical arguments to chemistry involve the functions which occur in the treatment of the hydrogen atom. The hydrogen atom has held a prominent place in the develop- ment of physical theory. The first spectral series expressed by a simple formula was the Balmer series of hydrogen. Bohr's treatment of the hydrogen atom marked the beginning of the old quantum theory of atomic structure, and wave mechanics had its inception in Schrodinger's first paper, in which he gave the solution of the wave equation for the hydrogen atom. Only in Heisenberg's quantum mechanics was there extensive develop- ment of the theory (by Heisenberg, Born, and Jordan) before the treatment of the hydrogen atom, characterized by its diffi- culty, was finally given by Pauli. In later developments, beyond the scope of this book, the hydrogen atom retains its important position; Dirac's relativistic quantum theory of the electron is applicable only to one-electron systems, its extension to more complicated systems not yet having been made. The discussion of the hydrogen atom given in this chapter is due to Sommerfeld, differing in certain minor details from that of Schrodinger. It is divided into four sections. In the first, Section 18, the wave equation is separated and solved by the polynomial method, and the energy levels are discussed. Sec- 112 V-18a] THE SOLUTION OF THE WAVE EQUATION 113 tions 19 and 20 include the definition of certain functions, the Legendre and Laguerre functions, which occur in the hydrogen- atom wave functions, and the discussion of their properties. A detailed description of the wave functions themselves is given in Section 21. 18. THE SOLUTION OF THE WAVE EQUATION BY THE POLY- NOMIAL METHOD AND THE DETERMINATION OF THE ENERGY LEVELS 18a. The Separation of the Wave Equation. The Transla- tional Motion. We consider the hydrogen atom as a system of two interacting point particles, the interaction being that due to the Coulomb attraction of their electrical charges. Let us for generality ascribe to the nucleus the charge +Ze, the charge of the electron being e. The potential energy of the system, Ze 2 in the absence of external fields, is > in which r is the distance between the electron and the nucleus. If we write for the Cartesian coordinates of the nucleus and the electron xi, y\, z\ and # 2 , 2/2, 22, and for their masses m\ and w 2 , respectively, the wave equation has the form 1 / d^\l/T d^\f/T d^l/T\ 1 d^ij/T d^\l/T rn\~dxl + ~dy\ + ~dz\) + ni\dx\ + ~dy\ + *j^(W T - V)* T = 0, (18-1) in which 702 V Here the subscript T (signifying total) is written for W and ^ to indicate that these quantities refer to the complete system, with six coordinates. This equation can be immediately separated into two, one of which represents the translational motion of the molecule as a whole and the other the relative motion of the two particles. In fact, this separation can be accomplished in a somewhat more general case, namely, when the potential energy V is a general function of the relative positions of the two particles, that is, V = Vfa xi, 2/2 yi, 22 21). This includes, for example, the hydrogen atom in a constant electric field, the potential 114 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-18a energy due to the field then being eEz z eEzi = eEfa 21), in which E is the strength of the field, considered as being in the direction of the z axis. To effect the separation, we introduce the new variables x, y, and z, which are the Cartesian coordinates of the center of mass of the system, and r, #, and <p, the polar coordinates of the second particle relative to the first. These coordinates are related to the Cartesian coordinates of the two particles by the equations x = il *\ (18-2a) mi + m 2 = , 2> mi + m 2 z = il 22 , (18-2c) mi + m 2 r sin # cos <f> = x 2 i, (18-2d) r sin & sin <p = y^ yi, (18-2e) r cos t? = 2 2 Zi. (18-2/) The introduction of these new independent variables in Equation 18-1 is easily made in the usual way. The resultant wave equation is /ay r dy* i , i/j. l/ r2 ^_ ~*~ M |r 2 dr\ dr r 8 sin" & d(p r z sin # 4. ^{W T - V(r, *, ^>)}^T = 0. (18-3) In this equation the symbol /z has been introduced to represent the quantity . . / 1 -i \ (18-4) mi + m 2 /or- = + \ y ju mi m 2/ / ; n is the reduced mass of the system, already discussed in Section 2d in the classical treatment of this problem. It will be noticed that the quantity in the first set of parentheses is the Laplacian of \[/ T in the Cartesian coordinates x, y, and 2, and the quantity in the first set of braces is the Laplacian in the polar coordinates r, tf, and ^ (Appendix IV). V-18a] THE SOLUTION OF THE WAVE EQUATION 115 We now attempt to separate this equation by expressing \f/ T as the product of a function of x, y, z and a function of r, tf , <p, writing *r(x, y, z, r, tf, <?} = F(x, y, z)t(r, *, *>). (18-5) On introducing this in Equation 18-3 and dividing through by \!/T = F\l/ 9 it is found that the equation is the sum of two parts, one of which is dependent only on x, y, and z and the other only on r, #, and <p. Each part must hence be equal to a con- stant. The resulting equations are r tr F = 0, (18-6) i/x/ \jy \J& n> and I A/ r2 ^ r L sin* i> d<^ r* sin # c \ / with W t r + W = W T . (18-8) Equation 18-6 is identical with Equation 13-2 of Section 13, representing the motion of a free particle; hence the translational motion of the system is the same as that of a particle with mass nti + nit equal to the sum of the masses of the two particles. In most problems the state of translational motion is not impor- tant, and a knowledge of the translational energy W tr is not required. In our further discussion we shall refer to W , the energy of the system aside from the translational energy, simply as the energy ctf the system. Equation 18-7 is identical with the wave equation of a single particle of mass M under the influence of a potential function. F(r, #, <p). This identity corresponds to the classical identity of Section 2d (Eqs. 2-25). If we now restrict ourselves to the case in which the potential function V is a function of r alone, V = F(r), Equation 18-7 can be further separated. We write V \l/(r, tf, *>) = R(r) 9(tf) $(<p); (18-9) 116 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-18a on introducing this in Equation 18-7 and dividing by RQ&, it becomes 1 jrf/ flin *<te\ in #0 d*\ d*/ JL^_ _ r*Rdr\ dr/ ^> 2 sin^tf<l>d<p 2 r r 2 sin + ^{W - F(r)} = 0. (18-10) On multiplying through by r 2 sin 2 #, the remaining part of the second term, -p^ which could only be a function of the inde- pendent variable <p, is seen to be equal to terms independent of <p. Hence this term must be equal to a constant, which we call w 2 : = -*. (18-11) The equation in & and r then can be written as Id/ t> dR\ ra 2 , 1 d I . Q dQ\ , 8?r V 2 . i Y \ - - \ - I cifi *> I i * R dr\ dr ) sin 2 1? ^ sin ?6 <W\ dt?/ ^ h* {W-V(r)} =0. The part of this equation containing the second and third terms is independent of r and the remaining part is independent of #, so that we can equate each to a constant. If we set the # terms equal to the constant 0, and the r terms equal to +/3, we obtain the following equations, after multiplication by 9 and by -B/r 2 , respectively: sm and Equations 18-11, 18-12, and 18-13 are now to be solved in order to determine the allowed values of the energy. The sequence of solution is the following: We first find that Equation 18-11 possesses acceptable solutions only for certain values of the parameter ra. Introducing these in Equation 18-12, we find that it then possesses acceptable solutions only for certain values of 0. Finally, we introduce these values of ft V-18bl THE SOLUTION OF THE WAVE EQUATION 117 in Equation 18-13 and find that this equation then possesses acceptable solutions only for certain values of W. These are the values of the energy for the stationary states of the system. It may be mentioned that the wave equation for the hydrogen atom can also be separated in coordinate systems other than the polar coordinates r, #, and v? which we have chosen, and for some purposes another coordinate system may be especially appro- priate, as, for example, in the treatment of the Stark effect, for which (as shown by Schrodinger in his third paper) it is convenient to use parabolic coordinates. 18b. The Solution of the <p Equation. As was discussed in Section 17, the solutions of Equation 18-11, involving the cyclic coordinate <p, are *. (18-14) In order for the function to be single-valued at the point (p (which is identical with <p 2?r), the parameter m must be equal to an integer. The independent acceptable solutions of the (p equation are hence given by Equation 18-14, with m = 0, + 1, +2, , 1, J -2, k ; these values are usually written as 0, 1, 2, - , it being understood that positive and negative values correspond to distinct solutions. The constant m is called the magnetic quantum number. It is the analogue of the same quantum number in the old-quantum- theory treatment (Sec. 76). The factor l/V^Tr is introduced in order to normalize the functions <m(<p), which then satisfy the equation = 1. (18-15) It may be pointed out that for a given value of \m\ (the absolute value of m), the two functions &\ m \(<f>) and <_, m |(^>) satisfy the same differential equation, with the same value of the parameter, and that any linear combination of them also satisfies the equation. The sum and the difference of these two functions are the cosine and sine functions. It is sometimes convenient to use these in place of the complex exponential functions as the independent solutions of the wave equation, the normalized solutions then being 118 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-18c , , cos m sin H = 1,2,3, (18-16) There is only one solution for |m| = 0. These functions are normalized and are mutually orthogonal. It is sometimes convenient to use the symbol m to represent the absolute value of the magnetic quantum number as well as the quantum number itself. To avoid confusion, however, we shall not adopt this practice but shall write |m| for the absolute value of m. 18c, The Solution of the # Equation. In order to solve the & equation 18-12, it is convenient for us to introduce the new independent variable z = cos (18-17) which varies between the limits 1 and +1, and at the same time to replace 9(#) by the function P(z) to which it is equal: P(z) = 6(#). .(18-18) Noting that sin 2 tf = 1 - z 2 and that d9 dPdz dP . n we see that our equation becomes On attempting to solve this equation by the polynomial method^ it is found that the recursion formula involves more than two terms. If, however, a suitable substitution is made, the equa- tion can be reduced to one to which the polynomial method can be applied. The equation has singular points at z = 1, both of which are regular points (see Sec. 17), so that it is necessary to discuss the indicial equation at each of these points. In order to study the behavior near z = -f-1, it is V-18c] THE SOLUTION OF THE WAVE EQUATION 119 convenient to make the substitution x =* 1 z, R(x) = P(z), bringing this point to the origin of x. The resulting equation is dx If we substitute R = x ]V a^" in this equation, we find that the indicial ?-o equation (see Sec. 17) leads to the value |m|/2 for s. Likewise, if we investi- gate the point z = 1 by making the substitution y = 1 -}- z and similarly study the indicial equation at the origin of y, we find the same value for the index there. The result of these considerations is that the substitution Iml 1ml I ml P(z) = X2y20(z) = (1 - z*) T0(z) (18-20) is required. On introducing this into Equation 18-19, the differ- ential equation satisfied by G(z) which should now be directly soluble by a power series is found to be (1 - z 2 )(?" - 2(|m| + 1)*G' + 0, (18-21) in which (?' represents -r- and G" represents -r-^- This equation we now treat by the polynomial method, the successive steps being similar to those taken in Section 11 in the discussion of the harmonic oscillator. Let G = a + atf + a 2 z 2 + a 3 z 3 + , (18-22) with G' and G" similar series obtained from this by differentiation. On the introduction of these in Equation 18-21, it becomes 1 2a 2 + 2 - 3a 3 * + 3 4a 4 * 2 + 4 5a 6 z 3 + - 1 - 2a 2 z 2 - 2 - 3a 3 z 3 - -2(|rn| + l)aiz -2 2(|m| + I)a 2 z 2 -2 - 3(|m| + I)a 3 * 3 - + {ft - \m\(\m\ + I)}a + {}<*& + {}a 2 z 2 + {}a 3 z 3 + = 0, in which the braces {} represent {/3 |m|(|m| + 1)J. This equation is an identity in z, and hence the coefficients of indi- vidual powers of z must vanish; that is, l-2oi + {}a = 0, 2.3a 8 + ({} -2(|m| + l)) fll =0, 3 4a 4 + ({ } - 2 - 2(|m| + !)-! 2)a 2 = 0, 4 5o 6 + ({ } - 2 . 3(|m| + 1) - 2 - 3)a 8 = 0, 120 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-18c or, in general, for the coefficient of z", (v + l)(v + 2)a,+, + [{j8 - |m|(|m| + 1)} - 2v(\m\ + 1) - K" - 1)K =' 0. This leads to the two-term recursion formula (y + |m[)(y + |m| + 1) - g , a *+ 2 = (, + !)( + 2) av (18 ' 23) between the coefficients a^ +2 and a v in the series for G. It is found on discussion by the usual methods 1 that an infinite series with this relation between alternate coefficients converges (for any values of \m and g) for 1 < z < 1, but diverges for z = +1 or 1, and in consequence does not correspond to an acceptable wave function. In order to be satisfactory, then, our series for G must contain only a finite number of terms. Either the even or the odd series can be broken off at the term in z"' by placing P = ("' + MX"' + |m + 1), v' = 0, 1, 2, - - , and the other series can be made to vanish by equating ai or a to zero. The characteristic values of the parameter are thus found to be given by the above expression, the corresponding functions G(z) containing only even or odd powers of z as v f is even or odd. It is convenient to introduce the new quantum number I = v ' + \ m \ (18-24) in place of v 1 , the allowed values for I being (from its definition) |m|, m\ + 1, m\ + 2, . The characteristic values of /3 are then P = l(l + 1), I = |m|, |m| + 1, . (18-25) I is called the azimuthal quantum number; it is analogous to the quantum number k of the old quantum theory. Spectral states which are now represented by a given value of I were formerly represented by a value of k one unit greater, fc = 1 corresponding to I = 0, and so on. 1 R. COURANT and D. HILBERT, " Methoden der mathematischen Physik," 2d ed.,Vol. I, p. 281, Julius Springer, Berlin, 1931. V-18d] THE SOLUTION OF THE WAVE EQUATION 121 We have now shown that the allowed solutions of the & equa* tion are 9(#) = (1 - z 2 ) lm|/2 G(z), in which G(z) is defined by the recursion formula 18-23, with ft = 1(1 + 1). It will be shown in Section 19 that the functions 0(#) are the associated Legendre functions. A description of the functions will be given in Section 21. 18d. The Solution of the r Equation. Having evaluated ft as 1(1 + 1), the equation in r becomes : drV dr. 1 ' ' ~' + >-* '^f{W - V(r)\ \R = 0, (18-26) in which F(r) = Ze 2 /r, Z being the atomic number of the atom. It is only now, by the introduction of this expression for the potential energy, that we specialize the problem to that of the one-electron or hydrogenlike atom. The discussion up to this point is applicable to any system of two particles which interact with one another in a way expressible by a potential function F(r), as, for example, the two nuclei in a diatomic molecule after the electronic interactions have been considered by the Born- Oppenheimer method (Sec. 35a). Let us first consider the case of W negative, corresponding to a total energy insufficient to ionize the atom. Introducing the symbols and _ A (18-27) and the new independent variable p = 2ar, (18-28) the wave equation becomes 1 d dS\ f 1 1(1 + 1) X) ~ - ^ p ^ , (18-29) 122 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-lSd in which S(p) = R(r). As in the treatment of the harmonic oscillator, we first discuss the asymptotic equation. For p large, the equation approaches the form d^ ~ I 5 ' the solutions of which are S = + * and 8 = e~{ Only the second of these is satisfactory as a wave function. We now assume that the solution of the complete equation 18-29 has the form S(p) = e~(p). (18-30) The equation satisfied by F(p) is found to be p P) ^ p ^ oo. (18-31) The coefficients of F f and F possess singularities at the origin, which is a regular point (cf. Sec. 17), so that we again make the substitution F(p) = p'L(p), (18-32) in which L(p) is a power series in p beginning with a non- vanishing constant term: L( P ) = 2>P% o * 0. (18-33) V Since F'(p) = sp-'L + p'L' and F"( P ) = 8(8 - l)p- 2 L + 2sp-'L' + p'L", Equation 18-31 becomes " + 2sp' +1 L' + s(s - l)p'L + 2p'+ l L' + 2sp'L p' +2 L' sp' +l L + (X - l)p-+ 1 L - 1(1 + l)p'L = 0. (18-34) V-18d] THE SOLUTION OF THE WAVE EQUATION 123 Since L begins with the term a , the coefficient of p* is seen to be [s(s 1) + 2s 1(1 + 1)} a , and, since a does not vanish, the expression in braces must vanish in order for Equation 18-34 to be satisfied as an identity in p. This gives as the indicial equation for s : 8(8 + 1) - 1(1 + 1) = 0, or 5 = +1 or -(i + 1). (18-35) Of the two solutions of the indicial equation, the solution s = (/ + !) does not lead to an acceptable wave function. We accordingly write F( P ) = p'L(p), (18-36) and obtain from 18-34 the equation P L" + {2(1 + 1) - p\U + (X - I - 1)L = 0, (18-37) after substituting I for s and dividing by p l+ 1 . We now introduce the series 18-33 for L in this equation and obtain an equation involving powers of p, the coefficients of which must vanish individually. These conditions are successively (X - I - I)a + 2(1 + l) ai - 0, (X - Z - 1 - IK + {2 - 2(1 + 1) + 1 2}a 2 = 0, (X - Z - 1 - 2)a 2 + {3-2(1 + 1) +2-3|a 3 =0 or, for the coefficient of p", (X - I - 1 - v)a, + {2( + 1)(I + 1) + v(v + l)}a, +1 = 0. (18-38) It can be shown by an argument similar to that used in Section lla for the harmonic oscillator that for any values of X and I the series whose coefficients are determined by this formula leads to a function S(p) unacceptable as a wave function unless it breaks off. For very large values of v the successive terms of an infinite series given by 18-38 approach the terms of the expansion of e p , which accordingly represents the asymptotic behavior of the series. This corresponds to an asymptotic behavior of _* +f S(p) =e 2 p l L(p) similar to e 2 , leading to the infinity catastrophe with increasing p. Consequently the series must break off after a finite number of terms. The condition that it break off after the term in p n ' is seen from Equation 18-38 to be 124 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-18e X - I - 1 - ri = or X = ft, where n = ri + I + 1. (18-39) n' is called the radial quantum number and n the total quantum number. From its nature it is seen that n' can assume the values 0, 1, 2, 3, . The values of n will be discussed in the next section. In this section we have found the allowed solutions of the _P r equation to have the form R(r) = e 2 p l L(p), in which L(p) is defined by the recursion formula 18-38, with X = n. It will be shown in Section 20 that these functions are certain associated Laguerre functions, and a description of them will ,be given in Section 21. 18e. The Energy Levels. Introducing for X its value as given in Equation 18-27, and solving for W, it is found that Equation 18-39 leads to the energy expression in which W. = - = - = -*, (18-40) h*n 2 n 2 n 2 R = an d W H = Rhc. h 3 c This expression is identical with that of the old quantum theory (Eq. 7-24), even to the inclusion of the reduced mass ju- It is seen that the energy of a hydrogenlike atom in the state repre- sented by the quantum numbers n', I, and m does not depend on their individual values but only on the value of the total quantum number n = n' + I + 1. Inasmuch as both n' and I by their nature can assume the values 0, ,1, 2, , we see that the allowed values of n are 1, 2, 3, 4, , as assumed in the old quantum theory and verified by experiment (discussed in Sec. 76). Except for n = 1, each energy level is degenerate, being represented by more than one independent solution of the wave equation. If we introduce the quantum numbers n, I, and m as subscripts (using n in preference to ft'), the wave functions we have found as acceptable solutions of the wave equation may be written as *0, (18-41) V-19] LEGENDRE FUNCTIONS AND SURFACE HARMONICS 125 the functions themselves being those determined in Sections 186, 18c, and 18d. The wave functions corresponding to distinct sets of values for n, I, and m are independent. The allowed values of these quantum numbers we have determined to be m =0, 1, 2, , I = \m\, \m\ + 1, \m\ + 2, , n = I + 1, I + 2, I + 3, . This we may rewrite as total quantum number n = 1, 2, 3, , azimuthal quantum number J = 0, 1, 2, , n 1, magnetic quantum number m = I, Z + 1, , 1,0, + 1, , +Z - 1, +1 There are consequently 21 + 1 independent wave functions with given values of n and Z, and n 2 independent wave functions with a given value of n f that is, with the same energy value. The 21 + 1 wave functions with the same n and I are said to form a completed subgroup, and the n 2 wave functions with the same n a completed group. The wave functions will be described in the following sections of this chapter. A similar treatment applied to the wave equation with W positive leads to the result that there exist acceptable solutions for all positive values of the energy, as indicated by the general discussion of Section 9c. It is a particularly pleasing feature of the quantum mechanics that a unified treatment can be given the continuous as well as the discrete spectrum of energy values. Because of the rather complicated nature of the discussion of the wave functions for the continuous spectrum (in particular their orthogonality and normalization properties) and of their minor importance for most chemical problems, we shall not treat them further. 1 19. LEGENDRE FUNCTIONS AND SURFACE HARMONICS The functions of & which we have obtained by solution of the & equation are well known to mathematicians under the name of associated Legendre functions. 2 The functions of t? and <? are 1 See SOMMERFELD, " Wave Mechanics," p. 290. 2 The functions of tf for m =0 are called Legendre functions. The asso- ciated Legendre functions include the Legendre functions and additional 126 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-lOa called surface harmonics (or, in case cosine and sine functions of <p are used instead of exponential functions, tesseral harmonics). We could, of course, proceed to develop the properties of these functions from the recursion formulas for the coefficients in the polynomials obtained in the foregoing treatment. This would be awkward and laborious, however; it is simpler for us to define the functions anew by means of differential expressions or generating functions, and to discuss their properties on this basis, ultimately proving the identity of these functions with those obtained earlier by application of the polynomial method. 19a. The Legendre Functions or Legendre Polynomials. The Legendre functions or Legendre polynomials Pj(cos #) = PI(Z) may be defined by means of a generating function T(t, z) such that As in the case of the Hermite polynomials (Sec. lie), we obtain relations among the polynomials and their derivatives by differentiating the generating function with respect to t and to z. Thus on differentiation with respect to t, we write 1-1 = ^(-2* + 2Q dt ~ ^ l ~ (1 - 2zt 2-0 or i i' (the right side having been transformed with the use of Equation 19-1), and consequently, by equating coefficients of given powers of t on the two sides, we obtain the , recursion formula for the Legendre polynomials (I + I)PH-I(Z) - (21 + l)zPi(z) + ZPi-i(3) = 0. (19-2) Similarly, by differentiation with respect to z, there is obtained t dz - ^j < * - (1 - 2zt i functions (corresponding to I ml > 0) conveniently defined in terms of the Legendre functions. V-19b] LEGENDRE FUNCTIONS AND SURFACE HARMONICS 127 or which gives the relation P' M (z) - 2zP' t (z) + P' M ( Z ) - P t (z) = (19-3) involving the derivatives of the polynomials. Somewhat simpler relations may be obtained by combining these. From 19-2 and 19-3, after differentiating the former, we find zP[(z) - P;_ t (z) - lP t (z) = (19-4) and P' l+l (z) - zP' t (z) - (1 + l)P t (z) = 0. (19-5) We can now easily find the differential equation which P/(z) satisfies. Reducing the subscript I to / 1 in 19-5, and sub- tracting 19-4 after multiplication by z, we obtain (1 - z 2 )P,' + lzP l - >,_! = 0, which on differentiation becomes , \V A * / j.. i i "* v*v i "^ zv*/ ** z iv*'/ 0. a2 ( The terms in P\ and P[_! may be replaced by l 2 Pi, from 19-4, and there then results the differential equation for the Legendre polynomials " 7 ~P r (V>) ~} + 1(1 + l)Pi(z) = 0. (19-6) 19b. The Associated Legendre Functions. We define the associated Legendre functions of degree I and order \m\ (with values I = 0, 1, 2, and \m\ = 0, 1, 2, , I) in terms of the Legendre polynomials by means of the equation pjr'co = a - * 2 ) Iml/2 M*). [It is to be noted that the order \m\ is restricted to positive values (and zero) ; we are using the rather clumsy symbol \m\ to represent the order of the associated Legendre function so that we may later identify m with the magnetic quantum number previously 128 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-19b introduced.] The differential equation satisfied by these func- tions may be found in the following way. On differentiating Equation 19-6 \m\ times, there results /i [1(1 + 1) - |m|(|m| + l)!r^ = (19-8) zz as the differential equation satisfied by |m , With the dz use of Equation 19-7 this equation is easily transformed into (i - **) - 2* + z(z + i) - rp'^ = 0, (19-9) which is the differential equation satisfied by the associated Legendre function P\ ml (z). This result enables us to identify 1 the # functions of Section 18c (except for constant factors) with the associated Legendre functions, inasmuch as Equation 19-9 is identical with Equation 18-19, except that P(z) is replaced by P[ m '(z) and ft is replaced by 1(1 + 1), which was found in Section 18c to represent the characteristic values of 0. Hence the wave functions in # corresponding to given values of the azimuthal quantum number I and the magnetic quantum number m are the associated Legendre functions P[ ml (z). The associated Legendre functions are most easily tabulated by the use of the recursion formula 19-2 and the definition J9-7, together with the value PQ(Z) = 1 as the starting point. A detailed discussion of the functions is given in Section 21. For some purposes the generating 'function for the associated Legendre functions is useful. It is found from that for the Legendre polynomials to be T (z(\ = ^|m,^, I) - Z|m| (19-10) 1 The identification is completed by the fact that both functions are formed from polynomials of the same degree. V-20a] THE LAGUERRE POLYNOMIALS 129 In Appendix VI it is shown that i (0 for V * I, *-l \^ 1 )'- l' {Z/dZ == \ " \v ~7~ r^ / f it 7 /i f\ -t -t \ i7oi-rT\ 77 bin for l = l - ( 19 - n ) Using this result, we obtain the constant necessary to normalize the part of the wave function which depends on #. The final form for 0($) is (,9-12) Problem 19-1. Prove that the definition of the Legendre polynomials Po(z) = 1, ) *(*' ' *>' is equivalent to that of Equation 19-1. Problem 19-2. Derive the following relations involving the associated Legendre functions: __ > . -f- 1; and 20. THE LAGUERRE POLYNOMIALS AND ASSOCIATED LAGUERRE FUNCTIONS 20a. The Laguerre Polynomials. The Laguerre polynomials of a variable p, within the limits ^ p ^ GO , may be defined by means of the generating function r=0 To find the differential equation satisfied by these polynomials L r (p)j we follow the now familiar procedure of differentiating the 130 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-20a generating function with respect to u and to p. From - we obtain pu 2Lr(p) t = C */ _ _ Pt* , 1 (r-l)l l-u\ I-M (l-w) 2 ^l-u or (1 -2u from which there results the recursion formula Lr+iGO + (p - 1 - 2r)L r (p) + r 2 L r _!(p) = 0. (20-2) Similarly from -r- we have dp 2^r(p) uf = __ U ^ Lr ^ U r r! 1 w^j r! ' r r or L;( P ) - rL^^p) + rL r _!(p) = 0, (20-3) in which the prime denotes the derivative with respect to p. Equation 20-3 may be rewritten and differentiated, giving Xp) -Lr(p)| and with similar equations for Z/^ 2 (p) and L^_ 2 (p)- Replacing r by r + 1 in Equation 20-2 and differentiating twice, we obtain the equation ^; 2 (P) + (P - 3 - 2r)L;;,(p) + (r + l) 2 L^(p) + 2L; +1 (p) = 0. With the aid of the foregoing expressions this is then transformed into an equation in L r (p) alone, P L;'( P ) + (i - P )L;(P) + rL r ( P ) = o, (20-4) which is the differential equation for the rth Laguerre polynomial. d r Problem 20-1. Show that L r (p) = tf (p r e~ p ). dp r V-20b] THE LAOUERRE POLYNOMIALS 131 20b. The Associated Laguerre Polynomials and Functions. The sth derivative of the rth Laguerre polynomial is called the associated Laguerre polynomial of degree r s and order s: L;(P) = ^A(p). (20-5) The differential equation satisfied by L' r (p) is found by differ- entiating Equation 20-4 to be P L' r "(p) + (s + 1 - P )L/(p) + (r - *)L;(p) = 0. (20-6) If we now replace r by n + I and s by 21 + 1, Equation 20-6 becomes + (n - i - l)Lfi'(p) = 0. (20-7) On comparing this with Equation 18-37 obtained in the treat- ment of the r equation for the hydrogen atom by the polynomial method, we see that the two equations are identical when L%i l (p) is identified with L(p) and the parameter X is replaced by its characteristic value n. The polynomials obtained in the solution of the r equation for the hydrogen atom are hence the associated Laguerre polynomials of degree n I 1 and of order 2Z + 1. Moreover, the wave functions in r are, except for normalizing factors, the functions These functions are called the associated Laguerre functions. We shall discuss them in detail in succeeding sections. It is easily shown from Equation 20-1 that the generating function for the associated Laguerre polynomials of order s is 1 pU ~ r 8 The polynomials can also be expressed explicitly: n-J-l _ (n _ l _ l _ fc)!( fc=0 (20--9) 1 This was given by Schrodinger in his third paper, Ann. d. Phys. 80, 486 (1926). 132 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-21a In Appendix VII, it is shown that the normalization integral for the associated Laguerre function has the value the factor p 2 arising from the volume element in polar coordinates. From this it follows that the normalized radial factor of the wave function for the hydrogen atom is with p = 2ar = Sir \ Ze * r = r. (20-12) p n/i 2 na Problem 20-2. Derive relations for the associated Laguerre polynomials and functions corresponding to those of Equations 20-2 and 20-3. 21. THE WAVE FUNCTIONS FOR THE HYDROGEN ATOM 21a. Hydrogenlike Wave Functions. We have now found the wave functions for the discrete stationary states of a one- electron or hydrogenlike atom. They are , (21-1) with (21-2) and * ' (n ~ I - in which p = r (21-5) and h 2 a being the quantity interpreted in the old quantum theory as the radius of the smallest orbit in the hydrogen atom. The V-21a] THE WAVE FUNCTIONS FOR THE HYDROGEN ATOM 133 functions Pi ml (cos #) are the associated Legendre functions discussed in Section 19, and the functions L^ J (p) are the asso- ciated Laguerre polynomials of Section 20. The minus sign in Equation 21-4 is introduced for convenience to make the function positive for small values of r. The wave functions as written here are normalized, so that to > ^ sin *WMr = 1. (21-6) Moreover, the functions in r, #, and v are separately normalized to unity: (21-7) They are also mutually orthogonal, the integral vanishing except for n = n f , I = I', and ra = ra'; inasmuch as if m 7* m', the integral in <p vanishes; if m = m' ', but I ^ I', the integral in # vanishes; and if m = m' and I I', but n ^ ri, the integral in r vanishes. Expressions for the normalized wave functions for all sets of quantum numbers out to n = 6, I = 5 are given in Tables 21-1, 21-2, and 21-3. The functions ^ > m(<^) are given in both the complex and the real form, either set being satisfactory. (For some purposes one is more convenient, for others the other.) TABLE 21-1. THE FUNCTIONS 3> m M ~^ o V27T V27T cos <p T sin 134 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-21a TABLE 21-1. THE FUNCTIONS *,*(>) (Continued) or V2 Etc. TABLE 21-2. THE WAVE FUNCTIONS 8i m (#) (The associated Legendre functions normalized to unity) 0, s orbitals: 1, p orbitals: A/6 e 10 (t>) = cos V3 t = 2, d orbitals: = - sn A/10 ~ (3cos 2 t? - lte e 2 -. 2 (t?) = I = 3, /orbitals: e 80 3A/14 /5 \ (t?) = ( - cos 3 tf - cos t? 1 sin 0(5 cos 2 tf - 1) 8 ios - sin 2 t? cos t? A/70 -^- - sin 3 tf - 4, g orbitals: 8 40 W = ( cos 4 d - 10 cos 2 # + 1 ) 16 \ 3 / 9-\/10 /7 , \ B ft 8m ^ I 5 cos ^ co* ^ I V-21a] THE WA VE F UNCTIONS FOR THE H YDROGEN A TOM 135 TABLE 21-2. THE WAVE FUNCTIONS 6i m (0). (Continued) 64*2(0) = ^-^ sin 2 0(7 cos 2 1> - 1) o 3\/70 64*3(0) = - sin 3 cos 8 3-V/35 e,*() =-Yr-8in*d lo I = 5, /i orbitals: 15\/22/21 14 , \ e 60 (0) = -- 1 cos 5 -- cos 8 -f cos ) 16 \ 5 3 / \/165 sin #(21 cos 4 tf - 14 cos 2 tf -h 1) 16 /1155 - 8 sin 2 #(3 cos 3 1> cos #) A770 65*3(0) = sin 3 #(9 cos 2 0- 32 3A/385 . 85*4(0) = - sin 4 cos 16 3 A/154 . K 65*5(0) = 00 sin o^ TABLE 21-3. THE HYDROGENLIKE RADIAL WAVE FUNCTIONS n = 1,K shell: __ Z =0, 1 flio(r) = (Z/a )K'2e 2 n = 2, L shell: Z = 0, 2 5 ft, (r 2\/2 n = 3, Jlf shell: " 0, 3s /2 30 (r) - - (6 - 6p + 9-\/3 f il 9V6 - 2, 3d (,) 136 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-21a TABLE 21-3. THE HYDBOGENLIKE RADIAL WAVE FUNCTIONS. (Continued) n = 4, AT shell: I = 0, 4 8 /Mr) = (Z/ . a , o)/ (24 - 36 P + 12p 2 - P 3 )e~ 2 yt> f = 1, 4p /Mr) = -^L(20 - 10p + P )pe~~2 32\/T5 / - 2, 4d /Mr) = '" 96V 5 I -3,4, JWD- n = 5, O^hell: 1 = 0, 5s /MO = (Z/ao) _(i20 - 240 P + 120 P 2 - 20p 3 -f P 4 )e~2 _ 300 Vo , 6l 150V30 (7 7 a V^ = 2, 5d R M (r) = - ----/_- (42 - 14p 150V70 - 3, 5/ A.( 3^ _ p ,(120 - 90p H- 18 P 2 - p 3 ) P 2 300V 70 / = 4. og KM(T) T=/ 900V70 n = 6, P shell: Z = 0, 6s # M (r) = -iL -(720 - 1800 P + 1200 P 2 - 300p 3 + 30p 4 2160V6 _ -P 6 )e (7 1 n V 1 ^ J = 1, 6p /Jei(r) = "_^r(840 - 840 P + 252 P 2 - 28 P 3 + P 4 )pe" 2 432A/210 = 2, 6d /2 6 2(r) = a y _ (336 - 168p + 24p 2 - P 3 ) P 2 e 2 864V105 = 3, 6/ flei(r) = -^(72 - 18 P 2592V35 4, 60 /Mr) = - 12960V7 AA 5, 6/1 =- 12960 V77 V-21a] THE WA VE FUNCTIONS FOR THE HYDROGEN ATOM 137 The wave functions 9j m (#) given in Table 21-2 are the asso- ciated Legendre functions P[ m| (cos #) normalized to unity. The functions P[ m| (cos $) as usually written and as defined by Equations 19-1 and 19-7 consist of the term sin lml # and the polynomial in cos # multiplied by the factor (I + \m\)\ (I + \m\ + 1)! <^4('-^> " 2 <(<iM^)(<^M^)' as m + iis even or odd. Expressions for additional associated Legendre functions are given in many books, as, for example, by Byerly. 1 Numerical tables for the Legendre polynomials are given by Byerly and by Jahnke and Emde. 2 Following Mulliken, we shall occasionally refer to one-electron orbital wave functions such as the hydrogenlike wave functions of this chapter as orbitals. In accordance with spectroscopic practice, we shall also use the symbols s, p, d, f, g, to refer to states characterized by the values 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, , respectively, of the azimuthal quantum number I, speaking, for example, of an s orbital to mean an orbital with I = 0. In the table of hydrogenlike radial wave functions the poly- nomial contained in parentheses represents for each function the associated Laguerre polynomial L^ t l (p) 9 as defined by Equations 20-1 and 20-5, except for the factor which has been combined with the normalizing factor and reduced to the simplest form. It is to be borne in mind that the variable p is related to r in different ways for different values of n. The complete wave functions ^ n im(r 9 #, <p) for the first three shells are given in Table 21-4. Here for convenience the variable p = 2Zr/na has been replaced by the new variable <r, such that n Z W. E. BYERLY, "Fourier's Series and Spherical Harmonics," pp. 151, 159, 198, Ginnand Company, Boston, 1893. 2 W. E. BYERLY, ibid., pp. 278-281; JAHNKE and EMDE, "Funktionen- tafeln," B. G. Teubner, Leipzig, 1933. 138 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-21a The relation between o- and r is the same for all values of th quantum numbers. The real form of the <f> functions is used. The symbols p x , p v , p g , d x +y, d v + t , d x + t , d^ and d z are introduced for convenience. It is easily shown that the functions ^ npft \l/ npv , and \l/ npg are identical except for orientation in space, the three being equivalently related to the x, y, and z axes, respec- tively. Similarly the four functions ^w +v , tnd v+t , tnd*+ t , and \l/nd xv are identical except for orientation. The fifth d function $ n d t is different. TABLE 21-4. HYDROGENLIKE WAVE FUNCTIONS K Shell n = l, l = 0, m = 0: 1 /Z' L Shell n = 2, I = 0, m - 0: n = 2, I = 1, m = 0: < /*rr \ 3^ ~2 COS n = 2, / = 1, m = 1: 1 /ZV* _* 2 sin rj " 4VSV ^ 2py = y= ( 1 ff e ~ 2 sin t? sin v M Shell n = 3, J = o, m = 0: i /zV* ^3. = P= f ) (27 - 18<r + 2c 81\/3i \ a / n - 3, Z = 1, m = 0: V2 /~ v //% x ^3p, = 7= I 1 (6 <T)<re tf COS t 81 VT \ n = 3, / - 1, m = 1: -v/sT/zV* -1 , = 7= [ l (6 <r)<re 6 sin t> cos <t 81 V^r \ a o/ V-21b] THE WAVE FUNCTIONS FOR THE HYDROGEN ATOM 139 IKE WAVE FUNCTIONS. (Co Z\^ - i (6 <r)<re 3 sin tf sin < TABLE 21-4. HYDROGENLIKE WAVE FUNCTIONS. (Continued) \/2 n = 3, I r* 2, m = 0: ^ 8< i, = 7=1 [ ) <T 2 6 3 (3 COS 2 tf 1) 81v6ir \ a o/ n = 3, I = 2, w = 1: A/9 /7.\& -*- r 2 e 3 sin # cos t? cos v \/2 /Z\^ -- 7= I ~ I ** e 3 81 VT \ a V > cos t? 81 VT \ fl o/ n = 3, i = 2. m = 2: 1 /Z\* -f . . with <r = a 81 ^- 1 /*7\^ __ 3 sin 2 tf sin 2^> 81 ' Z 21b. The Normal State of the Hydrogen Atom. The proper- ties of the hydrogen atom in its normal state (Is, with n = 1, I = 0, m = 0) are determined by the wave function The physical interpretation postulated for the wave function 1 -- requires that \f/*\f/ = 36 be a probability distribution function TTflg for the electron relative to the nucleus. Since this expression is independent of # and <p, the normal hydrogen atom is spheri- cally symmetrical. The chance that the electron be in the 1 -- volume element r 2 dr sin &d&d<p is ~e r 2 dr sin dd&d<p, which ira is seen to be independent of # and <f> for a given size of the volume element. This spherical symmetry is a property not possessed by the normal Bohr atom, for the Bohr orbit was restricted to a single plane. 140 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-21b By integrating over # and <p (over the surface of a sphere), we obtain the expression 4 -- D(r)dr = ~r*e ao dr a o as the probability that the electron lie between the distances r and r + dr from the nucleus. The radial distribution function '100 r 2 e ao is shown in Figure 21-1 (together with and ^ 00 ) as a function of r, the distance from the nucleus. It FIG. 21-1. The functions ^, ^V and 47rrVV for the normal hydrogen atom. The dashed curve represents the probability distribution function for a Bohr orbit. is seen that the probability that the electron remain within about 1 A of the nucleus is large; that is, the "size" of the hydrogen atom is about the same as given by the Bohr theory. Indeed, there is a close relation; the most probable distance of the electron from the nucleus, which is the value of r at which D(r) has its maximum value, is seen from Figure 21-1 to be a = 0.529A, which is just the radius of the normal Bohr orbit for hydrogen. V-21b] THE WA VE FUNCTIONS FOR THE HYDROGEN ATOM 141 The distribution function itself is not at all similar to that for a circular Bohr orbit of radius a , which would be zero every- where except at the point r = a . The function ^ 00 has its maximum value at r = 0, showing that the most probable position for the electron is in the immediate neighborhood of the nucleus; that is, the chance that the electron lie in a small volume element very near the nucleus is larger than the chance that it lie in a volume element of the same size at a greater distance from the nucleus. 1 It may be pointed out that a Bohr orbit in the form of a degenerate line ellipse, obtained by giving the azimuthal quantum number k of the old quantum theory the value instead of the value 1, leads to a distribution function resembling the wave-mechanical one a little more closely. This is shown in Figure 21-1 by the dashed curve. The average distance of the electron from the nucleus, given by the equation rtni m r*dr sin MM*, (21-8) is found in this case to be equal to ^a . This is also the value calculated for the Bohr orbit with k = 0; in fact, it will be shown in the next section that for any stationary state of the hydrogen atom the average value of r as given by the quantum mechanics is the same as for the Bohr orbit with the same value of n and with k 2 equal to 1(1 + 1). It will also be shown in Chapter XV that the normal hydrogen atom has no orbital angular momen- tum. This corresponds to a Bohr orbit with fc = but not with k = 1. The root-mean-square linear momentum of the electron is shown in the next section to have the value 2*ne 2 /h, which is the same as for the Bohr orbit. We may accordingly form a rough picture of the normal hydrogen atom as consisting of an electron moving about a nucleus in somewhat the way cor- responding to the Bohr orbit with n = 1, k = 0, the motion being essentially radial (with no angular momentum), the amplitude of the motion being sufficiently variable to give rise to a radial distribution function D(r) extending to infinity, though falling off rapidly with increasing r outside of a radius of 1 or 2A, the speed of the electron being about the same as in the lowest Bohr orbit, and the orientation of the orbit being 1 The difference between the statement of the preceding paragraph and this statement is the result of the increase in size of the volume element 4rr 2 dr for the former case with increasing r. 142 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-21c sufficiently variable to make the atom spherically symmetrical. Great significance should not be attached to such a description. We shall, however, make continued use of the comparison of wave-mechanical calculations for the hydrogen atom with the corresponding calculations for Bohr orbits for the sake of convenience. 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 9 -> FIG. 21-2. Hydrogen-atom radial wave functions R n i(r) f or n = 1,2, and 3 and I = and 1. 21c. Discussion of the Hydrogenlike Radial Wave Functions. The radial wave functions R n i(r) for n = 1, 2, and 3 and I = and 1 are shown plotted in Figure 21-2. The abscissas represent values of p; hence the horizontal scale should be increased by the factor n in order to show R (r) as functions of the electron-nucleus distance r. It will be noticed that only for s states (with I = 0) is the wave function different from zero at r = 0. The wave function crosses the p axis n I 1 times in the region between p = and p = oo . V-21c] THE WA VE FUNCTIONS FOR THE HYDROGEN A TOM 143 The radial distribution function D n i(r) = r 2 {# nj (r)} 2 (21-9) is represented as a function of p for the same states in Figure 21-3. It is seen from Figures 21-2 and 21-3 that the probability distribution function \l/*\l/, which is spherically symmetrical for s states, falls off for these states from a maximum value at r = 0. We might say that over a period of time the electron 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 FIG. 21-3. Electron distribution functions 4rr*[.R w j(r)] f for the hydrogen atom. may be considered in a hydrogen atom in the normal state to form a ball about the nucleus, in the 2s state to form a ball and an outer shell, in the 3s state to form a ball and two concentric shells, etc. The region within which the radial distribution function differs largely from zero is included between the values of r at perihelion and aphelion for the Bohr orbit with the same value of n and with fc 2 = 1(1 + 1), as is shown by the heavy horizontal line for each curve in Figure 21-3, drawn between the minimum and maximum values of the electron-nucleus distance 144 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-21c for this Bohr orbit in each case. For these s orbits (with k = 0) the heavy line extends to r = 0, corresponding to a line ellipse with vanishingly small minor axis, in agreement with the large value of \l/*\l/ at r = 0. For states with / > 0, on the other hand, ^"V vanishes at r = 0, and similarly the minimum value of r for the Bohr orbits with k = \/l(l + 1) is greater than zero. The average distance of the electron from the nucleus, as given by Equation 21-8, is found on evaluating the integral to be fnlm = r The corresponding values of p are represented by vertical lines in Figure 21-3. From this expression it is seen that the size of the atom increases about as the square of the principal quantum number n, f nZm being in fact proportional to n 2 for the states with I = and showing only small deviations from this propor- tionality for other states. This variation of size of orbit with quantum number is similar to that of the old quantum theory, the time-average electron-nucleus distance for a Bohr orbit being f - = Vj 1 + il 1 - 5 which becomes identical with the wave-mechanical expression if k 2 is replaced by 1(1 + 1), as we have assumed in the foregoing discussion. Formulas for average values of various powers of r are given below. 1 It is seen that the wave-mechanical expressions as a rule differ somewhat from those of the old quantum theory, even when k 2 is replaced by 1(1 + 1). AVERAGE VALUES* OF r f Wave Mechanics * Expressions for f are given in Equations 21-10 and 21-11. 1 1. WALLER, Z. f. Phys. 38, 635 (1926); expressions for ( -^ are given by J. H. Van Vleck, Proc. Roy. Soc. A 143, 679 (1934) V-21c] THE WAVE FUNCTIONS FOR THE HYDROGEN A TOM 145 AVERAGE VALUES OF r*. (Continued) r o n 2 V a,V(I + ) alnH(l + %)(l + 1) $-* Old Quantum Theory /Tj _! \rV aJ r 3 / ajn 3 /c 3 To illustrate the use of these formulas, let us calculate the average potential energy of the electron in the field of the nucleus. It is *>,, - - J (" ftiJft. 7V 2 = - ,. (21-12) a n 2 v ' Now the total energy W , which is the sum of the average ki- netic energy f and the average potential energy V, is equal to Z 2 e 2 /2aott 2 . Hence we have shown that the total energy is just one-half of the average potential energy, and that the average 146 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-21d kinetic energy is equal to the total energy with the sign changed, i.e., This relation connecting the average potential energy, the average kinetic energy, and the total energy for a system of particles with Coulomb interaction holds also in classical mechan- ics, being there known as the virial theorem (Sec. 7a). Now we may represent the kinetic energy as T = p\ + p* + pi), in which p x , p y> and p z represent components of linear momentum of the electron and nucleus relative to the center of mass (that is, the components of linear momentum of the electron alone if the small motion of the nucleus be neglected). Hence the average value of the square of the total linear momentum P 2 == Pi + Pi + Pi is equal to 2/x times the average value of the kinetic energy, which is itself given by Equation 21-13 for both wave mechanics and old quantum theory. We thus obtain as the equation representing the average squared linear momen- tum for a hydrogenlike atom in the wave mechanics as well as in the old quantum theory. This corresponds to a root-mean- square speed of the electron of (21-15) vv i- nh ' which for the normal hydrogen atom has the value 2.185 X 10 8 cm/sec. Problem 21-1. Using recursion formulas similar to Equation 20-2 (or in some other way) derive the expression for fj m . 21d. Discussion of the Dependence of the Wave Functions on the Angles d and $. In discussing the angular dependence of hydrogenlike wave functions, we shall first choose the complex form of the functions $(<?) rather than the real form. It will be shown in Chapter XV that there is a close analogy between the V-21d] THE WAVE FUNCTIONS FOR THE HYDROGEN ATOM 147 stationary states represented by these wave functions and the Bohr orbits of the old quantum theory in regard to the orbital angular momentum of the electron about the nucleus. The square of the total angular momentum for a given value of I h 2 is 1(1 + l);r-2 ; anc * *ke component of angular momentum along the z axis is wA/27r, whereas the corresponding values for a Bohr orbit with quantum numbers nkm are k 2 h 2 /4w 2 and mh/2w, respectively. We interpret the wave functions with a given value of I and different values of m as representing states in which the total angular momentum is the same, but with different orientations in space. It can be shown by a simple extension of the wave equation to include electromagnetic phenomena (a subject which will not be discussed in this book) that the magnetic moment asso- ciated with the orbital motion of an electron is obtained from the orbital angular momentum by multiplication by the factor e/2m c, just as in the classical and old quantum theory (Sec. 7d). The component of orbital magnetic moment along the z axis is he hence mj- - > and the energy of magnetic interaction of this moment with a magnetic field of strength H parallel to the z axis he TT is m-: - H. In the old quantum theory this spatial quantization was sup- posed to determine the plane of the orbit relative to the fixed direction of the z axis, the plane being normal to the z axis for m = k and inclined at various angles for other values of m. We may interpret the probability distribution function \l/*\(/ in a similar manner. For example, in the states with m = 1 the component of angular momentum along the z axis, mh/2w, is nearly equal to the total angular momentum, \/l(l -f l)h/2w, so that, by analogy with the Bohr orbit whose plane would be nearly normal to the z axis, we expect the probability distribution function to be large at & = 90 and small at # = and 180. This is found to be the case, as is shown in Figure 21-4, in which there is represented the function {6j m (#)) 2 for m = 1 and for I = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. It is seen that as I increases the prob- ability distribution function becomes more and more concen- trated about the xy plane. 148 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-21d Fio. 21-4. Polar graphs of the function [e* w (#)] 2 for m = I and I = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, showing the concentration of the function about the xy plane with increasing I. V-21d] THE WA VE FUNCTIONS FOR THE HYDROGEN A TOM 149 The behavior of the distribution function for other values of m is similarly shown in Figure 21-5, representing the same function f or I = 3 and m = 0, 1, 2, 3. It is seen that the function tends to be concentrated in directions corresponding to the plane of the oriented Bohr orbit (this plane being determined only to the extent that its angle with the z axis is fixed). With the complex form of the <p functions, these figures represent completely the angular dependence of the probability Fia. 21-5. Polar graphs of the function [&i m (#)] 2 for I = 3 and m = 0, 1. 2, and 3. distribution function, which is independent of <p. The alterna- tive sine and cosine functions of <p correspond to probability distribution functions dependent on y in the way corresponding to the functions sin 2 rrup and cos 2 m<p. The angular dependence of the probability distribution function for s and p orbitals in the real form (as given in Table 21-4) is illustrated in Figure 21-6. It is seen that, as mentioned before, the function s is spherically symmetric, and the functions p x , p v , and p t are equivalent except for orientation. The conditions determining the choice of wave functions representing degenerate states of a system will be discussed in the following chapter. 150 THE HYDROGEN ATOM [V-21d A useful theorem, due to Unsold, 1 states that the sum of the probability distribution functions for a given value of I and all values of m is a constant; that is, = constant. (21-16) W--I Px FIG. 21-6. Polar representation of the absolute values of the angular wave functions for a and p orbitals. The squares of these are the probability distribu- tion functions. The significance of this will be discussed in the chapter dealing with many-electron atoms (Chap. IX). Problem 21-2. Prove UnsGld's theorem (Eq. 21-16). 1 A. UNSOLD, Ann. d. Phys. 82, 355 (1927). CHAPTER VI PERTURBATION THEORY 1 In case that the wave equation for a system of interest can be treated by the methods described in the preceding chapters, or can be rigorously treated by any amplification of these methods, a complete wave mechanical discussion of the system can be given. Very often, however, such a procedure cannot be carried out, the wave equation being of such a nature as to resist accurate solution. Thus even the simplest many-electron systems, the helium atom and the hydrogen molecule, lead to wave equations which have not been rigorously solved. In order to permit the discussion of these systems, which more often than not are those involved in a physical or especially a chemical problem, various methods of approximate solution of the wave equation have been devised, leading to the more or less accurate approxi- mate evaluation of energy values and wave functions. Of these methods the first and in many respects the most interesting is the beautiful and simple wave-mechanical perturbation theory, developed by Schrodinger in his third paper in the spring of 1926. It is especially fortunate that this theory is very much easier to handle than the perturbation theory which is necessary for the treatment of general problems in classical dynamics. Before we can discuss this method, however, we need certain mathematical results concerning the possibility of expanding arbitrary functions in infinite series of normalized orthogonal functions. These results, which are of great generality and widespread utility, we shall discuss in the next section without attempting any complete proof. 22. EXPANSIONS IN SERIES OF ORTHOGONAL FUNCTIONS The use of power series to represent certain types of functions is discussed in elementary courses in mathematics, and the theorems which state under what conditions the infinite series 1 A generalized perturbation theory will be discussed in Section 27a. 151 152 PERTURBATION THEORY [VI-22 obtained by formal methods converge to the functions they are meant to represent are also well known. An almost equally useful type of infinite series, which we shall use very frequently, is a series the terms of which are members of a set of normalized orthogonal functions each multiplied by a constant coefficient. If /o(z), f\(x) y fi(x), are members of such a set of normal- ized orthogonal functions, we might write as the series (22-1) If the series converges and has a definite sum <f>(x), we may express Equation 22-1 by saying that the infinite series on the right of the equation represents the function <p(x) in a certain region of values of x. We may ask if it is possible to find the coefficients a n for the series which represents any given function <p(x). A very simple formal answer may be given to this question. If we multiply both sides of Equation 22-1 by f(x) and then integrate, assuming that the series is properly convergent so that the term-by-term integration of the series is justified, then we obtain the result v(x)ft(*)d* = a*, (22-2) since fft(x)fn(x)dx = if n * *,| (22 _ 3) = 1 if n = k.\ a ^ x ^ b defines the orthogonality interval for the functions /(*). In many cases the assumptions involved in carrying out this formal process are not justified, since the series obtained may either not converge at all or converge to a function other than <p(x). Mathematicians have studied in great detail the condi- tions under which such series converge and have proved theorems which enable one to make a decision in all ordinary cases. For our purposes, however, we need only know that such theorems exist and may be used to justify all the expansions which occur in this and later chapters. VI-22] EXPANSIONS IN SERIES OF ORTHOGONAL FUNCTIONS 153 The familiar Fourier series is only one special form of an expansion in terms of orthogonal functions. Figure 22-1, which gives a plot of the function <p(x) = 1 for < x < T, ) <f>(x) = -1 for TT < x < 27r,J together with the first, third, and fifth approximations of its Fourier-series expansion <p(x) = a + 0i sin x + fri cos x + a 2 sin 2z + 62 cos 2z + , (22-5) illustrates that a series of orthogonal functions may represent even a discontinuous function except at the point of discontinuity. FIG. 22-1. The function <p(x) = +1 for < x < IT, 1 for TT < x < 27r, and the first, third, and fifth Fourier-series approximations to it, involving terms to sin x, sin 3z, and sin 5x, respectively. If we had evaluated more and more terms of Equation 22-5, the series would have approached more and more closely to the function <p(z), except in the neighborhood of the discontinuity. The most useful sets of orthogonal functions for our purposes are the wave functions belonging to a given wave equation. In preceding chapters we have shown that the solutions of certain wave equations form sets of normalized orthogonal functions, such as for example the Hermite orthogonal functions which 154 PERTURBATION THEORY [VI-22 are the solutions of the harmonic oscillator problem (Sec. 11). In Appendix III it is shown that the solutions of any wave equation form such a set of orthogonal functions. In making expansions in terms of orthogonal functions, it is necessary to be sure that the set oflunct^ nng fo ^ w y?fe/g. Thus in the example of Equations 22-4 and 22-5, if we had used the set cos x, cos 2x, , without the sine terms, the series obtained would have converged, but not to the function <p(x) y because the set of functions cos x 9 cos 2x, is not complete. This requirement of completeness necessitates that all the solutions of the wave equation be included when using these solutions for an expansion of an arbitrary function. Since many wave equa- tions lead to a continuous spectrum of energy levels as well as a discrete spectrum, it is necessary to include the wave f unction Belonging 4a the continuous levels when making an expansion. The quantum numbers for the continuous spectra do not have discrete values but may vary continuously, so that the part of the expansion involving these wave functions becomes an integral instead of a sum as in Equation 22-1. However, in many special cases it is easy to see that certain of the coefficients a^ will be zero so that in those cases an expan- sion is possible in a set of functions which is not complete. Thus if the function <p(x) which we are attempting to represent is an even function 1 of x, and if the orthogonal set we are using for the expansion contains both even and odd functions, the coefficients of all the odd functions fk(x) will vanish, as may be seen from the consideration of Equation 22-2. All the ideas which have been discussed in this section can be generalized without difficulty to systems of several variables. Normalized orthogonal functions in several variables Xi, y\ 9 , Z N satisfy the condition ' / ' ' ' J/n (*1, 2/1; * ' * -Oifn*m,i = 1 if n = m, ) in which the integration is carried out over the whole of the configuration space for the system, and dr is the volume element 1 The function J(x) is called an even function of x if f(x) is equal to f(x) for all values of x, and an odd function of x if f(x) is equal to /(a?) for all values of x. VI-22] EXPANSIONS IN SERIES OF ORTHOGONAL FUNCTIONS 155 for the particular coordinate system in which the integral is expressed. Orthogonal functions in several variables usually are distinguished by several indices, which may however be symbolized by a single letter. An example of a three-dimensional set of normalized orthogonal functions is the set of solutions of the wave equation for the hydrogen atom. We have obtained in Chapter V the solutions belonging to the discrete levels; the quantum numbers nlm provide the indices for these functions. The solutions for the continuous spectrum of the atom, i.e., the system resulting when the electron has been completely removed from the nucleus, must be included if a complete set is desired. 1 The coefficients in the expansion of an arbitrary function of several variables are obtained from an equation entirely analogous to Equation 22-2, * = / JVtei, 2/i, ' ' ' , z*)/*(zi, 2/i, ' ' ' , z*)dr, (22-7) in which the limits of integration and the meaning of dr are tne same as in Equation 22-6. A function (p which is expressed in terms of the normalized functions of a complete orthogonal set is itself normalized if the coefficients in the "expansion satisfy the relation ya*a n = 1. n It may be mentioned that in some cases it is convenient to make use of complete sets of functions which are not mutually orthogonal. An arbitrary function can be expanded in terms of the functions of such a set; the determination of the values of the coefficients is, however, not so simple as for orthogonal functions. An example of an expansion of this type occurs in Section 24. In certain applications of expansions in terms of orthogonal functions, we shall obtain expressions of the form = 0. By multiplying by /*(z) and integrating, we see that the coeffi cient of each term must be zero; i.e., a n = for all values of n. 1 For a discussion of the wave functions for the continuous spectrum of hydrogen, see Sommerfeld, "Wave Mechanics," p. 290. 156 PERTURBATION THEORY [VI-23 Problem 22-1. Obtain the first four coefficients in the expansion <p(x) (2T + s)-H = a * 2fc P * (:C) ' Where P * (:C) is the fcth Legendre poly " nomial given in Section 19. This expansion is valid only for \x\ $ 1. Plot <p(x) and the approximations to it given by including the first, second, third, and fourth terms of the expansion. If possible, obtain a general expression for a*, using the generating function for Pk(x). ^23. FIRST-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY FOR A NON-DEGENERATE LEVEL In discussing many problems which cannot be directly solved, a solution can be obtained of a wave equation which differs from the true one only in the omission of certain terms whose effect on the system is small. Perturbation theory provides a method of treating such problems, whereby the approximate equation jaJfirst solved and thenjjie smgiljidjitional terms are introducejd as corrections^ us write the true wave equation in the form H* - W* = 0, (23-1) in which H represents the operator We assume that it is possible to expand H in terms of some parameter X, yielding the expression H = H Q + \H' + X 2 tf " +-; (23-3) in which X has been chosen in such a way that the equation to which 23-1 reduces when X > 0, = 0, (23-4) can be directly solved. This equation is said to be the wave equation for the unperturbed system, while the terms \H' are called the perturbation. As an illustration, we might men- tion the problem of the Stark effect in atomic hydrogen, in which an electric field is applied to the atom. In this problem the field strength E provides a convenient parameter in terms VI-23] FIRST-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY 157 of which the Hamiltonian may be expanded. When E is zero, the problem reduces to that of the ordinary hydrogen atom, which we have already solved. The unperturbed equation 23-4 has solutions called the unperturbed wave functions, and corresponding energy values wi wi, wi, - , wi, - . The functions ^ form a complete orthogonal set as discussed in Section 22, and, if we assume that they have also been normalized, they satisfy the equation (Appendix III) (23 _ 5) = 1 if i = j.) + Now let us consider the effect of the perturbation. By hypoth- esis it will be small, and from the continuity properties of wave functions 1 we know that the energy values and wave functions for the perturbed system will lie near those for the unperturbed system. In other words, the application of a small perturbation is not going to cause large changes. With these facts in mind we can expand the energy W and the wave function \l/ for the perturbed problem in terms of X and have reasonable assurance that the expansions will converge, writing ** = M + Wi + XV" + (23-6) and ty k = Wl + \W' k + XH7 + - - . (23-7) If the perturbation is really a small one, the terms of these series will become rapidly smaller as we consider the coefficients of larger powers of X; i.e., the series will converge. We now substitute these expansions for H, \l/k, and Wk into the wave equation 23-1, obtaining the result, after collecting coefficients of like powers of X, ? + H'ti + H"W + - - = 0. (23-8) 1 Discussed, for example, in Courant and Hilbert, "Methoden der mathe- matischen Physik." 158 PERTURBATION TJfEORY [VI-23 If this series is properly convenient, we know that in order for it to equal zero for all values of X the coefficients of the powers of X must vanish separately. 1 fyhe coefficient of X when equated to zero gives Equation 23-4, tp that we were justified in beginning the expansions 23-6 and 23^7 with the terms \p and W. The coefficient of X gives the equation H^i ~ WM = (Wi - H'M. (23-9) To solve this we make use of the expansion theorem discussed in the last section. We consider that the unknown functions \l/ f k can be expanded in terms of the known functions ^?, since the latter form a normalized orthogonal set, and write ' (23-10) i (The coefficients a\ might be written as a^, but we shall assume throughout that we are interested only in the state k and there- fore shall omit the second subscript.) Using this, we obtain the result since Equation 23-9 therefore assumes the form ? = (Wi - HOe (23-12) If we multiply by ^2 * and integrate over configuration space, we observe that the expression on the left vanishes : J^'SWTF? - WMdr ^ ^(W?- Wl)W k *tfdr = 0, i i since JV *tfdr vanishes except for I = k, and for this value 1 Thus, if 0, then, assuming that the series is properly convergent, we can write VI-23] FIRST-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY 159 of I the quantity W* Wl vanishes; and hence we obtain the equation =0. (23-13) This solves the problem of the determination of W' k , the first- order correction to the energy. Since W' k is a constant in Equation 23-13, the integration of the term containing it can be carried out at once, giving the result, when multiplied by X, W k = \frl*H'*ldr. (23-14) Since the correction to the energy is \W' k , it is convenient to include the parameter X in the symbols for the first-order pertur- bation and the first-order energy correction, so that to the first order it is usual to write the relations H = H + #', in which W' k = JV *H't*dr. (23-16) This expression for the perturbation energy can be very simply described : The first-order perturbation energy for a non-degenerate state of a system is just the perturbation function averaged over the corresponding unperturbed state of the system. We can also evaluate the correction \l/ k for the wave function. Multiplying each side of Equation 23-12 by t/^ *, we obtain, after integration^ af(Wf - W k ) = -/^*#VMr, j 7* fc, (23-17) where we have utilized the orthogonality and normalization properties of the ^'s. The coefficients a/ in the expansion 23-10 of \l/' in terms of the set ^ are thus given by the relation 3 (M-LX) The value of a& is not given by this process; it is to be chosen so as to normalize the resultant ^, and, if only first-order terms are considered (terms in X 2 neglected), it is equal to zero. It is convenient to introduce the symbol H' ik = M*HWr, (23-19) 160 PERTURBATION THEORY [VI-23a so that the expression for the first-order wave function of the system, on introducing the above values of the coefficients a,, becomes y-o in which the prime on the summation indicates the omission of the term with j = k. As mentioned before, it is customary to include X in the defini- tion of H r as indicated in Equation 23-15, so that we get finally for the first-order energy and the first-order wave function the expressions W k = Wl + Hi, (23-21) and WO-W *'* (23-22) j-O 23a. A Simple Example : The Perturbed Harmonic Oscillator. As a simple illustration of first-order perturbation theory we shall obtain the approximate energy levels of the system whose wave equation is _ ^ _ 6,4^ = o. + w _ fa. _ ^ _ 6,4 = o. (23-23) We recognize that if a and 6 were zero this would be the wave equation for the harmonic oscillator, whose solutions we already know (Sec. 11). If a and b are small, therefore, we may treat these terms as perturbations, writing H' = ax 3 + bx*. (23-24) We need then to evaluate the integrals Since x 8 is an odd function and $1 V2 an even function, the first of these integrals is zero, so that the first-order perturbation due to ax? is zero. To calculate the second integral we refer back to V-23a] FIRST-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY 161 Section lie for the functions $ and their properties. Substi- tuting for \l/ from Equation 11-20 we obtain the integral / = (" *2 **Y2<fc = n| f " e-*H*M?dt. (23-26) t/ ^* */ From Equation 11-15 we see that iU) + nff^U), (23-27) so that, after applying Equation 23-27 to // n +i and // n -i and collecting terms, we obtain the equation *) + n(n - (23-28) By this application of the recursion formula for H n () we have expressed 2 /7 n () in terms of Hermite polynomials with constant coefficients. By squaring this we obtain an expression for 4 # 2 (), which enables us to express the integral in Equation 23-26 as a sum of integrals of the form f~^e-*'H n (t)H m (t)dt =0 if ro ^ n ,! (23 _29) = 2 n n!\/^if m = w,\ evaluated in Section lie. Thus we find for I the expression - 2 (n - 2)!> 1), when the value of N n given in Equation 11-21 is introduced. The first-order perturbation energy for this system is therefore W = H' nn = ^ 2 (2n* + 2n + 1), so that the total energy becomes (to the first order) W = JP + w = n + hvo + -L.^. + 2n + (23-30) 162 PERTURBATION THEORY [VI-23b In order to calculate the first-order wave function it would be necessary to evaluate all the quantities H' nk . The z 3 term as well as the x 4 term will contribute to these integrals. The number of non-zero integrals is not, however, infinite in this case but quite small, only the terms with k = n, n 1, n 2, n 3, and n 4 being different from zero. 23b. An Example: The Normal Helium Atom. As another example of the application of first-order perturbation theory let us discuss the normal state of the helium atom. Since the term which we shall use as the perturbation is not particularly small, we must not expect an answer of very great accuracy. The potential energy for a system of two electrons and a nucleus of charge +Ze is V = - - + *, (23-31) ri r 2 ^ ri2 v ' in which r\ and r 2 are the distances of electrons 1 and 2, respec- tively, from the nucleus, and r J2 is the separation of the two electrons. If we make the approximation of considering the nucleus at rest, which introduces no appreciable error, the wave equation (see Equation 12-8) for the two electrons becomes , = .- ^ S**m\dxl "*" dy\ ~*" dz\ ~ t " dx\ ~*~ dy\ "*" dz\ (ftp* ftp* P 2 \ -TT-^ + ^>- This equation applies to He, Li+, Be" 1 " 1 ", etc., with Z = 2, 3, 4, etc., respectively. The variables x\, y\, z\ are Cartesian coordinates of one electron, and x 2 , t/ 2 , z 2 those of the other; ra is the mass of the electron. Since if the term e 2 /ri 2 is omitted the wave equation which is obtained can be exactly solved, we choose this term as the perturbation function, P 2 H f = - ^12 The wave equation which remains, the unperturbed equation, can then be separated into two equations by the substitutions Vi, *\i 22, 2/2, z 2 ) = ti?(xi, yi, 2:10:2, 2/2, VI-23b] FIRST-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY 163 and W Q = W\ + Wl the equation 1 for u\ being I + 7 i - 0. (23-33) The equation for u\ is identical except for the changed subscripts. Equation 23-33 is just the hydrogenlike wave equation discussed in the preceding chapter, with solutions $ n im(ri } #1, <f>i) and energy values Z 2 W H /n 2 , in which W , = = 13 . 53 v . e . The unperturbed wave function for the lowest level of the two- electron atom is therefore ^100,100 = ^ioo(ri, #1, 9?i)^ioo(r 2 , # 2 , ^2) = Wi(ri, t^i, ^i)Mi.(r 2 , ^2, ^2), (23-34) in which ri, t?i, <^i and r 2 , t?2, <p2 are polar coordinates of the two electrons relative to axes with the nucleus at the origin. The corresponding energy value is TFUioo = Wl + W\ = -2Z*W H . (23-35) The first-order perturbation energy W is the average value of the perturbation function H f e 2 /r^ over the unperturbed state of the system, with the value W = *#V dr = ~^ 2 ioo,ioo^. (23-36) From Table 21-4 of Chapter V we obtain for u i8 the expression ~*, (23-37) in which p = 2Zr/a and a = A 2 /47T 2 m ^ 2 . Using this in Equa- tion 23-34, we find for ^100,100 the expression P1 __P _ __ ^100,100 = jf 2 e 2 . 1 The symbol u will be used for the wave function for a single electron in a many-electron atom, with subscripts Is, 2s, 2p, etc. 164 PERTURBATION THEORY [VI-23b The volume element is dr = r\dri sin &id$id<pi r|c?r 2 sin \ so that the integral for W becomes Ze 2 pppppp ojo Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo 05 ^ ll 1 2 5 7ra Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo PIS d#id<f> lP ldp 2 sin <M# 2 d<? 2 , (23-38) W = in which p i2 = 2Zri 2 /a . The value of this integral is easily obtained, inasmuch as it corresponds to the electrostatic interaction energy of two spheri- cally symmetrical distributions of electricity, with density functions e~ pl and e~ p *, respectively. In Appendix V it is shown 1 that W' = YZW H . (23-39) This treatment thus gives for the total energy the value W = -(2Z 2 - %Z)W a . (23-40) This may be compared with the experimental values of the total energy, which are obtained by adding the first and the second ionization energies. Table 23-1 contains, for He, Li + , Be ++ , B 3 +, and C 4+ , the experimental energy W exp .y the unperturbed energy W, the total energy calculated by first-order perturbation theory W + W, the difference A = W e x P . - F, the difference A' = We*p. - W - W, and finally the ratio -A'/A . It is seen that the error A' remains roughly constant in absolute value as the nuclear charge increases, which means that the percentage error decreases, since the total energy is larger for larger Z. This result is to be expected, inasmuch as for large nuclear charge the contribution of the attraction of the nucleus is relatively more important than that of the repulsion of the two electrons. It is pleasing that even in this problem, in which the perturbation function e 2 /Vi2 is not small, the simple first-order perturbation treatment leads to a value of the total energy of the atom which is in error by only a small amount, varying from 5 per cent for He to 0.4 per cent for C 4 +. 1 This problem was first treated by A. Unsold, Ann. d. Phys. 82, 355 (1927). VI-24] FIRST-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY 165 TABLE 23-1. CALCULATED AND OBSERVED VALUES OF THE ENERGY OF HELIUMLIKE ATOMS AND IONS -WV,v.e. -JP,v.e. -W-W, v.e. A, v.e. A', v.e. -A'/A He 78.62 108.24 74.42 29.62 -4.20 0.142 Li+ 197,14 243.54 192.80 46.40 -4.34 .094 Be++ 369.96 432.96 365.31 63.00 -4.65 .074 B 3+ 596.4 676.50 591.94 80.1 -4.5 .056 C<+ 876.2 974.16 872 . 69 98.0 -3.5 .036 Problem 23-1. Calculate the first-order energy correction for a one- dimensional harmonic oscillator upon which the perturbation H'(x) acts, where H'(x) is zero unless |x| < e and H'(x) = b for |x| < e, with e a quantity which is allowed to approach zero at the same time that 6 approaches infinity, in such a way that the product 2eb = c. Compare the effect on the odd and even levels of the oscillator. What would be the effect of a perturbation which had a very large value at some point outside the classically allowed range of the oscillator and a zero value elsewhere? Problem 23-2. The wave functions and energy levels of a particle in a one-dimensional box are given in Equations 14-6 and 14r-7. Calculate the first-order perturbation energy for such a system with a perturbation H' such that H f = b for (a/k) e ^ x ^ (a/A;) -f e and H' = elsewhere, with as 6 * oo in such a way that 2eb = c, k being a given integer. With k = 5, determine which energy levels are the most and which are the least perturbed and explain. With k = 2, give the expression for the perturbed wave function, to the first order. Problem 23-3. Let H' be a perturbation, such that H'(x] = b for ^ x ^ a/2 and H'(x) -= +b for a/2 ^ x ^ a, which is applied to a particle in a one-dimensional box (Eqs. 14-6 and 14-7). Obtain the first- order wave function. Show qualitatively that this function is such that the probability of finding the particle in the right-hand half of the box has been increased and explain in terms of classical theory. (Hint: Use the symmetry about the point x = a/2.) 24. FIRST-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY FOR A DEGENERATE LEVEL The methods which we have used in Section 23 to obtain the first-order perturbation energy are not applicable wjien the energy level of the unperturbed system is degenerate, for the reason that in carrying out the treatment we assumed that the perturbed wave function differs only slightly from one function ^l which is the solution of the unperturbed wave equation for a given energy value whereas now there are several such functions, all 166 PERTURBATION THEORY [VI-24 belonging to the same energy level, and we do not know which one (if any) approximates closely to the solution of the perturbed wave equation. An energy level Wk is called a-fold degenerate (see Sec. 14) when for W = Wk there exist a linearly independent wave func- tions ^*i, ^*2, ^*s, , tka satisfying the wave equation. 1 Each of these is necessarily orthogonal to all wave functions for the system corresponding to other values of the energy (see Appendix III) but is not necessarily orthogonal to the other functions corresponding to the same value of the energy. Any a linear combination V Kyi/^of the wave functions of a degenerate set y-i such as ^*i, ^* 2 , , $k<* is itself a solution of the wave equa- tion and is a satisfactory wave function corresponding to the energy TF*. We might therefore construct a such combinations Xki by choosing sets of values for AC, such that the different com- binations thus formed are linearly independent?" ^The setr~of functions so obtained, a Xki = 2)**^*" * = 1, 2, 3, , a, (24-1) j-i is entirely equivalent to the original set 1/^1, ^2, , ^ka. This indicates that there is nothing unique about any particular set of solutions for a degenerate level, since we can always con- struct an infinite number of other sets, such as x*i, , XA**> which are equally good wave functions. The transformation expressed by Equation 24-1 is called a linear transformation with constant coefficients. It is usually convenient to deal with wave functions which are normalized to unity and which are mutually orthogonal Since the coefficients AC, can always be chosen in such a way as to make the set Xki possess these properties, we shall ultimately assume that this has been done. Using these ideas, we can now investigate the application of perturbation theory to degenerate levels. We write the wave equation in the form 1 The functions ^*i, \J/ki, , tka are said to be linearly independent if there exists no relation of the form a 1^*1 + a 2 ^*j + " + Vat** = (in which ai, aj, , a are constant coefficients) which is satisfied for all rallies of the independent variables. VI-84] FIRST-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY 167 H+ - Wt = (24-2) with H = H + \H' + \*H" + as before. The wave equation for the unperturbed system is flV - WW* = 0, (24-3) the solutions of which are corresponding to the energy levels Now let us consider a particular wave function for the per- turbed equation 24-2. It is known, in consequence of the proper- ties of continuity of characteristic-value differential equations, that as the perturbation function \H' + becomes smaller and smaller the energy value W of Equation 24-2 will approach an energy level of the unperturbed equation 24-3, TFJ, say. The wave function under consideration will also approach more and more closely a wave function satisfying Equation 24-3. However, this limiting wave function need not be any one of the functions fh, , t/^ a ; it may be (and generally is) some linear combination of them. The first problem which must be solved in the treatment of a degenerate system is the determina- tion of the set of unperturbed wave functions to which the perturbed functions reduce when the perturbation vanishes; that is, the evaluation of the coefficients in the linear transforma- tion converting the initially chosen wave functions into the correct zeroth-order wave functions. These correct combinations, given by II'*&', I = 1, 2, , a, (24-t) provide the first term of the expansion of \l/ki in powers of X, since by definition they are the functions to which the foi' reduce when X -> 0. Therefore XVi'i + (24-5) and W k i - W J 168 PERTURBATION THEORY [VI-24 where Z(= 1, 2, , ) designates the particular one of the a degenerate wave functions in question, are the equations which are analogous to Equations 23-6 and 23-7. (As in Equation 23-10 we sometimes omit the subscript fc; e.g., we write K ; for Kkiv] it must be borne in mind that throughout we are con- sidering the fcth degenerate level.) Substituting the expansions for ^, TF, and H into the wave equation 24-2, we obtain an equation entirely analogous to Equation 23-8 of the non-degenerate treatment, = 0, (24-7) from which, on equating the coefficient of X to zero as before, there results the equation (cf. Eq. 23-9) #V - WW' kl = W' kl xli - ff'x. (24-8) So far our treatment differs from the previous discussion of non-degenerate levels only in the use of xli instead of ^; i.e., in the introduction of a general expression for unperturbed functions instead of the arbitrary set ^. In the next step we likewise follow the previous treatment, in which the quantities \l/' k and ffVi were expanded in terms of the complete set of orthogonal functions $!. Here, however, we must in addition express x& in terms of the set tii't by means of Equation 24-4, in which the coefficients */ are so far arbitrary. Therefore we introduce the expansions (24-9) kT and k'l' k'l into Equation 24-8 together with the expression for Xki given by Equation 24-4. The result is (TP2. - WiM v = 2J K W (Wi, - H'W kl ,, (24-11) r-i in which the right-hand side involves only functions $! r belonging to the degenerate level W% while the expansion on the left includes VI-24] FIRST-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY 169 all the t k >i>'s. If we now multiply both sides of this equation by \l/ff and integrate over configuration space, we obtain the result (24-12) The left side of this equation is zero because \f/ kj - and $! r are orthogonal if k ^ k' and Wl> - W Q k is zero if k = k'. If we introduce the symbols (24-13) (24-14) , a. (24-15) This is a system of a homogeneous linear simultaneous equations in the a unknown quantities KU, *J2> > *&* Written out in full, these equations are and A/i' = ttlMi'dr, we may express Equation 24-12 in the form =0, j = 1, 2, 3, = o, = 0, (H' a% - (H' aa - 0. (24-16) Such a set of equations can be solved only for the ratios of the /c's; i.e., any one K may be chosen and all of the others expressed in terms of it. For an arbitrary value of W' k i, however, the set of equations may have no solution except the trivial one KW 0. It is only for certain values of W ki that the set of equations has non-trivial solutions; the condition that must be satisfied if such a set of homogeneous linear equations is to have non-zero solutions is that the determinant of the coefficients of the unknown quantities vanish ; that is, that 170 PERTURBATION THEORY [VI-24 ' H' la - A la TF, H' al - (24-17) This determinantal equation can be expanded into an algebraic equation in W' kt which can then be solved for W kt . For the types of perturbation functions which arise in most physical and chemi- cal problems the determinant is either symmetrical about the principal diagonal, if the elements are real, or else has the property that corresponding elements on opposite sides of the principal diagonal are the complex conjugates of each other; that is, H' if = Hjf. In consequence of this property it can be shown that the determinant possesses a real roots, W' kl , W^, , W kct . These are the values of the first-order perturbation energy for the a wave functions which correspond to the a-fold degenerate unperturbed energy level W k . It may happen, however, that not all of the roots W kl , etc., are distinct, in which case the perturbation has not completely removed the degeneracy. The coefficients KU> which determine the correct zeroth-order wave function xu corresponding to any perturbed level W' kl may be determined by substituting the value found for W kt into the set of simultaneous equations 24-16 and solving for the other coefficients in terms of some one of them. This remaining arbitrary coefficient may be adjusted so as to normalize xJu- This process does not give uiiique results if two or more roots W ki coincide, corresponding to the fact that since there still remains a certain amount of degeneracy the wave functions for the degenerate level are not uniquely determined but are to a certain degree arbitrary. If the original wave functions \fs kl , , $J a were normalized and mutually orthogonal (which we have not hitherto needed to assume), the function Ayr is unity for j = V and zero other- wise, so that the determinantal equation 24-17 assumes the form (24-18) Vt Tjt JJf . . TJ7 TT77 "! "o2 "S "oa W kl VI-24] FIRST-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY 171 An equation such as 24-17 or 24-18 is often called a secular equation, and a perturbation of the type requiring the solution of such an equation a secular perturbation. 1 It is interesting to note that in case the secular equation has the form 'n - W' kl H'n-W' kl =0, (24-19) H' aa - W' kl then the initially assumed functions \l/ kl , ^ 2 > * > tla. are the correct zeroth-order functions for the perturbation H' , as is seen on evaluation of the coefficients K of Equations 24-16. A secular equation in which all the elements are zero except along the principal diagonal is said to be in diagonal form. The roots W' kt are of course immediately obtainable from an equation in this form, since the algebraic equation equivalent to it is (#'u - WiW* - W' kl ) (#L - W' kl ) = 0, (24-20) with the roots W' kl = H' u , H f ^ y , H' aa . 1 In this sense secular means "accomplished in a long period of time" (Latin saecidum = generation, age). The term secular perturbation was introduced in classical mechanics to describe a perturbation which produces a slow, cumulative effect on the orbit. If a system of sun and planet, for which the unperturbed orbits are ellipses of fixed size, shape, and orientation, were perturbed in such a way as to change the law of force slightly from the inverse square, as is done, for example, by the relativistic change of mass with change of speed, the position of the major axis in space would change by a small amount with each revolution of the planet, and the orbit would carry out a slow precession in its own plane, with a period which would be very long if the magnitude of the perturbation were small. Such a perturba- tion of the orbit is called a secular perturbation. On the other hand we might have a system composed of a wheel in a gravitational field rotating about a horizontal frictionless axle passing through its center of mass and perturbed by the addition of a small weight at some point on its periphery in such a way as to accelerate the motion as the weight moves down and to decelerate it as the weight moves up. Such a perturbation, which produces a small effect on the motion with the high frequency characteristic of the original unperturbed motion of the system, is not a secular perturbation. The significance of the use of the word secular in quantum mechanics will be seen after the study of the perturbation theory involving the time (given in Chap. XI). 172 PERTURBATION THEORY [VI-24a This equation 24-19 illustrates, in addition, that the integrals H' mn depend on the set of zeroth-order functions ^ which is used to define them. Very often it is possible to guess in advance which set of degenerate ^'s to use for a given perturbation in order to obtain the simplest secular equation. In particular, in case that the perturbation is a function of one variable (x, say) alone, and each function of the initial set of unperturbed wave functions can be expressed as the product of a function of x and a function of the other variables, the individual functions being mutually orthogonal, then these product functions are correct zeroth-order wave functions for this perturbation. This situa- tion arises whenever the unperturbed wave equation can be separated in a set of variables in which x is included. It may be pointed out that Equation 24-18 may also be written in the form H u -W H u Hia Hal tlaZ ' ' ' Haa rr = 0, in which HH = #? y + H^ and W = W k + W' kl , inasmuch as // is equal to W% for i = j and to zero for i ^ j. This form is used in Section 30c. 24a. An Example : Application of a Perturbation to a Hydrogen Atom. As an illustration of the application of perturbation theory to degenerate systems, let us consider a hydrogen atom to which a perturbation which is a function of x only has been applied. Since the lowest state of the hydrogen atom is non- degenerate, the treatment of Section 23 applies to it and we have the result that with H' = f(x). For the second energy state, however, we need to use the treatment for degenerate systems, since for W\ = %, Rhc there are four wave functions, fc. = * S oo = ^=^ 1 o = x/ 5 -^ "R-f-JcoB*, VI-24a] FIRST-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY 173 as given in Chapter V. In order to set up the secular equation for this system we need the integrals Even without specifying the form of the function f(x) further, we can say certain things about these integrals. Since the com- plex conjugate of e~ itp is e +i * and e~^e +i<f> = 1, we see that r> _ rjf _ _ _ Tjt D ~ -"211,211 ~" -"211,211 regardless of the nature of H', so long as it is real. By expressing x in polar coordinates through the equation x r sin # cos <p, we see that f(x) is the same function of </ = 2w <p as it is of ^, since cos (2ir <p) = cos <p. If we make this substitution in an integral over <p we get the result (24-21) Jo since it is immaterial what symbol we use for the variable of integration in a definite integral. This substitution also changes e -t<f> i n to e -''<2*^'> or e +i *', so that by its use we can prove the identity T\ _ TJ7 __ _ TJf U "200,211 "~ -"200,211- f(x) is also unchanged in form by the substitution # = tr since sin (TT t^ ; ) = sin #'. Also, we have the relation siri ^^ = " ^ sin f VTT - #) sin $d&. (24-22) j Q y\ ) , \ ) in which the factor sin # is introduced because it occurs in the volume element dr of polar coordinates. The substitution $ = TT $' does not leave cos # unchanged, however, since cos (TT t^') = cos #'. By employing this substitution we can show that 174 PERTURBATION THEORY [VI-24a H' Iff """210,200 or 210,200 '210,200 since the integrand is unaltered by the substitution except for the cosine factor in ^ 10 which changes sign. Similarly we find #210,211 = and #210,21! = 0. Finally we have the general rule that Iff _ 17' * "2Jm,2rm' 2i'm' f 2/m- We are now in a position to write down the secular equation for this perturbation, using the relations we have obtained among the elements #2i m , 2 rm'. It is (using the order 200, 211, 2ll, 210 for the rows and columns) A - W D D D B - W E D E B - W C - W f = 0. (24-23) The symbols A, 5, etc., have the meanings: A = #2 200,200 #200,211* We may obtain one root of this equation at once. Since the other elements of the row and the column which contains C W are all zero, C W is a factor of the determinant and may be equated to zero to obtain the root W = C. The other three roots may be obtained by solving the cubic equation which remains, but inspection of the secular equation suggests a simpler method. Determinants have the property of being unchanged in value when the members of any row are added to or sub- tracted from the corresponding members of any other row. The same is true of the columns. We therefore have A -W' D D 1 D B -W E A-W D E B -W 2D D B - W +E B -W - E D B -W + E E - B + W - W 2D 2D 2(5 + E - W) 2(5 - E - W) = 0, (24-24) VI-24a] FIRST-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY 175 in which we have first added the last column to the second column to form a new second column and subtracted the last column .from the second column to form a new third column, and then repeated this process on the rows instead of the columns. The result shows that we have factored out another root, W' = B Ej leaving now the quadratic equation (A - W')(B + E - W) - 2D 2 = which determines the remaining two roots. The process by which we have factored the secular equation into two linear factors and a quadratic corresponds to using the real functions ^ 2 ,, ^2 P ,, fa Pv > and ^ 2p , for the ^/s instead of the set ^ 2 , ^2 P i, ^2 P _ t , and ^ 2po (see Sec. 186). In terms of the real set the secular equation has the form 0, A - w VZD o o \/2D B + E - W B - E - W C - W (24-25) which, aside from the last row and column, differs from the last determinant of Equation 24-24 only by a constant factor. The proper zeroth-order wave functions for this perturbation are therefore \l/2p vy \l/2 Pt , and two linear combinations o^ 2 + ftfap, and ftfa 8 a^ 2px , in which the constants a and ft are determined by solving the quadratic factor of the secular equation, sub- stituting the roots into the equations for the coefficients of the linear combinations, and solving for the ratio a/ft. The normalization condition yields the necessary additional equation. It is to be noted that in place of ^ 2p , and ^ 2p , any linear com- binations of these might have been used in setting up the secular equation 24-25, without changing the factoring of that equation, so that these linear combinations would also be satisfactory zeroth-order wave functions for this perturbation. Problem 24-1. Prove the statement of the last paragraph. Problem 24-2. Discuss the effect of a perturbation f(y) [in place of f(x)] on the system of Section 24a. 176 PERTURBATION THEORY [VI-25 25. SECOND-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY In the discussion of Section 23 we obtained expressions for W and V in the series W = W + \W + X 2 TF" + - (25-1) and ^ = ^o + x^' + \V" + (25-2) In most problems it is either unnecessary or impracticable to carry the approximation further, but in some cases the second- order calculation can be carried out and is large enough to be important. This is especially true in cases in which the first- order energy W is zero, as it is for the Stark effect for a free rotator, a problem which is important in the theory of the meas- urement of dipole moments (Sec. 49/). The expressions for W" and \l/" are obtained from the equation which results when the coefficient of X 2 in Equation 23-8 is put equal to zero and a solution obtained in a manner similar to that of the first-order treatment. We shall not give the details of the derivation but only state the results, which are, for the energy correction, TTf Iff n kl n lk I Tj/f /OK Q\ *~ITQ + ff **i (25-3) in which Hi t = SWH'Wr (25-4) and dT (25-5) and the prime on S means that the term I = k ds omitted. All other values of I must be included in the sum, however, including those corresponding to the continuous spectrum, if there is one. If the state Wl is degenerate and the first-order perturbation has removed the degeneracy, then the functions to be used in calculating H' kl , etc., are the corrects zeroth-order functions found by solving the secular equation. If the energy level for the unperturbed problem is degenerate and the first-order perturbation does not remove the degeneracy > the application of the second-order correction will also not remove the degeneracy unless the term \*H" is different from* zero, in VI-25a] SECOND-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY 177 which case the degeneracy may or may not be removed. The treatment in this case is closely similar to that of Section 24. 26a. An Example : The Stark Effect of the Plane Rotator. A rigid body with a moment of inertia / and electric moment 1 M, con- strained to rotate in a plane about an axis passing through its center of mass and under the influence of a uniform electric field E, is characterized by a wave equation of the form 2 P + Ktf COS in which <p is the angle of rotation. If we call p,E cos <p the perturbation term, with E taking the place of the parameter X, then the unperturbed equation which remains when E = has the normalized solutions m = 0, 1, 2, 3, , (25-6) and the energy values In order to calculate the perturbation energy we shall need integrals of the type > cos = for m f ^ m 1, Using this result we see at once that the first-order energy cor- rection is zero, for W' m = EH' mm = 0. (25-9) 1 For a definition of /z see Equation 3-5. 2 This equation can be obtained as the approximate wave equation for a system of two particles constrained by a potential function which restricts the particles to a plane and keeps them a fixed distance apart by an argu- ment similar to that used in the discussion of the diatomic molecule men- tioned in the footnote to Section 35c. 178 PERTURBATION THEORY [VI-20a This problem is really a degenerate one, since W depends only on |m| and not on the sign of w, so that there are two wave functions for every energy level (other than the lowest). It is, however, not necessary to consider this circumstance in evaluat- ing W ' m and W'n because neither the first- nor the second-order perturbation removes the degeneracy, and either the exponential functions 25-6 or the corresponding sine and cosine functions are satisfactory zeroth-order wave functions. The second-order energy, as given by Equation 25-3, is Wi - W m+l h*(m* - 1) (25-10) so that the total energy, to the second order, is w = w It is interesting to point out the significance of this result in connection with the effect of the electric field on the polariza- bility of the rotator. The polarizability a is the proportionality factor between the induced dipole moment and the applied field E. The energy of an induced dipole in a field is then y&aE 2 - From this and a comparison with Equation 25-11 we obtain the relation which shows that a is positive for m = 0; the induced dipole (whictfi in this case is due to the orienting effect of the field E on the permanent dipole M of the rotator) is therefore in the direction of the field E. For \m\ > 0, however, the opposite is true and the field tends to orient the dipole in the reverse direction. This is similar to the classical-mechanical result, which is that a plane rotator with insufficient energy to make a complete rotation in the field tends to be oriented parallel to the field while a rotator with energy great enough to permit complete rotation is speeded up when parallel and slowed down when antiparallel to the field so that the resulting polarization is opposed to the field. 1 1 An interesting application of perturbation theory has been made to the Stark effect of the hydrogen atom, the first-order treatment having been VI~26a] SECOND-ORDER PERTURBATION THEORY 179 Problem 2&-1. Carry out a treatment similar to the above treatment for the rigid rotator in space, using the wave equation and wave functions found in the footnote of Section 35c. Discuss the results from the viewpoint of the last paragraph above. Compute the average contribution to the polarizability of all the states with given / and with m = /, f 4- 1, , + /, assigning equal weights to the states in the averaging. given independently by Schrodinger, Ann. d. Phys. 80, 437 (1926), and P. S. Epstein, Phys. Rev. 28, 695 (1926), the second order by Epstein, loc. tit., G. Wentzel, Z. f. Phys. 38, 518 (1926), and I.Waller, ibid. 38, 635 (1926), and the third order by S. Doi, Y. Ishida, and S. Hiyama, Sti. Papers Tokyo 9, 1 (1928), and M. A. El-Sherbini, Phil. Mag. 13, 24 (1932). See also Sections 27a and 27e. CHAPTER VII THE VARIATION METHOD AND OTHER APPROXIMATE METHODS There are many problems of wave mechanics which cannot be conveniently treated either by direct solution of the wave equation or by the use of perturbation theory. The helium atom, discussed in the next chapter, is such a system. No direct method of solving the wave equation has been found for this atom, and the application of perturbation theory is unsatisfactory because the first approximation is not accurate enough while the labor of calculating the higher approximations is extremely great. In many applications, however, there are methods available which enable approximate values for the energy of certain of the states of the system to be computed. In this chapter we shall discuss some of these, paying particular attention to the variation method, inasmuch as this method is especially applicable to the lowest energy state of the system, which is the state of most interest in chemical problems. 26. THE VARIATION METHOD 26a. The Variational Integral and Its Properties. We shall show 1 in this section that the integral E = f<t>*H<t>dr (26-1) is an upper limit to the energy Wo of the lowest state of a system. In this equation, H is the complete Hamiltonian operator KH : i -?-> q } for the system under discussion (Sec. 12a) and <f>(q) Znn oq / i . v '. f ' . .. ' * i is any normalized function of the coordinates of the system satisfying the auxiliary conditions of Section 9c for a satisfactory wave function. The function <t> is otherwise completely unre- 1 C. ECKABT, Phys. Rev. 36, 878 (1930). 180 VII-26al THE VARIATION METHOD 181 stricted; its choice may be quite arbitrary, but the more wisely it is chosen the more closely will E approach the energy WQ. If we used for our function <, called the variation function, the true wave function \f/ of the lowest state, E would equal TFo; that is, E = JWWr = TFo, (26-2) since If <t> is%ot equal to ^ we may expand <t> in terms of the complete set of normalized, orthogonal functions \I/ Q , \l/i, , ^ n , , obtaining ^ n ' with a *<*n = 1. ''' (26^3) Substitution of this expansion in the integral for E -leads to the equation inasmuch as the functions ^ n satisfy the equations H* n = TTn^n. (26-5) Subtracting Wo, the lowest energy value, from both sides gives E - TF = aXa n (W n - W Q ). (26-6) Since W n is greater than or equal to W Q for all valuea of n and the coefficients a*a n are of course all positive oi* zerty the right side of Equation 26-6 is positive or zero. We have therefore proved that E is always an upper limit to TF ; that is, E ^ Wo. ' ~ J (26-7) This theorem is the basis of the variation ftiethod for the calculation of the approximate value of the lowest energy level of a system. If we choose a number of variation functions $ii <t>*> <s> and calculate the values Ei, E0E*, cor- responding to them, then each of these values of K is greater than the energy TT , so that the lowest one is tlie nearest to TF . Often the functions <#>i, fa, fa, are onlydistingui^l by having different values of some parameter. The process of 182 THE VARIATION METHOD lVH-2&a minimizing E with respect to this parameter may then be carried out in order to obtain the best approximation to WQ which the form of the trial function < will allow. If good judgment has been exercised in choosing the trial function <t>, especially if a number of parameters have been introduced into < in such a manner as to allow its form to be varied considerably, the value obtained for E may be very close to the true energy WQ. In the case of the helium atom, for example, this method has been applied with great success, as is discussed in the next chapter. If E is equal to WQ then <t> is identical 1 with ^ (as can be seen from Eq. 26-6), so that it is natural to assume that if E is nearly equal to Wo the function <t> will approximate closely to the true wave function \l/ . The variation method is therefore very frequently used to obtain approximate wave functions as well as approximate energy values. From Equation 26-6 we see that the application of the variation method provides us with that function <t> among those considered which approxi- mates most closely to ^o according to the following criterion: On expanding < \f/ in terms of the correct wave functions ^ n , the quantity ^a n a n (W n Wo) is minimized; that is, the sum n of the squares of the absolute values of the coefficients of the wave functions for excited states with the weight factors W n Wo is minimized. For some purposes (as of course for the calcula- tion of the energy of the system) this is a good criterion to use ; but for others the approximate wave function obtained in this way might not be the most satisfactory one. Eckart 2 has devised the following way of estimating how closely a variation function approximates to the true solution ^ c by using E and the experimental values of Wo and W\. A very leasonable criterion of the degree of approximation of <t> to ^o (for real functions) is the smallness of the quantity ik + tl)dr = 2 - 2a , (26-8) 1 If the level TFo is degenerate, the equality of E and Wo requires that < be |^Sitical with one of the wave functions corresponding to WQ. 8 Reference on p. 180. Vn-26a] THE VARIATION METHOD 183 in which a is the coefficient of \l/o in the expansion 26-3 of <t>. From Equation 26-6 we can write E - Fo = n-0 n=l or E - TF ^ (Wi - TPo)(l - a 2 )- Therefore if c 2 is small compared to , we may combine this equation and Equation 26-8, obtaining Thus, from a knowledge of the correct energy values TFo and Wi for the two lowest levels of the systems and the energy integral E for a variation function <, we obtain an upper limit for the deviation of a from unity, that is, of the contribution to </> of wave functions other than i/'o. The variation method has the great drawback of giving only an upper limit to the energy, with no indication of how far from the true energy that limit is. (In Section 26e we shall discuss a closely related method, which is not, however, so easy to apply, by means of which both an upper and a lower limit can be obtained.) Nevertheless, it is very useful because there arise many instances in which we have physical reasons for believing that the wave function approximates to a certain form, and this method enables these intuitions to be utilized in calculating a better approximation to the energy than can be easily obtained with the use of perturbation theory. If we use for < the zeroth-order approximation to the wave function ^{j discussed under perturbation theory, Chapter VI, and consider H as equal to # + H' 9 this method gives for E a value identical with the first-order perturbation energy WI + WQ. If therefore we use for <t> a variation function con- taming parameters such that for certain values of the parameters <t> reduces to $j, the value we obtain for E is always at least as good as that given by the first-order perturbation treatment. If 4> is set equal to the first-order wave function, the energy value E given by the variation method is the same, to the second power in the parameter X, as the second-order energy obtained by the perturbation treatment. 184 THE VARIATION METHOD [VII-28b In case that it is not convenient to normalize <t>, the above considerations retain their validity provided that E is given by the expression 26b. An Example : The Normal State of the Helium Atom. In Section 236 we treated the normal state of the helium atom with the use of first-order perturbation theory. In this section we shall show that the calculation of the energy can be greatly increased in accuracy by considering the quantity Z which occurs in the exponent (p = 2Zr/a ) of the zeroth-order function given in Equations 23-34 and 23-37 as a parameter Z' instead of as a constant equal to the atomic number. The value of Z' is determined by using the variation method with <f> given by Z'A - Zri - )e e , 7ra / in which Z', the effective atomic number, is a variable parameter. In this problem, the Hamiltonian operator is in which Z is the true atomic number. The factors <i and < 2 of <t> are hydrogenlike wave functions for nuclear charge Z'e, so that 0i satisfies the equation 2 ^fa - Z /2 TF H *i (26-12) (Wn being equal to e 2 /2a ), with a similar equation for < 2 . Using these and the expression for H , we obtain E = -2Z'*W a + (Z f - Z)e 2 9 VI '2/ (V-l$dr. (2&-13) J ^12 The first integral on the right has the value Vn-26b] THE VARIATION METHOD 185 r * C I j, *1 _?ZVi 87'V 2 f rf - 1*.**h-H4j[ -*.- O7'p2 =^- = 4Z'TF*. (26-14) The second integral of Equation 26-13 is the same as that of Equation 23-38 if Z is replaced by Z'. It therefore has the value * 0d r = ^Z'W H . (26-15) ri2 4 Combining these results, we obtain for E the expression E = { -2Z' 2 + y&' + 4Z'(Z' - Z)]W H . (26-16) Minimizing E with respect to Z' gives or Z' = Z - ^ 6 , (26-17) which leads to E = -2(Z - Ke) 1 ^- ( 26 -!8) As pointed out in Section 29c, this treatment cuts the error in the energy of helium to one-third of the error in the first-order perturbation treatment. In the same section, more elaborate variation functions are applied to this problem, with very accurate results. Problem 26-1. Calculate the energy of a normal hydrogen atom in & uniform electric field of strength F along the z axis by the variation method, and hence evaluate the polarizability a, such that the field energy is %aF\ Use for the variation function the expression 1 1 The correct value of a for the normal hydrogen atom, given by the second-order perturbation theory (footnote at end of preceding chapter) is 0.667 10~ 2 * cm 8 . A value agreeing exactly with this has been obtained by the variation method by H. R. Hasse", Proc. Cambridge Phil. Soc. 26, 642 (1930), using the variation function ^i,(l -\-Az-\- Bzr). Hasse* also investigated the effects of additional terms (cubic and quartic) in the series, finding them to be negligible. The same result is given by the treatment of Section 27 a. 186 THE VARIATION METHOD [VII-26d iMl 4- Az), minimizing the energy with respect to A, with neglect of powers of F higher than F 2 . a = 4aJ = 0.59 lO" 24 cm 3 . Ana. 26c. Application of the Variation Method to Other States. The theorem E ^ Wo, proved in Section 26a, may be extended in special cases to states of the system other than the lowest one. It is sometimes possible to choose </> so that the first few coefficients a , i, of the expansion 26-3 are zero. If, for example, a , ai, and a 2 are all zero, then by subtracting TFs from both sides of Equation 26-4 we obtain a n *(TPn - TF 3 ) > 0, (26-19) since, although Wo TF 3 , W\ TF 3 , and TF 2 Wz are negative, their coefficients are zero. In this case then we find the inequal- ity E ^ W*. There are several cases in which such a situation may arise. The simplest illustration is a one-dimensional problem in which the independent variable x goes from oo to +00 and the potential function V is an even function of x, so that V(-x) = V(+x). The wave function belonging to the lowest level of such a system is always an even function; i.e., ^o( x) = fa(x)', while $\ is odd, with ^i( or) = ^i(x) (see Sec. 9c). If we therefore use for <j> an even function, we can only say that E is greater than or equal to Wo, but if <t> is an odd function, a will be zero (also all a n 's with n even) and the relation E ^ Wi will hold. For such a problem the variation method may be used to obtain the two lowest energy levels. The variation method may also be applied to the lowest state of given resultant angular momentum and of given electron-spin multiplicity, as will be discussed in the next chapter (Sec. 29d). Still another method of extending the variation method to levels other than the lowest is given in the following section. 26d. Linear Variation Functions. 1 A very convenient type of variation function is one which is the sum of a number of linearly x The generalized perturbation theory of Section 27a is closely related to the treatment discussed here. VII-26d] THE VARIATION METHOD 187 independent functions xi, X2, , Xm with undetermined coefficients Ci, c 2 , , c m . In other words the variation function </> has the form <t> = CiXl + C 2 X2 + ' ' ' + CmXm, (26-20) in which Ci, c 2 , , c m are the parameters which are to be determined to give the lowest value of E and therefore the best approximation to Wo. It is assumed that the functions xi> X2, , Xm satisfy the conditions of Section 9c. If we intro- duce the symbols H nn > = IxnHxn'dr and A nn , = /XnXn'dr, (26-21) in which for simplicity we have assumed that <t> is real, then the expression for E becomes = f+H+dT n-1 n'-l or To find the values of ci, c 2 , , c w which make E a minimum, we differentiate with respect to each c*: dE The condition for a minimum is that = for k = 1, 2, , OCk m, which leads to the set of equations = 0, k = 1, 2, - , m. (26-23) This is a set of m simultaneous homogeneous linear equations in the m independent variables ci, c 2 , , c m . For this set of 188 THE VARIATION METHOD [VII-26d equations to have a non-trivial solution it is necessary that the determinant of the coefficients vanish (cf. Sec. 24); i.e., that H 12 - 7/22 H lm - H mm - (26-24) This equation is closely similar to the secular equation 24-17 of perturbation theory. It may be solved by numerical methods, 1 or otherwise, and the lowest root E = EQ is an upper limit to w E'o Fia. 26-1. Figure showing the interleaving of energy values for linear variation functions with added terms. the energy W Q . Substitution of this value of E Q in Equations 26-23 and solution of these equations for c 2 , c d , , c m in terms of c\ (which can be used as a normalizing factor) gives the variation function < corresponding to E . The other roots E\, Z? 2 , , E m -\ of Equation 26-24 are upper limits for Wi, W^ , W m -\, respectively. 2 Further- more, it is possible to state how'these roots will be changed when a new trial function <f>' is used, containing one more function + + + + C TO+ iXm+l- (26~25) In this case the roots J5' , E{, },--, E' m will be separated by the old ones E Q , EI, E 2 , , E m as shown in Figure 26-1. 1 For a convenient numerical method see H. M. James and A. S. Coolidge, J. Chem. Phys. 1, 825 (1933). J. K. L. MACDONALD, Phys. Rev. 43, 830 (1933). Vn-26e] THE VARIATION METHOD 189 In other words, the relations E' Q ^ Eo, E( ^ Ei, etc., and EQ ^ E{, Ei ^ E^, etc., are satisfied. This method has proved to be very useful in practice, as will be illustrated by examples discussed in Chapters VIII and XII. The application of the variation method to wave mechanics grew from the work of Ritz, /. /. reine u. angew. Math. 135, 1 (1909), who considered the solution of certain differential equations by discussing the equivalent variation problem. It can be shown that a general normalized function <j>\ which satisfies the boundary conditions of Section 9c and which makes the integral E = f<t>*H<t>id,T a minimum relative to all variations in <i is a solution of the differential equation H\j/ = W\fs, E then being equal to the corresponding characteristic energy value. A similar minimization of E with respect to all variations in another general normalized function 0* with the added restriction that #2 is orthogonal to <f>i leads to another solu- tion ^ 2 of the wave equation. By the continuation of this process of minimi- zation, all of the solutions can be found. Ritz proved that in certain cases a rigorous solution can be obtained by applying a limiting process to the integral f<t>*H<f>dr, in which <f> is represented as the sum of ra functions of a convenient set of normalized orthogonal functions ^i, V'z, which satisfy the boundary conditions, taken with arbitrary coefficients ci, c 2 , , c. For each value of m the coefficients c m are determined so that the integral f<t>*H<t>dr is a minimum, keeping f<j>*<t>dr = 1. Ritz found that under certain restrictions the sequence of functions converges to a true solution of the wave equation and the sequence of values of the integral converges to the corresponding true characteristic value. The approximate method discussed in this section is very closely related to the Ritz method, differing from it in that the functions \f/ are not necessarily members of a complete orthogonal set and the limiting process is not carried out. Problem 26-2. Using a variation function of the form <f> A + B cos <p -f- C sin <p, obtain ai\ upper limit to the lowest energy level of the plane rotator in an electric field, for which the wave equation is TI + nrr*^ + ^ cos *)* - - d<p* h* 26e. A More General Variation Method. A method has been devised 1 which gives both an upper and a lower limit for an energy level. If we represent by E and D the integrals E = f<t>*H<t>dT and D = /(#<) "(tf^dr, (26-26) in which is a normalized trial variation function as before, then we shall show that some energy level Wk satisfies the relation E + VD - E 2 2 W k 2 E - VD - JE? 2 . (26^-27) 1 D. H. WBINSTBIN, Proc. Nat. Acad. Set. 20, 529 (1934); see also J. K. L. MACDONALD, Phys. Rev. 46, 828 (1934). 190 THE VARIATION METHOD [VII-26e To prove this we expand 4> as before (Eq. 26-3), so that E = ^tfOnWn, D = %a2a n Wl and a*a n = 1. n n n (26-28) From this we obtain the result A = D - E* = a*a n Wl - Z a*a n (W n - E)\ (2&-29) There will be some energy level Wk which lies at least as near E as any other, i.e., for which (w k - EY <; (w n - EY. Therefore A is related to Wk E by the inequality A ^ (W k - E or A ^ (W k - EY. (26-30) There are now two possible cases, W k ^ E and W k < E. In the first case we have VA ^ W k - E, so that E + VA ^ W k ^ E] and in the second case \/A ^ E - W k , and E > W k ^ E - \/A. From this we see that the condition in Equation 26-27 applies to both cases. The application of this method to actual problems of the usual type is more difficult than that of the simple variation method because, in addition to the integral E, it is necessary to evaluate D, which ordinarily is considerably more difficult than E. It may be pointed out that by varying parameters in a function in such a way as to make A a minimum the function <t> is made to approach some correct wave function fa as closely as is permitted by the form of 0. This method consequently may be considered as another type of variation method applicable to any state of a system. VII-27a] OTHER APPROXIMATE METHODS 191 27. OTHER APPROXIMATE METHODS There are a number of other methods which may be used to obtain approximate wave functions and energy levels. Five of these, a generalized perturbation method, the Wentzel-Kramers- Brillouin method, the method of numerical integration, the method of difference equations, and an approximate second-order perturbation treatment, are discussed in the following sections. Another method which has been of some importance is based on the polynomial method used in Section lla to solve the harmonic oscillator equation. Only under special circumstances does the substitution of a series for \[/ lead to a two-term recursion formula for the coefficients, but a technique has been developed which permits the computation of approximate energy levels for low-lying states even when a three-term recursion formula is obtained. We shall discuss this method briefly in Section 42c. 27a. A Generalized Perturbation Theory. A method of approximate (and in some cases exact) solution of the wave equation which has been found useful in many problems was developed by Epstein 1 in 1926, immediately after the publication of Schrodinger's first papers, and applied by him in the complete treatment of the first-order and second-order Stark effects of the hydrogen atom. The principal feature of the method is the expansion of the wave function in terms of a complete set of orthogonal functions which are not necessarily solutions of the wave equation for any unperturbed system related to the system under treatment, nor even necessarily orthogonal functions in the same configuration space. Closely related discussions of perturbation problems have since been given by a number of authors, including Slater and Kirkwood 2 and Lennard- Jones. 3 In the following paragraphs we shall first discuss the method in general, then its application to perturbation problems and its relation to ordinary perturbation theory (Chap. VI), and finally as an illustration its application to the second-order Stark effect for the normal hydrogen atom. In applying this method in the discussion of the wave equation H*(x) - W+(x), (27-1) 1 P. S. EPSTEIN, Phys. Rev. 28, 695 (1926). 8 J. C. SLATER and J. G. KIRKWOOD, Phys. Rev. 37, 682 (1931). 8 J. E. LENNARD-JONES, Proc. Roy. Soc. A 129, 598 (1930). 192 THE VARIATION METHOD [VII-27a in which x is used to represent all of the independent variables for the system, we express \l/(x) in terms of certain functions Fn(x), writing The functions F n (x) are conveniently taken as the members of a complete set of orthogonal functions of the variables a:; it is not necessary, however, that they be orthogonal in the same con- figuration space as that for the system under discussion. Instead, we assume that they satisfy the normalization and orthogonality conditions JF*(x)Fn(x)p(x)dx = 8 mn with for m = n, 1 for m 7* n, (27-3) in which p(x)dx may be different from the volume element dr corresponding to the wave equation 27-1. p(x) is called the weight factor 1 for the functions F n (x). On substituting the expression 27-2 in Equation 27-1, we obtain n (H - TF)F n (z) = 0, (27-4) which on multiplication by F*(x)p(x)dx and integration becomes %A n (H mn - Wd mn ) = 0, m = 1, 2, - - , (27-5) n in which 1 In case that the functions F n (x) satisfy the differential equation d ( dF\ -rlp(*)-r{ - Q(*W + V(*)F - 0, in which X is the characteristic-value parameter, they are known to form a complete set of functions which are orthogonal with respect to the weight factor p(x) . For a discussion of this point and other properties of differential equations of the Sturm-Liouviile type see, for example, R. Courant and D. Hilbert, "Methoden der mathematischen Physik," Julius Springer, Berlin, 1031. Vn-27a] OTHER APPROXIMATE METHODS 193 For an arbitrary choice of the functions F n (x) Equation 27-5 represents an infinite number of equations in an infinite number of unknown coefficients A n . Under these circumstances ques- tions of convergence arise which are not always easily answered. In special cases, however, only a finite number of functions Fn(x) will be needed to represent a given function ^(x) ; in these cases we know that the set of simultaneous homogeneous linear equations 27-5 has a non-trivial solution only when the deter- minant of the coefficients of the A n 's vanishes; that is, when the condition 11 W 7/12 HIS # 21 H M - W Hn 7/81 7/32 7/33 W = (27-7) is satisfied. We shall assume that in the infinite case the mathe- matical questions of convergence have been settled, and that Equation 27-7, involving a convergent infinite determinant, is applicable. Our problem is now in principle solved : We need only to eval- uate the roots of Equation 27-7 to obtain the allowed energy values for the original wave equation, and substitute them in the set of equations 27-5 to evaluate the coefficients A n and obtain the wave functions. The relation of this treatment to the perturbation theory of Chapter VI can be seen from the following arguments. If the functions F n (x) were the true solutions ^ n (#) of the wave equation 27-1, the determinantal equation 27-7 would have the form W l - W W*-W W* - W = 0, (27-8) with roots W = Wi, W = TT 2 , etc. Now, if the functions F n (x) closely approximate the true solutions t n (z), the non- diagonal terms in Equation 27-7 will be small, and as an approxi- mation we can neglect them. This gives "2 W* (27-9) etc., 194 THE VARIATION METHOD [Vn-27a which corresponds to ordinary first-order perturbation theory, inasmuch as, if H can be written as H -f- H f , with HF n (x) = W n F n (x), then W n = H nn has the value W n = Wl + fF*(x)H'F n (x)p(x)dx, which is identical with the result of ordinary first-order per- turbation theory of Section 23 when p(x)dx = dr. Equation 27-9 is more general than the corresponding equation of first- order perturbation theory, since the functions F n (x) need not correspond to any unperturbed system. On the other hand, it may not be so reliable, in case that a poor choice of functions F n (x) is made; the first step of ordinary perturbation theory is essentially a procedure for finding suitable zeroth-order functions. It may happen that some of the non-diagonal terms are large and others small; in this case neglect of the small terms leads to an equation such as H n -WHu #21 #22 - W #33 - W #44 - W 0, which can be factored into the equations 7/u - W H 21 H n - W H 33 - W #44 - W etc. (27-10) It is seen that this treatment is analogous to the first-order perturbation treatment for degenerate states as given in Section 24. The more general treatment now under discussion is espe- cially valuable in case that the unperturbed levels are not exactly equal, that is, in case of approximate degeneracy. A second approximation to the solution of Equation 27-7 can be made in the following manner. Suppose that we are interested in the second energy level, for which the value #22 is found for the energy as a first approximation. We introduce this expression for W everywhere except in the term #22 W 9 Vn-27a] OTHER APPROXIMATE METHODS 195 and neglect non-diagonal terms except # 2n and # n 2, thus obtain- ing the equation #11 - #22 #12 #21 #22 ~ W #23 #24 ' ' 017 17 17 f\ . . - == 0. "32 "33 "22 U # 42 7/44 - H 44 - n (27-11) On multiplying out the determinant, we convert this equation into the form n - H 22 )(H 33 - #i2#2l(#33 ~" #22) (#44 ~~ #22) * ' ' #32#2s(#ll #22) (#44 ~ #22) * *= 0, with the solution in which the prime indicates that the term with I = 2 is omitted. This is analogous to (and more general than) the second-order perturbation treatment of Section 25; Equation 27-12 becomes identical with Equation 25-3 when HU is replaced by W? and #2* by H' kl . Higher approximations can be carried out by obvious exten- sions of this method. If Equation 27-7 can be factored into equations of finite degree, they can often be solved accurately by algebraic or numerical methods. Let us now consider a simple example/ the second-order Stark effect of the normal hydrogen atom, using essentially the method of Epstein (mentioned above). This will also enable us to introduce and discuss a useful set of orthogonal functions. The wave equation for a hydrogen atom in an electric field can be written as L ' (27-13) 8ir in which eFz represents the interaction with an electric field of strength F along the z axis. In order to discuss this equation we shall make use of certain functions F,,x M (, #, <p), defined in terms 1 The study of this example can be omitted by the reader if desired. 196 THE VARIATION METHOD [VH-27a of the associated Laguerre and Legendre functions (Sees. 19 and 20) as *W(, *, = A,xU)ex M W<tv(^), (27-14) in which , (27-15) f) being an associated Laguerre polynomial as defined in Section 206. The functions 6\ M (#) and $ M (^) are identical with the functions 6j m (#) and $ m (<p) of Equations 21-2 and 21-3 except for the replacement of / and m by X and /z. It is found by the use of relations given in Sections 19 and 20 that F v ^(t, tf , <p) satisfies the differential equation W 4. ? d JL 4. (l - - 1 d 2 "^ { d{ "*" \ i/ sin The functions are normalized and mutually orthogonal with weight factor , satisfying the relations 1 for X = X' = M (27-17) otherwise. If we identify with 2Zr/n'a , where a = A 2 /47r 2 jue 2 , then the functions F V \ M become identical with the hydrogen-atom wave functions \l/ n i m for the value n = n' of the principal quantum number n, but not for other values of n\ the functions F v \^ all contain the same exponential function of r, whereas the hydrogen- atom wave functions for different values of n contain different exponential functions of r. For the problem at hand we place n' equal to 1 and Z equal to 1, writing The functions F ,X M then satisfy the equation - ( " ~ * W (27-19) VH-27a] OTHER APPROXIMATE METHODS Now let us write our wave equation 27-13 as in which A u & j& A ) 4e 4' 197 (27-20) (27-21) and the operation V 2 refers to the coordinate rather than r, being given by Equation 27-18. To obtain an approximate solution of this equation in terms of the functions F,x M we shall set up the secular equation in the form corresponding to. second- order perturbation theory for the normal state, as given in Equation 27-11; we thus obtain the equation HU 2j8 #12 #13 #21 #22 = 0, (27-22) in which F, 2 d sin MM?, (27-23) i and j being used to represent the three indices v, X, /*. The factor 2 before arises from the fact that the functions F^ are not normalized to unity with respect to the volume element i^dfc SHI $d&d<p. It is found on setting up the secular equation 27-22 that only the three functions FIOO, ^210, and F 3 io need be considered, inasmuch as the equation factors into a term involving these three func- tions only (to the degree of approximation considered) and terms involving other functions. The equations cos 4\/2F 21 o - 2V2F, 810 and rXn + X)(F - X - 1) } (27-24) (27-25) 198 THE VARIATION METHOD [VII-27b together with Equation 27-17, enable us to write as the secular equation for these three functions = 0, (27-26) -20 - -4V2A -1 2V2A -2 The root of this is easily found to be /3 = 1&4. 2 , which corresponds to or W" = Tf - W Q = -%a 3 oF 2 . (27-27) This corresponds to the value a = %aj = 0.677 - 10-" cm 3 for the polarizability of the normal hydrogen atom. Problem 27-1. Derive the formulas 27-24 and 27-25. Problem 27-2. Discuss the first-order and* second-order Stark effects for the states n = 2 of the hydrogen atom by the use of the functions F,XM- Note that in this case the term in A can be neglected in calculating *+ v'\ f n' ,v"\ f f n' ' unless v' or v" is equal to 2, and that the secular equation can be factored into terms for p = -}-!,/* = 0, and n = 1, respectively. 27b. The Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin Method. For large values of the quantum numbers or of the masses of the particles in the system the quantum mechanics gives results closely similar to classical mechanics, as we have seen in several illustrations. For intermediate cases it is found that the old quantum theory often gives good results. It is therefore pleasing that there has been obtained 1 an approximate method of solution of the wave equation based on an expansion the first term of which leads to the classical result, the second term to the old-quantum- theory result, and the higher terms to corrections which bring in the effects characteristic of the new mechanics. This method is usually called the Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin method. In our discussion we shall merely outline the principles involved in it. 1 G. WENTZEL, Z. f. Phys. 38, 518 (1926); H. A. KRAMERS, Z.f. Phys. 39, 828 (1926); L. BRILLOUIN, J. de phys. 7, 353 (1926); J. L. DUNHAM, Phys. Rev. 41, 713 (1932). VH-27b] OTHER APPROXIMATE METHODS 199 For a one-dimensional problem, the wave equation is 0, -oo <*<+. If we make the substitution t = ffi vdx , (27-28) we obtain, as the equation for y, - F) - t/* = p - y *, (27-29) in which p = \/2m(W V) is the classical expression for the momentum of the particle. We may now expand y in powers of h/2iri, considering it as a function of A, obtaining + ' ' ' ' (27 - 30) Substituting this expansion in Equation 27-29 and equating the coefficients of the successive powers of h/2iri to zero, we obtain the equations 2/o = p = V2rn(W - F), (27-31) 2/0 P 7 V/ 07 Q9^ 2/1 = " = " = - V)' * (27 ~ 32) - F)-* f (27-33) in which V = and F" = ao: ax The first two terms when substituted in Equation 27-28 lead to the expression tN(W-V) -i e T / vss < F: ^* e (27-34) as an approximate wave function, since f , i r v , , i f dv i . ,. T _ J ** - ij r^F & - + Ij W^F - I log (Pf - F) so that ef* 1 ** = (W - F)-*. The probability distribution function to this degree of approxima- tion is therefore F)~H = const. -> (27-35) 200 THE VARIATION METHOD lVH-27b agreeing with the classical result, since p is proportional to the velocity and the probability of finding a particle in a range dx is inversely proportional to its velocity in the interval dx. The approximation given in Equation 27-34 is obviously not valid near the classical turning points of the motion, at which W = V. This is related to the fact that the expansion in Equation 27-30 is not a convergent series but is only an asymp- totic representation of t/, accurate at a distance from the points at which W = V. So far nothing corresponding to quantization has appeared. This occurs only when an attempt is made to extend the wave function beyond the points W V into the region with W less than V. It is found 1 that it is not possible to construct an approximate solution in this region satisfying the conditions of Section 9c and fitting smoothly on to the function of Equation 27-34, which holds for the classically allowed region, unless W is restricted to certain discrete values. The condition imposed on W corresponds to the restriction fydx = nh, n = 0, 1, 2, 3, , (27-36) in which the integral is a phase integral of the type discussed in Section 56. If we insert the first term of the series for y, y = p, we obtain the old-quantum-theory condition (Sec. 56) / pdx = nh, n = 0, 1, 2, 3 . (27-37) For systems of the type under discussion, the second term introduces half -quantum numbers; i.e., with y = t/ + o2/i> 4TTI ydx = pdx + x.&yidx = pdx ^ = nh f so that fpdx = (n + YJ)h (27-38) to the second approximation. (The evaluation of integrals such as $y\dx is best carried out by using the methods of complex variable theory, which we shall not discuss here. 2 ) This method has been applied to a number of problems and is a convenient one for many types of application. Its main 1 Even in its simplest form the discussion of this point is too involved to be given in detail here. * J. L. DUNHAM, PAyt. Rev. 41, 713 (1932). VH-27C] OTHER APPROXIMATE METHODS 201 drawback is the necessity of a knowledge of contour integration, but the labor involved in obtaining -the energy levels is often considerably less than other methods require. 27c. Numerical Integration. There exist well-developed meth- ods 1 for the numerical integration of total differential equations which can be applied quite rapidly by a practiced investigator. The problem is not quite so simple when it is desired to find characteristic values such as the energy levels of the wave equa- tion, but the method is still practicable. Hartree, 2 whose method of treating complex atoms is dis- cussed in Chapter IX, utilizes the following procedure. For some assumed value of W, the wave equation is integrated numerically, starting with a trial function which satisfies the boundary conditions at one end of the range of the independent variable x and carrying the solution into the middle of the range Another solution is then computed for this same value of W, starting with a function which satisfies the boundary conditions at the other end of the range of x. For arbitrary values of W these two solutions will not in general join smoothly when they meet for some intermediate value of x. W is then changed by a small amount and the process repeated. After several trials a value of W is found such that the right-hand and left- hand solutions join together smoothly (i.e., with the same slope), giving a single wave function satisfying all the boundary conditions. This method is a quantitative application of the qualitative ideas discussed in Section 9c. The process of numerical integra- tion consists of starting with a given value and slope for ^ at a point A and then calculating the value of ^ at a near-by point B dV by the use of values of the slope and curvature -^~ at A, the latter being obtained from the wave equation. This procedure is useful only for total differential equations in one independent variable, but there are many problems involving several independent variables which can be separated into total *E. P. ADAMS, "Smithsonian Mathematical Formulae," Chap. X, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1922; E. T. WHITTAKER and G. ROBINSON, "Calculus of Observations, " Chap. XIV, Blackie and Son., Ltd., London, 1929. *D. R. HARTREE, Proc. Cambridge Phil. Soc. 24, 105 (1928); Mem. Manchester Phil. Soc. 77, 91 (1932-1933). 202 THE VARIATION METHOD [VII-27d differential equations to which this method may then be applied. Hartree's method of treating complicated atoms (Sec. 32) and Burrau's calculation of the energy of HJ (Sec. 42c) are illustra- tions OA the use of numerical integration. 27d. Approximation by the Use of Difference Equations. The wave equation = 0, k 2 = (27-39) may be approximated by a set of difference equations, 1 a 2 or in which function ^ at the points xi, x 2 , ^ *t (27-41) are numbers, the values of the , uniformly spaced Fio. 27-1. The approximation to a wave function by segments of straight lines. along the x axis with a separation x #i_i = a. To prove this we consider the approximation to ^ formed by the polygon of straight lines joining the points (x\, ^0, (x 2 , ^2), > teii W> of Figure 27-1. The slope of ^ at the point halfway between z t _i and Xi is approximately equal to the slope of the straight line connecting x_i and x, which is (^; ^_i)/a. The second derivative of ^ at x = xt is likewise approximated by I/a times the change in slope from (x,- + x_i)/2 to (x^ + Xt + i)/2; that is, dx 2 (27-42) 1 R. G. D. RICHARDSON, Trans. Am. Math. Soc. 18, 489 (1917); R. COURANT, Tf TTt>iwrT>TnTTa onH TT T.mnirv Mnfhrmntijirhe Aninnltxn Iftft !19 VH-27d] OTHER APPROXIMATE METHODS 203 The differential equation 27-39 is the relation between the dV curvature -7-5 at a point and the function k*(W V)\l/ at that point, so that we may approximate to the differential equation by the set of equations 27-40, there being one such equation for each point Xi. The more closely we space the points x iy the more accurately do Equations 27-40 correspond to -Equation 27-39. Just as the lowest energy W of the differential equation can be obtained by minimizing the energy integral E = f<t>*H<t>d,T with respect to the function <, keeping /</>*</>dr = 1, so the lowest value of W giving a solution of Equations 27-40 may be obtained by minimizing the quadratic form E = -it -, (27-43) 2>, 2 in which <i, # 2 , , $ t , are numbers which are varied until E is a minimum. (Just as <t> must obey the boundary conditions of Section 9c, so the numbers < t must likewise approxi- mate a curve which is a satisfactory wave function.) A convenient method 1 has been devised for carrying out this minimization. A set of trial values of < is chosen and the value of E is calculated from them. The true solutions \l/ it to which the values of < will converge as we carry out the variation, satisfy Equations 27-40. Transposing one of these gives / li-l + +< = 2 - a*k*{W - If the <fc's we choose are near enough to the true values \l/i, then it can be shown 1 that, by putting < t -i and </> t > i in place of i^_i and \t/ i+ i and E in place of W in Equation 27-44, the resulting expression gives an improved value ^ for </> t , namely, ' = 2 - aW{E - V(x i J} In this way a new set </>[, 0, - , <-, can be built up from the initial set <i, <#>2, ,</>,, the new set giving a 1 G. E. KIMBALL and G. H. SHORTLEY, Phys. Rev. 45, 815 (1934). 204 THE VARIATION METHOD [VII-27e lower and therefore a better value of E than the first set. This process may then be repeated until the best set <f>i is obtained and the best value of E. This procedure may be modified by the use of unequal intervals, and it can be applied to problems in two or more dimensions, but the difficulty becomes much greater in the case of two dimensions. Problem 27-3. Using the method of difference equations with an interval a = H> obtain an upper limit to the lowest energy W Q and an approximation to ^ for the harmonic oscillator, with wave equation ft^L jg + (X - x*)t - (see Eq. 11-1). 27e. An Approximate Second-order Perturbation Treatment. The equation for the second-order perturbation energy (Eq. 25-3) is w " = with H' kl = /*J*ffV{Wr and Hii = M*H"WT. The sum may be rearranged in such a manner as to permit an approximate value to be easily found. On multiplying by - TF? , TF? .. u 1 ~~ "o + ~o> li becomes I I Now we can replace 1 ^H kl H f tk 'by (H' 2 ) kk (H' kk ) 2 , obtaining i 1 To prove this, we note that H'^l = ^H^] (as is easily verified by I multiplication by ^* and integration). Hence l . ]g//<. V . . ' The sum 2^ * H hl H lk differs from this only by the term with I - A;, (# w ) f . / VII-27e] OTHER APPROXIMATE METHODS 205 for W' k ' the expression wo (wo _ in which (ff'% = /*ff'V&fr. (27-48) This expression is of course as difficult to evaluate as the original expression 27-46. However, it may be that the sum is small compared with the other terms. For example, if k repre- sents the normal state of the system, and the origin for energy measurements is such that W k is negative, the terms in the sum will be negative, for W negative, and positive for W* positive, and there may be considerable cancellation. It must be empha- sized that the individual terms in this expression are dependent on the origin chosen for the measurement of energy (the necessity for an arbitrary choice of this origin being the main defect of the approximate treatment we are describing). If this origin were to be suitably chosen, this sum could be made to vanish, the second-order perturbation energy then being given by integrals involving only one unperturbed wave function, that for the state under consideration. The approximate treatment consists in omitting the sum. As an example let us take the now familiar problem of the polarizability of the normal hydrogen atom, with H' = eFz. We know that H( 9tlt vanishes. The integral (//' 2 )i,i is equal to e 2 F 2 (z 2 )i,,u, and, inasmuch as r 2 = x 2 + y 2 + z z and the wave function for the normal state is spherically symmetrical, the value of (z 2 )i,,u is just one-third that of (r 2 ) u ,i,, given in Section 21c as 3a. Thus we obtain i ~~ wo w i If we use the value e 2 /2a for W^ (taking the ionized atom at zero energy), we obtain W" = -2FV , which corresponds to the value a = 4aJ for the polarizability. This is only 11 per cent less than the true value (Sec. 27a), being just equal to the value given by the simple treatment of Problem 26-1. 206 THE VARIATION METHOD [Vn-27e It is interesting to note that if, in discussing the normal state of a system, we take as the zero of energy the first unperturbed excited level, then the sum is necessarily positive and the approxi- mate treatment gives a lower limit to W". In the problem of the normal hydrogen atom this leads to giving for a the upper limit l %a%, which is 18 per cent larger than the correct value %a\. Inasmuch as the value a = 4a given by the variation method is a lower limit, these two very simple calculations fix a to within a few per cent. It was pointed out by Lennard- Jones 1 that this approximate treatment of W^ corresponds to taking as the first-order per- turbed wave function the approximate expression (not normalized) ^ = *(! + AH' + ) (27-49) in which A = 1/TFJ. This suggests that, when practicable, it may be desirable to introduce the perturbation function in the variation function in this way in carrying out a variation treatment. Examples of calculations in which this is done are given in Sections 290 and 47. 1 J. E. LENNARD- JONES, Proc. Roy. Soc. A129, 598 (1930). CHAPTER VIII THE SPINNING ELECTRON AND THE PAULI EXCLUSION PRINCIPLE, WITH A DISCUSSION OF THE HELIUM ATOM 28. THE SPINNING ELECTRON 1 The expression obtained in Chapter V for the energy levels of the hydrogen atom does not account completely for the lines observed in the hydrogen spectrum, inasmuch as many of the lines show a splitting into several components, corresponding to a fine structure of the energy levels not indicated by the simple theory. An apparently satisfactory quantitative explanation of this fine structure was given in 1916 by the brilliant' work of Sommerfeld, 2 who showed that the consideration of the rela- tivistic change in mass of the electron caused the energy levels given by the old quantum theory to depend to some extent on the azimuthal quantum number k as well as on the total quantum number n, the splitting being just that observed experimentally not only for hydrogen and ionized helium but also for x-ray lines of heavy atoms. This explanation was accepted for several years. Shortly before the development of the quantum mechanics, however, it became evident that there were trouble- some features connected with it, relating in particular to the spectra of alkalilike atoms. A neutral alkali atom consists in its normal state of an alkali ion of particularly simple electronic structure (a completed outer group of two or eight electrons) and one valence electron. The interaction of the valence electron and the ion is such as to cause the energy of the atom in various quantum states to depend largely on the azimuthal quantum number for the valence electron as well as on its total quantum number, even neglecting the small relativistic effect, which ip negligible compared with the electron-ion interaction. How- 1 For a more detailed treatment of this subject see L. Pauling and S. Goudsmit, "The Structure of Line Spectra," Chap. IV. * A. SOMMBBFELD, Ann. d. Phys. 51, 1 (1916). 207 208 THE SPINNING ELECTRON [Vni-28 ever, the levels corresponding to given values of these two quantum numbers were found to be often split into two levels, and it was found that the separations of these doublet levels are formally representable by the Sommerfeld relativistic equation. Millikan and Bowen 1 and Land6, 2 who made this discovery, pointed out that it was impossible to accept the relativistic mechanism in this case, inasmuch as the azimuthal quantum number is the same for the two components of a doublet level, and they posed the question as to the nature of the phenomenon involved. The answer was soon given by Uhlenbeck and Goudsmit, 3 who showed that the difficulties were removed by attributing to the electron the new properties of angular momentum and magnetic moment, such as would be associated with the spinning motion of an electrically charged body about an axis through it. The magnitude of the total angular momentum of the electron is \fs(s + l)s-> in which s, the electron-spin quantum 4TT number, is required by the experimental data to have the value y^. The component of angular momentum which the electron spin can possess along any prescribed axis is either +o~ or s -; that is, it is given by the expression w,~-, in which the quantum number m t can assume only the values +J^ and J^. To account for the observed fine-structure splitting and Zeeman effects it is found that the magnetic moment associated with the electron spin is to be obtained from its angular momentum by multiplication not by the factor e/2woc, as in the case of orbital magnetic moment (Sec. 21d), but by twice this factor, the extra factor 2 being called the*Land6 g factor for electron spin. In consequence the total magnetic moment of the electron spin 1 R. A. MILLIKAN and I. S. BOWTGN, Phys. Rev. 24, 223 (1924). 1 A. LANDB, Z. f. Phys. 25, 46 (1924). G. E. UHLENBECK and S. GOUDSMIT, Naturwissenschaflen 13, 953 (1925); Nature 117, 264 (1926). The electron spin was independently postulated by R. Bichowsky and H. C. Urey, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 12, 80 (1926) (in whose calculations there was a numerical error) and had been previously suggested on the basis of unconvincing evidence by several people. Vm-281 THE SPINNING ELECTRON 209 is 2~ 9~\/- - - or A/3 Bohr magnetons, and the component along a prescribed axis is either +1 or 1 Bohr magneton. It was shown by Uhlenbeck and Goudsmit and others 1 that the theory of the spinning electron resolves the previous difficulties, and the electron spin is now accepted as a property of the electron almost as well founded as its charge or mass. The doublet splitting for alkalilike atoms is due purely to the magnetic interaction of the spin of the electron and its orbital motion. The fine structure of the levels of hydrogenlike atoms is due to a particular combination of spin and relativity effects, resulting in an equation identical with Sommerfeld's original relativistic equation. The anomalous Zeeman effect shown by most atoms (the very complicated splitting of spectral lines by a magnetic field) results from the interaction of the field with both the orbital and the spin magnetic moments of the electrons, the complexity of the effect resulting from the anomalous value 2 for the g factor for electron spin. 2 The theory of the spinning electron has been put on a particu- larly satisfactory basis by the work of Dirac. In striving to construct a quantum mechanics compatible with the require- ments of the theory of relativity, Dirac 3 was led to a set of equations representing a one-electron system which is very different in form from the non-relativistic quantum-mechanical equations which we are discussing. On solving these, he found that the spin of the electron and the anomalous g factor 2 were obtained automatically, without the necessity of a separate postulate. The equations led to the complete expression for the energy levels for a hydrogenlike atom, with fine structure, and even to the foreshadowing of the positive electron or positron, discovered four years later by Anderson. So far the Dirac theory has not been extended to systems containing several electrons. Various methods of introducing 1 W. PAULI, Z. f. Phys. 36, 336 (1926); W. HEISENBERG and P. JORDAN, Z. /. Phys. 37, 266 (1926); W. GORDON, Z. f. Phys. 48, 11 (1928); C. G. DARWIN, Proc. Roy. Soc. A 118, 654 (1928); A. SOMMERFELD and A. UNSOLD, Z. f. Phys. 36, 259; 38, 237 (1926). 'For a fuller discussion see Pauling and Goudsmit, "The Structure of Line Spectra," Sees. 17 and 27. * P. A. M. DIRAC, Proc. Roy. Soc. A117, 610; A118, 351 (1928). 210 THE SPINNING ELECTRON [Vm-29a the spin in non-relativistic quantum mechanics have been devised. Of these we shall describe and use only the simplest one, which is satisfactory so long as magnetic interactions are neglected, as can be done in treating most chemical and physical problems. This method consists in introducing a spin variable co, representing the orientation of the electron, and two spin wave functions, a(o>) and /3(w), the former cor- responding to the value +J^ for the spin-component quantum number m a (that is, to a component of spin angular momentum along a prescribed axis in space of +^/&/27r) and the latter to the value Y^ for m 8 . The two wave functions are normalized and mutually orthogonal, so that they satisfy the equations /0 2 (co)dco = 1, \ (28-1) A wave function representing a one-electron system is then a function of four coordinates, three positional coordinates such as x y y, and 2, and the spin coordinate co. Thus we write \l/(x, y, z)a(co) and \f/(x, y, z)/3(a>) as the two wave functions cor- responding to the positional wave function \[/(x, y, z), which is a solution of the Schrodinger wave equation. The introduction of the spin wave functions for systems containing several electrons will be discussed later. Various other simplified methods of treating electron spin have been developed, such as those of Pauli, 1 Darwin, 2 and Dirac. 3 These are especially useful in the approximate evaluation of interaction energies involving electron spins in systems containing more than one electron. 29. THE HELIUM ATOM. THE PAULI EXCLUSION PRINCIPLE 29a. The Configurations Is2s and Is2^. In Section 236 we applied the first-order perturbation theory to the normal helium atom. Let us now similarly discuss the first excited states of this atom, 4 arising from the unperturbed level for which one 1 W. PAULI, Z. f. Phys. 43, 601 (1927). 1 C. G. DARWIN, Proc. Roy. Soc. A116, 227 (1927). P. A. M. DIBAC, Proc. Roy. Soc. A123, 714 (1929). 4 This was first done by W. Heisenberg, Z. f. Phys. 39, 499 (1926). Vm-29a] THE HELIUM ATOM 211 electron has the total quantum number n = 1 and the other n = 2. It was shown that, if the interelectronic interaction term e 2 /ri 2 be considered as a perturbation, the solutions of the unperturbed wave equation are the products of two hydrogen- like wave functions in which the symbol (1) represents the coordinates (r lt t of the first electron, and (2) those of the second electron. corresponding zeroth-order energy is The We shall ignore the contribution of electron spin to the wave function until the next section. The first excited level, with the energy TF = -5Rhc, is that for HI = 1, n 2 = 2 and rii = 2, n a = 1. This is eight-fold degenerate, the eight corresponding zeroth-order wave functions being (29-1) 28(1) 2p,(2), 2p,(2), in which we have chosen to use the real <p functions and have represented ^ioo(l) by ls(l), and so on. On setting up the secular equation, it is found to have the form J. - W K. K. J. - W J r p W K K f JP- W JP - W ' Kp Kp JP - W JP - W 1 Kp Kp JP W -0. 212 THE SPINNING ELECTRON [VIII-29a Here the symbols J., K 99 J p , and K p represent the perturbation integrals la(l) 2^(2) 1(1) 2s(2) .*-// '-// ls(l) 2s(2) 28(1) 1(2) dr l dr 2) 2p x (2) ^- 2 P x(2) f- (29-3) JP and K p also represent the integrals obtained by replacing 2p x by 2p v or 2p g , inasmuch as these three functions differ from one another only with regard to orientation in space. The integrals J, and J p are usually called Coulomb integrals; J,, for example, may be considered to represent the average Coulomb interaction energy of two electrons whose probability distribution functions are (ls(l)} 2 and {2s(2)} 2 . The integrals K 8 and K p are usually called resonance integrals (Sec. 41), and sometimes exchange integrals or interchange integrals, since the two wave functions involved differ from one another in the interchange of the electrons. It can be seen from symmetry arguments that all the remaining perturbation integrals vanish; we shall discuss /Jls(l) 2s(2) e ls(l) 2p x (2) * rz as an example. In this integral the func- 7*12 tion 2p x (2) is an odd function of the coordinate x 2 , and inasmuch as all the other terms in the integrand are even functions of x%, the integral will vanish, the contribution from a region with x 2 negative canceling that from the corresponding region with x z positive. The solution of Equation 29-2 leads to the perturbation energy values W J. + K., J, K 9 , J p + Kp, (triple root), (triple root). The splitting of the unperturbed level represented by these equations is shown in Figure 29-1. Vin-29a] THE HELIUM ATOM 213 One part of the splitting, due to the difference of the Coulomb integrals J, and J p , can be easily interpreted as resulting from the difference in the interaction of an inner Is electron with an outer 2s electron or 2p electron. This effect was recognized in the days of the old quantum theory, being described as resulting from greater penetration of the core of the atom (the nucleus plus the inner electrons) by the more eccentric orbits of the W FIG. 29-1. The splitting of energy levels for the helium atom. outer electron, with a consequent increase in stability, an s orbit being more stable than a p orbit with the same value of n, and so on. 1 (It is this dependence of the energy of an electron on I as well as n which causes the energy levels of an atom to depend largely on the electronic configuration, this expression meaning the n and I values of all electrons. These values are usually indicated by writing ns, np, etc., with the number of similar electrons indicated by a superscript. Thus Is 2 indicates two Is electrons, Is z 2p these plus a 2p electron, and so on.) 1 PAULING and GOUDSMIT, "The Structure of Line Spectra," Chap. Ill 214 THE SPINNING ELECTRON [VIH-29b On the other hand, the further splitting due to the integrals K, and K p was not satisfactorily interpreted before the develop- ment of the quantum mechanics. It will be shown in Section 41 that we may describe it as resulting from the resonance phe- nomenon of the quantum mechanics. The zeroth-order wave function for the state with W' = J 8 + K 8y for example, is the atom in this state may be described as resonating between the structure in which the first electron is in the Is orbit and the second in the 2s orbit and that in which the electrons have been interchanged. A wave function of the type just mentioned is said to be symmetric in the positional coordinates of the two electrons, inasmuch as the interchange of the coordinates of the two electrons leaves the function unchanged. On the other hand, the wave function s V2 is antisymmetric in the positional coordinates of the electrons, their interchange causing the function to change sign. It is found that all wave functions for a system containing two identical particles are either symmetric or antisymmetric in the coordinates of the particles. For reasons discussed in the next section, the stationary states of two-electron atoms represented by symmetric and by anti- symmetric positional wave functions are called singlet states and triplet states, respectively. The triplet state from a given configuration is in general more stable than the singlet state. 29b. The Consideration of Electron Spin. The Pauli Exclu- sion Principle. In reconsidering' the above perturbation prob- lem, taking cognizance of the spin of the electrons, we must deal with thirty-two initial spin-orbit wave functions instead of the eight orbital functions 1*(1) 2*(2), 1*(1) 2p(2), etc. These thirty-two functions are obtained by multiplying each of the eight orbital functions by each one of the four spin functions (1) (2), (D 0(2), 0(1) (2), 0(1) 0(2). vm-29b] THE HELIUM ATOM 215 Instead of using the second and third of these, it is convenient to use certain linear combinations of them, taking as the four spin functions for two electrons 1 0(1) 0(2), -L{(1) 0(2) - (29-5) These are normalized and mutually orthogonal. The first three of them are symmetric in the spin coordinates of the two electrons, and the fourth is antisymmetric. It can be shown that these are correct zeroth-order spin functions for a perturbation involving the spins of the two electrons. Taking the thirty-two orbit functions in the order 2s(2) (1) (2), 1(2) a(l) a(2), 2p,(2) a(l) a(2), 1 obtained by multiplying the eight orbital functions by the first spin function, then by the second spin function, and so on, we find that the secular equation has the form 0, 216 THE SPINNING ELECTRON [Vni-29b in which each of the small squares is an eight-rowed determinant identical with that of Equation 29-2. The integrals outside of these squares vanish because of the orthogonality of the spin functions and the non-occurrence of the spin coordinates in the perturbation function e 2 /r 12 . The roots of this equation are the same as those "of Equation 29-2, each occurring four times, however, because of the four spin functions. The correct zeroth-order wave functions are obtained by multiplying the correct positional wave functions obtained in the preceding section by the four spin functions. For the con- figuration Is2s alone they are ls(2)J V* ( 1) 2s(2) + 2s(l) ls(2)} -4={a(l) 0(2) + 0(1) a(2)} /O ' -{ls(l) 2s(2) + 2s(l) 1*(2)| j8(l) |8(2) f 2(2) - /n Triplet 0(1) ~{1 5 (1) 2(2) - 2(1) 1*(2)} - a(l) a(2), -=[ls(l) 2s(2) - 2s(l) 18(2)} - -{(1) 0(2) V' Singlet -!={!(!) 2*(2) + 2s(l) ls(2)} ~[a(l) 0(2) - v 2 Of these eight functions, the first four are symmetric in the coordinates of the two electrons, the functions being unchanged on interchanging these coordinates. This symmetric character results for the first three functions from the symmetric character of the orbital part and of the spin part of each function. For the fourth function it results from the antisymmetric character of the two parts of the function, each of which changes sign on interchanging the two electrons. Vin-29b] THE HELIUM ATOM 217 The remaining four functions are antisymmetric in the two electrons, either the orbital part being antisymmetric and the spin part symmetric, or the orbital part symmetric and the spin part antisymmetric. Just as for Is2s, so each configuration leads to some symmetric and some antisymmetric wave functions. For Is 2 , for example, there are three of the former and one of the latter, obtained by combining the symmetric orbital wave function of Section 236 with the four spin functions. For Is2p there are twelve of each Symmetric Antisymmetric { OOOlsZp'P *** 000 ls2p 3 P O Is 2 Ols M S FIG. 29-2. Levels for configurations la 1 , Is2s, and Is2p of the helium atom, $, spin-symmetric wave functions; Ot spin-antisymmetric wave functions type, nine spin-symmetric and orbital-symmetric, three spin- antisymmetric and orbital-antisymmetric; nine spin-svmmetric and orbital-antisymmetric, and three spin-antisymmetric and orbital-symmetric. The levels thus obtained for the helium atom by solution of the wave equation are shown in Figure 29-2, the completely symmetric wave functions being represented on the left and the completely antisymmetric ones on the right. Now it can be shown that if a helium atom is initially in a symmetric state no perturbation whatever will suffice to cause it to change to any except symmetric states (the two electrons being considered to be identical). Similarly, if it is initially in an antisymmetric state it will remain in an antisymmetric state. The solution of the wave equation has provided us with 218 THE SPINNING ELECTRON [VIII-29b two completely independent sets of wave functions. To show that no perturbation will cause the system in a state represented by the symmetric wave function \l/ s to change to a state repre- sented by the antisymmetric wave function \!/A we need only show that the integral vanishes (H' being the perturbation function, involving the spin as well as the positional coordinates of the electrons), inasmuch as it is shown in Chapter XI that the probability of transition from one stationary state to another as a result of a perturbation is determined by this integral. Now, if the electrons are identi- cal, the expression H'^a is a symmetrical function of the coordi- nates, whereas $% is antisymmetric; hence the integrand will change sign on interchanging the coordinates of the two electrons, and since the region of integration is symmetrical in these coordinates, the contribution of one element of configuration space is just balanced by that of the element corresponding to the interchange of the electrons, and the integral vanishes. 1 The question as to which types of wave functions actually occur in nature can at present be answered only by recourse to experiment. So far all observations which have been made on helium atoms have shown them to be in antisymmetric states. 2 We accordingly make the additional postulate that the wave function representing an actual state of a system containing two or more electrons must be completely antisymmetric in the coordinates of the electrons; that is, on interchanging the coordinates of any two electrons it must change its sign. This is the statement of the Pauli exclusion principle in wave-mechanical language. This is a principle of the greatest importance. A universe based on some other principle, that is, represented by wave functions of different symmetry character, would be completely different in nature from our own universe. The chemical properties in particular of substances are determined by this principle, which, for example, restricts the population of the K shell of an atom to two electrons, and thus makes lithium 1 The same conclusion is reached from the following argument: On inter- changing the subscripts 1 and 2 the entire integral is converted into itself with the negative sign, and hence its value must be zero. 2 The states are identified through the splitting due to spin-orbit inter- actions neglected in our treatment. Vm-29b] THE HELIUM ATOM 219 an alkali metal, the third electron being forced into an outer shell where it is only loosely bound. To show this, we may mention that if A represents a spin-orbit function for one electron (such that A(l) = ls(l) a(l), for example) and B, C, , E others, then the determinantal function 4(2) 5(2) . . . E(2) A(N) B(N) . . . E(N) is completely antisymmetric in the N electrons, and hence a wave function of this form for the TV-electron system satisfies Pauli's principle, since from the properties of determinants the interchange of two rows changes the sign of the determinant. Moreover, no two of the functions A, B, - , E can be equal, as then the determinant would vanish. Since the only spin-orbit functions based on a given one-electron orbital function are the two obtained by multiplying by the two spin functions a and 0, we see that no more than two electrons can occupy the same orbital in an atom, and these two must have their spins opposed; in other words, no two electrons in an atom can have the same values of the four quantum numbers n, I, m, and m,. Pauli's original statement 1 of his exclusion principle was in nearly this language; its name is due to its limitation of the number of electrons in an orbit. The equations of quantum statistical mechanics for a system of non-identical particles, for which all solutions of the wave equations are accepted, are closely analogous to the equations of classical statistical mechanics (Boltzmann statistics). The quantum statistics resulting from the acceptance of only anti- symmetric wave functions is considerably different. This statistics, called Fermi-Dirac statistics, applies to many problems, such as the Pauli-Sommerfeld treatment of metallic electrons and the Thomas-Fermi treatment of many-electron atoms. The statistics corresponding to the acceptance of only the completely symmetric wave functions is called the Bose-Einstein statistics. These statistics will be briefly discussed in Section 49. 1 W. PAULI, Z. f. Phys. 31, 765 (1925). 220 THE SPINNING ELECTRON [Vm-29b It has been found that for protons as well as electrons the wave functions representing states occurring in nature are antisym- metric in the coordinates of the particles, whereas for deuterons they are symmetric (Sec. 43/). The stationary states of the helium atom, represented on the right side of Figure 29-2, are conveniently divided into two sets, shown by open and closed circles, respectively. The wave functions for the former, called singlet states, are obtained by multiplying the symmetric orbital wave functions by the single antisymmetric spin function ~^{(1) 0(2) 0(1) (2)}. V 2 Those for the latter, called triplet states, are obtained by mul- tiplying the antisymmetric orbital wave functions by the three symmetric spin functions. 1 The spin-orbit interactions which we have neglected cause some of the triplet levels to be split into three adjacent levels. Transitions from a triplet to a singlet level can result only from a perturbation involving the electron spins, and since interaction of electron spins is small for light atoms, these transitions are infrequent; no spectral line resulting from such a transition has been observed for helium. It is customary to represent the spectral state of an atom by a term symbol such as 1 >S, 3 /S, 3 P, etc. Here the superscript on the left gives the multiplicity, 1 signifying singlet and 3 triplet. The letters S, P, etc., represent the resultant of the orbital angular-momentum vectors of all the electrons in the atom. This is also given by a resultant azimuthal quantum number L, the symbols S,P,D,F, corresponding to L = 0,1,2,3, . If all the electrons but one occupy s orbitals, the value of L is the same as that of I for the odd electron, so that for helium the configurations Is 2 , Is2s, and Is2p Jead to the states 1 S, 1 S and 3 >S, and IP and 3 P. Use is also made of a resultant spin quantum number S (not to be confused with the symbol S for L = 0), 1 The electrons are often said to have their spins opposed or antiparallel in singlet states and parallel in triplet states, the spin function in the latter case representing orientation of the resultant spin with zero component along the z axis. Vin-29cJ THE HELIUM ATOM 221 which has the value for singlet states and 1 for triplet states, the multiplicity being equal to 2S + I. 1 The results which we have obtained regarding the stationary states of two-electron atoms may be summarized in the following way. The main factors determining the term values are the values of the principal quantum numbers fti and n 2 for the two electrons and of the azimuthal quantum numbers l\ and Z 2 , smaller values of these numbers leading to greater stability. These numbers determine the configuration of the atom. The configuration Is 2 leads to the normal state, Is2s to the next most stable states, then Is2p, and so on. For configurations with nili different from n 2 h there is a further splitting of the levels for a given configuration, due to the resonance integrals, leading to singlet and triplet levels, and to levels with different values of the resultant azimuthal quantum number L in case that both li and Z 2 are greater than zero. The triplet levels may be further split into their fine-structure components by the spin-orbit interaction, which we have neglected in our treatment. It is interesting to notice that these interactions completely remove the degeneracy for some states, such as Is2s 1 S, but not for others, such as Is2s Z S, which then show a further splitting (Zeeman effect) on the application of a magnetic field to the atom. Problem 29-1. Evaluate the integrals J and K for Is2s and l$2p of helium, and calculate by the first-order perturbation theory the term values for the levels obtained from these configurations. Observed term values (relative to He+) are Is2s 1 S 32033, Is2s *S 38455, Is2p 1 P 27176, and Is2p 3 P 29233 cm- 1 . 29c. The Accurate Treatment of the Normal Helium Atom. The theoretical calculation of the energy of the normal helium atom proved to be an effective stumbling block for the old quantum theory. On the other hand, we have already seen that even the first attack on the problem by wave-mechanical methods, 1 For a detailed discussion of spectroscopic nomenclature and the vector model of the atom see Pauling and Goudsmit. "The Structure of Line Spectra." The triplet levels of helium were long called doublets, complete resolution being difficult. Their triplet character was first suggested by J. C. Slater, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 11, 732 (1925), and was soon verified experimentally by W. V. Houston, Phys. Rev. 29, 749 (1927). The names parhelium and orthohelium were ascribed to the singlet and triplet levels, respectively, before their nature was understood. 222 THE SPINNING ELECTRON [Vm-29c the first-order perturbation treatment given in Section 236, led to a promising result, the discrepancy of about 4 v.e. (accept- ing the experimental value as correct) being small compared with the discrepancies shown by the old-quantum-theory calculations. It is of interest to see whether or not more and more refined wave-mechanical treatments continue to diminish the discrepancy with experiment and ultimately to provide a theoretical value of the ionization potential agreeing exactly with the experimental (spectroscopic) value 24.463 v. 1 The success of this program would strengthen our confidence in our wave-mechanical equations, and permit us to proceed to the discussion of many-electron atoms and molecules. No exact solution of the wave equation has been made, and all investigators have used the variation method. 2 The simplest extension of the zero th-order wave function e~ 2 % with s = (ri + 7*2) / a , is to introduce an effective nuclear charge Z'e in place of the true nuclear charge 2e in the wave function. This function, e~ z '*, minimizes the energy when the atomic number Z' has the value 2 J/{ 6 , corresponding to a screening constant of value ^{g (Sec. 266). The discrepancy with the observed energy 3 (Table 29-1) is reduced by this simple change to 1.5 v.e., which is one-third the discrepancy for Unsold's treatment. This wave function cor- responds to assuming that each electron screens the other 1 Calculated from Ly man's term value 198298 cm" 1 corrected by Paschen to 198307.9 cm" 1 ; T. Lyman, Astrophys. J. 60, 1 (1924); F. Paschen, Sitzber. preuss. Akad. Wiss. 1929, p. 662. 2 The principal papers dealing with the normal helium atom are A. Unsold, Ann. d. Phys. 82, 355 (1927); G. W. Kellner, Z.f. Phys. 44, 91, 110 (1927); 3. C. Slater, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sri. 13, 423 (1927); Phys. Rev. 32, 349 (1928); C. Eckart, Phys. Rev. 36, 878 (1930); E. A. Hylleraas, Z. f. Phys. 48, 469 (1928); 54, 347 (1929); 65, 209 (1930). A summary of his work is given by Hylleraas in Skrifter del Norske Vid.-Ak. Oslo, I. Mat.-Naturv. Klasse 1932, pp. 5-141. For the special methods of evaluating and minimizing the energy integral, the reader is referred to these papers. 3 The experimental value 78.605 v.e. = 5.8074 R^Jic for the energy of the normal helium atom is obtained by adding to the observed first ionization energy 24.463 v,e. (with the minus sign) the energy 4R He hc -54.1416 v.e. of the helium ion. Hylleraas has shown that the correction for motion of the nucleus in the neutral helium atom is to be made approximately by using #H B ; that is, by assigning to each electron the reduced mass with the helium nucleus. Vm-29c] THE HELIUM ATOM 223 from the nucleus in the same way as a charge %e on the nucleus. Problem 29-2. (a) Calculate approximately the energy the normal lithium atom would have if the allowed wave functions were completely symmetric in the electrons, using for the positional wave function the product function ls(l) ls(2) 1(3), in which Is contains the effective nuclear charge Z' = 3 S, and minimizing the energy relative to Z' or S. From this and a similar treatment of Li+ obtain the first ionization energy. The observed value is 5.368 v.e. (6) Obtain a general formula for the Nth ionization energy of an atom with atomic number Z in such a Bose-Einsteln universe, using screening-constant wave functions. Note the absence of periodicity in the dependence on Z. We might now consider other functions of the type F(ri)F(r 2 ), introducing other parameters. This has been done in a general way by Hartree, in applying his theory of the self-consistent field (Chap. IX), the function F(rO being evaluated by special numerical and graphical methods. The resulting energy value, as given in Table 29-1, is still 0.81 v.e. from the experimental value. Even the simple algebraic function Z\r\ Ztrt Ztn Zirt g ao e oo _|_ Q ao e ao leads to as good a value of the energy. (This is function 4 of the table, there expressed in terms of the hyperbolic cosine.) This variation function we may interpret as representing one electron in an inner orbit and the other in an outer orbit, the values of the constants, Zi = 2.15 and Z 2 = 1.19, corresponding to no shielding (or, rather, a small negative shielding) for the inner electron by the outer, and nearly complete shielding for the outer electron by the inner. By taking the sum of two terms the orbital wave function is made symmetric in the two electrons. It is interesting that the still simpler function 5 leads to a slightly better value for the energy. Various more complicated functions of s and t were also tried by Kellner and Hylleraas, with considerable improvement of the energy value. Then a major advance was made by Hylleraas by introducing in the wave function the coordinate u = ri 2 /a , which occurs in the interaction term for the two electrons. The simple two- parameter functions 6 and 7 provide values of the energy of the atom accurate to Y^ per cent. Here again the polynomial in u is more satisfactory than the more complicated exponential 224 THE SPINNING ELECTRON [VIII-29C function, suggesting that a polynomial factor containing further powers of u } t, and s be used. The functions 8, 9, and 10 show that this procedure leads quickly to a value which is only slightly changed by further terms, the last three terms of 10 being reported by Hylleraas as making negligible contributions. The final theoretical value for the energy of the helium atom is 0.0016 v.e. below the experimental value. Inasmuch as this theoretical value, obtained by the variation method, should be an upper limit, the discrepancy is to be attributed to a numer- ical error in the calculations or to experimental error in the ionization energy, or possibly to some small effects such as electron-spin interactions, motion of the nucleus, etc. At any rate the agreement to within 0.0016 v.e. may be considered as a triumph for wave mechanics when applied to many-electron atoms. TABLE 29-1. VARIATION FUNCTIONS FOR THE NORMAL HELIUM ATOM 1 r\ -f r 2 Symbols: s r 2 r 12 j u = Experimental value of W = -5. 80736/2^6 Difference with Variation function, with best values of Energy, experiment constants 2 in units Rn<>hc Units -Riiehc V.e. 1 -* 5 50 0.31 4.19 2. e~ z ' a , Z' = 2 K6 = 1.6875 5.6953 0.1120 1.53 5.75 0.06 0.81 4. e-*'' cosh ct, Z' = t.67, c = 0,48. . . 5.7508 0.0565 0.764 5. e- z/ '(l + c 2 < 2 ), Z 1 = 1.69, c 2 = 0.142. . . 5.7536 0.0537 0.726 g e -z'gcu ' 1 86 c 0.26 5 7792 0.0281 0.380 7. -*'(! + ciu), Z' = 1.849, c, = 0.364. . 5.7824 0.0249 0.337 8. e- z ' 9 (l + ciu + c 2 J 2 ) 5.80488 0.00245 0.0332 Z' = 1.816, ci = 0.30, c 2 = 0.13. 9. e- z '*(l + ciu -f c 2 J 2 -f- c a s + c 4 s 2 -f c 6 w 2 ) 5.80648 0.00085 0115 Z' = 1.818, ci = 0.353, c 2 = 0.128, c, -0.101, c 4 = 0.033, c 6 = -0.032 10. e~ z '* (polynomial with fourteen terms) . . 5.80748 -0.00012 -0.0016 1 A few variation functions which have been tried are not included in the table because they are only slightly better than simpler ones; for example, the function e~*'* (l-cie-w), which is scarcely better than function 6. (D. R. HARTREE and A. L. INOMAN, Mem. Manchester Phil. Soc. 77, 69 (1932).) 5 The normalization factor is omitted. Of these functions, 1 is due to Unsold, 2 to Kell- ner, 3 to Hartree and Gaunt, 4 to Eckart and Hylleraas, and the remainder to Hylleraas. VIII-29d] THE HELIUM ATOM 225 Hylleraas's masterly attack on the problem of the energy of normal helium and heliumlike ions culminated in his derivation of a general formula for the first ionization energy / of these atoms and ions. 1 This formula, obtained by purely theoretical considerations, is I = 14- + M - - A Z + 0.31488 0.01752 . 0.00548 (29-6) in which M is the mass and Z the atomic number of the atom. Values calculated by this formula 2 are given in Table 29-2, together with experimental values obtained spectroscopically, mainly by Edln 3 and coworkers. It is seen that there is agree- TABLE 29-2. IONIZATION ENERGIES OF TWO-ELECTRON ATOMS Atom 7 calculated, v.e. / observed, v.e. H- 0.7149 He 24.465 24.463 Li+ 75.257 75.279 0.012 Be++ 153.109 153.09 0.10 B+ ++ 258.029 258.1 0.2 C 4 + 390.020 389.9 0.4 N 6+ 549.085 Q6+ 735.222 ment to within the experimental error. Indeed, the calculated values are now accepted as reliable by spectroscopists. 4 Included in the table is the value 0.7149 v.e. for the ionization energy of the negative hydrogen ion H~. This shows that the hydrogen atom has a positive electron affinity, amounting to 16480 cal/mole. The consideration of the crystal energy of the alkali hydrides has provided a rough verification of this value. 29d. Excited States of the Helium Atom. The variation method can be applied to the lowest triplet state of helium as well as to the lowest singlet state, inasmuch as (neglecting !E. A. HYLLERAAS, Z. f. Phys. 66, 209 (1930). 2 Using 1 v.e. = 8106.31 cm" 1 and R* = 109737.42 cm- 1 . 3 A. ERICSON and B. EDLN, Nature 124, 688 (1929); Z. /. Phys. 69, 666 (1930); B. EDLN, Nature 127, 405 (1930). * B. EDLN, Z. f. Phys. 84, 746 (1933). 226 THE SPINNING ELECTRON [VIII-29e spin-orbit interactions) the triplet wave functions are anti- symmetric in the positional coordinates of the two electrons, and contain no contribution from singlet functions (Sec. 26c). A simple and reasonable variation function is l8 M '(l) 2s,"(2) - &,"(!) lsz<(2), in which ls Z ' and 2s Z " signify hydrogenlike wave functions with the indicated effective nuclear charges as parameters. We would expect the energy to be minimized for Z' = 2 and Z" = 1. Calculations for this function have not been made. However, Hylleraas 1 has discussed the function se" z ' a sinh ct, (29-7) obtaining the energy value 4.342(XR H Ac, not far above the observed value 4.3504/JHe/ic. This function is similar to the hydrogenlike function (containing some additional terms), and the parameter values found, Z' = 1.374 and c = 0.825, correspond to the reasonable values Z' = 2.198 and Z" = 1.099. Hylleraas has also replaced s in 29-7 by s + du, obtaining the energy 4.3448/2 H ^c, and by s + c 2 t 2 , obtaining the energy 4.3484/J He Ac. It is probable that the series s + CiU + cd* would lead to very close agreement with experiment. Numerous investigations by Hylleraas and others 2 have shown that wave mechanics can be applied in the treatment of other states of the helium atom. We shall not discuss further the rather complicated calculations. 29e. The Polarizability of the Normal Helium Atom. A quantity of importance for many physical and chemical con- siderations (indices of refraction, electric dipole moments, term values of non-penetrating orbits, van der Waals forces, etc.) is the polarizdbility of atoms and molecules, mentioned in Problem 26-1 and Sections 27a and 27e. We may write as the energy of a system in an electric field of strength F the expression W = W Q - Y 2 aF* + (29-8) 1 E. A. HYLLERAAS, Z. J. Phys. 64, 347 (1929). 2 W. HBISENBERG, Z. f. Phys. 39, 499 (1926); A. UNSOLD, Ann. d. Phys. 82, 355 (1927); E. A. HYLLERAAS and B. UNDHEIM, Z.f. Phys. 66, 759 (1930); E. A. HYLLERAAS, ibid. 66, 453 (1930); 83, 739 (1933); J. P. SMITH, Phys. Rev. 42, 176 (1932); etc. VIII-29e] THE HELIUM ATOM 227 in case that the term linear in F vanishes, the permanent electric moment of the system being zero. The electric moment induced in the system by the field is aF, the factor of proportionality a. being called the polarizability. The polarizability of the molecules in a gas determines its index of refraction n (for light of very large wave length) and its dielectric constant D, according to the equation V ~ 47T n 2 + 2 " 4* D + 2 in which N is Avogadro's number and V is the molal volume of the substance. The mole refraction R is defined as R = Il a = 2.54 10 24 a. (29-10) 5 The dimensions of R and a are those of volume, and their magni- tudes are roughly those of molal volumes and molecular volumes, respectively; for example, for monatomic hydrogen R = 1.69 cm 3 and a = 0.667 10~ 24 cm 3 (Sec. 27o). Values of R and a are determined experimentally mainly by measurement of indices of refraction and of dielectric constants, 1 rough values being also obtainable from spectral data. 2 The value of the polarizability a of an atom or molecule can be calculated by evaluating the second-order Stark effect energy ^aF 2 by the methods of perturbation theory or by other approximate methods. A discussion of the hydrogen atom has been given in Sections 27 a and 27 e (and Problem 26-1). The helium atom has been treated by various investigators by the variation method, and an extensive approximate treatment of many-electron atoms and ions based on the use of screening constants (Sec. 33a) has also been given. 3 We shall discuss the variational treatments of the helium atom in detail. The additional term in the Hamiltonian due to the electric 1 The total polarization of a gas may be due to polarization of the electrons in the gas molecules (for fixed nuclear positions), polarization of the nuclei (with change in the relative positions of the nuclei in the molecules), and orientation of molecules with permanent electric dipole moments. We are here discussing only the first of these mechanisms; the second is usually unimportant, and the third is treated briefly in Section 49/. 1 See PAULING and GOUDSMIT, "The Structure of Line Spectra," Sec. 11. 8 L. PAULINO, Proc. Roy. Soc. A114, 181 (1927). 228 THE SPINNING ELECTRON [Vin-29e field (assumed to lie along the z axis) is eF(zi + 3 2 ), *i and z 2 being the z coordinates of the two electrons relative to the nucleus. The argument of Section 27e suggests that the variation function be of the form * = V{1 + (*i + *)/(*i, 2/i, i, a*, 2/2, *)}, (29-11) in which ^ is an approximate wave function for zero field. Variation functions of this form (or approximating it) have been discussed by Hass6, Atanasoff, and Slater and Kirkwood, 1 whose results are given in Table 29-3. TABLE 29-3. VARIATION FUNCTIONS FOR THE CALCULATION OF THE POL ARIZ ABILITY OF THE NORMAL HELIUM ATOM Experimental value: a = 0.205 10~ 24 cm 3 r\ -f r 2 Variation function a. References 1 l e -z'(l -f. A(ZI 4- z 2 )} 0.150-10~ 24 cm 3 H 2. e -z'(l _|_ A(zie~ z " f i -}- z 2 e-z" r 2)j .164 SK 3. (rir 2 )- 256 e~ z ' f (1 + A(zi6~ z//r i -f- 2 2 e~ z " r 2) ) .222 SK 4. e~ z ''\l 4~ A (0i -f- 2 2 ) 4" B(ziri 4~ 2 2 r 2 )) .... .182 H 5. e -z'(i -1-^(2, -f z 2 ) -f terms to quartic)} .183 H 6. e -z'*(i ^_ ClW )(i -f ^( 2l -|-2 2 ) -f- B^n + 2 2 r 2 )} .201 H 7. e~ z '*\\ 4- Ciw 4- c 2 i 2 4- A(ZI 4- z 2 )} .127 A 8. e -*'.{l + ClM _[. C2 ^2 4. (A 4- Ba)(2i 4- 2 2 ) + C(2i - 2 2 )| .182 A 9. g-Z' j 1 _j_ ClU _j_ c ^2 _j_ CsS _^_ C4S 2 _j_ CgM2 -f (A 4- B)(2i 4- 22) 4- Ct(zi - 22) 4-Dw(2i 4- 2 2 ) ) .194 A 10. e -Z'.(l ^ ClM ^_ Cz /2)(l 4. A (2i 4- 2 2 ) 4-B(2!ri -|- 2 2 r 2 )} .231 H 11. A non-algebraic function ... .210 SK H - Hasag, A - Atanasoff, SK - Slater and Kirkwood. Of these functions, 1, 2, 4, and 5 are based on the simple screening-constant function 2 of Table 29-1; these give low values of a, the experimental value (from indices of refraction extrapolated to large wave length of light and from dielectric 1 H. R. HASSB, Proc. Cambridge Phil Soc. 26, 542 (1930), 27, 66 (1931); J. V. ATANASOFF, Phys. Rev. 36> 1232 (1930); J. C. SLATER and J. G. KIRK- WOOD, Phys. Rev. 37, 682 (1931). Vra-29e] THE HELIUM ATOM 229 constant) being about 0.205 10~ 24 cm 3 . The third function, supposed to provide a better approximation to the correct wave function for large values of r\ and r 2 (that is, in the region of the atom in which most of the polarization presumably occurs), overshoots the mark somewhat. (The fundamental theorem of the variation method (Sec. 26a) does not require that a calculation such as these give a lower limit for a, inasmuch as the wave function and energy value for the unperturbed system as well as for the perturbed system are only approximate.) Function 6 is based on 7 of Table 29-1, 7, 8, and 10 on 8, and 9 on 9. It is seen that functions of the form 29-11 (6, 10) seem to be somewhat superior to functions of the same complexity not of this form (7, 8, 9). Function 11 is based on a helium- atom function (not given by a single algebraic expression) due to Slater. 1 It is seen that the values of a given by these calculations in the main lie within about 10 per cent of the experimental value 2 0.205 10~ 24 cm 3 . For Li+, Hass6, using function 6, found the value a = 0.0313 - 10~ 24 cm 3 ; the only other values with which this can be compared are the spectroscopic value 3 0.025 and the screening-constant value 2 0.0291 10~ 24 cm 3 . Problem 29-3. Using the method of Section 27e and the screening- constant wave function 2 of Table 29-1, evaluate the polarizability of the helium atom, taking as the zero point for energy the singly ionized atom. 1 J. C. SLATER, Phys. Rev. 32, 349 (1928). 2 The rough screening-constant treatment mentioned above gives the values 0.199 - 1Q- 24 cm 3 for He and 0.0291 - 1Q- 24 cm 3 for Li+. 3 J. E. MAYER and M. G. "MAYER, PJiys. Rev. 43, 605 (1933). CHAPTER IX MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS Up to the present time no method has been applied to atoms with more than two electrons which makes possible the computa- tion of wave functions or energy levels as accurate as those for helium discussed in Section 29c. With the increasing complexity of the atom, the labor of making calculations similar to those used for the ground state of helium increases tremendously. Nevertheless, many calculations of an approximate nature have been carried out for larger atoms with results which have been of considerable value. We shall discuss some of these in this chapter. l 30. SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX ATOMS 30a. Exchange Degeneracy. All of the methods which we shall consider are based on a first approximation in which the interaction of the electrons with each other has either been omitted or been replaced by a centrally symmetric field approxi- mately representing the average effect of all the other electrons on the one under consideration. We may first think of the prob- lem as a perturbation problem. The wave equation for an atom with N electrons and a stationary nucleus is in which r, is the distance of the ith electron from the nucleus, ra is the distance between the zth and jth electrons, and Z is the atomic number. If the terms in r# are omitted, this equation is separable into N three-dimensional equations, one for each electron, just as was found to be the case for helium in Section 236. To this 1 This chapter can be omitted by readers not interested in atomic spectra and related subjects; however, the treatment is closely related to that for molecules given in Chapter XIII. 230 IX-30a] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX ATOMS 231 degree of approximation the wave function for the atom may be built up out of single-electron wave functions; that is, a solution of the equation for the atom with 2)e 2 /r# omitted is (30-2) in which t/(l), etc., are the solutions of the separated single- electron equations with the three quantum numbers 1 symbolized by a, 0, , v and the three coordinates symbolized by 1, 2, , N. With this form for ^ the individual electrons retain their identity and their own quantum numbers. How- ever, an equally good solution of the unperturbed equation cor- responding to the same energy as Equation 30-2 is (30-3) in which electrons 1 and 2 have been interchanged. In general, the function (30-4) in which P is any permutation of the electron coordinates, is an unperturbed solution for this energy level. The meaning of the operator P may be illustrated by a simple example. Let us consider the permutations of the three symbols Zi, x z , x t . These are Xi, #2, Xz\ #2, Xs, Xi' t x*, Xij Xz', 2, x^ Xi\ Xi, x^ Xt\ 3 , 2, x\. Any one of these six may be represented by Pxi, x 2 , x z , in which P represents the operation of permuting the symbols a?i, x z , x 3 in one of the above ways. The operation P which yields Xi, z 2 , x z is called the identity operation. Any of the above permutations can be formed from x\, z 2 , x s by successive interchanges of pairs of symbols. This can be done in more than one way, but the number of interchanges necessary is either always even or always odd, regardless of the manner in which it is carried out. A permutation is said to be even if it is equivalent to an even number of interchanges, and odd if it is equivalent to an odd number. We shall find it convenient to use the symbol ( l) p to represent +1 when P is an even permutation and 1 when P is an odd permutation. Multiplication of the operators P and P' means that P and P' are to be applied successively. The set of all the permutations of N symbols has the property that the product PP f of any two of them is equal to some other permutation of the set. A set of operators with this property is called 8 group, if in addition the set possesses an identity operation and if every operation P possesses an inverse operation P" 1 such that PP" 1 is equivalent to the identity operation. There are N\ permutations of N different symbols. 1 The symbols a, ft , v are of course not related to the spin functions a and 0. 232 MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS [IX-30a At this point we may introduce the spin of the electrons into the wave function (in the same manner as for helium) by multi- plying each single-electron orbital function by either (o>) or 0(w). For convenience we shall include these spin factors in the functions u a (l), etc., so that hereafter a, j8, 7, represent four quantum numbers n, I, mi, and m a for each electron and 1, 2, - represent four coordinates r, #<, <pi, and co. As discussed in Section 29a for the two-electron case, treatment of this degenerate energy level by perturbation theory (the electron interactions being the perturbation) leads to certain combinations (3(M5) for the correct zeroth-order normalized wave functions. One of these combinations will have the value +1 for each of the coefficients CP. Interchange of any pair of electrons in this function leaves the function unchanged; i.e., it is completely symmetric in the electron coordinates. For another combina- tion the coefficients CP are equal to +1 or to 1, according as P is an even or an odd permutation. This combination is com- pletely antisymmetric in the electrons; i.e., the interchange of any two electrons changes the sign of the function without otherwise altering it. Besides these two combinations, which were the only ones which occurred in helium, there are for many-electron atoms others which have intermediate symmetries. However, this complexity is entirely eliminated by the appli- cation of the Pauli exclusion principle (Sec. 29b) which says that only the completely antisymmetric combination ' ' U ' (N) (3(HJ) has physical significance. This solution may also be written as a determinant, 1 u(2) W/J (2) . . . ,( (30-7) u (N) . . . .(#) as was done in Section 296. The two forms are identical. IX-30b] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX ATOMS 233 30b. Spatial Degeneracy. In the previous section we have taken care of the degeneracy due to the N I possible distributions of the TV electrons in a fixed set of N functions u. There still remains another type of degeneracy, due to the possibility of there being more than one set of spin-orbit functions correspond- ing to the same unperturbed energy. In particular there may be other sets of ^'s differing from the first in that one or more of the quantum numbers mi or m 8 have been changed. These quantum numbers, which represent the z components of orbital and spin angular momentum of the individual electrons, do not affect the unperturbed energy. It is therefore necessary for us to construct the secular equation for all these possible func- tions in order to find the correct combinations and first approxi- mation to the energy levels. 1 Before doing this, however, we should ask if there are any more unperturbed wave functions belonging to this level. If, in setting up the perturbation problem, we had called the term Se 2 /r# the perturbation, then the single-electron functions would have been hydrogenlike functions with quantum numbers n, l y mi, and m a . The energy of these solutions depends only on n, as we have seen. However, a better starting point is to add and subtract a term ^\v(xi) representing approximately the average effect of the electrons on each other. If this term is added to H and subtracted from H' y the true Hamiltonian H = H + H ' is of course unaltered and the unperturbed equation is still separable. The single-electron functions are, however, no longer hydrogenlike functions and their energies are no longer inde- pendent of the quantum number I, because it is only with a Coulomb field that such a degeneracy exists (see Sec. 29a). Therefore, in considering the wave functions to be combined we do not ordinarily include any but those involving a single set of values of n and Z; i.e., those belonging to a single configuration. The consideration of a simple example, the configuration Is 2 2p of lithium, may make clearer what the different unper- turbed functions are. Table 30-1 gives the sets of quantum num- 1 The treatment of atoms which we are giving is due to J. C. Slater, Phys. Rev. 34, 1293 (1929), who showed that this method was very much simpler and more powerful than the complicated group-theory methods previously used. 234 MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS [EXSOb bers possible for this configuration. The notation means n = 1, I = 0, m\ = 0, m, = +M- Each line of the table n corresponds to a set of functions u a u v which when substituted into the determinant of Equation 30-7 gives a satis- factory antisymmetrical wave function ^J corresponding to the TABLE 30-1. SETS OF QUANTUM NUMBERS FOB THE CONFIGURATION Is 2 2p i. (IOOK) (ioo -K; ) (2iiK); 2m/ = +1, 2. uooK) (ioo -K; ) (211 -K); 2m/ = +1, 3. aooK) (ioo -K; i (210K); 2m* = 0, 4. (IOOK) (ioo -K) i (210 -H); 2m/ ~ Oj 5: (iooK) (ioo -K: i (21 -IK); 2m/ = -1, 6. aooK) (ioo -K; i (21 -i -K); 2m/ = -1, + 1, 2m, = -> 2m, 2m, = K, 2m, = + K, = 1, 2m, = same unperturbed energy level. No other sets satisfying the Pauli exclusion principle can be written for this configura- tion. The order of the expressions n, Z, mi, m a in a given row is unimportant. This simple case illustrates the idea of completed shells of electrons. The first two sets of quantum numbers remain the TABLE 30-2. SETS OF QUANTUM NUMBERS FOR THE CONFIGURATION np 2 2m/ 2m, 1. (nllK) (nil -K) 2 2. (nllK) (nlOK) 1 -hi 3. (nllK) (nlO -K) 1 4. (nil -K) (nlOK) 1 5. (nil -K) (nlO -K) 1 -1 6. (nllK) (nl -IK) +1 7. (nllK) (nl 1 K) 8. (nil -K) (nl -IK) 9. (nlOK) (nlO -K) 10. (nil -K) (nl -1 -K) -1 11. (nl -IK) (nlOK) -1 +1 12. (nl -1 -K ) (nlOK) -1 13. (nl -IK) (nlO -K) -1 14. (nl -1 -K ) (nlO -K) -1 1 15. (nl -IK) (nl -1-K) -2 same throughout this table because Is 2 is a completed shell; i.e., it contains as many electrons as there are possible sets of quantum numbers. The shell ns can contain two electrons, np six electrons, nd ten electrons, etc. In determining the IX-SOc] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX ATOMS 235 number of wave functions which must be combined, it is only necessary to consider electrons outside of completed shells, because there can be only one set of functions Ua u v i or the completed shells. Table 30-2 gives the allowed sets of quantum numbers for two equivalent p electrons, i.e., two electrons with the same value of n and with I = 1. Problem. 30-1. Construct tables similar to Table 30-2 for the configura- tions np 3 and nd 2 . 30c. Factorization and Solution of the Secular Equation. We have now determined the unperturbed wave functions which must be combined in order to get the correct zeroth-order wave functions for the atom. The next step is to set up the secular equation for these functions as required by perturbation theory, the form given at the end of Section 24 being the most con- venient. This equation has the form Tii - W #12 #u #21 H - W ' ' ; H * k =0, (30-8) Hki #*2 ' ' ' Hkk W in which H nm = MHtmdr. (30-9) ^ n is an antisymmetric normalized wave function of the form of Equation 30-6 or 30-7, the functions u composing it correspond- ing to the nth row of a table such as Table 30-1 or 30-2. # is the true Hamiltonian for the atom, including the interactions of the electrons. This equation is of the fcth degree, k, being the number of allowed sets of functions u a u v . Thus for the configura- tion Is 2 2p k is equal to 6, as is seen from Table 30-1. However, there is a theorem which greatly simplifies the solution of this equation: the integral H mn is zero unless \l/ m and \l/ n have the same value of 2m, and the same value of 2m/, these quantities being the sums of quantum numbers m a and mi of the functions u making up \l/ m and \l/ n - We shall prove this theorem in Section 30d in connection with the evaluation of the integrals H mn , and in the meantime we shall employ the result to factor the secular equation. 236 MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS [IX-30c Examining Table 30-1, we see that the secular equation for Is 2 2p factors into six linear factors; i.e., no two functions ^ n and ^ have the same values of 2ra and Sw*. The equation for np 2 , as seen from Table 30-2, has the factors indicated by Figure 30-1, the shaded squares being the only non-zero elements. A fifteenth-degree equation has, therefore, by the use of this theorem been reduced to a cubic, two quadratic, and eight linear factors. FIQ. 30-1. The secular determinant for the configuration np 2 , represented diagrammatically. By evaluating the integrals H mn and solving these equations, the approximate energy levels W corresponding to this con- figuration could be obtained; but a still simpler method is available, based on the fact that the roots W of the equations of lower degree will coincide with some of the roots of the equations of higher degree. The reason for this may be made clear by the following argument. The wave . functions \f/i, ^2, , fa, which we are combining, differ from one another only in the quantum numbers m a and mi of the single electrons, these quantum numbers representing the z components of the spin and orbital angular momenta of the electrons. The energy of a single electron in a central field does not depend on mi or m 8 (neglecting magnetic effects), since ttese quantum numbers refer essentially to orientation in space. The energy of an atom with several electrons does depend on these quantum numbers, because the mutual interaction of the 'electrons is influenced by the relative orientations of the angular-momentum IX-SOc] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX ATOMS 237 vectors of the individual electrons. Just as for one-electron atoms, however, the orientation of the whole atom in space does not affect its energy and we expect to find a number of states having the same energy but corresponding to different values of the z components of the total orbital angular momentum and of the total spin angular momentum; i.e., to different values of Sraj and 2w 5 . This type of argument is the basis of the vector model 1 for atoms, a very convenient method of illustrating and remembering the results of quantum-mechanical discussions such as the one we are giving here. In the vector model of the atom the orbital and spin angular momenta of the individual electrons are con- sidered as vectors (see Section le) which may be combined to give resultant vectors for the whole atom, the manner in which these vectors are allowed to combine being restricted by certain rules in such a way as to duplicate the results of quantum mechanics. The vector picture is especially useful in classifying and naming the energy levels of an atom, the values of the resultant vectors being used to specify the different levels. In Chapter XV we shall show that not only is the energy of a stationary state of a free atom a quantity which has a definite value (and not a probability distribution of values) but also the total angular momentum and the component of angular momen- tum in any one chosen direction (say the z direction) are similar quantities. Whereas it is not possible to specify exactly both the energy and the positions of the electrons in an atom, it is possible to specify the above three quantities simultaneously. If the magnetic effects are neglected we may go further and specify the total spin and total orbital angular momenta separately, and likewise their z components. However, we may not give the angular momenta of the individual electrons separately, these being quantities which fluctuate because of the electron interactions. It will likewise be shown that when magnetic effects are neglected the square of the total orbital angular momentum must assume only the quantized values L(L + l)(/i/2r) 2 where L is an integer, while the square of the total spin angular momen- tum can take on only the values S(S + 1)(A/2T) 2 where S is integral or half-integral. (The letter L is usually used for the 1 See PAULING and GOUDSMIT, "The Structure of Line Spectra." 238 MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS [IX-30c total resultant orbital angular momentum of the atom, and the letter S for the total spin angular momentum; see Section 296.) In the approximation 1 we are using, the states of an atom may be labeled by giving the configuration and the quantum numbers L, S, ML = 2wj, and Ma = 2w,, the last two having no effect on the energy. Just as for one electron, the allowed values of ML are L, L 1, , L + 1> L] M s is similarly restricted to /S, S 1, , S + 1, >S, all of these values of Ms and ML belonging to the same degenerate energy level and corresponding to different orientations in space of the vectors L and S. We shall now apply these ideas to the solution of the secular equation, taking the configuration np 2 as an example. From Table 30-2 we see that Hu W is a linear factor of the equation, since ^i alone has 2mi = 2 and 2m g =0. A state with ML = 2 must from the above considerations have 1/^2. Since 2 is the highest value of ML in the table, it must correspond to L = 2. Furthermore the state must have S = 0, because otherwise there would appear entries in the table with ML = 2 and Ms T* 0. This same root W must appear five times in the secular equation, corresponding to the degenerate states L = 2, S = 0, M s = 0, M L = 2, 1, 0, -1, -2. From this it is seen that this root (which can be obtained from the linear factors) must occur in two of the linear factors (M L = 2, 2; M s = 0), in two of the quadratic factors (ML = 1, 1; Ma = 0), and in the cubic factor (ML = 0, Ma = 0). The linear factor // 2 2 W with ML 1, Ms = 1 must belong to the level L 1, S = 1, because no terms with higher values of ML and Ms appear in the table except those already accounted for. This level will correspond to the nine states with ML = 1,0, 1, and M s = 1, 0, 1. Six of these are roots of linear factors (ML = 1, Ma = 1; ML = 0; Ma = 1), two of them are roots of the quadratic factors (ML = 1, Ms = 0), and one is a root of the cubic factor (M L = 0, M s = 0). Without actually solving the quadratic equations or evaluating the integrals involved in them, we have determined their roots, since all the roots of the quadratics occur also in linear factors. 1 This approximation, called (LS) or Russell-Saunders coupling, is valid for light atoms. Other approximations must be made for heavy atoms in which the magnetic effects are more important. K-30d] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX ATOMS 239 Likewise we have obtained two of the three roots of the cubic. The third root of the cubic can be evaluated without solving the cubic or calculating the non-diagonal elements of the equation, by appealing to the theorem that the sum of the roots of a secular equation (or of one of its factors) is equal to the sum of the diagonal elements of the equation 1 (or of the factor). Since two of the roots of the cubic have been found and the sum of the roots is given by the theorem, the third may be found. It corresponds to the state L = 0, S = 0, since this is the only possibility left giving one state with ML = and Ma = 0. The three energy levels for np* which we have found are W = # u , *D (L = 2, S = 0, Ms = 0, M L = 2, 1, 0, -1, -2); W = #22, *P (L = 1, S = 1, M 8 = 1, 0; ML = 1, 0); W = #77 + #88 + #99 - #11 - #22, ! S (L = 0, S = 0, M s = 0, ML = 0). (30-10) The term symbols *D, 3 P, 1 S have been explained in Section 296. Problem 30-2. Investigate the factorization of the secular equation for np 3 , using the results of Problem 30-1, and list terms which belong to this configuration. 30d. Evaluation of Integrals. We need to obtain expressions for integrals of the type # mn = u*(N)HPu a (l) u,(N)dr. (30-11) 1 To prove this theorem, we expand the secular equation 30-8 and arrange according to powers of W. The resulting algebraic equation in W will have k roots, Wi, W^ , Wk and can therefore be factored into k factors (W - Wi)(W - TTi) - (W - W k ) = 0. The coefficient of W k ~ l in this form of the equation is seen to be Wi + W 2 + - - -I- Wk', the coefficient of - W h ~ l in Equation 30-8 is seen to be HU + HM + -f" Hkk- These two expressions must therefore be equal, which proves the theorem. 240 MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS [K-SOd We may eliminate one of the summations by the following device: JP'u*(l) - - u*(N)HPu a (l) - P"/P'w*(l) - u*(N)HPua(l) ' ' ' u v (N)dr = JP"P'f**(l) - u*(N)HP"Pu a (l) u v (N)dr. the first step being allowed because P" only interchanges the names of the variables of a definite integral. If we choose P" to be P'" 1 , the inverse permutation to P 7 , then P"P' = 1; i.e., P"P' is the identity operation, while P"P is still some member of the set of permutations, all members of which are summed over. The integral therefore no longer involves P' and the sum over P' reduces to multiplication by-JV!, the number of permutations. We thus obtain the equation l) F K*(D u*(N)HPu a (l) - - u v (N)dr. (30-12) We shall now prove the theorem that H mn = unless Sm, is the same for $ m and \l/ n . H does not involve the spin coordinates so that integration over these coordinates yields a product of orthogonality integrals for the spin functions of the various electrons. Unless the spins of corresponding electrons in the two functions u*(l) u*(N) and Pu a (l) u v (N) are the same, the integral is zero. If 2m, is not the same for \l/ m and ^ n there can be no permutation P which will make such a matching of the spins possible, because the number of positive and negative spins is different in the two functions. To prove the theorem concerning Swj it is necessary to specify further the nature of H . We write where The functions u a (l) are solutions of . h* , Ze* , e 2 ft = - V? ~ and *' - IX-30d] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX ATOMS 241 From this we see that where /(r) is a function of r* alone. The integral of the first term in H thus reduces to , (30-13) in which Pu f (i) is used as a symbol for u f (j) in which electron j has replaced i as a result of the permutation P. Because of the orthogonality of the w's, this is zero unless Pu^(i) = %(j) except perhaps for j equal to the one value i. In addition, since u f (i) = Rni(rt) - 0im(t>0 e *, (30-14) the factor fu?(i)f(ri)Put(i)dTi will be zero unless u f (i) and Pu>t(i) have the same quantum number mi. We thus see that this integral will vanish, unless all the u's but one pair match and the members of that pair have the same value of mi. Similar treatment of the term S0 t -/ shows that all but perhaps two pairs must match. The factor containing these unmatched functions is T,-. (30-15) ' V It can be shown 1 that w(*w(*)*w. (3(M6) k,m in which r a is the smaller of r< and r ,-, and r b is the greater. Places t^) is an associated Legendre function, discussed in Section 196. Using this expansion we obtain for the p part of the above integral f J V^i^i^^e*^^^*/^^/, in which mi is associated with w f (i), ra{ with us(f), Pmi with Pu f (i) 9 and Pm'i with Pu>s(j). This vanishes unless Pm\ mi + m = and PmJ m{ m = 0; i.e., unless Pm\ + Pm\ = mi + m\. 1 For a proof of this see J. H. Jeans, "Electricity and Magnetism,' 1 5th ed. t Equations 152 and 196, Cambridge University Press, 1927. 242 MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS [IX-30d This completes the proof of the theorem that H mn = unless Sraj is the same for \f/ n and ^ m . Of the non-vanishing elements H mn only certain of the diagonal ones need to be evaluated in order to calculate the energy levels, as we have seen in the last section. Because of the orthogonality of the w's, Equation 30-13 vanishes unless P = 1 (the identity operation) when a diagonal element H mm is being considered. Since the u'a are also normalized, this expression reduces to = /,, (30-17) i a relation which defines the quantities 7. Similarly, the orthogonality of the u's restricts P in Equation 30-15 to P = 1 and P = (tj), the identity operation and the interchange of i and j, respectively. The first choice of P contributes the terms 2J- < * (30-18) **>' while the second yields <,-. (30-19) ij>i iJ>i The integral KU vanishes unless the spins of Uf(i) and u^(j) are parallel, i.e., unless w.< = m 8] . The functions / reduce to integrals over the radial part of . (30-20) We shall not evaluate these further. The functions // and KH may "be evaluated by using the expansion for 1/r,-/ given in Equation 30-16. For J^ the (pi part of the integral has the form f " r e im ^d(p if which vanishes unless m = 0. The double sum in the expansion 30-16 thus reduces to a single sum over k, which can be written l] n'l'), (30-21) k in which nlmi and nTm{ are the quantum numbers previously represented by n t and n/, respectively, a* and F* are given by K-30d] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX ATOMS 243 -'' - ( + Dtf ~ KDU^ + W - |m{|)t - - a a ,-) sin and jT'{P|?" l (cos t?,) } "P|!(cos >,) sin ttyto/, (30-22) F*(nl; nT) = (4r) V f " f "i(r t )l.r(ry)^ I r 4 ff JO JO FJ . (30-23) The a's are obtained from the angular parts of the wave functions, which are the same as for the hydrogen atom (Tables 21-1 and 21-2, Chap. V). Some of these are given in Table 30-3, taken TABLE 30-3. VALUES OF a k (lmr, Z'm[) (In cases with two signs, the two can be combined in any of the four possible ways) Electrons I m7 r m{ a a 2 a* 88 1 sp i 1 1 i 1 PP 1 1 i 1 1 Y 1 1 i 1 ~%5 1 i 1 ^5 sd 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 pd 1 1 2 2 1 %5 1 1 2 1 1 -Ms 1 1 2 1 -%5 1 2 2 1 -5 1 2 1 1 ^5 1 2 1 ^5 dd 2 2 2 2 1 ^9 J*41 2 2 2 1 1 -%9 -41 2 2 2 1 -9 %41 2 1 2 1 1 J*9 J 41 2 1 2 1 ^9 - 2 *i41 2 2 1 ^9 8 fc41 244 MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS [IX-30e from Slater's paper. The F's, on the other hand, depend on the radial parts of the wave functions, which for the best approxima- tion are not hydrogenlike. KH may be similarly expressed as KH = ^.b k (lmi]l'm'i)G k (nl}n'l')j (30-24) in which 5*(Imi;ZX) = and r ; . (30-26) The functions 6* are given in Table 30-4. The functions G k are characteristic of the atom. 30e. Empirical Evaluation of Integrals. Applications. We have now carried the computations to a stage at which the energy levels may be expressed in terms of certain integrals /, F k , and G k which involve the radial factors of the wave functions. One method of proceeding further would be to assume some form for the central field fl(r t -), determine the functions Rmi(ri), and use them to evaluate the integrals. However, another and simpler method is available for testing the validity of this approximation, consisting in the use of the empirically determined energy levels to evaluate the integrals, a check on the theory resulting from the fact that there are more known energy levels than integrals to be determined. For example, if we substitute for Hn, etc., for the configuration np 2 the expression in terms of /, F k , and G k , using the results of the previous section and Equation 30-10, we obtain for the energies of the terms 1 D, 3 P, and 1 8 the quantities *D:W = 2/(n, 1) + F' *P: W = 2/(n, 1) + F ifl: W = 2/(n, 1) + F EC-30e] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX ATOMS 245 TABLE 30-4. VALUES OF b k (lmr t im\) (In cases where there are two signs, the two upper, or the two lower, signs must be taken together) Electrons I mi t ; 6 6* 63 6 88 1 8 P 1 1 H 1 M PP 1 1 1 1 1 y 25 1 1 1 %5 1 1 1 Tl %5 1 1 1 %* sd 2 2 Ys 2 1 l /i 2 H pd 1 1 2 2 % %45 1 1 2 1 > 5 %45 1 1 2 H5 ^45 1 1 2 Tl 3 %45 1 1 2 T2 4 J^45 1 2 2 ^45 1 2 1 H 2 ^45 1 2 ^5 2 %45 dd 2 2 2 2 1 Kg #41 2 2 2 1 9*9 %41 2 2 2 Kg 1 %41 2 2 2 T 1 3 %41 2 2 2 T2 7 K41 2 1 2 1 1 Kg 1 %41 2 1 2 Kg 3 %41 2 1 2 Tl Kg 4 %41 2 2 1 K9 8 %41 Examination of Equations 30-18 and 30-19 shows that for equivalent electrons F is equal to G (with the same index). We therefore have for the separations of the levels for np 2 The theory therefore indicates that, if the approximations which 246 MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS [IX-31 have been made are valid, the ratio of these intervals should be 2:3, a result which is obtained without the evaluation of any radial integrals at all. In addition, since F 2 is necessarily positive, this theory gives the order of the terms, 3 P lying lowest, 1 D next, and 1 S highest. This result is in agreement with Hund's empirical rules, that terms with largest multiplicity usually lie lowest, and that, for a given multiplicity, terms with largest L values usually lie lowest. 1 Slater gives the example of the configuration 2 Is 2 2s 2 2p 6 3s 2 3p 2 of silicon, for which the observed term values 3 are 3 P = 65615 cm- 1 , 1 D = 59466 cm- 1 , 1 S = 50370 cm" 1 , so that the ratio 1 D - 3 P to 1 S - 1 D is 2:2.96, in excellent agreement with the theory. In other applications, however, large deviations have been found, most of which have been explained by considering higher approximations based on the same general principles. 4 31. VARIATION TREATMENTS FOR SIMPLE ATOMS The general discussion of Section 30, which is essentially a perturbation calculation, is not capable of very high accuracy, especially since it is not ordinarily practicable to utilize any central field except the coulombic one leading to hydrogenlike orbital functions. In this section we shall consider the applica- tion of the variation method (Sec. 26) to low-lying states of simple atoms such as lithium and beryllium. This type of treatment is much more limited than that of the previous section, but for the few states of simple atoms to which it has been applied it is more accurate. 1 PAULINO and GOUDSMIT, "The Structure of Line Spectra," p. 166. 2 This configuration gives the same interval ratios as np 2 , only the absolute energy being changed by the presence of the closed shells. 3 As mentioned in Section 5a, term values are usually given in cm" 1 and are measured downward from the lowest state of the ionized atom. Hence the largest term value represents the lowest energy level. 4 There have been many papers on this subject; a few are: C. W. Ufford, Phys. Rev. 44, 732 (1933); G. H. Shortley, Phys. Rev. 43, 451 (1933); M. H. Johnson, Jr., Phys. Rev. 43, 632 (1933); D. R. Inglis and N. Ginsburg, Phys. Rev. 43, 194 (1933). A thorough treatment is given by E. U. Condon and G. H. Shortlev, "The Theory of Atomic Spectra," Cambridge, 1935. IX-31a] VARIATION TREATMENTS FOR SIMPLE ATOMS 247 The principles involved are exactly the same as those discussed in Section 26 and applied to helium in Section 29c, so we shall not discuss them further but instead study the different types of variation functions used and the results achieved. 31a. The Lithium Atom and Three -electron Ions. Table 31-1 lists the variation functions which have been tried for the lowest state of lithium, which has the configuration l$ 2 2s. All these functions are of the determinant type given in Equation 30-7 and in all of them the orbital part of Ui 8 (i) is of the form -Z' e ao , in which Z', the effective atomic number for the K shell, is one of the parameters determined by the variation method. The table gives the expressions for 6, the orbital part of u 28 (i), the function for the 2s electron. In addition, the upper limit to the total energy of the atom is given, and also the value of the first ionization potential calculated by subtracting the value of the energy calculated for Li+ from the total energy calculated for Li. The Li + calculation was made with the use of the same type of Is function used in Li for the K shell, in order to cancel part of the error introduced by this rather poor K function. The table also gives the differences between these calculated quantities and the experimental values. TABLE 31-1. VARIATION FUNCTIONS FOR THE NORMAL LITHIUM ATOM Units: R x hc Experimental total energy: 14.9674; experimental ionization potential: 0.3966 2s function 1 Total energy Differ- ence Ionization potential Differ- ence 1. b = e M 77 - 1 j -14.7844 0.1830 0.3392 0.0574 r O 1, ./, flo -14 8358 1316 3906 0060 \ Oo / -14.8366 .1308 .3912 .0054 r -^ -r- 4. 6 = a 6 - e ao -14.8384 1290 3930 0036 a i The function 1 was used by C. Eckart, Pkys. Rev. 36, 878 (1930), 2 and 3 by V. G ille- min and C. Zener, Z. /. Phys. 61, 199 (1930), and 4 by E. B. Wilson, Jr., /. Chem. Phya. 1, 211 (1933). The last paper includes similar tables for the ions Be+, B++, and C +++ . 248 MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS [IX-31a Table 31-2 lists the best values of the parameters for these lithium variation functions. Figure 31-1 shows the total electron distribution function 4?rr 2 p for lithium, calculated using TABLE 31-2. PARAMETER VALUES FOR LITHIUM VARIATION FUNCTIONS _zv t*u = e ao Function Z' * a r 1. b = e M 17 - 1 ) 2 686 0.888 \ &o / r 2. & = re " 2.688 .630 3. 6 = *~^(<V - l ) 2 . 688 .630 5 56 r r 4 6 = cr6 ^ f ao 2 69 .665 1.34 1.5 the best of these functions, p is the electron density, which can be calculated from ^ in the following manner: P = 3jV*!/'dTidT2. (311) gives the probability of finding electron 1 in the volume element dri, electron 2 in dr 2 , and electron 3 in dr 3 . Integration over the coordinates of electrons 1 and 2 gives the probability of finding electron 3 in dr 3 , regardless of the positions of 1 and 2. Since ^V is symmetric in the three electrons, the probability of finding one electron in a volume element dxdydz in ordinary three-dimensional space is three times the probability of finding a particular one. Figure 31-1 shows clearly the two shells of electrons in lithium, the well-marked K shell and the more diffuse L shell. Due to the equivalence of the three electrons, we cannot say that a certain two occupy the K shell and the remaining one the L shell, but we can say that on the average there are two electrons in the K shell and one in the L shell. The next step to be taken is to apply a variation function to lithium which recognizes explicitly the instantaneous, instead of just the average, influence of the electrons on each other. Such functions were found necessary to secure really accurate results for helium (Sec. 29c), but their application to lithium IX-81b] VARIATION TREATMENTS FOR SIMPLE ATOMS 249 involves extremely great complications. This work has been begun (by James and Coolidge at Harvard 1 ). 31b. Variation Treatments of Other Atoms. Few efforts have been made to treat more complicated atoms by this method. Beryllium has been studied by several investigators but the functions which give good results for lithium are not nearly so accurate for heavier atoms. Hydrogenlike functions with variable effective nuclear charges (function 1 of Table 31-1 is Fio. 31-1. The electron distribution function D = 4irr*p for the normal lithium atom. such a function for n = 2, I = 0) have been applied to the case of the carbon atom, 2 the results being in approximate agreement with experiment. Functions of the types 2 and 3 of Table 31-1 have also been tried 3 for Be, B, C, N, 0, F, and Ne. A more satisfactory attack has been begun by Morse and Young, 4 who have prepared numerical tables of integrals for wave functions dependent on four parameters (one for Is, two for 2s, and one 1 Private communication to the authors; see H. M. James and A. S. Coolidge, Phys. Rev. 47, 700 (1935), for a preliminary report. 1 N. F. BBAKDSLBY, Phys. Rev. 39, 913 (1932). * C. ZENEK, Phys. Rev. 36, 51 (1930). 4 P. M. MORSE and L. A. YOUNG, unpublished calculations (available av the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). 250 MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS [IX-32a for 2p one-electron functions) for the treatment of the K and L shells of atoms. The analytical treatment of complicated atoms by this method is at present too laborious for the accuracy obtained, but it may be possible to find new forms for the variation function which will enable further progress to be made. 32. THE METHOD OF THE SELF-CONSISTENT FIELD The previous sections give some indication of the difficulty of treating many-electron atoms in even an approximate manner. In this section we shall discuss what is probably the most success- ful effort which has yet been made in attacking this problem, at least for those atoms which are too complicated to treat by any satisfactory variation function. Both the principle and the difficult technique involved are due to Hartree, 1 who, with the aid of his students, has now made the numerical computations for a number of atoms. In Section 326 we shall show the connection between this method and those previously discussed. 32a. Principle of the Method. In Section 306 we have pointed out that the wave equation for a many-electron atom can be separated into single-electron wave functions not only when the mutual interactions of the electrons are completely neglected but also when a central field v(x t ) for each electron is added to the unperturbed equation and subtracted from the perturbation term. Each of the resulting separated unper- turbed wave equations describes the motion of an electron in a central field which is independent of the coordinates of the other electrons. The perturbation treatment considered in Section 30 was based on the idea that a suitable choice could be made of these central fields for the individual electrons so that they would represent as closely as possible the average effect upon one electron of all the other electrons in the atom. The important step in the application of such a method of treatment is the choice of the potential-energy functions repre- senting the central fields. The assumption made by Hartree is that the potential-energy function for one electron due to a second electron is determined approximately by the wave function for the second electron, W0(2), say, being given by the 1 D. R. HARTREE, Proc. Cambridge Phil. Soc. 24, 89, 111, 426 (1928). IX-32a] THE METHOD OF THE SELF-CONSISTENT FIELD 251 potential corresponding to the distribution of electricity deter- mined by the probability distribution function u^(2) t//s(2). This is equivalent to assuming that the wave function for the second electron is independent of the coordinates of the first electron. The complete central-field potential-energy function for the first electron is then obtained by adding to the potential- energy function due to the nucleus those potential-energy functions due to all the other electrons, calculated in the way just described. The wave function for the first electron can then be found by solving the wave equation containing this complete potential-energy function. It is seen, however, that in formulating a method of calculating the functions u^(k) for an atom we have assumed them to be known. In practice there is adopted a method of successive approximations, each cycle of which involves the following steps : 1. A potential-energy function due to the nucleus and all of the electrons is estimated. 2. From this there is subtracted the estimated contribution of the fcth electron, leaving the effective potential-energy function for this electron. 3. The resulting wave equation for the fcth electron is then solved, to give the wave function u^(k). Steps 2 and 3 are carried out for all of the electrons in the atom. 4. Using the functions %(&) obtained by step 3, the potential- energy functions due to the various electrons are calculated, and compared with those initially assumed in steps 1 and 2. In general the final potential-energy functions are not identical with those chosen initially. The cycle is then repeated, using the results of step 4 as an aid in the estimation of new potential- energy functions. Ultimately a cycle may be carried through for which the final potential-energy functions are identical (to within the desired accuracy) with the initial ones. The field corresponding to this cycle is called a self-consistent field for the atom. It may be mentioned that the potential-energy function due to an s electron is spherically symmetrical, inasmuch as the probability distribution function u^u ntl is independent of <p and #. Moreover, as a result of the theorem of Equation 21-16 the potential-energy function due to a completed shell of electrons 252 MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS [IX-82b is also spherically symmetrical. Spherical symmetry of the potential function greatly increases the ease of solution of the wave equation. Hartree employs the method of numerical integration sketched in Section 27c to solve the single-electron wave equations. In addition he makes the approximation of considering all contributions to the field as spherically symmetrical. Thus if some electron (such as a p electron) gives rise to a charge distribution which is not spherically symmetrical, this is averaged over all directions. Finally, the simple product of Equation 30-2 is used for the wave function for the whole atom. As we have seen, this does not have the correct symmetry required by Pauli's principle. The error due to this involves the interchange energies of the electrons (Sec. 32c). 32b. Relation of the Self-consistent Field Method to the Variation Principle. If we choose a variation function of the form <t> = w(l) t*0(2) - u,(N) (32-1) and determine the functions u f (i) by varying them individually until the variational integral in Equation 26-1 is a minimum, then, as shown in Section 26a, these are the best forms for the functions Uf(i) to use in a wave function of this product type for the lowest state. Neglecting the fact that Hartree averages all fields to make them spherically symmetrical, we shall now show 1 that the variation-principle criterion is identical, for this type of <t>, with the criterion of the self-consistent field. If we keep each Uf(i) normalized, then f<t>*<t>dr = 1 and E = JVff^dr. (32-2) The operator H may be written as H - H< + (32 - 3) with 1 J. C. SLATER, Phys. Rev. 35, 210 (1930); V. FOCK, Z. /. Phys. 61, 126 (1930). IX-32b] THE METHOD OF THE SELF-CONSISTENT FIELD 253 Using this and the expression for <t> in Equation 32-1, we obtain 2c * ({)HiU[(i)dT . + j r f* f* />2 fry. (32-5) n/ t,J>t" The variation principle can now be applied. This states that the best form for any function U[(i) is the one which makes E a minimum (keeping the function normalized). For this mini- mum, a small change bu^(i) in the form of Uf(i) will produce no change in J5J; that is 8E = 0. The relation between 8u^(i) and dE is BE = 5 lu?(i)HiUt(i)dTi + ^v r r e 2 > 5 I I u?(i)u?(j) Ut(i)ue(j)dTidTj, (32-6) ^-J I I ftf c/ */ y in which the prime on the summation sign indicates that the term with j = i is not included. Let us now introduce the new symbol F;, defined by the equation (32-7) or Fi = Hi + in which Fi is an effective Hamiltonian function for the ith electron, and Vi the effective potential-energy function for the ith electron due to its interaction with the other electrons in the atom. Using the symbol Fi, we obtain as the condition that E be sta- tionary with respect to variation in u^(i) the expression (Eq. 32-6) - 0- 254 MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS [IX-32c A similar condition holds for each of the N one-electron functions Let us now examine the criterion used in the method of the self-consistent field. In this treatment the wave function Uf(i) is obtained as the solution of the wave equation (i) = 0, (32-10) or, introducing the symbol F i9 FiUf(i) = e.u r (i). (32-11) We know, however, that a normalized function u^(i) satisfying this equation also satisfies the corresponding variational equation b^(i)F^(i)dr v = 0. (32-12) Equations 32-9 and 32-12 are identical, so that by using the variation method with a product-type variation function we obtain the same single-electron functions as by applying the criterion of the self-consistent field. 32c. Results of the Self-consistent Field Method. Hartree and others have applied the method of the self-consistent field to a number of atoms and ions. In one series of papers 1 Hartree has published tables of values of single-electron wave functions for Cl~, Cu + , K + , and Rb^. These wave functions, as given, are not normalized or mutually orthogonal, but values of the normalizing factors are reported. For these atoms the total energy has not been calculated, although values of the individual t's are tabulated. (The sum of these is not equal to the total energy, even if interchange is neglected.) For 0, + , O ++ , and O 4 " 4 " 4 ", Hartree and Black 2 have given not only the wave functions but also the total energies calculated by inserting these single- electron wave functions into a determinant such as Equation 30-7 and evaluating the integral E'= f\l/*H\l/dr. Several other applications 3 have been made of this method and a considerable number are now in progress. Slater 4 has taken Hartree's results for certain atoms and has found analytic expres- 1 D. R. HARTREE, Proc. Roy. Soc. A 141, 282 (1933); A 143, 506 (1933). 2 D. R. HARTREE and M. M. BLACK, Proc. Roy. Soc. A 139, 311 (1933). 3 F. W. BROWN, Phys. Rev. 44, 214 (1933); F. W. BROWN, J. H. BARTLETT, JR., and C. G. DUNN, Phys. Rev. 44, 290 (1933); J. MC-DOUGALL, Proc. Roy. Soc. A 138, 550 (1932); C. C. TORRANCE, Phys. Rev. 46, 388 (1934). 4 J. C. SLATER, Phys. Rev. 42, 33 (1932). IX-32c] THE METHOD OF THE SELF-CONSISTENT FIELD 255 sions for the single-electron wave functions which fit these results fairly accurately. Such functions are of course easier to use than numerical data. The most serious drawback to Hartree's method is probably the neglect of interchange effects, i.e., the use of a simple produet- 60i Fm. 32-1. The electron distribution function D for the normal rubidium atom, as calculated: I, by Hartree's method of the self-consistent field; II, by the screening-constant method; and III, by the Thomas-Fermi statistical method. type wave function instead of a properly antisymmetric one. This error is partially eliminated by the procedure of Hartree and Black described above, but, although in that way the energy corresponding to a given set of functions %(fc) is properly calcu- lated, the functions u$(k) themselves are not the best obtainable because of the lack of antisymmetry of $. Fock 1 has considered this question and has given equations which may be numerically solved by methods similar to Hartree's, but which include inter- change. So far no applications have been made of these, but several computations are in progress. 2 Figures 32-1, from Hartree, shows the electron distribution function for Rb+ calculated by this method, together with those given by other methods for comparison. 1 V. FOCK, Z. f. Phys. 61, 126 (1930). 'See D. R. HABTBBB and W. HARTREE, Proc. Roy. Sac. A 150, 9 (1936). 256 MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS [IX-33a Problem 32-1. (a) Obtain an expression for the potential due to an electron in a hydrogenlike Is orbital with effective atomic number Z' = 2 KG- (&) Using this result, set up the wave equation -for one electron in a helium atom in the field due to the nucleus and the other electron (assumed to be represented by the wave function mentioned above). Solve the wave equation by the method of difference equations (Sec. 27d), and compare the resultant wave function with that chosen initially. 33. OTHER METHODS FOR MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS Besides the methods discussed in the previous sections there are others yielding useful results, some of which will be briefly outlined in the following sections. Several methods have been proposed which are beyond the scope of this book, notably the Dirac^Van Vleck 2 vector model, which yields results similar to those given by the method of Slater of Section 30. 33a. Semi-empirical Sets of Screening Constants. One of the methods mentioned in Section 316 consists in building up an approximate wave function for an atom by the use of hydrogen- like single-electron functions with effective nuclear charges determined by the variation method. Instead of giving the effective atomic number Z', it is convenient to use the difference between the true atomic number and the effective atomic num- ber, this difference being called the screening constant. Pauling 3 has obtained sets of screening constants for all atoms, not by the application of the variation method (which is too laborious), but by several types of reasoning based in part on empirical considerations, involving such quantities as x-ray term values and molecular refraction values. It is not< to be expected that wave functions formed in this manner will be of very great accuracy, but for many purposes they are sufficient and for many atoms they are the best available! The results obtained for Rb+ are shown in Figure 32-1. Slater 4 has constructed a similar table, based, however, on Zener's variation-method calculations for the first ten elements (Sec. 316). His screening constants are meant to be used in 1 P. A. M. DIBAC, "The Principles of Quantum Mechanics," Chap. XI. 1 J. H. VAN VLECK, Phys. Rev. 46, 405 (1934). 8 L. PAULING, Proc. Roy. Soc. A 114, 181 (1927); L. PAULINO and J. SHERMAN, Z. f. Krist. 81, 1 (1932). 4 J. C. SLATER, Phys. Rev. 36, 57 (1930). IX-33b] OTHER METHODS FOR MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS 257 functions of the type r n -e~ z ' T instead of in hydrogenlike func- tions, the exponent n' being an effective quantum number. A discussion of an approximate expression for the wave func- tion in the outer regions of atoms and ions and its use in the treatment of various physical properties (polarizability, ioniza- tion potentials, ionic radii, etc.) has been given by Wasastjerna. 1 33b. The Thomas -Fermi Statistical Atom. In treating a system containing a large number of particles statistical methods are frequently applicable, so that it is natural to see if such methods will give approximate results when applied to the collection of electrons which surround the nucleus of a heavy atom. Thomas 2 and Fermi 3 have published such a treatment. In applying statistical mechanics to an electron cloud, it was recognized that it is necessary to use the Fermi-Dirac quantum statistics, based on the Pauli exclusion principle, rather than classical statistics, which is not even approximately correct for an electron gas The distinctions between these have been men- tioned in Section 296 and will be further discussed in Section 49. The statistical treatment of atoms yields electron distributions that are surprisingly good in view of the small number of electrons involved. These results have been widely used for calculating the scattering power of an atom for z-rays and for obtaining an initial field for carrying out the self-consistent-field computations described in the previous section. However, the Thomas-Fermi electron distribution does not show the finer features, such as the concentration of the electrons into shells, which are character- istic of the more refined treatments. Figure 32-1 shows how the Thomas-Fermi results compare with Hartree's and Pauling's calculations for Rb+ . General References on Line Spectra Introductory treatments: L. PAULING and S. GOUDSMIT: "The Structure of Line Spectra," McGraw- Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1930. H. E. WHITE: "Introduction to Atomic Spectra," McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1934. 1 J. A. WASASTJERNA, Soc. Scient. Fennica Comm. Phys.-Math.j vol. 6, Numbers 18-22 (1932). *L. H. THOMAS, Proc. Cambridge Phil Soc. 23, 642 (1927). 3 E. FERMI, Z. f. Phys. 48, 73; 49, 560 (1928). 258 MANY-ELECTRON ATOMS [IX-33b A. E. RUARK and H. C. UREY: "Atoms, Molecules and Quanta," McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1930. A thorough quantum-mechanical treatment: E. U. CONDON and G. H. SHORTLEY: "The Theory of Atomic Spectra," Cambridge University Press, 1935. Tabulation of term values: R. F. BACHER and S. GOUDSMIT: "Atomic Energy States," McGraw- Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1932. CHAPTER X THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES The solution of the wave equation for any but the simplest molecules (some of which are discussed in Chap. XII) is a very difficult problem. However, the empirical results of molecular spectroscopy show that in many cases the energy values bear a simple relation to one another, such that the energy of the molecule (aside from translational energy) can be conveniently considered to be made up of several parts, called the electronic energy, the vibrational energy, and the rotational energy. This is indicated in Figure 34-1, showing some of the energy levels for a molecule of carbon monoxide, as calculated from the observed spectral lines by the Bohr frequency rule (Sec. 5a). It is seen that the energy levels fall into widely separated groups, which are said to correspond to different electronic states of the molecule. For a given electronic state the levels are again divided into groups, which follow one another at nearly equal intervals. These are said to correspond to successive states of vibration of the nuclei. Superimposed on this is the fine structure due to the different states of rotation of the mole- cule, the successive rotational energy levels being separated by larger and larger intervals with increasing rotational energy. This simplicity of structure of the energy levels suggests that it should be possible to devise a method of approximate solution of the wave equation involving its separation into three equa- tions, one dealing with the motion of the electrons, one with the vibrational motion of the nuclei, and one with the rotational motion of the nuclei. A method of this character has been developed and is discussed in the following section. The remaining sections of this chapter are devoted to the detailed treatment of the vibrational and rotational motion of molecules of various types. 34. THE SEPARATION OF ELECTRONIC AND NUCLEAR MOTION By making use of the fact that the mass of every atomic nucleus is several thousand times as great as the mass of an electron, 259 260 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-34 Born and Oppenheimer 1 were able to show that an approximate solution of the complete wave equation for a molecule can be obtained by first solving the wave equation for the electrons cm" 90,000 ~ 80,000 70,000 60,000 wf 50,000 40,000 30,000 20,000 10,000 FIG. 34r-l. Energy levels for the carbon monoxide molecule. On the left are shown various electronic levels, with vibrational fine structure for the normal state, and on the right, with one hundred fold increase of scale, the rotational fine structure for the lowest vibrational level. alone, with the nuclei in a fixed configuration, and then solving a wave equation for the nuclei alone, in which a characteristic energy value of the electronic wave equation, regarded as a 1 M. BOKN and J. R. OPPBNHBIMBB, Ann. d. Phya. 84, 457 (1927). X-34] ELECTRONIC AND NUCLEAR MOTION 261 function of the internuclear distances, occurs as a potential function. Even in its simplest form the argument of Born and Oppenheimer is very long and complicated. On the other hand, the results of their treatment can be very simply and briefly described. Because of these facts, we shall content ourselves with describing their conclusions in detail. The complete wave equation for a molecule consisting of r nuclei and s electrons is y-i t-i in which M t is the mass of the jth nucleus, m the mass of each electron, v, ? the Laplace operator in terms of the coordinates of the jth nucleus, and v ? the same operator for the ith electron. V is the potential energy of the system, of the form _!_ , the sums including each pair of particles once. Here Z/ is the atomic number of the jth nucleus. Let us use the letter to represent the 3r coordinates of the r nuclei, relative to axes fixed in space, and the letter x to repre- sent the 3s coordinates of the s electrons, relative to axes deter- mined by the coordinates of the nuclei (for example, as described in Section 48). Let us also use the letter v to represent the quantum numbers associated with the motion of the nuclei, and n to represent those associated with the motion of the electrons. The principal result of Born and Oppenheimer's treatment is that an approximate solution ^,,(> ) of Equation 34-1 can be obtained of the form The different functions \l> n (x, ), which may be called the electronic wave functions, correspond to different sets of values of the electronic quantum numbers n only, being independent of the nuclear quantum numbers v. On the other hand, each of these functions is a function of the nuclear coordinates as well as the electronic coordinates x. These functions are 262 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-84 obtained by solving a wave equation for the electrons alone, the nuclei being restricted to a fixed configuration. This wave equation is - V(X 9 r, {) = 0. (34-3) t-1 uwj z It is obtained from the complete wave equation 34-1 by omitting the terms involving v/> replacing ^ by t n (x, ), and writing [/() in place of W. The potential function V(x, ) is the complete potential function of Equation 34-1. It is seen that for any fixed set of values of the s nuclear coordinates this equation 3^-3, which we may call the electronic wave equation, is an ordinary wave equation for the s electrons, the potential- energy function V being depend- ent on the values selected for the nuclear coordinates . In con- sequence the characteristic elec- PIG. 34-2. A typical function u(r) for tronic energy values U n and the a diatomic molecule (Morse function). , . f .. , electronic wave functions \// n will also be dependent on the values selected for the nuclear coordinates; we accordingly write them as U n () and tn(x, ). The first step in the treatment of a molecule is to solve this electronic wave equation for all configurations of the nuclei. It is found that the characteristic values U n () of the electronic energy are continuous functions of the nuclear coordinates . For example, for a free diatomic molecule the electronic energy function for the most stable electronic state (n = 0) is a function only of the distance r between the two nuclei, and it is a con- tinuous function of r, such as shown in Figure 34-2. Having evaluated the characteristic electronic energy / n () as a function of the nuclear coordinates for a given set of values of the electronic quantum numbers n by solving the wave equation 34-3 for various nuclear configurations, we next obtain expressions for the nuclear wave functions ^ n ,v({). It was shown by Born and Oppenheimer that these functions are X-35] VIBRATION OF DIATOMIC MOLECULES 263 the acceptable solutions of a wave equation in the nuclear coordinates in which the characteristic electronic energy function t/ n () plays the role of the potential energy; that is, the nuclear wave equation is There is one such equation for each set of values of the electronic quantum numbers n, and each of these equations possesses an extensive set of solutions, corresponding to the allowed values of the nuclear quantum numbers v. The values of W n , v are the characteristic energy values for the entire molecule; they depend on the electronic and nuclear quantum numbers n and v. The foregoing treatment can be formally justified by a pro- cedure involving the expansion of the wave functions and other quantities entering in the complete wave equation 34-1 as power series in (m /M) H , in which M is an average nuclear mass. The physical argument supporting the treatment is that on account of the disparity of masses of electrons and nuclei the electrons carry out many cycles of their motion in the time required for the nuclear configuration to change appreciably, and that in consequence we are allowed to quantize their motion for fixed configurations (by solving the electronic wave equation), and then to use the electronic energy functions as potential energy functions determining the motion of the nuclei. When great accuracy is desired, and in certain cases when only ordinary accuracy is required, it is necessary to consider the coupling between electronic and nuclear motions, and especially between the electronic angular momentum (either spin or orbital) and the rotation of the molecule. We shall not discuss these questions, 1 but shall treat only the simplest problems in the complex field of molecular structure and molecular spectra in the following sections. Some further discussion is also given in Chapter XII and in Section 48 of Chapter XIV. 35. THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF DIATOMIC MOLECULES In the previous section we have stated that an approximate wave function for a molecule can be written as a product of two 1 See the references at the end of the chapter. 264 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-36a factors, one a function of the electronic coordinates relative to the nuclei and the other a function of the nuclear coordinates. In this section we shall consider the nuclear function and the corresponding energy levels for the simplest case, the diatomic molecule, assuming the electronic energy function U n (r) to be known. 35a. The Separation of Variables and Solution of the Angular Equations. The wave equation for the rotation and vibration of a diatomic molecule (Eq. 34-4) has the form in which \[/ n>v = $ n , v (x\, y\ y Zi, x 2 , y^ z 2 ) is the wave function for the nuclear motion, Mi and M 2 are the masses of the two nuclei, and v? =S+5+5' '- 1 ' 2 ' (35 ~ 2) ar, y,, and Zi being the Cartesian coordinates of the ith nucleus relative to axes fixed in space. Equation 35-1 is identical with the wave equation for the hydrogen atom, the two particles here being the two nuclei instead of an electron and a proton. We may therefore refer to the treatment which has already been given of this equation in connection with hydrogen. All the steps are the same until the form for U n (r) is inserted into the radial equation. In Section 18a we have seen that Equation 35-1, expressed in terms of the Cartesian coordinates of the two particles, can be separated into two equations, one describing the translational motion of the molecule and the other its internal motion. The latter has the form 0, (35-3) in which /x, the reduced mass, is given by the equation X-36a] VIBRATION OF DIATOMIC MOLECULES 265 and r, #, $ are polar coordinates of the second nucleus relative to the first as origin. In Section 18a it was also shown that this equation can be separated into three equations in the three variables <p, #, and r, respectively. The solution^ of the <p and $ equations, which are obtained in Sections 186, 18c, and 19, are (35-5) V ^7T and in which P^cos #) is an associated Legendre function (Sec. 196). <i> and are the <p and & factors, respectively, in the product function iKr, 0, ?) = #(r)e(i)*k>). (35-7) Instead of the azimuthal quantum number I, used for the hydro- gen atom, we have here adopted the letter K, and for the magnetic quantum number m we here use M, in agreement with the usual notation for molecular spectra. Both M and K must be integers, for the reasons discussed in Sections 186 and 18c, and, as there shown, their allowed values are K = 0, 1, 2, - - ; M = -K, -K + 1, , K - 1, K. (35-8) Just as in the case of hydrogen, the quantum numbers M and K represent angular momenta (see also Sec. 52), the square of the total angular momentum due to the rotation of the molecule 1 being K(K + !),, (35-9) while the component of this angular momentum in any specially chosen direction (taken as the z direction) is M~ (3&-10) In Section 40d it will be shown that dipole radiation is emitted or absorbed only for transitions in which the quantum number 1 There may be additional angular momentum due to the electrons. 266 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-36b K changes by one unit; i.e., the selection rule for K is AJ = 1. Likewise, the selection rule for M is AM = or 1. The energy of the molecule does not depend on M (unless there is a magnetic field present), so that this rule is not ordinarily of importance in the interpretation of molecular spectra. The equation for R(r) (Eq. 18-26) is (35-11) in which for simplicity we have omitted the subscripts n and v. This may be simplified by the substitution R(r) = s(r), (35-12) which leads to the equation d*S , ^ r 2 I I ~2 I J,2 I rr ^v/j |~ vr. (35-13; 35b. The Nature of the Electronic Energy Function. The solution of the radial equation 35-13 involves a knowledge of the electronic energy function U(r) discussed in Section 34. The theoretical calculation of U(r) requires the solution of the wave equation for the motion of the electrons, a formidable problem which has been satisfactorily treated only for the very simplest molecules, such as the hydrogen molecule (Sec. 43). It is therefore customary to determine U(r) empirically by assuming some reasonable form for it involving adjustable parameters which are determined by a comparison of the observed and calcu- lated energy levels. From the calculations on such simple molecules as the hydrogen molecule and from the experimental results, we know that U(r) for a stable diatomic molecule is similar to the function plotted in Figure 34-2. When the atoms are very far apart (r large), the energy is just the sum of the energies of the two individual atoms. As the atoms approach one another there X-36c] VIBRATION OF DIATOMIC MOLECULES 267 is for stable states a slight attraction which increases with decreasing r, as is shown by the curvature of U in Figure 34-2. For stable molecules, U must have a minimum value at the equilibrium separation r = r e . For smaller values of r, U rises rapidly, corresponding to the high repulsion of atoms "in contact." For most molecules in their lower states of vibration it will be found that the wave function has an appreciable value only in a rather narrow region near the equilibrium position, this having the significance that the amplitude of vibration of most molecules is small compared to the equilibrium separation. This is impor- tant because it means that for these lower levels the nature of the potential function near the minimum is more important than its behavior in other regions. However, for higher vibrational levels, that is, for larger ampli- tudes of vibration, the complete potential function is of impor- tance. The behavior of U in approaching a constant value for larger values of r is of particular significance for these higher levels and is responsible for the fact that if sufficient energy is transferred to the molecule it will dissociate into two atoms. In the following sections two approximations for U(r) will be introduced, the first of which is very simple and the second somewhat more complicated but also more accurate. 36c. A Simple Potential Function for Diatomic Molecules. The simplest assumption which can be made concerning the force between the atoms of a diatomic molecule is that it is proportional to the displacement of the internuclear distance from its equilib- rium value r e . This corresponds to the potential function U(r) = Y 2 k(r - r e )\ (35-14) which is plotted in Figure 35-1. k is the force constant for the molecule, the value of which can be determined empirically from the observed energy levels. A potential-energy function of this type is called a Hooke's-law potential energy function. It is obvious from a comparison of Figures 34r-2 and 35-1 that this simple function is not at all correct for large internuclear distances. Nevertheless, by a proper choice of k a fair approxi- mation to the true U(r) can be achieved in the neighborhood of r = r e . This approximation corresponds to expanding the true U(r) in a Taylor series in powers of (r r) and neglecting all powers above the second, a procedure which is justified only 268 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-35c for small values of r r e . The coefficient of (r r e ) (that is, the constant term) in this expansion can be conveniently set equal to zero without loss of generality so far as the solution of the wave equation is concerned. The linear term in the u(r) Fia. 36-1. Hooke's-law potential function as an approximation to U (r). expansion vanishes, inasmuch as U(r) has a minimum at r = r , --- (r r) 2 . and so the series begins with the term ~ -7-5 Z\ (tr Comparison with Equation 35-14 shows that the force constant i* k is equal to \ Insertion of this form for U(r) into the radial equation 35-13 yields the equation (35-15) which may be transformed by the introduction of the new inde- pendent variable p = r r e (the displacement from the equilib- rium separation) into the equation X(1C + 1)\ _ = 0. Since the approximation which we have used for U(r) is good only for p small compared to r, it is legitimate to introduce the expansion X-36c] VIBRATION OF DIATOMIC MOLECULES 269 \ r a step which leads to the result = 0, (35-16) in which powers of p/r 9 greater than the second have been neglected, and the symbol <r has been introduced, with and I e nr*. I e is called the equilibrium moment of inertia of the molecule. By making a suitable transformation p = f + a, we can eliminate the term containing the first power in the independent variable, obtaining thereby an equation of the same form as Equation 11-1, the wave equation for the harmonic oscillator, which we have previously solved. It is easily verified that the proper value for a is K(K + l)<rr e 3K(K and that the introduction of this transformation into Equation 35-16 yields the equation - fc + 3K(K + 1) f 2 -S = 0. (35-18) We seek the solutions of this equation which make \l/(r, #, <p) of Equation 35-7 a satisfactory wave function. This requires that S vanish for r = and r = oo , the former condition entering because of the relation R = -S. We know the solutions of the r equation which vanish for = oo and f = + oo , since for these boundary conditions the problem is analogous to that of the linear harmonic oscillator (Sec. 11). Because of the rapid 270 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-35c decrease in the harmonic oscillator functions outside of the classically permitted region (see Fig. 11-3), it does not introduce a serious error to consider that the two sets of boundary conditions are practically equivalent, so that as an approximation we may use the harmonic oscillator wave functions for the functions S. The energy levels are, therefore, using the results of Section lla, Wv . K = K(K + 1), - -W+^-> + ( + 1)*, (35-19) in which and v is the vibrational quantum number (corresponding to the quantum number n for the harmonic oscillator), which can take on the values 0, 1, 2, . The functions S(f) are (Sec. 11) (35-21) in which a = 4ar*iJ.v' e /h and f = p o=r r e a, and // is the vth Hermite polynomial. The values of k, r f , and <r for actual molecules are of such magnitudes that the expression for W can be considerably simpli- fied without loss of accuracy by the use of the expansions 3K(K . _ ~ Introducing these into Equation 35-19, we obtain for W the expression in which only the first terms of the expansions have been used and the symbol v e is given by X-36d] VIBRATION OF DIATOMIC MOLECULES 271 . = ^* (35-22) Replacing k by its expression in terms of v e and introducing the value of Equation 35-17 for <r, we finally obtain for W the expression K(K + D. - -. (35-23) The first term is evidently the vibrational energy of the mole- cule, considered as a harmonic oscillator. The second term is the energy of rotation, assuming that the molecule is a rigid body, 1 while the third term is the correction which takes account of the stretching of the actual, non-rigid molecule due to the rotation. The terms of higher order are unreliable because of the inaccuracy of the assumed potential function. The experimental data for most molecules fit Equation 35-23 fairly well. For more refined work additional correction terms are needed, one of which will be obtained in the next section. 35d. A More Accurate Treatment. The Morse Function. The simple treatment which we have just given fails to agree with experiment in that it yields equally spaced levels, whereas the observed vibrational levels show a convergence for increasing values of v. In order to obtain this feature a potential function U(r) is required which is closer to the true U(r) described in 1 This is seen by allowing k to become infinite, causing the third term to vanish (because p e >). A rigid molecule would have no vibrationai energy, so the first term would become an additive constant. The rigid rotator is often discussed as a separate problem, with the wave equation 1 d ( d -- ( sin t? sin tf d#\ d 1 dV 87T 2 / + -- - + -- HV = 0, (35-24) sin 2 & dv* h* . the solutions of which are ^ = &M M&KM (tf), in which <I> and are given by h 2 Equations 35-5 and 35-6. The energy levels are WK = K(K + 1) - : OTT 2 / The rigid rotator is of course an idealization which does not occur in nature. Another idealized problem is the rigid rotator in a plane, for which the wave equation is dV Sir 2 / The solutions are ^ = sin M<p and ^ = cos M<p, M = 0, 1, 2, , and the energy levels are WM = MV/S^I (Sec. 25a). 272 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-35d Section 356, especially with regard to its behavior for large values of r. Morse 1 proposed a function of the form f/(r) = D{1 - e-**-" M 2 , (35^26) which is plotted in Figure 34r-2. It has a minimum value of zero at r = r e and approaches a finite value D for r large. It therefore agrees with the qualitative considerations of Section 356 except for its behavior at r = 0. At this point the true U(r) is infinite, whereas the Morse function is finite. However, the Morse function is very large at this point, and this deficiency is not a serious one. With the introduction of this function, the radial equation 35-13 becomes 2Z) 6 -<r-r )) U = o. (35-27) If we make the substitutions y = -<".> and A = K(K + l)2> (35-28) the radial equation becomes ydy a 2 The quantity r 2 /r 2 may be expanded in terms of y in the following way: 2 ? /n \ ~ + - , (35^30) the series being the Taylor expansion of the second expression in powers of (y 1). Using the first three terms of this expan- sion in Equation 35-29 we obtain the result 1 P. M. MORSE, Phys. Rev. 34, 57 (1929). 1 This treatment is due to C. L. Pekeris, Phys. Rev. 46, 98 (1934). Morse solved the equation for the case K = only. X-35d] VIBRATION OF DIATOMIC MOLECULES 273 d*S IdS dy* + ydy in which - D - CQ 2D - ,2 I - D - C2\S = 0, (35-31) The substitutions (35-32) (35-33) 6 2 = - simplify Equation 35-31 considerably, yielding the equation dz* in which (35-35) Equation 35-34 is closely related to the radial equation 18-37 of the hydrogen atom and may be solved in exactly the same manner. If this is done, it is found that it is necessary to restrict v to the values 0, 1, 2, in order to obtain a poly- nomial solution. 1 If we solve for W by means of Equations 35-35 and the definitions of Equations 35-33, 35-32, and 35-28, we obtain the equation (D ~ 1 The solutions for v integral satisfy the boundary conditions F > as _ > oo instead of as r (Sec. 36c). 274 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-36c By expanding in terms of powers of ci/D and c 2 /Z>, this relatior may be brought into the form usually employed in the study ol observed spectra; namely, K(K DJP(K + I) 2 - .( + Y 2 )K(K + 1), (35-36) in which c is the velocity of light, and 1 a J2D * = 3SVT hv e c = 40' h B e = D e = - (35-37J For nearly all molecules this relation gives very accurate values for the energy levels; for a few molecules only is it neces- sary to consider further refinements. We shall not discuss the wave functions for this problem, They are given in the two references quoted. Problem 35-1. Another approximate potential function which has beer used for diatomic molecules 2 is Obtain the energy levels for a diatomic molecule with such a potential func- tion, using the polynomial method. (Hint: Follow the procedure of Sec. IS closely.) Expand the expression for the energy so obtained in powers ol (K + I) 2 - and compare with Equation 35-23. Also obtain the positioi A1 2 > of the minimum of U(r) and the curvature of U(r) at the minimum. Problem 35-2. Solve Equation 35-35 for the energy levels. 1 The symbol o> is often used in place of ?. 2 E. FUES, Ann. d. Phys. 80, 367 (1926). X-86a] THE ROTATION OF POLYATOMIC MOLECULES 275 36. THE ROTATION OF POLYATOMIC MOLECULES The straightforward way to treat the rotational and vibrational motion of a polyatomic molecule would be to set up the wave equation for ^ n ,v() (Eq. 34-4), introducing for C/ n () an expres- sion obtained either by solution of the electronic wave equation 34-3 or by some empirical method, and then to solve this nuclear wave equation, using some approximation method if necessary. This treatment, however, has proved to be so difficult that it is customary to begin by making the approximation of neglecting all interaction between the rotational motion and the vibrational motion of the molecule. 1 The nuclear wave equation can then be separated into two equations, one, called the rotational wave equation, representing the rotational motion of a rigid body. In the following paragraphs we shall discuss this equation, first for the special case of the so-called symmetrical-top molecules, for which two of the principal moments of inertia are equal (Sec. 36a), and then for the unsymmetrical-top molecules, for which the three principal moments of inertia are unequal (Sec. 366). The second of the two equations into which the nuclear wave equation is separated is the vibrational wave equation, representing the vibrational motion of the non-rotating molecule. This equation will be treated in Section 37, with the usual simplifying assumption of Hooke's-law forces, the potential energy being expressed as a quadratic function of the nuclear coordinates. 36a. The Rotation of Symmetrical-top Molecules. A rigid body in which two of the three principal moments of inertia 2 1 See, however, C. ECKART, Phys. Rev. 47, 552 (1935); J. H. VAN VLECK, ibid. 47, 487 (1935); D. M. DENNISON and M. JOHNSON, ibid. 47, 93 (1935). 2 Every body has three axes the use of which permits the kinetic energy to be expressed in a particularly simple form. These are called the principal axes of inertia. The moment of inertia about a principal axis is defined by the expression /pr 2 dr, in which p is the density of matter in a given volume element dr, r is the perpendicular distance of this element from the axis iii question, and the integration is over the entire volume of the solid. For *, discussion of this question see J. C. Slater and N. II. Frank, " Introduction to Theoretical Physics," p. 94, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1933. In case that a molecule possesses an n-fold symmetry axis with n greater than 2 (such as ammonia, with a three-fold axis), then two principal moments of inertia about axes perpendicular to this symmetry axis are equal, and the 276 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-36a are equal is called a symmetrical top. Its position in space is best described by the use of the three Eulerian angles #, <p, and x shown in Figure 36-1. tf and v are the ordinary polar-coordinate angles of the axis of the top while x (usually called ^) is the angle measuring the rotation about this axis. Since we have considered only assemblages of point particles heretofore, we have not given the rules for setting up the wave equation for a rigid body. We shall not discuss these rules here 1 but shall take the wave equation for the symmetrical top Fia. 36-1. Diagram showing Eulerian angles. from the work of others. 2 Using C to represent the moment of inertia about the symmetry axis and A the two other equal moments of inertia, this wave equation is molecule is a symmetrical top. A two-fold axis does not produce a symmet- rical-top molecule (example, water). If the molecule possesses two or more symmetry axes with n greater than 2, it is called a spherical-top molecule, all three moments of inertia being equal. 1 Since the dynamics of rigid bodies is based on the dynamics of particles, these rules must be related to the rules given in Chapter IV. For a dis- cussion of a method of finding the wave equation for a system whose Hamil- tonian is not expressed in Cartesian coordinates, see B. Podolsky, Phys. Rev. 32, 812 (1928), and for the specific application to the symmetrical top see the references below. 2 F. REICHE and H. RADEMACHEB, Z. f. Phys. 39, 444 (1926); 41, 453 (1927); R. DE L. KRONIQ and I. I. RABI, Phys. Rev. 29, 262 (1927). D. M. DENNISON, Phys. Rev. 28, 318 (1926), was the first to obtain the energy levels for this system, using matrix mechanics rather than wave mechanics. JC-36a] THE ROTATION OF POLYATOMIC MOLECULES 277 1 di The angles x and <p do not occur in this equation, although derivatives with respect to them do. They are therefore cyclic coordinates (Sec. 17), and we know that they enter the wave function in the following manner: ^ = Q(&)e iMlf> e iK x, (36-2) in which M and K have the integral values 0, 1, 2, . Substitution of this expression in the wave equation confirms this, yielding as the equation in # 1 d sin & c 2 COS 2 KM T^-Wf^ = 0. (36-3) We see that $ = and # = w are singular points for this equation (Sec. 17). It is convenient to eliminate the trigonometric functions by the change of variables at the same time introducing the abbreviation the result being The singular points, which are regular points, have now been shifted to the points and 1 of x, so that the indicial equation must be obtained at each of these points. Making the sub- stitution T(x) = x'G(x), we find by the procedure of Section 17 that s equals %\K M|, while the substitution T(x) = (1 - xYH(l - x) 278 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-36a yields a value of %\K + M\ for s f . Following the method of Section 18c we therefore make the substitution 9(tf) = T(x) = X W*-*(1 - x)W*+*V(x), (36-7) which leads to the equation 1 for F (a - 0*) + 7F = 0, (36-8) in which a = \K - M\ + I, ft = \K + M \ + \K - M\ + 2. and 7 - \ + K* - (Yt\K + M\+ y z \K - M\)Q4\K + M\ + Y Z \K -M\ + i). We can now apply the polynomial method to this equation by substituting the series expression F(x) = in Equation 36-8. The recursion formula which results is For this to break off after the jth term (the series is not an acceptable wave function unless it terminates), it is necessary for the numerator of Equation 36-9 to vanish, a condition which leads to the equation for the energy levels fc (J(J + 1) / 1 1\\ Wj ' K = * +K ~ J (36 " 10) in which J = j + M\K + M\ + Y 2 \K - M\, (36-11) that is, J is equal to, or larger than, the larger of the two quan- tities \K\ and \M\. The quantum number J is therefore zero or a positive integer, so that we have as the allowed values of the three quantum numbers J = 0, 1, 2, , ) K = 0, 1, 2, - - , J\ (36-12) M =0, 1, 2, - - , J.) 1 This equation is well known to mathematicians as the hypergeomelric equation. X-S6a] THE ROTATION OF POLYATOMIC MOLECULES 279 A 2 It can be shown that J(J + 1) j-; is the square of the total angular momentum, while Kh/2ir is the component of angular momentum along the symmetry axis of the top and Mh/2w the component along an arbitrary axis fixed in space. 55 wt 54 -55 -53 44 -52 -51 43 50 -4E -32 -31 30 -E2 -ei 20 -10 .00 -54 50 43 -4Z 41 40 30 -00 A*C A-fC Fio. 3&-2. Energy-level diagram for symmetrical- top molecule, with A 2(7 and with .4. * J^C. Values of the quantum numbers / and K are given for each level. When K is zero, the expression for W reduces to that for the simple rotator in space, given in a footnote in Section 35c. The energy does not depend on M or on the sign of K, and hence the degeneracy of a level with given J is 2 J + 1 or 4 J + 2, depend- ing on whether K is equal to zero or not. The appearance 1 of the set of energy levels depends on the relative magnitudes of A and (7, as shown in Figure 3&-2. 1 For a discussion of the nature of these energy levels and of the spectral lines arising from them, see D. M. Dennison, Rev. Mod. Phys. 3, 280 (1931). 280 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-86b The wave functions can be constructed by the use of the recursion formula 36-9. In terms of the hypergeometric functions 1 F(a, 6; c; a;), the wave function is i>jK*(&, <?, x) = F(-J + y 2 p-l,J + y 2 p;l + \K- M\;x), in which x = %(1 cos #) and (2J+l)(J+y 2 \K+M\+y 2 \K-M\)\ (j+y 2 \K+M\-y 2 \K-M\)\) In case that all three principal moments of inertia of a molecule are equal, the molecule is called a spherical-top molecule (examples: methane, carbon tetrachloride, sulfur hexafluoride). The energy levels in this case assume a particularly simple form (Problem 36-2). It has been found possible to discuss the rotational motion of molecules containing parts capable of free rotation relative to other parts of the molecule. Nielsen 2 ha? treated the ethane molecule, assuming the two methyl groups to rotate freely relative to one another about the C-C axis, and La Coste 3 has similarly discussed the tetramethylmethane molecule, assuming free rotation of each of the four methyl groups about the axis connecting it with the central carbon atom. Problem 36-1. Using Equation 36-9, construct the polynomial F(x) for the first few sets of quantum numbers. Problem 36-2. Set up the expression for the rotational energy levels for a spherical-top molecule, and discuss the degeneracy of the levels. Calcu- late the term values for the six lowest levels for the methane molecule, assuming the C-H distance to be 1 .06 A. 36b. The Rotation of Unsymmetrical-top Molecules. The treatment of the rotational motion of a molecule with all three principal moments of inertia different (called an unsymmetrical- top molecule) is a much more difficult problem than that of the preceding section for the symmetrical top. We shall outline a 1 The hypergeometric function is discussed in Whittaker and Watson, "Modern Analysis," Chap. XIV. * H. H. NIELSEN, Phys. Rev. 40, 445 (1932). 'L. J. B. LA COSTE. Phw. Rev. 46. 718 (1934). X-36b] THE ROTATION OF POLYATOMIC MOLECULES 281 procedure which has been used with success in the interpretation of the spectra of molecules of this type. Let us write the wave equation symbolically as Ht = W$. (36-15) Inasmuch as the known solutions of the wave equation for a symmetrical-top molecule form a complete set of orthogonal functions (discussed in the preceding section), we can expand the wave function \f/ in terms of them, writing (36-16) JKM in which we use the symbol ^ JKM to represent the symmetrical-top wave functions for a hypothetical molecule with moments of inertia A Q , B Q ( = AQ), and Co. If we now set up the secular equation corresponding to the use of the series of Equation 36-16 as a solution of the unsymmetrical-top wave equation (Sec. 27a), we find that the only integrals which are not zero are those between functions with the same values of J and M, so that the secular equation immediately factors into equations corre- sponding to variation functions of the type 1 +J K -- J On substituting this expression in the wave equation 36-15, we obtain the equation (36-18) in which for simplicity we have omitted the subscripts J and M, the argument from now on being understood to refer to definite values of these two quantum numbers. On multiplication by ^J,* and integration, this equation leads to the following set of simultaneous homogeneous linear equations in the coefficients a K : (36-19) in which SLK has the value 1 f or L = K and otherwise, and HLK 1 The same result follows from the observation that J and M correspond to the total angular momentum of the system and its component along a fixed axis in space (see Sec. 52, Chap. XV). 282 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-87a represents the integral ^l*H^ Q K dr. This set of equations has a solution only for values of W satisfying the secular equation -J,-J W H-J,-J+I - H-J.J //_/+!,_/ H-j+i,-j+\ W H- J+ i,j = 0. (36-20) HJ,~J HJ,-J+I Hj tJ W These values of W are then the allowed values for the rotational energy of the unsymmetrical-top molecule. Wang 1 has evaluated the integrals HLK and shown that the secular equation can be further simplified. The application in the interpretation of the rotational fine structure of spectra has been carried out in several cases, including water, 2 hydrogen sulfide, 3 and formaldehyde. 4 37. THE VIBRATION OF POLYATOMIC MOLECULES The vibrational motion of polyatomic molecules is usually treated with an accuracy equivalent to that of the simple dis- cussion of diatomic molecules given in Section 35c, that is, with the assumption of Hooke's-law forces between the atoms. When greater accuracy is needed, perturbation methods are employed. Having made the assumption of Hookers-law forces, we employ the method of normal coordinates to reduce the problem to soluble form. This method is applicable whether we use classical mechanics or quantum mechanics. Inasmuch as the former provides a simpler introduction to the method, we shall consider it first. 37a. Normal Coordinates in Classical Mechanics. Let the positions of the n nuclei in the molecule be described by giving the Cartesian coordinates of each nucleus referred to the equilibrium position of that nucleus as origin, as shown in Figure 37-1. Let us call these coordinates q{, q'^ , gj n . In terms of them we may write the kinetic energy of the molecule in the form 1 S. C. WANG, Phys. Rev. 34, 243 (1929). See also H. A. KRAMERS and G. P. ITTMANN, Z. f. Phys. 53, 553 (1929); 68, 217 (1929); 60, 663 (1930); O. KLEIN, Z. f. Phys. 58, 730 (1929); E. E. WITMER, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sri. 13, 60 (1927); H. H. NIELSEN, Phys. Rev. 38, 1432 (1931). R. MECKE, Z. /. Phys. 81, 313 (1933). 8 P. C. CROSS, Phya. Rev. 47, 7 (1935). 4 G. H. DIEKE and G. B. KIBTIAKOWSKY, Phya. Rev. 46, 4 (1934). X-S7a] THE VIBRATION OF POLYATOMIC MOLECULES 3n 283 (37-1) t-1 in which M , is the mass of the nucleus with coordinate q(. By changing the scale of the coordinates by means of the relation i = 1, 2, - , 3n, (37-2) we can eliminate the masses from the kinetic energy expression, obtaining T = ^fl. (37-3) The potential energy V depends on the mutual positions of the nuclei and therefore upon the coordinates #,. If we restrict Origin 6 1 1 <* 4*5*6 Origin Origin Fia. 37-1. Coordinates q{ . . . q t ' n of atoms measured relative to equilibrium positions. ourselves to a discussion of small vibrations, we may expand V as a Taylor series in powers of the g's, (37-4) 284 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-37a in which b,,- is given by , _ " ~ and the subscript means that the derivatives are evaluated at the point q\ = 0, # 2 = 0, etc. If we choose our zero of energy so that V equals zero when g i; g 2 , etc. are zero, then F is zero. Likewise the second term is zero, because by our choice of coordi- nate axes the equilibrium position is the configuration qi = 0, <7 2 = 0, etc., and the condition for equilibrium is i = 1, 2, , 3n. (37-5) Neglecting higher terms, we therefore write <?7, (37-6) Using the coordinates q t , we now set up the classical equations of motion in the Lagrangian form (Sec. Ic). In this case the kinetic energy T 7 is a function of the velocities q* only, and the potential energy V is a function of the coordinates qi only, and in consequence the Lagrangian equations have the form d(dT\ dV dt\dqj + dq k = 0, k = 1, 2, - , 3n. (37-7) On introducing the above expressions for T and V we obtain the equations of motion ft + 5)M< = 0, k = 1, 2, , 3n. (37-8) i In case that the potential-energy function involves only squares #? and no cross-products q v qj with i ^ j; that is, if b i} vanishes for i ^ j, then these equations of motion can be solved at once. They have the form q k + b kk q k = 0, k = 1, 2, , 3n, (37-9) the solutions of which are (Sec. la) q k = q* sin (V^ + *), * = 1, 2, , 3n, (37-10) in which the q%'s are amplitude constants and the 8 k s phase constants of integration. In this special case, then, each of the X-37a] THE VIBRATION OF POLYATOMIC MOLECULES 285 coordinates q k undergoes harmonic oscillation, the frequency being determined by the constant b kk . Now it is always possible by a simple transformation of variables to change the equations of motion from the form 37-8 to the form 37-9; that is, to eliminate the cross-products from the potential energy and at the same time retain the form 37-3 for the kinetic energy. Let us call these new coordinates Qi(l = 1, 2, , 3n). In terms of them the kinetic and the potential energy would be written l (37-11) i and V = l A^\iQl (37-12) i and the solutions of the equations of motion would be Qi = QJsin (V\it + 5i), I = 1, 2, , 3rc. (37-13) Instead of finding the equations of transformation from the q's to the Q's by the consideration of the kinetic and potential energy functions, we shall make use of the equations of motion. In case that all of the amplitude constants Qi are zero except one, Qi, say, then Qi will vary with the time in accordance with Equation 37-13, and, inasmuch as the g's are related to the Q's by the linear relation 3n (37-H) each of the q's will vary with the time in the same way, namely, q k = A k sin (\/M + fii), k = 1, 2, , 3n. (37-15) In these equations A k represents the product B k \Q\ 9 and X the quantity Xi, inasmuch as we selected Q\ as the excited coordinate; the new symbols are introduced for generality. On substituting these expressions in the equations of motion 37-8, we obtain the set of equations 3n -\A k + ^b ik Ai = 0, k = 1,2, , 3n. (37-16) i-l This is a set of 3n simultaneous linear homogeneous equations in the 3n unknown quantities A k . As we know well by this time 286 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-37a (after Sees. 24, 26d, etc.), this set of equations possesses a solution other than the trivial one AI = A 2 = =0 only when the corresponding determinantal equation (the secular equation of perturbation and variation problems) is satisfied. This equa- tion is 11 X 612 ' ' &l3n 621 022 X 2 3 n n /Q 7 1 ^x u - \OI-1IJ In other words, Equation 37-15 can represent a solution of the equations of motion only when X has one of the 3n values which satisfy Equation 37-17. (Some of these roots may be equal.) Having found one of these roots, we can substitute it in Equation 37-16 and solve for the ratios 1 of the A's. If we put Au = B M Ql (37-18) and introduce the extra condition M = J > (37-19) in which the subscript I specifies which root \i of the secular equation has been used, then we can determine the values of the B k i%, Q5 being left arbitrary. By this procedure we have obtained 3n particular solutions of the equations of motion, one for each root of the secular equation. A general solution may be obtained by adding all of these together, a process which yields the equations 3n QJBfci sin (VXrf + Si). (37-20) This solution of the equations of motion contains 6n arbitrary constants, the amplitudes Q Q t and the phases 6j, which in any particular case are determined from a knowledge of the initial positions and velocities of the n nuclei. We have thus solved the classical problem of determining the positions of the nuclei as a function of the time, given any set of initial conditions. Let us now discuss the nature of the 1 These equations are homogeneous, so that only the ratios of the A' a can be determined. The extra condition 37-19 on the B's then allows them to be completely determined. X-37a] THE VIBRATION OF POLYATOMIC MOLECULES 287 solution. As mentioned above, if we start the molecule vibrating in such a way that all the Q's except one, say Q?, are zero, the solution is q k = Q Q iB kl sin (Vxl* + 50, k = 1, 2, , 3n, (37-21) which shows that each of the nuclei carries out a simple harmonic oscillation about its equilibrium position with the frequency (37-22) All of the nuclei move with the same frequency and the same phase; that is, they all pass through their equilibrium positions at the same time and reach their positions of maximum amplitude at the same time. These amplitudes, however, are not the same for the differ- ent nuclei but depend on the values of the BH'S and upon the initial amplitude, which is determined by Q?. A vibration governed by Equation 37-21 and therefore having these prop- erties is called a normal mode FIG. 37-2.One of the normal modes of vibration of a symmetrical triatomic of Vibration of the System (see molecule. Each of the atoms moves in Fiff 372^ an< ^ ou * a l n 8 a r& dial direction as shown . . , by the arrows. All the atoms move with It is not required, however, the same frequency and phase, and in this that the nuclei have initial special case with the same amplitude. amplitudes and velocities such that the molecule undergo such a special motion. We can start the molecule off in any desired man- ner, with the general result that many of the constants Q? will be different from zero. In such a case the subsequent motion of the nuclei may be thought of as corresponding to a superposition of normal vibrations, each with its own frequency ^/\i/2ir and amplitude Q. The actual motion may be very complicated, although the normal modes of vibration themselves are fre- quently quite simple. The normal coordinates of the system are the coordinates Qi, which we introduced in Equation 37-14. These coordinates specify the configuration of the system just as definitely as the original coordinates q*. 288 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-37b The expansion of V given in Equation 37-4 is not valid except when the nuclei stay near their equilibrium positions. That is, we have assumed that the molecule is not undergoing transla- tional or rotational motion as a whole. Closely related to this is the fact, which we shall not prove, that zero occurs six 1 times among the roots \i of the secular equation. The six normal modes of motion corresponding to these roots, which are not modes of vibration because they have zero frequency, are the three motions of translation in the x, y, and z directions and the three motions of rotation about the x, y, and z axes. 37b. Normal Coordinates in Quantum Mechanics. It can be shown 2 that when the coefficients B k i of Equation 37-14 are determined in the manner described in the last section, the introduction of the transformation 37-14 for the Qk's into the expression for the potential energy yields the result V = (37-23) that is, the transformation to normal coordinates has eliminated the cross-products from the expression for the potential energy. In addition, this transformation has the property of leaving the expression for the kinetic energy unchanged in form; 3 i.e., T = ( 3 7-24) These properties of the normal coordinates enable us to treat the problem of the vibrations of polyatomic molecules by the methods of quantum mechanics. The wave equation for the nuclear motion of a molecule is y-i in which \l/ represents the nuclear wave function ^ n ,i() of Equa- 1 This becomes five for linear molecules, which have only two degrees of rotational freedom. 2 For a proof of this see E. T. Whittaker, "Analytical Dynamics," Sec. 77, Cambridge University Press, 1927. 3 A transformation which leaves a simple sum of squares unaltered is called an orthogonal transformation. X-37bl THE VIBRATION OF POLYATOMIC MOLECULES 289 tion 34-4. In terms of the Cartesian coordinates q( previously described (Fig. 37-1), we write n 3n By changing the scale of the coordinates as indicated by Equation 37-2 we eliminate the ATs, obtaining for the wave equation the expression 3n 2|| + 1?^ - V)* = 0. (37-27) i = l We now introduce the normal coordinates Qi. The reader can easily convince himself that an orthogonal transformation will leave the form of the first sum in the wave equation unaltered, so that, using also Equation 37-23, we obtain the wave equation in the form /=! This equation, however, is immediately separable into 3n one-dimensional equations. We put t = WQi)WQ 2 ) - ^n(Qan), (37-29) and obtain the equations each of which is identical with the equation for the one-dimen- sional harmonic oscillator (Sec. lla). The total energy W is the sum of the energies Wk associated with each normal coordi- nate; that is, 3n W = JTP*. (37-31) jfc-i The energy levels of the harmonic oscillator were found in Section lla to have the values (v + fyfihvo, where v is the quan- tum number and v the classical frequency of the oscillator. Applying this to the problem of the polyatomic molecule, we see that 290 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-88 W = W * = (* + ^) A "*' (37-32) k k in which v k is the quantum number (v k = 0, 1, 2, ) and the classical frequency of the fcth normal mode of vibration. We have already seen (from Eq. 37-22) that (37-33) The energy-level diagram of a polyatomic molecule is therefore quite complex. If, however, we consider only the fundamental frequencies emitted or absorbed by such a molecule; that is, the frequencies due to a change of only one quantum number v k by one unit, we see that these frequencies are vi, *> 2 , , vz n \ that is, they are the classical frequencies of motion of the molecule. This type of treatment has been very useful as a basis for the interpretation of the vibrational spectra of polyatomic molecules. Symmetry considerations have been widely employed to simplify the solution of the secular equation and in that connection the branch of mathematics known as group theory has been very helpful. 1 38. THE ROTATION OF MOLECULES IN CRYSTALS In the previous sections we have discussed the rotation and vibration of free molecules, that is, of molecules in the gas phase. There is strong evidence 2 that molecules and parts of molecules in many crystals can rotate if the temperature is sufficiently high. The application 2 - 3 of quantum mechanics to this problem has led to a clarification of the nature of the motion of a molecule within a crystal which is of some interest. The problem is closely related to that dealing with the rotation of one part of a molecule relative to the other parts, such as the rotation of methyl groups in hydrocarbon molecules. 4 1 C. J. BBBSTER, Z. f. Phys. 24, 324 (1924); E. WIGNER, Gottinger Nachr. 133 (1930); G. PLACZEK, Z. f. Phys. 70, 84 (1931); E. B. WILSON, JR., Phys. Rev. 46, 706 (1934); /. Chem. Phys. 2, 432 (1934); and others. *L. PAULING, Phys. Rev. 36, 430 (1930). This paper discusses the mathematics of the plane rotator in a crystal as well as the empirical evidence for rotation. 8 T. E. STERN, Proc. Roy. Soc. A 130, 551 (1931). 4 E. TELLER and K. WEIGERT, Gdttinger Nachr. 218 (1933); J. E. LENNARD-JONES and H. H. M. PIKE, Trans. Faraday Soc. 30, 830 (1934). X-S8] THE ROTATION OF MOLECULES IN CRYSTALS 291 The wave equation for a diatomic molecule in a crystal, con- sidered as a rigid rotator, obtained by introducing V into the equation for the free rotator given in a footnote of Section 35c, is 1 sin 1 S + TT OF - F)* - 0, (38-1) sin # ( in which # and <p are the polar coordinates of the axis and 7 is the moment of inertia of the molecule. The potential function V is introduced as an approximate description of the effects of the other molecules of the crystal upon the molecule in question. 2V - e -+- Fio. 38-1. Idealized potential function for a symmetrical diatomic molecule in a crystal. If the molecule being studied is made up of like atoms, such as is 62 or H 2 , then a reasonable form to assume for V is V = F (l - cos 20), (38-2) which is shown in Figure 38-1. Turning a symmetrical molecule end for end does not change V, as is shown in the figure by the periodicity of V with period w. The wave equation 38-1 with the above form for V has been studied by Stern, 1 who used the mathematical treatment given by A. H. Wilson. 2 We shall not reproduce their work, although the method of solution is of some interest. The first steps are exactly the same as in the solution of the equation discussed in Section 18c except that a three-term recursion formula is obtained. The method of obtaining the energy levels from this three-term formula is then similar to the one which is discussed in Section 42c, where a similar situation is encountered. We have referred to the case of free rotation of methyl groups at the end of Section 36a. 1 T. E. STERN, loc. cit. 1 A. H. WILSON, Proc. Roy. Soc. A 118, 628 (1928). 292 THE ROTATION AND VIBRATION OF MOLECULES [X-38 The results obtained may best be described by starting with the two limiting cases. When the energy of the molecule is small compared with F (i.e., at low temperatures), then the potential function can be regarded as parabolic in the neighbor- hood of the minima and we expect, as is actually found, that the energy levels will be those of a two-dimensional harmonic oscillator and that the wave functions will show that the molecule oscillates about either one of the two positions of equilibrium, with little tendency to turn end over end. When the molecule is in a state with energy large compared with F (i.e., at high temperatures), the wave functions and energy levels approximate those of the free rotator (Sec. 35c, footnote), the end-over-end motion being only slightly influenced by the potential energy. In the intermediate region, the quantum-mechanical treatment shows that there is a fairly sharp but nevertheless continuous transition between oscillation and rotation. In other words, for a given energy there is a definite probability of turning end over end, in sharp contrast with the results of classical mechanics, which are that the molecule either has enough energy to rotate or only enough to oscillate. The transition between rotation and oscillation takes place roughly at the temperature T = 2F /fc, where fc is Boltzmann's constant. This temperature lies below the melting point for a number of crystals, such as hydrogen chloride, methane, and the ammonium halides, and is recognizable experimentally as a transition point in the heat-capacity curve. For solid hydrogen even the lowest energy level is in the rotational region, a fact which is" of considerable significance in the application of the third law of thermodynamics. Problem 38-1. Considering the above system as a perturbed rigid rota- tor, study the splitting of the rotator levels by the field, indicating by an energy-level diagram the way in which the components of the rotator levels begin to change as the perturbation is increased. General References A. E. RUARK and H. C. UREY: "Atoms, Molecules and Quanta," Chap. XII, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1930. A general discussion of the types of molecular spectra found experimentally, with the theoretical treatment of some of them. W. WBIZEL: " Bandenspektren, " Handbuch der Experimentalphysik (Wien-Harms), Erganzungsband I. A complete discussion of the theory X-88] THE ROTATION OF MOLECULES IN CRYSTALS 293 and results for diatomic molecules, with some reference to polyatomic molecules. D. M. DENNISON: Rev. Mod. Phys. 3, 280 (1931). A discussion of the methods of treating the rotational and vibrational spectra of polyatomic molecules. R. DE L. KRONIO: "Band Spectra and Molecular Structure," Cambridge University Press, 1930. The theory of diatomic spectra, including con- sideration of electron spins. A. SCHAEFER and F. MATOSSI: "Das Ultrarote Spektrum," Julius Springer, Berlin, 1930. Methods, theory, and results of infrared spectroscopy. K. W. F. KOHLRAUSCH: "Der Smekal-Raman-Effekt," Julius Springer, Berlin, 1931. G. PLACZEK: " Rayleigh-Streuung und Ramaneffekfc," Handbuch der Radiologie, Vol.' VI, Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft, Leipzig, 1934. E. TELLER: "Theorie der langwelligen Molekiilspektren," Hand- und Jahrbuch der chemischen Physik, Vol. IX, Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft, Leipzig, 1934. CHAPTER XI PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME, THE EMISSION AND ABSORPTION OF RADIATION, AND THE RESONANCE PHENOMENON 39. THE TREATMENT OF A TIME-DEPENDENT PERTURBATION BY THE METHOD OF VARIATION OF CONSTANTS There have been developed two essentially different wave- mechanical perturbation theories. The first of these, due to Schrodinger, provides an approximate method of calculating energy values and wave functions for the stationary states of a system under the influence of a constant (time-independent) perturbation. We have discussed this theory in Chapter VI. The second perturbation theory, which we shall -treat in the following paragraphs, deals with the time behavior of a system under the influence of a perturbation; it permits us to discuss such questions as the probability of transition of the system from one unperturbed stationary state to another as the result of the perturbation. (In Section 40 we shall apply the theory to the problem of the emission and absorption of radiation.) The theory was developed by Dirac. 1 It is often called the theory of the variation of constants; the reason for this name will be evident from the following discussion. Let us consider an unperturbed system with wave equation including the time #0*0 = h 2in the normalized general solution of which is (39-2) *P. A. M. DIRAC, Proc. Roy. Soc. A 112, 661 (1926); A 114, 243 (1927). Less general discussions were also given by Schrddinger in his fourth 1926 paper and by J. C. Slater, Proc. Nat. Acad. Set. 13, 7 (1927). 294 XI-39] TIME-DEPENDENT PERTURBATION 295 in which the a n 's are constants, with 2,a*a n = 1, and the are the time-dependent wave functions for the stationary states, the corresponding energy values being W Q> TF?, , Wnt Now let us assume that the Hamiltonian for the actual system contains in addition to H (which is independent of t) a perturbing term H', which may be a function of the time as well as of the coordinates of the system. 1 (For example, H f might be zero except during the period t\ < t < h, the perturbation then being effective only during this period.) Since we desire to express our results in terms of the unperturbed wave functions including the time, we must consider the Schrod- inger time equation for the system. This equation is <* + *'>*--3sir (39 - 3) A wave function satisfying this equation is a function of the time and of the coordinates of the system. For a given value of t, say t r , ^f(t f ) is a function of the coordinates alone. By the general expansion theorem of Section 22 it can be represented as a series involving the complete set of orthogonal wave functions for the unperturbed system, -,**, O, (39-4) the symbol j(si, , Z N , t') indicating that t f is introduced in place of t in the exponential time factors. The quantities a n are constants. For any other value of t a similar expansion can be made, involving different values of the constants a n . A general solution of the wave equation 39-3 can accordingly be written as , Z N , t) = 2^*2(*i, -,**, 0, (39-5) the quantities a n (t) being functions of t alone, such as to cause SP to satisfy the wave equation 39-3. The nature of these functions is found by substituting the expression 39-5 in the wave equation 39-3, which gives 1 H' might also be a function of the momenta p xlt , which would then 1 JU k d be replaced by , .... 2m dxi 296 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME [XI-39a The first and last terms in this equation cancel (by Eqs. 39-1 and 39-2), leaving If we now multiply by ^* and integrate over configuration space, noting that all terms on the left vanish except that for n m because of the orthogonality properties of the wave functions, we obtain m = 0, 1, 2, ./ n=0 (39-6) This is a set of simultaneous differential equations in the functions a>m(t), by means of which these functions can be evaluated in particular cases. 39a. A Simple Example. As an illustration of the use of the set of equations 39-6, let us consider that at the time t = we know that a system in which we are interested is in a particular stationary state, our knowledge perhaps having been obtained by a measurement of the energy of the system. The wave func- tion representing the system is then ^, in which I has a particular value. If a small perturbation H ' acts on the system for a short time t'j H f being independent of t during this period, we may solve the equations 39-6 by neglecting all terms on the right side except that with n = I] that is, by assuming that only the term in ai(t) need be retained on the right side of these equations. It is first necessary for us to discuss the equation for a\ itself. This equation (Eq. 39-6 with m = I and a n = for n ?* I) is *& - -*>, in which H' tt = J^*//Vdr, which can be integrated at once to give ai() = *-***&", ^ t ^ t', (39-7) XI-39al TIME-DEPENDENT PERTURBATION 297 the assumption being made that a* = 1 at the time t = 0. This expression shows the way that the coefficient a\ changes during the time that the perturbation is acting. During this time the wave function, neglecting the terms with m 5^ Z, is It will be observed that the time-dependent factor contains the first-order energy W + H' llt as given by the Schrodinger per- turbation theory; this illustrates the intimate relation of the two perturbation theories. Now let us consider the remaining equations of the set 39-6, determining the behavior of the coefficients a m (f) with m 7* L Replacing ai on the right side of 39-6 by its initial value 1 a/(0) = 1, and neglecting all other a n 's, we obtain the set of approximate equations da m (f) = ___2 dt This can be written as __ do(0 = - H ' m i e h dt > in which (39-8) and H' m i is independent of , since we have considered H' to be independent of t during the period <J / ^ V , and have replaced the time-containing wave functions Mf* and ^? by the amplitude functions $J* and \l/f and the corresponding time factors, the latter being now represented explicitly by the exponential functions. These equations can be integrated at once; on intro- ducing the limits, and noting that a(0) =0 for m 7* I, we obtain 2*i(W m - Wi)t' a m (t') = H'J-'^^^^^ -, m*l, (39-9) m which, it is remembered, the subscript I refers to the state initially occupied and m to other states. In case that the time t' is small compared with the time h/(W m Wi), the expression can be expanded, giving 1 The expression for ai(t) given by Equation 39-7 could be introduced in place of cu(0) = 1, with, however, no essential improvement in the result. 298 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME [XI-39a a m (t>) = H'Jtf, m*l. (39-10) At the time t' the wave function for the system (which was ^1 at time t = 0) is approximately (39-11) (the prime on the summation sign indicating that the term m = I is omitted), in which ai is nearly equal to 1 and the a m 's are very small. This wave function continues to represent the system at times later than t', so long as it remains isolated. We could now carry out a measurement (of the energy, say) to deter- mine the stationary state of the system. The probability that the system would be found in the rath stationary state is a*a m . This statement requires the extension of the postulates regarding the physical interpretation of the wave equation given in Sections lOc and I2d. It was shown there that an average value could be predicted for a dynamical function for a system at time t from a knowledge of the wave function representing the system. The average value predicted for the energy of a system with wave function = ^a n * is W = 2^a*a n Wn- However, an n n actual individual measurement of the energy must give one of the values W%, W\j W\, etc., inasmuch as it is only for wave functions corresponding to stationary states that the energy has a definite value (Sec. lOc). Hence when a measurement of the energy has been made, the wave function representing the system is no longer ^ = 2 an ^> kut ^ one * tne functions n *J, *!, *, etc. This shows how a wave function does not really represent the system but rather our knowledge of the system. At time t = we knew the energy of the system to be TFJ, and hence we write ^f for the wave function. (We do not know everything about the system, however; thus we do not know the configuration of the system but only the probability distribution func- tion j*^5-) At time t' we know that at time t the wave function was j, and that the perturbation H' was acting between times t = and t'. From this information we obtain the wave function of Equations 39-11, 39-10, and 39-8 as representing our knowledge of the system. With it we predict that the probability that the system is in the mth stationary state is aa m . So long as we leave the system isolated, this wave function repre- sents the system. If we allow the system to be affected by a known pertur- bation, we can find a new wave function by the foregoing methods. If we now further perturb the system by an unknown amount in the process of making a measurement of the energy, we can no longer apply these methods; XI-40a] EMISSION AND ABSORPTION OF RADIATION 299 instead, we assign to the system a new wave function compatible with our new knowledge of the result of the experiment. A more detailed discussion of these points will be given in Chapter XV. Equation 39-10 shows that in case t f is small the probability of finding the system in the stationary state m as a result of transi- tion from the original state I is 4-2 a*a m = ^H'3ff'Jf* t (39-12) being thus proportional to the square of the time t f rather than to the first power as might have been expected. In most cases the nature of the system is such that experiments can be designed to measure not the probability of transition to a single state but rather the integrated probability of transition to a group of adjacent states; it is found on carrying out the solution of the fundamental equations 39-6 and subsequent integration that for small values of t' the integrated probability of transition is pro- portional to the first power of the time t f . An example of a calculation of a related type will be given in Section 406. 40. THE EMISSION AND ABSORPTION OF RADIATION Inasmuch as a thoroughly satisfactory quantum-mechanical theory of systems containing radiation as well as matter has not yet been developed, we must base our discussion of the emission and absorption of radiation by atoms and molecules on an approximate method of treatment, drawing upon classical electro- magnetic theory for aid. The most satisfactory treatment of this type is that of Dirac, 1 which leads directly to the formulas for spontaneous emission as well as absorption and induced emission of radiation. Because of the complexity of this theory, however, we shall give a simpler one, in which only absorption and induced emission are treated, prefacing this by a general discussion of the Einstein coefficients of emission and absorption of radiation in order to show the relation that spontaneous emission bears to the other two phenomena. 40a. The Einstein Transition Probabilities. According to classical electromagnetic theory, a system of accelerated electri- cally charged particles emits radiant energy. In a bath of 1 P. A. M. DIRAC, Proc. Roy. Soc. A112, 661 (1926); A1H, 243 (1927); J. C. SLATER, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 13, 7 (1927). 300 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME [XI-40a radiation at temperature T it also absorbs radiant energy, the Tates of absorption and of emission being given by the classical laws. These opposing processes might be expected to lead to a state of equilibrium. The following treatment of the correspond- ing problem for quantized systems (atoms or molecules) was given by Einstein 1 in 1916. Let us consider two non-degenerate stationary states m and n of a system, with energy values W m and W n such that W m is greater than W n . According to the Bohr frequency rule, transi- tion from one state to another will be accompanied by the emission or absorption of radiation of frequency _ W m - Wn " mn " h We assume that the system is in the lower state n in a bath of radiation of density p(v mn ) in this frequency region (the energy of radiation between frequencies v and v + dv in unit volume being p(v)dv). The probability that it will absorb a quantum of energy of radiation and undergo transition to the upper state in unit time is Bn-*mp(v m n)- B n -* m is called Einstein's coefficient of absorption. The proba- bility of absorption of radiation is thus assumed to be propor- tional to the density of radiation. On the other hand, it is necessary in order to carry through the following argument to postulate 2 that the probability of emission is the sum of two parts, one of which is independent of the radiation density and the other proportional to it. We therefore assume that the probability that the system in the upper state m will undergo transition to the lower state with the emission of radiant energy is A m -+ n + B m ~+ n p(v mn ). A m ->n is Einstein 1 s coefficient of spontaneous emission and B m ^ n is Einstein's coefficient of induced emission. 1 A. EINSTEIN, Verh. d. Deutsch. Phys. Ges. 18, 318 (1916); Phys. Z. 18, 121 (1917). 8 This postulate is of course closely analogous to the classical theory, according to which an oscillator interacting with an electromagnetic wave could either absorb energy from the field or lose energy to it, depending on the relative phases of oscillator and wave. XI-40a] EMISSION AND ABSORPTION OF RADIATION 301 We now consider a large number of identical systems of this type in equilibrium with radiation at temperature T. The density of radiant energy is known to be given by Planck's radiation law as in which k is the Boltzmann constant. Let the number of sys- tems in state m be N m , and that in state n be N n . The number of systems undergoing transition in unit time from state n to state m is then N n B n -+ m p(v mn ), and the number undergoing the reverse transition is N m {A m -+ n + B m -> n p(v mn )\. At equilibrium these two numbers are equal, giving Nn = A m ^ n + m->npQmn) (40~2) N m B n -+mp(v m n) The equations of quantum statistical mechanics (Sec. 49) require that the ratio N n /N m be given by the equation kT - e hy mn /kT 9 (40-3) From Equations 40-2 and 40-3 we find for p(i> mn ) the expression In order for this to be identical with Equation 40-1, we must assume that the three Einstein coefficients are related by the equations B n ->m = B m -> n (40~5a) and A_ = ^B^.; (40-56) that is, the coefficients of absorption and induced emission are equal and the coefficient of spontaneous emission 1 differs from them by the factor Swhv^Jc*. 1 It is interesting to note that at the temperature T = - - - the proba- K log 2 bilities of spontaneous emission and induced emission are equal. 302 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME [XI-40b 40b. The Calculation of the Einstein Transition Probabilities by Perturbation Theory. According to classical electromagnetic theory, the density of energy of radiation of frequency v in space, with unit dielectric constant and magnetic permeability, is given by the expression in which E*(v) represents the average value of the square of the electric field strength corresponding to this radiation. The distribution of radiation being isotropic, we can write y 3 E^) = E1R = TO = ES, (40-7) E x (v) representing the component of the electric field in the x direction, etc. We may conveniently introduce the time variation of the radiation by writing E x (v) = 2E Q x (v) cos Zirrt = El(v)(e^ ivi + e-*), (40-8) the complex exponential form being particularly convenient for calculation. Since the average value of cos 2 2wvt is % we see that P = i*w = ~^M = jj^rw. (40-9) Let us now consider two stationary states m and n of an unperturbed system, represented by the wave functions ^ and ^U, and such that W m is greater than W n . Let us assume that at the time t = the system is in the state n, and that at this time the system comes under the perturbing influence of radiation of a range of frequencies in the neighborhood of v mn , the electric field strength for each frequency being given by Equation 40-8. We shall calculate the probability of transition to the state m as a result of this perturbation, using the method of Section 39. The perturbation energy for a system of electrically charged particles in an electric field E x parallel to the x axis is H' = EXJ, (40-10) ; in which % represents the charge and Xj the x coordinate of the jth particle of the system. The expression ^e/z, (the sum being XI-40b] EMISSION AND ABSORPTION OF RADIATION 303 taken over all particles in the system) is called the component o/ electric dipole moment of the system along the x axis and is often represented by the symbol ju x . We now make the approximation that the dimensions of the entire system (a molecule, say) are small compared with the wave length of the radiation, so that the electric field of the radiation may be considered constant over the system. In the case under consideration the field strength E x is given by the expression E x = E*v Let us temporarily consider the perturbation as due to a single frequency v. Introducing a m (0) = and a n (0) = 1 in the right side of Equation 39-6 (a n being the coefficient of a particular state and all the other coefficients in the sum being zero), this equation becomes O = ~ -~ h " dr. 3 If we now introduce the symbol p Xmn to represent the integral 3 we obtain the equation da m (t) _ 2irt' m , which gives, on integration, / _ ^(W 1 - Of the two terms of Equation 40-12, only one is important, and that one only if the frequency v happens to lie close to v mn = (W m W n )/h. The numerator in each fraction can vary in absolute magnitude only between and 2, and, inasmuch as for a single frequency the term M**J^(") * s always small, the 304 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME [XI-40b expression will be small unless the denominator is also very small; that is, unless hv is approximately equal to W m W n . In other words, the presence of the so-called resonance denomina- tor W m W n hv causes the influence of the perturbation in changing the system from the state n to the higher state m to be large only when the frequency of the light is close to that given by the Bohr frequency rule. In this case of absorption, it is the second term which is important; for induced emission of radiation (with W m W n negative), the first term would play the same role. Neglecting the first term, we obtain for a*(t)a m (t), after slight rearrangement, the expression TF m - W n - (If Hx mn is complex, the square of its absolute value is to be used in this equation.) This expression, however, includes only the terms due to a single frequency. In practice we deal always with a range of frequencies. It is found, on carrying through the treatment, that the effects of light of different frequencies are additive, so that we now need only to integrate the above expression over the range of frequencies concerned. The integrand is seen to make a significant contribution only over the region of v near *> mn , so that we are justified in replacing El(v) by the constant E%(v mn ), obtaining f sin2 (J } J & This integral can be taken from < to + <*> , inasmuch as the value of the integrand is very small except in one region; and J+ sin 2 x dx = TT, we can obtain the - x equation tf(OMO = ^GOWO*. (40-13) It is seen that, as the result of the integration over a range of values of v, the probability of transition to the state m in time t is proportional to t, the coefficient being the transition probability Xl-40b] EMISSION AND ABSORPTION OF RADIATION 305 as usually defined. With the use of Equation 40-9 we may now introduce the energy density p(v mn ), obtaining as the probability of transition in unit time from state n to state m under the influence of radiation polarized in the x direction the expression The expressions for the y and z directions are similar. Thus we obtain for the Einstein coefficient of absorption B n -> m the equation B n ^ m = f{(/O 2 + GO 2 + GO 2 } (40-14a) By a completely analogous treatment in which the values n(0) = 0, a m (0) = 1 are used, the Einstein coefficient of induced emission B m -> n is found to be given by the equation B m ^n = fj-IlGO 2 + GO 2 + GO 2 }, (40-146) as, indeed, is required by Equation 40-5a. Our treatment does not include the phenomenon of spontaneous emission of radiation. Its extension to include this is not easy; Dirac's treatment is reasonably satisfactory, and we may hope that the efforts of theoretical physicists will soon provide us with a thoroughly satisfactory discussion of radiation. For the present we content ourselves with using Equation 40-56 in combination with the above equations to obtain OO 2 + GO 2 + GO 2 } (40-15) as the equation for the Einstein coefficient of spontaneous emission. As a result of the foregoing considerations, the wave-mechanical calculation of the intensities of spectral lines and the determina- tion of selection rules are reduced to the consideration of the electric-moment integrals defined in Equation 40-11. We shall discuss the results for special problems in the following sections. It is interesting to compare Equation 40-15 with the classical expression given by Equation 3-4 of Chapter I. Recalling that the energy change associated with each transition is hv mnj we see that the wave-mechanical expression is to be correlated with 306 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME [J3-40d the classical expression for the special case of the harmonic oscillator by interpreting M* as one-half the maximum value ex Q of the electric moment of the classical oscillator. 40c. Selection Rules and Intensities for the Harmonic Oscil- lator. The electric dipole moment for a particle with electric charge e carrying out harmonic oscillational motion along the x axis (a neutralizing charge e being at the origin) has the components ex along this axis and zero along the y and z axes. The only non-vanishing dipole moment integrals /** = e#mn have been shown in Section lie to be those with m = n + 1 or ra = n 1. Hence the only transitions which this system can undergo with the emission or absorption of radiation are those from a given stationary state to the two adjacent states. 1 The selection rule for the harmonic oscillator is therefore An = 1, and the only frequency of light emitted or absorbed is VQ. The expression for z n , n _i in Equation ll-25a corresponds to the value with a = 4?r 2 wvoA, for the coefficient of spontaneous emission, with similar expressions for the other coefficients. An applica- tion of this formula will be given in Section 40e. Problem 40-1. Show that for large values of n Equation 40-16 reduces to the classical expression for the same energy. Problem 40-2. Discuss the selection rules and intensities for the three dimensional harmonic oscillator with characteristic frequencies ?, v V9 and v,. Problem 40-3. Using first-order perturbation theory, find perturbed wave functions for the anharmonic oscillator with V = 2Tr*mv$x 2 -f- ax 9 , and with them discuss selection rules and transition probabilities. 40d. Selection Rules and Intensities for Surf ace -harmonic Wave Functions. In Section 18 we showed that the wave functions for a system of two particles interacting with one another in the way corresponding to the potential function 1 This statement is true only to within the degree of approximation of our treatment. A more complete discussion shows that transitions may also occur as a result of interactions corresponding to quadrupole terms and still higher terms, as mentioned in Section 3, and as a result of magnetic interactions. XI-40d] EMISSION AND ABSORPTION OF RADIATION 307 7(r), in which r is the distance between the two particles, are of the form in which the #,<? functions Qi m (&)& m (<p) are surface harmonics, independent of V(r). We can hence discuss selection rules and intensities in their dependence on I and m for all systems of this type at one time. The components of electric dipole moment along the x, y, and z axes are MX = v(r) sin # cos <p, Mi/ = ju(0 sin tf sin <p, and M* = ^W COS #, in which p(r) is a function of r alone, being equal to er for two particles with charges +e and e. Each of the dipole moment integrals, such as sin * cos sin can accordingly be written as the product of three factors, one involving the integral in r, one the integral in #, and one the integral in in which " (40-18) (40-19) f*lml>m>) "" (COS#j and g **>>) *>. ( cos ?) (40-20) (In Equations 40-19 and 40-20 the subscripts x, y, and z are respectively associated with the three factors in braces.) Let us first discuss the light polarized along the z axis, cor- responding to the dipole moment /*. From the orthogonality 308 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME [XI-40d and normalization integrals for 3>(<p) we see that Q*mm> = for m' 5^ m and ff*,. = I- In discussing fz lml , n , we consequently need consider only the integrals with m' = m. It is found with the use of the recursion formula (Prob. 19-2) cos that f* lnl , m , vanishes except when V is equal to I + 1 or I 1. A similar treatment of the integrals for x and y shows that light polarized along these axes is emitted only when m changes by +1 or 1, and I changes by +1 or 1. We have thus obtained the selection rules Am = 0, +1, or 1 and AZ = +1 or 1. The selection rule for Z is discussed in the following sections. That for m can be verified experimentally only by removing the degeneracy, as by the application of a magnetic field; it is found, in agreement with the theory, that in the Zeeman effect the light corresponding to Am = is polarized along the z axis (the axis of the magnetic field), and that corresponding to Am = 1 is polarized in the xy plane. The values of the products of the factors / and g are = i/(z + H)(z + H - i)\^ ixa---" (40 ~ 22) with similar expressions for the transitions I to Z + 1, etc. Problem 40-4. Using Equation 40-21, obtain selection rules and intensities for ju*. Problem 40-6. Similarly derive the other formulas of 40-22. Problem 40-6. Calculate the total probability of transition from one level with given value of / to another, by summing over m. By separate summation for p x , n v , and M* show that the intensity of light polarized along these axes is the same. XI-40eJ EMISSION AND ABSORPTION OF RADIATION 309 40e, Selection Rules and Intensities for the Diatomic Mole- cule. The Franck-Condon Principle. A very simple treatment of the emission and absorption of radiation for the diatomic molecule can be given, based on the approximate wave functions of Section 35c. For the complex system of two nuclei and several electrons the electric dipole moment ju(r) can be expanded as a series in r r , M(r) = MO + (r - r ) + , (40-23) in which e is a constant. The permanent dipole moment /xo is the quantity which enters in the theory of the dielectric constant of dipole molecules; its value is known from dielectric constant measurements for many substances. Introducing this expansion in Equation 40-18, we find as a first approximation that n may change by ot by 1. In the former case the emission or absorption of radiation is due to the constant term /z , and in the latter case to the term t(r ro), the integrals being then similar to the harmonic oscillator integrals. The values of /x nn ' are Mnn = MO (40-24a) and /*.-! - t, (40-246) in which a = 4ir 2 fjLv Q /h (p, being here the reduced mass for the molecule). The selection rules and intensity factors for I and m are as given in the preceding section. It is found experimentally that dipole molecules such as the hydrogen halides absorb and emit pure rotation and oscillation- rotation bands in accordance with these equations. In all these bands the selection rule Al = 1 is obeyed, and Zeeman- effect measurements have shown similar agreement with the selection rule for m. The intensities of lines in the pure rotation bands show rough quantitative agreement with Equation 40-24a, using the dielectric constant value of /*o, although because of experimental difficulties in the far infrared the data are as yet not very reliable. Measurements of absorption intensities for An = 1 have been used to calculate c. As seen from the following table, e is of the order of magnitude of /V r o, so that these molecules may be considered roughly as equivalent to two particles of charges + and . 310 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME [XI-40e TABLE 40-1 MO (dielectric constant) ro HQ/TQ c 1 HC1 1.034 X 10- 18 e.s.u. 1.28 A 0.169e 0.086e HBr 0.788 1.42 .116 .075 HI 0.382 1.62 .049 .033 i E. BABTHOLOMJ, Z. phya. Chem. B 23, 131 (1933). It is also observed that oscillation-rotation bands with An SB 2, 3, etc. occur; this is to be correlated with the deviation of the potential function V(r) from a simple quadratic function. In the foregoing discussion we have assumed the electronic state of the molecule to be unchanged by the transitions. The selection rule for n and the intensities are different in case there is a change in the electronic state, being then determined, according to the Franck-Condon principle, 1 mainly by the nature of the electronic potential functions for the two electronic states. As we have seen in Section 34, there is little interaction between the electronic motion and the nuclear motion in a molecule, and during an electronic transition the internuclear distance and nuclear velocities will not change very much. Let us consider the two electronic states A and B, represented by the potential curves of Figure 40-1, in which the oscillational levels are also shown. If the molecule is in the lowest oscillational level n' = of the upper state, the probability distribution function for r is large only for r close to r v We would then expect an electronic transition to state B to leave the molecule at about the point PI on -the potential curve, the nuclei having only small kinetic energy; these conditions correspond to the levels n" = 7 or 8 for the lower state. This simple argument is justified by wave-mechanical con- siderations. Let us consider that the wave functions for the upper electronic state may be written as ^<r'^', in which $ represents the nuclear oscillational part of the wave function described by the quantum number n', and ty a > the rest of the wave function (electronic and nuclear rotational), the symbol a' representing all other quantum numbers. Similarly, we write ^V'^n" for the wave functions for the lower electronic state. 1 J. FBANCK, Trans. Faraday Soc., 21, 536 (1926); E. U. CONDON, Phys- Rev. 28, 1182 (1926); 32, 868 (1928). XI-40e] EMISSION AND ABSORPTION OF RADIATION 311 The electric dipole moment integrals MV.VV* *Vvn"> anc * MVnv" are f ^e f rm "Vnv'n- = /^VnW<r<'*n''dr. (40-25) We assume that in this case, when there is a change in the w 7 Fio. 40-1. Energy curves for two electronic states of a molecule, to illustrate the Franck-Condon principle. electronic state, the dipole moment function /* changes only slowly with change in the internuclear separation r, being deter- mined essentially by the electronic coordinates. Neglecting the 312 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME [XI-40f dependence of /z on r, we can then integrate over all coordinates except r, obtaining (40-26) The integral in r, determining the relative intensities of the Carious rin" bands, is seen to have the form of an orthogonality integral in r. Hence if the two potential functions VA and V B were identical except for an additive constant the integral would vanish except for n' = n" y the selection rule for n then being Att = o. In the case represented by Figure 40-1, the wave func- tion i/v with n' = is large only in the neighborhood of r = r^. The wave functions ty n " with n" = 7 or 8 have large values in this region, so that the bands n' > n" = 7 or 8 will be strong. The intensity of the bands for smaller or larger values of n" will fall off. For smaller values of n" the functions i/v show the rapid exponential decrease in the region near r e ^ (corresponding to the fact that the classical motion of the nuclei would not extend into this region); whereas for larger values of n" the functions \l/ n show a rapid oscillation between positive and negative values, causing the integral with the positive function ^ n > with n r to be small (the oscillation of ^ n " between positive and negative values corresponding to large nuclear velocities in the classical motion). Similarly the transitions from the level with ri 5, the wave function for which has its maximum values near the points P 2 and P 3 , will occur mainly to the levels n" = 2 or 3 and n" = 11 or 12. 1 40f . Selection Rules and Intensities for the Hydrogen Atom. The selection rule for Z, discussed in Section 40d, allows only transitions with AZ = 1 for the hydrogen atom. The lines of the Lyman series, with lower state that with n = 1 and I = 0, are in consequence due to transitions from upper states with I = 1. The radial electric dipole moment integral has been evaluated by Pauli 2 for several special cases. For 1 For a more complete discussion of this subject the reader is referred to the papers of Condon and to the discussions in Condon and Morse, " Quan- tum Mechanics/' Chap. V, and RUARK and UREY, "Atoms, Molecules and Quanta/' Chap. XII. 2 Communicated in Schrodinger's third 1926 paper. XI-40g] EMISSION AND ABSORPTION OF RADIATION 313 n" = 1, I" = its value corresponds to the total intensity, aside from a constant factor, of (n 1 - I) 2 " 7 - 1 * n' ri(ri + l)*+ l This has a non- vanishing value for all values of n 1 greater than 1. Hence there is no selection rule for n for the Lyman series, all transitions being allowed. It is similarly found that there is no selection rule for n for spectral series in general. For the Balmer series, with lower state that with n = 2 and I = or 1, the selection rule for I permits the transitions > 1, 1 >0, and 2 > 1. The total intensity corresponding to these transitions from the level n = n' to n 2 is, except for a constant factor, '"' = i(3n' 2 - 4)(5n' - 4). The operation of the selection rule for I for hydrogen and hydrogenlike ions can be seen by the study of the fine structure of the lines. The phenomena are complicated, however, by the influence of electron spin. 1 In alkali atoms the levels with given n and varying I are widely separated, and the selection rule for I plays an important part in determining the nature of their spectra. Theoretical calculations have also been made of the intensities of lines in these spectra with the use of wave functions such as those described in Chapter IX, leading to results in approximate agreement with experiment. 40g. Even and Odd Electronic States and Their Selection Rules. The wave functions for an atom can all be classified as either even or odd. An even wave function of N electrons is one such that ^(#1, y\, Zi, #2, , ZN) is equal to \l/( #1, y\j Zij %2, , ZN); that is, the wave function is unchanged on changing the signs of all of the positional coordinates of the electrons. An odd wave function is one such that t(xi, yi, Zi, 32, , Ztf) is equal to ~^( x l9 yi, Zi, Xz, , z N ) t Now we can show that the only transitions accompanied by the emission or absorption of dipole radiation which can occur are those between an even and an odd state (an even state being one represented by an even wave function, etc.). The electric 1 See PAULING and GOUDSMIT, "The Structure of Line Spectra," Sec. 16. 314 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME [XI-41 N moment component functions ,exi, etc. change sign in case that the electronic coordinates are replaced by their negatives. Consequently an electric-moment integral such as $$ will vanish in case that both ^v and ^n" are either even or odd, but it is not required to vanish in case that one is even and the other odd. We thus have derived the very important selection rule that transitions with the emission or absorption of dipole radiation are allowed only between even and odd states. Because of the practical importance of this selection rule, it is customary to distinguish between even and odd states in the term symbol, by adding a superscript for odd states. Thus various even states are written as 1 S, 3 P, 2 D, etc., and odd states as 1 5, 3 P, 2 D, etc. In case that the electronic configuration underlying a state is known, the state can be recognized as even or odd. The one- electron wave functions are even for I = 0, 2, 4, etc. (s, d, g, etc., orbitals) and odd for I = 1, 3, 5, etc. (p, /, A, etc., orbitals). Hence the configuration leads to odd states if it contains an odd number of electrons in orbitals with I odd, and otherwise to even states. For example, the configuration Is 2 2s 2 2p 2 leads to the even states 1 S, 1 D, and 3 P, and the configuration Is 2 2p3d to the odd states 1 P, 1 D, 1 F, 3 P, 3 Z), and 3 F. Even and odd states also occur for molecules, and the selection rule is also valid here. A further discussion of this point will be given in Section 48. Problem 40-7. Show that the selection rules forbid a hydrogen atom in a rectangular box to radiate its translational kinetic energy. Extend the proof to any atom in any kind of box, 41. THE RESONANCE PHENOMENON The concept of resonance played an important part in the dis- cussion of the behavior of certain systems by the methods of classical mechanics. Very shortly after the discovery of the new quantum mechanics it was noticed by Heisenberg that a quantum-mechanical treatment analogous to the classical treatment of resonating system can be applied to many problems, and that the results of the quantum-mechanical discussion in these cases can be given a simple interpretation as corresponding to a quantum-mechanical resonance phenomenon. It is not required XI-41a] THE RESONANCE PHENOMENON 315 that this interpretation be made; it has been found, however, that it is a very valuable aid to the student in the development of a reliable and productive intuitive understanding of the equations of quantum mechanics and the results of their applica- tion. In the following sections we shall discuss first classical resonance and then resonance in quantum mechanics. 41a. Resonance in Classical Mechanics. A striking phe- nomenon is shown by a classical mechanical system consisting of two parts between which there is operative a small interaction, the two parts being capable of executing harmonic oscillations with the same or nearly the same frequency. It is observed that the total oscillational energy fluctuates back and forth FIG. 41-1. A system of coupled pendulums, illustrating the phenomenon of resonance. between the two parts, one of which at a given time may be oscillating with large amplitude, and at a later time with small amplitude, while the second part has changed jn the opposite direction. It is customary to say that the two parts of the system are resonating. A familiar example of such a system is composed of two similar tuning forks attached to the same base. After one fork is struck, it gradually ceases to oscillate, while at the same time the other begins its oscillation. Another example is two similar pendulums connected by a weak spring, or attached to a common support in such a way that interaction of the two occurs by way of the support (Fig. 41-1). It is observed that if only one pendulum is set to oscillating, it will gradually die down and stop, while the other begins to oscillate, ultimately reaching the amplitude of oscillation initially given the first (neglecting the 316 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME [XI-41a f Fictional dissipation of energy) ; and that this process of transfer of energy from one pendulum to the other is repeated over and over. It is illuminating to consider this system in greater detail. Let Xi and z 2 be the coordinates for two oscillating particles each of mass m (such as the bobs of two pendulums restricted to small amplitudes, in order that their motion be harmonic), and let VQ be their oscillational frequency. We assume for the total potential energy of the system the expression (41-1) in which 4w*m\XiX 2 represents the interaction of the two oscil- lators. This simple form corresponds to a Hooke's-law type of interaction. The solution of the equations of motion is easily accomplished by introducing the new variables 1 1 y? l 2) (41-2) 71 ~ vi Xl In terms of these, the potential energy becomes while the kinetic energy has the form T = These expressions correspond to pure harmonic oscillation of the two variables and r? (Sec. la), each oscillating with constant amplitude, with the frequency \/v% + X and vj with the frequency V ' v\ X, according to the equations X t X t + 5,) From these equations we obtain the equations A - j Xl = - cos V2 -= V2 COS X + -^ cos V2 X - -5= COS V2 ~^~\ f) , (41-3) (41-4) 1 These are the normal coordinates of the system, discussed in Section 37. XI-41a] THE RESONANCE PHENOMENON 317 for xi and x 2 , in which we have put the phase constants 8$ and 5, equal to zero, as this does not involve any loss in generality- It is seen that for \/v\ small the two cosine functions differ only slightly from one another and both x and #2 carry out approxi- mate harmonic oscillation with the approximate frequency j>o> but with amplitudes which change slowly with the time. Thus at t ^ the cosine terms are in phase, so that x\ oscillates with the amplitude ( + 170) /A/2 and x 2 with the smaller amplitude (o i/o)/A/2. At the later time t = ti such that the cosine terms are just out of phase, Xi then oscillating with the amplitude ( ?7o)/A/2 and x 2 with the amplitude ( + *?o)/A/2- Thus we see that the period r of the resonance, the time required for Xi to change from its maximum to its minimum amplitude and then back to the maximum, is given by the equation or ; / n \ \** v / + X v ^o ~ A A It is also seen that the magnitude of the resonance depends on the constants of integration and r;o, the amplitudes of motion of xi and x 2 varying between the limits A/2o and in case that ?7o = o, and retaining the constant value Jo/ A/2 (no resonance!) in case that 770 = 0. The behavior of the variables Xi and # 2 may perhaps be followed more clearly by expanding the radicals y/v\ + A and A/^o A in powers of \/vl and neglecting terms beyond the first power. After simple transformations, the expressions obtained are yg cos ^^o cos 7rl/0 V2 sm ^o sm and (n r?o) ^ A . ^ . ( ^o 4- T?n) . rt A Sin 2rr 2 - - V2 ^o V2 It is clear from this treatment that we speak of resonance only because it is convenient for us to retain the coordinates x\ and 318 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME (XI-41b a? 2 in the description of the system; that is, to speak of the motion of the pendulums individually rather than of the system as a whole. We can conceive of an arrangement of levers whereby an indicator in an adjacent room would register values of , and another values of 77. An observer in this room would say that the system was composed of two independent harmonic oscillators with different frequencies and constant amplitudes, and would not mention resonance at all. Despite the fact that we are not required to introduce it, the concept of resonance in classical mechanical systems has been found to be very useful in the description of the motion of sys- tems which are for some reason or other conveniently described as containing interacting harmonic oscillators. It is found that a similar state of affairs exists in quantum mechanics. Quantum-mechanical systems which are conveniently considered to show resonance occur much more often, however, than resonating classical systems, and the resonance phenomenon has come to play an especially important part in the applications of quantum mechanics to chemistry. 41b. Resonance in Quantum Mechanics. In order to illus- trate the resonance phenomenon in quantum mechanics, let us continue to discuss the system of interacting harmonic oscil- lators. 1 Using the potential function of Equation 41-1, the wave equation can be at once separated in the coordinates and 17 and solved in terms of the Hermite functions. The energy levels are given by the expression W n ^ = (n + M)AV^T+~X + (n, + K^V^F 7 "^ (41-6) which for X small reduces to the. approximate expression i / \h^ (n - - , - , (41-7) in which n = n$ + n^. The energy levels are shown in Figure 41-2; for a given value of n there are n + 1 approximately equally spaced levels. This treatment, like the classical treatment using the coordi- nates and r?, makes no direct reference to resonance. Let us 1 This example was used by Heisenberg in his first papers on the resonance phenomenon, Z.f. Phys. 38, 411 (1926); 41. 239 (1927). XI-41b] THE RESONANCE PHENOMENON 319 now apply a treatment in which the concept of resonance enters, retaining the coordinates Xi and x z because of their familiar physical interpretation and applying the methods of approximate solution of the wave equation given in Chapters VI and VII; indeed, if the term in X were of more complicated form, it would be necessary to resort to some approximate treatment. This term is conveniently considered as the perturbation function in applying the first-order perturbation theory. The unperturbed w n-5 ^- V 3 1 -3 t -1 Fia. 41-2. Energy levels for coupled harmonic oscillators; left, with X 0; right, with X pj/5. wave equation has as solutions products of Hermite functions in Xi and 2 , (41-8) with n = ni + n 2 , (41-9) the nth level being (n + l)-fold degenerate. The perturbation energy for the non-degenerate level n = is zero. For the level n = 1 the secular equation is found to be (Sec, 24) corresponding to the energy values = (n 320 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME [XI-41b -W _ = ' giving W = h\/2v . A similar treatment of the succeeding degenerate levels shows that the first-order perturbation theory leads to values for the energy expressed by the first two terms of Equation 41-7. The correct zeroth-order wave functions for the two levels with n = 1 are found to be T V2' TI and * A " vl ^ ^3 corresponding to the lower of the two levels and ^A to the upper. The subscripts S and A are used to indicate that the functions are respectively symmetric and antisymmetric in the coordinates Xi and x 2 . We see that we are not justified in de- scribing the system in either one of these stationary states as con- sisting of the first oscillator in the state n\ 1 and the second in the state n 2 = 0, or the reverse. Instead, the wave functions Ui = 1, n z = and n\ = 0, n 2 = 1 contribute equally to each of the stationary states. It will be shown in Section 41c that if the perturbation is small we are justified in saying that there is reso- nance between these two states of motion analogous to classical resonance, one oscillator at a given time oscillating with large amplitude, corresponding to HI 1, and at a later time with small amplitude, corresponding to n\ = 0. The frequency with which the oscillators interchange their oscillational states, that is, the frequency of the resonance, is found to be X/V , which is just equal to the separation of the two energy levels divided by h. This is also the frequency of the classical resonance (Eq. 41-5). In discussing the stationary states of the system of two inter- acting harmonic oscillators we have seen above that it is con- venient to make use of certain wave functions \l/ n (#1), etc. which are not correct wave functions for the system, the latter being XI-41b] THE RESONANCE PHENOMENON 321 given by or approximated by linear combinations of the initially chosen functions, as found by perturbation or variation methods; and various points of analogy between this treatment and the classical treatment of the resonating system have been indicated (see also the following section). In discussing more complicated systems it is often convenient to make use of similar methods of approximate solution of the wave equation, involving the forma- tion of linear combinations of certain initially chosen functions. The custom has arisen of describing this formation of linear combinations in certain cases as corresponding to resonance in the system. In a given stationary state the system is said to resonate among the states or structures corresponding to those initially chosen wave functions which contribute to the wave function for this stationary state, and the difference between the energy of the stationary state and the energy corresponding to the initially chosen wave functions is called resonance energy. 1 It is evident that any perturbation treatment for a degenerate level in which the initial wave functions are not the correct zeroth-order wave functions might be described as involving the resonance phenomenon. Whether this description would be applied or not would depend on how important the initial wave functions seem to the investigator, or how convenient this description is in his discussion. 2 The resonance phenomenon, restricted in classical mechanics to interacting harmonic oscillators, is of much greater importance in quantum mechanics, this being, indeed, one of the most striking differences between the old and the new mechanics. It arises, for example, whenever the system under discussion contains two or more identical particles, such as two electrons or two protons; and it is also convenient to make use of the terminology in describing the approximate treatment given the structure of polyatomic molecules. The significance of the phenomenon for many-electron atoms has been seen from the discussion of the structure of the helium atom given in Chapter VIII; it was there pointed out (Sec. 29a) that the splitting of levels due to the K 1 There is no close classical analogue of resonance energy. 2 The same arbitrariness enters in the use of the word resonance in describ- ing classical systems, inasmuch as if the interaction of the classical oscillators is increased the motion ultimately ceases to be even approximately repre- sented by the description of the first paragraph of Section 4 la. 322 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME [XI-41c integrals was given no satisfactory explanation until the develop- ment of the concept of quantum-mechanical resonance. The procedure which we have followed of delaying the discussion of resonance until after the complete treatment of the helium atom emphasizes the fact that the resonance phenomenon does not involve any new postulate or addition to the equations of wave mechanics but rather only a convenient method of classify- ing and correlating the results of wave mechanics and a basis for the development of a sound intuitive conception of the theory. 41c. A Further Discussion of Resonance. It is illuminating to apply the perturbation method of variation of constants in order to discuss the behavior of a resonating system. Let us consider a system for which we have two wave functions, say ^ A and S^j}, corresponding to an energy level of the unperturbed system with two-fold degeneracy. These might, for example, correspond to the sets of quantum numbers HI = 1, n 2 =0 and n\ = 0, n 2 = 1 for the system of two coupled harmonic oscillators treated in the previous section. If the perturbation were small, we could carry out an experiment at the time t = to determine whether the system is in state A or in state B] for example, we could determine the energy of the first oscillator with sufficient accuracy to answer this question. Let us assume that at the time t = the system is found to be in the state A. We now ask the following question: On carrying out the investigating experi- ment at a later time t, what is the probability that we would find that the system is in state A, and what is the probability that we would find it in state 5? In answering this question we shall see that the physical interpretation of quantum-mechani- cal resonance is closely similar tp that of classical resonance. If the perturbation is small, with all the integrals H' mn (m 7* n) small compared with W Q n W^ except H' AR and H' BA (for which W Q A = WB), we may assume as an approximation that the quantities a m (f) remain equal to zero except for a A and a B . From Equation 39-6 we Gee that these two are given by the equations a A = -?(H' AA a A + H' AB a B ), * (41-10) d B = ^(H' AB a A + H' AA a B ), in which we have taken H' BB equal to H' AA and H BA equal to H AB XI-41c] THE RESONANCE PHENOMENON 323 (the system being assumed to consist of two similar parts). The equations are easily solved by first forming their sum and difference. The solution which makes cu = 1 and a B = at i = Ois a A = e h AA cos ( w , AB t }f \ h / -H' a B ie h (41-11) The probabilities a%a A and a%a B of finding the system in state A and state B, respectively, at time t are hence a^a B = sm *n = _... . V h (41-12) We see that these probabilities vary harmonically between the values and 1. The period of a cycle (from a*a A = 1 to and back to 1 again) is seen to be h/2H' AB , and the frequency 2H' AB /h, this being, as stated in Section 416, just I/A times the separation of the levels due to the perturbation. Let us now discuss in greater detail the sequence of conceptual experiments and calculations which leads us to the foregoing interpretation of our equations. Let us assume that we have a system composed of two coupled harmonic oscillators with coordinates Xi and x z , respectively, such that we can at will (by throwing a switch, say) disengage the coupling, thus causing the two oscillators to be completely independent. Let us now assume that for a period of time previous to t = the oscillators are independent. During this period we carry out a set of two experiments consisting in separate measurements of the energy of the oscillators and in this way determine the stationary state of each oscillator. Suppose that by one such set of experiments we have found that the first oscillator is in the state n\ = 1 and the second in the state n 2 = 0. The complete system is then in the physical situation which we have called state A in the above paragraphs, and so long as the system is left to itself it will remain in this state. Now let us switch in the coupling at the time t = 0, and then switch it out again at the time t = t'. We now, at times later 324 PERTURBATION THEORY INVOLVING THE TIME [XI-41c than t'j investigate the system to find what the values of the quantum numbers n\ and n z are. The result of this investigation will be the same, in a given case, no matter at what time later than t r the set of experiments is carried out, inasmuch as the two oscillators will remain in the definite stationary states in which they were left at time t' so long as the system is left unperturbed. This sequence of experiments can be repeated over and over, each time starting with the system in the state n\ 1, HZ = and allowing the coupling to be operative for the length of time t'. In this way we can find experimentally the probability of finding the system in the various states n\ 1, n 2 = 0; n\, = 0, n 2 = 1; m = 0, n 2 = 0; etc.; after the perturbation has been operative for the length of time t'. The same probabilities are given directly by our application of the method of variation of constants. The probability of transition to states of considerably different energy as the result of a small perturbation acting for a short time is very small, and we have neglected these transitions. Our calculation shows that the probability of finding the system in the state B depends on the value of t' in the way given by Equation 41-12, varying harmonically between the limits and 1. Now in case that we allow the coupling to be operative con- tinuously, the complete system can exist in various stationary states, which we can distinguish from one another by the measure- ment of the energy of the system. Two of these stationary states have energy values very close to the energy for the states n\ = 1, n 2 = and n\_ = 0, n 2 = 1 of the system with the coupling removed. It is consequently natural for us to draw on the foregoing argument and to describe the coupled system in these stationary states as resonating between states A and B, with the resonance frequency 2H AB /h. Even when it is not possible to remove the coupling inter- action, it may be convenient to use this description. Thus in our discussion of the helium atom we found certain stationary states to be approximately represented by wave functions formed by linear combination of the wave functions ls(l) 2s(2) and 2s(l) ls(2). These we identify with states A and B above, saying that each electron resonates between a Is and a 2s orbit, the two electrons changing places with the frequency I/A times XI-41c] THE RESONANCE PHENOMENON 325 the separation of the energy levels Is2s 1 S and Is2s 3 8. It is obvious that we cannot verify this experimentally, for three reasons: we cannot remove the coupling, we cannot distinguish electron 1 from electron 2, and the interaction is so large that our calculation (based on neglect of all other unperturbed states) is very far from accurate. These limitations to the physical verification of resonance must be borne in mind; but they need not prevent us from making use of the nomenclature whenever it is convenient (as it often is in the discussion of molecular structure given in the following chapter). CHAPTER XII THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES Of the various applications of wave mechanics to specific problems which have been made in the decade since its origin, probably the most satisfying to the chemist are the quantitatively successful calculations regarding the structure of very simple molecules. These calculations show that we now have at hand a theory which can be confidently applied to problems of molec- ular structure. They provide us with a sound conception of the interactions causing atoms to be held together in a stable mole- cule, enabling us to develop a reliable intuitive picture of the chemical bond. To a considerable extent the contribution of wave mechanics to our understanding of the nature of the chemical bond has consisted in the independent justification of postulates previously developed from chemical arguments, and in the removal of their indefinite character. In addition, wave-mechanical arguments have led to the development of many essentially new ideas regarding the chemical bond, such as the three-electron bond, the increase in stability of molecules by resonance among several electronic structures, and the hybridi- zation of one-electron orbitals in bond formation. Some of these topics will be discussed in -this chapter and the following one. In Sections 42 and 43 we shall describe the accurate and reliable wave-mechanical treatments which have been given the hydrogen molecule-ion and hydrogen molecule. These treat- ments are necessarily rather complicated. In order to throw further light on the interactions involved in the formation of these molecules, we shall preface the accurate treatments by a discussion of various less exact treatments. The helium mole- cule-ion, He, will be treated in Section 44, followed in Section 45 by a general discussion of the properties of the one-electron bond, the electron-pair bond, and the three-electron bond. 326 XII-42a] THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE-ION 327 42. THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE-ION The simplest of all molecules is the hydrogen molecule-ion, Hf , composed of two hydrogen nuclei and one electron. This mole- cule was one of the stumbling blocks for the old quantum theory, for, like the helium atom, it permitted the treatment to be carried through (by Pauli 1 tod Niessen 2 ) to give results in disagreement with experiment. It was accordingly very satisfying that within a year after the development of wave mechanics a discussion of the normal state of the hydrogen molecule-ion in complete agreement with experiment was carried out by Burrau by numerical integration of the wave equation. This treatment, together with somewhat more refined treatments due to Hylleraas r A A FIG. 421. Coordinates used for the hydrogen molecule-ion. and Jaff6, is described in Section 42c. Somewhat simpler and less accurate methods are described in Sections 42a and 426, for the sake of the ease with which they can be interpreted. 42a. A Very Simple Discussion. 3 Following the discussion of Section 34, the first step in the treatment of the complete wave equation is the solution of the wave equation for the electron alone in the field of two stationary nuclei. Using the symbols of Figure 42-1, the electronic wave equation is e* e 2 e 2 \ ,. . + _ + _ _ _^ _ o, (42-1) in which v 2 refers to the three coordinates of the electron and ra is the mass of the electron. 4 1 W. PAULI, Ann. d. Phys. 68, 177 (1922). 2 K. F. NIESSEN, Dissertation, Utrecht, 1922. 8 L. PAULING, Chem. Rev. 5, 173 (1928). 4 We have included the mutual energy of the two nuclei */HAB in this equation. This is not necessary, inasmuch as the term appears unchanged in the final expression for W, and the same result would be obtained by omitting it in this equation and adding it later. 328 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XII-42a If TAB is very large, the normal state of the system, has the energy value W = Wn = Rhc, the corresponding wave functions being u i8A or ^1^, hydrogen-atorn wave functions about nucleus A or nucleus B (Sec. 21), or any two independent linear combinations of these. In other words, for large values of TAB the system in its normal state is composed of a hydrogen ion A and a normal hydrogen atom B or of a normal hydrogen atom A and a hydrogen ion B. This suggests that as a simple variation treatment of the system for smaller values of r AB we make use of the same wave functions u l8 ^ and U\ SB , forming the linear combinations given by solution of the secular equation as discussed in Section 26d. The secular equation is HAA ~ W HAB - HBA -AW H BB - W = > <&*> in which HA A = fui s Hu\ 8 dr, HAB ~ j^is tiUig UT, and A represents the lack of orthogonality of U\ SA and u\t B . Because of the equivalence of the two functions, the relations HAA = HBB and HAB = HBA hold. The solutions of the secular equation are hence Ws = H ^ +AB (42 _ 3) and F, = H '* ~ 1 AB - (42-4) These correspond respectively to the wave functions 1 ' ' - * (42-5) V^ ~h ZA and (42-6) The subscripts S and A represent the words symmetric and antisymmetric, respectively (Sec. 29a); the wave function fa is XII-42a] THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE-ION 329 symmetric in the positional coordinates of the two nuclei A and B, and \!/A is antisymmetric in these coordinates. Introducing WH by use of the equation h 2 e 2 (which is the wave equation for ^i* x ), we obtain for the integral H AA the expression '_!+ -^-]u la dr = W H + J + -^w (42-7) n /*.'. I -^ "i ' ^ _ f 1 x ' IB TAB/ in which In this expression we have introduced in place of r AB the variable D = (42-9) a v ^ HBA and i?A5 are similarly given by the expression r = AIT. + X (42-10) in which A is the orthogonality integral, with the value A = e~ D (l +D + YsD*), (42-11) and K is the integral K = Mu *~ Mi< ^ T = ~ e " c(i + p) - (42 ~ 12) It is seen that J represents the Coulomb interaction of an electron in a Is orbital on nucleus A with nucleus B. K may be called a resonance or exchange integral, since both functions ^is 4 and Ui 8B occur in it. Introducing these values in Equations 42-3 and 42-4, we obtain 1 1+A and 330 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XII-42a us -0.9 t W-1.0 11 .1 O i\ \ A v ^ X --^ V /? ^ ^-^ r o 1 Curves showing these two quantities as functions of r AB are given in Figure 42-2. It is seen that \l/s corresponds to attraction, with the formation of a stable molecule-ion, whereas \I/ A corresponds to repulsion at all distances. There is rough agreement between observed properties of the hydrogen molecule-ion in its normal state and the values calculated in this simple way. The dis- sociation energy, calculated to be 1.77 v.e., is actually 2.78 v.e., and the equilibrium value of r ABj calculated as 1.32 A, is observed to be 1.06 i. The nature of the interactions involved in the formation of this stable molecule (with a one- electron bond) is clarified by the discussion of a hypothetical case. Let us assume that our system is composed of a hydrogen atom A and a hydrogen ion J5, and that even for small values of r AB the electron remains attached to nucleus A, the wave function hierVo^SorTn^: being , v The energy of the V2o), calculated for undistorted system would then be H AA , and hydrogen atom wave functions. ^ difference between this and e 2 / 1\ WH, namely e~ 2D [ I + -^ )> would be the energy of interaction do \ U/ of a normal hydrogen atom and a hydrogen ion. The curve representing this energy function, which before the discovery of the resonance phenomenon was supposed to correspond io the hydrogen molecule-ion, is shown in Figure 42-2 with the symbol N. It is seen that it does not correspond to the formation of a stable bond but instead to repulsion at all distances. The difference between this curve and the other two is that in this case we have neglected the resonance of the electron between the two nuclei A and B. It is this resonance which causes the actual hydrogen molecule-ion to be stable the energy of the one-electron bond is in the; main the energy of resonance of the electron between the two nuclei. (Other interactions, such as polarization of the atom in the field of the ion, also contribute to some extent to the stability of the bond. An attempt to anawer the question of the magnitude of this contribution will be given in the next section.) XII-42bJ THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE-ION 331 It is seen from the figure that the resonance interaction sets in at considerably larger distances than the Coulomb interaction of atom and ion. This results from the exponential factor e~ 2D in HAA, as compared with e~ D in the resonance integral K. For values of r AB larger than 2 A the energy functions Wa and WA are closely approximated by the values WH + K and Wa K, respectively. In accordance with the argument of Section 416, the resonance energy K corresponds to the electron's jumping back and forth between the nuclei with the frequency 2K/h. Problem 42-1. Verify the expressions given for HAA, HAB, and A in Equations 42-7 to 42-12. 42b. Other Simple Variation Treatments. We can easily improve the preceding treatment by introducing an effective nuclear charge Z'e in the hydrogenlike Is wave functions UI, A and MI V This was done by Finkelstein and Horowitz. 1 On minimizing the energy Ws relative to Z' for various values of r AB , they obtained a curve for W s similar to that of Figure 42-2, but with a lower minimum displaced somewhat to the left. They found for the equilibrium value of r AB the value 1.06 A, in com- plete agreement with experiment. The value of the effective atomic number Z f at this point is 1.228, and the energy of the sys- tem (neglecting oscillational and rotational energy) is 15.78 v.e., as compared with the correct value 16.31 v.e.; the value of the dissociation energy D e = 2.25 v.e. differing from the cor- rect value 2.78 v.e. by 0.53 v.e. The variation of the effective atomic number from the value 1 has thus reduced the error by one-half. The energy of the bond for this function too is essentially resonance energy. Dickinson 2 introduced an additional term, dependent on two additional parameters, in order to take polarization into account. He wrote for the (not yet normalized) variation function in which the first two terms represent as before Is hydrogenlike wave functions with effective nuclear charge Z'e and the remain- 1 B. N. FINKELSTEIN and G. E. HOROWITZ, Z.f. Phys. 48, 118 (1928). * B. N. DICKINSON, /. Chem. Phys. 1, 317 (1933). 332 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XII-42b ing two terms functions such as 2p z as described in Section 21, Z" - cos #, a in which # is taken relative to a 2 axis extending from nucleus A toward nucleus B (and the reverse for U% PB ). The parameter o- determines the extent to which these functions enter. The interpretation of the effect of these functions as representing polarization of one atom by the other follows from their nature. The function UI, A + <TU^ PA differs from Ui a ^ by a positive amount on the side nearer B and a negative amount on the farther side, in this way being concentrated toward B in the way expected for polarization. 1 On minimizing the energy relative to the three parameters and to r\ B , Dickinson found for the equilibrium distance the value 1.06 A, and for the energy 16.26 v.e., the parameters having the values Z f = 1.247, Z" = 2.868, and a = 0.145. 2 The energy calculated for this function differs by only 0.05 v.e. from the correct value, so that we may say, speaking somewhat roughly, that the energy of the one-electron bond is due almost entirely to resonance of the electron between the two nuclei and to polarization of the hydrogen atom in the field of the hydrogen ion, with resonance making the greater contribution (about 2.25 v.e., as given by Finkelstein and Horowitz's function) and polarization the smaller (about 0.5 v.e.). It was found by Guillemin and Zener 3 that another variation function containing only two parameters provides a very good value for the energy, within 0.01 v.e. of the correct value, the equilibrium separation of the nuclei being 1.06 A, as for all functions discussed except the simple one of the preceding section. This function is 1 The introduction of such a function to take care of polarization was first made (for the hydrogen molecule) by N. Rosen, Phys. Rev. 38, 2099 (1931). 2 It will be noted that Z" is approximately twice Z'. Dickinson found that the error in the energy is changed only by 0.02 v.e. by placing Z" equal to 2Z', the best values of the parameters then being Z' = 1.254, <r = 0.1605. * V. GUILLEMIN, JR., and C. ZENER, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 16, 314 (1929). XII-42c] THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE-ION 333 the best values of the parameters being Z f = 1.13, Z" = 0.23. The interpretation of this function is not obvious; we might say, however, that each of the two terms of the function represents a polarized hydrogen atom, the first term, for example, being large only in the neighborhood of nucleus A, and being there -z" r -2 polarized in the direction of nucleus B by the factor e ao -z' r multiplying the hydrogenlike function e ao , the entire wave function then differing from Dickinson's mainly in the way in which the polarization is introduced. The value of the principal effective atomic number Z' = 1.13 is somewhat smaller than Dickinson's value 1.247. A still more simple variation function giving better results has been recently found by James. 1 This function is in which and 77 are the confocal elliptic coordinates defined in the following section (Eq. 42-15), and d and c are parameters? with best values d = 1.35 and c = 0.448. The value of the dissociation energy given by this function is D e = 2.772 v.e., the correct value being 2.777 v.e. 42c. The. Separation and Solution of the Wave Equation. It was pointed out by Burrau 2 that the wave equation for the hydrogen molecule-ion, Equation 42-1, is separable in confocal elliptic coordinates and r? and the azimuthal angle (p. The coordinates and 77 are given by the equations t = TAB (42-15) - r B ^ ' On introduction of these coordinates (for which the Laplace operator is given in Appendix IV), the wave equation becomes -0, (4J-I6) 1 H. M. JAMES, private communication to the authors. * 0YVIND BURRAU, Det. Kgl. Danske Vid. Selskab. 7, 1 (1927). 334 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XII-42c in which we have made use of the relation t>2 P 2 i TA TB r 2 (2 __ ^2) and have multiplied through by The quantity W, given by W' = W - -, (42-17) is the energy of the electron in the field of the two nuclei, the mutual energy of the two nuclei being added to this to give the total energy W. It is seen that on replacing \l/(%, TJ, (p) by the product function this equation is separable 1 into the three differential equations = -m 2 <i>, (42-19) and 2 _ 1} gl + ( _ X 2 + 2 > _ ^ + M )H = 0, (42-21) ^ ' fj C I \ *-^ If ' ^ ' in which X = -- and D = ^- (42-23) The range of the variable is from 1 to o , and of 77 from 1 to + 1. The surfaces = constant are confocal ellipsoids of revolu- tion, with the nuclei afc the foci, and the surfaces rj = constant are confocal hyperboloids. The parameters m, X, and /z must assume characteristic values in order that the equations possess acceptable solutions. The familiar <p equation possesses such solutions for m = 0, 1, 2, . The subsequent procedure of solution consists in finding the relation which must exist 1 The equation is also separable for the case that the two nuclei have different charges. Xn-42cl THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE-ION 335 between X and ju in order that the t\ equation possess a satis- factory solution, and, using this relation, in then finding from the equation the characteristic values of X and hence of the energy. This procedure was carried out for the normal state of the hydrogen molecule-ion by Burrau in 1927 by numerical integra- tion of the and v\ equations. More accurate treatments have since been given by Hylleraas 1 and by Jaflte. 2 (The simple treatment of Guillemin and Zener, described in the preceding fection, approaches Burrau's in accuracy.) We shall not describe these treatments in detail but shall give a brief dis- i cussion of one of them (that of Hylleraas) after first pre- senting the results. The energy values calculated by the three authors are given in Table 42-1 and shown graph- ically in Figure 42-3. It is seen that the curve is qualitatively similar to that given by the very -08 -0.9 -1.0 -1.2 -1.3 1 2345 r AB/a -- , . , , , c ,. An FIG. 42-3. The energy of the Simple treatment OI bection 42a normal hydrogen molecule-ion (in units (Fig. 42-2). The three treat- e2/2oo) as a fun ction of TAB. ments agree in giving for the equilibrium value 3 of r AB 2.00 a or 1.06 A, as was found for the variation functions of the preceding section also. This is in complete agreement with the band- spectral value. Spectroscopic data have not been obtained for the hydrogen molecule-ion itself but rather for various excited states of the hydrogen molecule. It is believed that these are states involving a normal hydrogen molecule-ion as core, with a highly excited outer electron in a large orbit, having little effect 1 E. A. HYLLERAAS, Z. f. Phys. 71, 739 (1931). 2 G. JAFF, Z. f. Phys. 87, 535 (1934). 3 The average value of TAB for various oscillational states as determined from band-spectral data is found to be a function of the vibrational quantum number w, usually increasing somewhat with increasing v. The value for v = is represented by the symbol r , and the extrapolated value corre- sponding to the minimum of the electronic energy function by the symbol r f . The vibrational frequencies are similarly represented by w and v. (or by o>o and w, which have found favor with band spectroscopists) and the energies of dissociation by Do and D. 336 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XII -42c on the potential function for the nuclei; this belief being supported by the constancy of the values of r e and v e (the oscillational frequency) shown by them. The values of r e were extrapolated by Birge 1 and Richardson 2 to give 1.06 A for the molecule-ion. TABLE 42-1. ELECTRONIC ENERGY VALUES FOR THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE-ION Wu (in i mils Rhc) TAB! 'do Burrau Guillemin and Zener Hylleraas Jafte 5 00 00 00 5302 00 5300 1.0 1 25 -0.896 -0.903 -0.9046 -1.0826 -0.9035 1 5 -1.1644 1.75 2.00 2.25 2 5 -1 195* -1 204 -1.198* -1.198f -1.205 -1.197f -1.1980 -1.20527 - 1 . 1998 -1 1878 -1.20528 2 75 - 1 1716 3 -1 154 -1 1551 1 1544 00 -1.000 -1 000 -1.0000 -1 0000 * Interpolated between adjacent values calculated by Burrau, who estimated his accu- racy in the neighborhood of the minimum as 0.002 Rhc. t Interpolated values. The value 1.20528jR/ic for the energy of the molecule-ion is also substantiated by experiment; the discussion of this com- parison is closely connected with that for the hydrogen molecule, and we shall postpone it to Section 43d. The behavior of the minimum, however, can be compared with experiment by way of the vibrational energy levels. By matching a Morse curve to his calculated points and applying Morse's theory (Sec. 35d), Hylleraas found for the energy of the molecule ion in successive vibrational levels given by the quantum number v the expression W v = -1.20527 + 0.0206 (v + ]/%) - 0.0005 l(v + Y 2 )\ (42-24) in units Rhc. This agrees excellently with the expressions obtained by Birge 1 and Richardson 2 by extrapolation of the observed vibrational levels for excited states of the hydrogen 1 R. T. BIRGE, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 14, 12 (1928). 1 O. W. RICHARDSON, Trans. Faraday Soc. 26, 686 (1929). XII-42C] THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE-ION 337 molecule, their coefficients in these units being 0.0208 and -0.00056, and 0.0210 and -0.00055, respectively. The value W e = 1.20527# H /*c corresponds to an electronic energy of the normal hydrogen molecule-ion of 16.3073 v.e. (using Rnhc = 13.5300 v.e.) and an electronic dissociation energy into H + H+ of D e = 2.7773 v.e., this value being shown to be accurate to 0.0001 v.e. by the agreement between the calculations of Hylleraas and Jaff6. The value of D , the dissociation energy of the molecule-ion in its lowest vibrational state, differs from this by the correction terms given in Equation 42-24. These FIG. 42-4. The electron distribution function for the normal hydrogen molecule-ion (Burrau). The upper curve shows the value of the function along the line passing through the two nuclei, and the lower figure shows contour lines for values 0.9, 0.8, ,0.1 times the maximum value. terms are not known so accurately, either theoretically or experimentally. Hylleraas's values lead to a correction of 0.138 v.e., Birge's to 0.139 v.e., and Richardson's to 0.140 v.e. If we accept the theoretical value 0.138 0.002 v.e. we obtain D = 2.639 0.002 v.e. as the value of the dissociation energy of the normal hydrogen molecule-ion. The wave function for the normal molecule-ion as evaluated by Burrau corresponds to the electron distribution function repre- sented by Figure 42-4. It is seen that the distribution is closely concentrated about the line between the two nuclei, the electron remaining most of the time in this region. Let us now return to a brief discussion of one of the accurate treatments of this system, that of Hylleraas, which illustrates 338 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XH-42c the method of approximate solution of the wave equation dis- cussed in Section 27a. The variable TJ extends through the range 1 to +1, which is the range traversed by the argument z = cos # of the associated Legendre functions Pi m| of Section 19. With Hylleraas we expand the function H(r;) in terms of these functions, writing ^to, (42-25) in which the coefficients ci are constants. Substituting this expression in Equation 42-20, and simplifying with the aid of the differential equation satisfied by the associated Legendre func- tions, Equation 19-9, we obtain the equation 2) cilAij* -n-l(l + 1) jPl-'fo) = 0. (42-26) J-M We can eliminate the factor ?? 2 by the use of the recursion formula - (*- H + D(t- N+2) p , ~ (21 + l)(2l + 3) n+1 ((I - \m\ + IX* + \m\ + 1) (I - \m\)(l + \m\) ,, 3) ~*~ (21 - 1)(2J + 1 ' which is easily obtained by successive application of the ordinary recursion formula 19-16. On introducing this in Equation 42-26, it becomes a simple series in the functions / >l ( m| (i;) with coefficients independent of rj. Because of the orthogonality of these functions, their coefficients must vanish independently in order that the sum vanish (Sec. 22). This gives the condition - m - A '- (21 - 3) ( - 1) '- 2 (21 + !)( + 3) which is a three-term recursion formula in the coefficients c/. XII-42c] THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE-ION 339 We now consider the set of equations 42-28 for different values of I as a set of simultaneous linear homogeneous equations in the unknown quantities cj. In order that the set may possess a non- trivial solution, the determinant formed by the coefficients of the Cj's must vanish. This gives a determinantal equation involving X and /*, from which we determine the relation between them. We are interested in the normal state of the system, with m = and I even. The determinantal equation for this case is * 2 15 X 39 77 2T X - 20 - = 0. (42-29) The only non-vanishing terms are in the principal diagonal and the immediately adjacent diagonals. As a rough approximation (to the first degree in X) we can neglect the adjacent diagonals; the roots of the equation are then p, = J^X, M = 1 KiX ~ 6, ^ = 3$^ 7 \ _ 20, etc. We are interested in the first of these. In order to obtain it more accurately, we solve the equation again, including the first two non-diagonal terms, and replacing /z in the second diagonal term by J^X. This equation, fr 2l = 0, has the solution M = + + in which powers of X higher than the third are neglected. Hyller- aas carried the procedure one step farther, obtaining + % 35 X 2 + - 0.000013X 4 - 0.0000028X 5 . This equation expresses the functional dependency of M on X for the normal state, as determined by the 77 equation. The next step is to introduce this in the equation, eliminating /*, and then to solve this equation to obtain the characteristic 340 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XII-43a values of X and hence of the energy as a function of r AB . Because of their more difficult character, we shall not discuss the methods of solution of this equation given by Hylleraas and Jaffe. 42d. Excited States of the Hydrogen Molecule-ion. We have discussed (Sec. 42a) one of the excited electronic states of the hydrogen molecule-ion, with a nuclear-antisymmetric wave function formed from normal hydrogen-atom functions. This is not a stable state of the molecule-ion, inasmuch as the potential function for the nuclei does not show a minimum- Calculations of potential functions for other excited states, many of which correspond to stable states of the molecule-ion, have been made by various investigators, 1 among whom Teller, Hylleraas, and JafT6 deserve especial mention. 43. THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE 43a. The Treatment of Heitler and London. The following simple treatment of the hydrogen molecule (closely similar to that of the hydrogen molecule-ion described in Section 42a) does not differ essentially from that given by Heitler and London 2 in 1927, which marked the inception (except for Burrau's earlier paper on the molecule-ion) of the application of wave mechanics to problems of molecular structure and valence theory. Heitler and London's work must be considered as the greatest single contri- bution to the clarification of the chemist's conception of valence which has been made since G. N. Lewis's suggestion in 1916 that the chemical bond between two atoms consists of a pair of electrons held jointly by the two atoms. Let us first consider our problem with neglect of the spin of the electrons, which we shall then discuss toward the end of the section. The system comprises two hydrogen nuclei, A and B, and two electrons, whose coordinates we shall designate by the symbols 1 and 2. Using the nomenclature of Figure 43-1, the wave equation for the two electrons corresponding to fixed posi- tions of the two nuclei is 1 P. M. MORSE and E. C. G. STUECKELBEBG, Phys. Rev. 33, 932 (1929); E. A. HYLLERAAS, Z.f. Phys. 61, 150 (1928); 71, 739 (1931); J. E. LENNARD- JONES, Trans. Faraday Soc. 24, 668 (1929); E. TELLER, Z. f. Phys. 61, 458 (1930); G. JAFFE, Z.f. Phys. 87, 535 (1934). 1 W. HEITLER and F. LONDON, Z. f. Phys. 44, 455 (1927). Xn-43a] THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE 341 + 7*12 (43-1) For very large values of r AB we know that in its normal state the system consists of two normal hydrogen atoms. Its wave func- tions (the state having two-fold degeneracy) are then u ia (1) Ui 8B (2) and Ui 8s (l) t6u A (2) or any two independent linear com- binations of these two (the wave function WU A (!) representing a hydrogenlike Is wave function for electron 1 about nucleus A, r !2 A r AB B FIQ. 43-1. Coordinates used for the hydrogen molecule, represented diagram- matically. etc., as given in Section 21). This suggests that for smaller values of TAB we use as variation function a linear combination of these two product functions. We find as the secular equation corresponding to this linear variation function (Sec. 26d) - W i ii - A 2 TF u U -W = 0, (43-2) in which and with Hi n = A 2 = and ^n = It is seen that A is the orthogonality integral introduced in Section 42a, and given by Equation 42-11. With Hi i = H u u and Hi ii = Hu i, the equation can be immediately solved to give 342 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XH-48a Ws = g " tffi 11 (43-3) and WA = fll j lf 2 in > (43-i) corresponding to the wave functions \l/ a = .. {w la (l)tti, (2) + tii, (!)MI (2)} (43-5) V 2 + 2A 2 * * * -4 and \l/s is symmetric in the positional coordinates of the two electrons and also in the positional coordinates of the two nuclei, whereas \(/A is antisymmetric in both of these sets of coordinates. On evaluation we find for Hi i the expression Hi * = f f ^a)ui, fl (2)(W* -.-.!!.+.!!. + JL} 2W H + 2J + J' + , (43-7) TAB in which J is the integral of Equation 42-8 and J r is r , .f f{"u.(l)tt 1 .,(2)} | , J' = 6* I - 4 - * - dridr 2 J J rw - ^ --<B +T + ! + with D as before equal to r A B/a<>. Similarly we find for HI n the expression HI n - J J^(iK, K' + A , (43-0) r* in which K is the integral of Equation 42-12 and K' ie Xn-48a] THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE 343 K , _ + g{A*(7 + log Z>) (43-10) in which 7 =0.5772 is Euler's constant and A' - e*(l -D + y^\ Ei is the function known as the integral logarithm. 1 (The integral K' was first evaluated by Sugiura, 2 after Heitler and London had developed an approximate expression for it.) J' represents the Coulomb interaction of an electron in a Is orbital on nucleus A with an electron in a Is orbital on nucleus B y and K f is the corresponding resonance or exchange integral. Substituting these values in Equations 43-3 and 43-4, we obtain w 9W j_ e ' . 2 J + J f + 2A K + K' ,. in W s = 2W H + + - r+~& - (43-11) and Curves representing Ws and WA as functions of r AB are shown in Figure 43-2. It is seen that WA corresponds to repulsion at all distances, there being no equilibrium position of the nuclei. The curve for Wa corresponds to attraction of the two hydrogen atoms with the formation of a stable molecule, the equilibrium value calculated for TAB being 0.80 A, in rough agreement with the experimental value 0.740 A, The energy of dissociation of the molecule into atoms (neglecting the vibrational energy of the nuclei) is calculated to be 3.14 v.e., a value somewhat smaller than the correct value 4.72 v.e. The curvature of the potential function near its minimum corresponds to a vibrational frequency for the nuclei of 4800 cm" 1 , the band-spectral value being 4317.9 cm- 1 . It is seen that even this very simple treatment of the problem leads to results in approximate agreement with experiment. 1 See, for example, Jahnke and Emde, "Funktionentafeln." * Y. SUQIURA, Z. /. Phys. 46, 484 (1927). 344 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XII-43a It may be mentioned that the accuracy of the energy calculation is greater than appears from the values quoted for D e , inasmuch as the energy of the electrons in the field of the two nuclei (differing from Ws by the term C^/TAB) at TAB = 1.5a is calculated to be 2Wn 18.1 v.e., and the error of 1.5 v.e. is thus only a few per cent of the total electronic interaction energy. It is interesting and clarifying for this system also (as for the hydrogen molecule-ion) to discuss the energy function for a hypothetical case. {Let us suppose that the wave function for the system were ^ r = Ui a (1) Uis B (2) alone. The energy of the system would then be HI i, which is shown as curve N in Figure 43-2. I It is seen that this curve gives only a small attraction between the two atoms, with a bond energy at equilibrium only a few per cent of the observed value. The wave function fa differs from this function in the interchange of the coordinates of the electrons, jind we conse- quently say that the energy of the bond in the hydrogen 2 3 r AB/a -* Fio. 43-2. Energy curves for the molecule is in the main reso- hydrogen molecule (in units e 2 /2ao). ~ * . i nance or interchange energy. So far we have not taken into consideration the spins of the electrons. On doing this we find, exactly as for the helium atom, that in order to make the complete wave functions anti- symmetric in the electrons, as required by Pauli's principle, the orbital wave functions must be multiplied by suitably chosen spin functions, becoming ~[ V2 and [a(l)0(2)+0(l)a(2)J, ^0(1)0(2). There are hence three repulsive states A for one attractive state S; the chance is K that two normal hydrogen atoms XII -43b] THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE 345 will interact with one another in the way corresponding to the formation of a stable molecule. It is seen that the normal state of the hydrogen molecule is a singlet state, the spins of the two electrons being opposed, whereas the repulsive state A is p triplet state. 43b. Other Simple Variation Treatments. The simple step of introducing an effective nuclear charge Z'e in the Is hydrogen- like wave functions of 43-5 was taken by Wang, 1 who found that this improved the energy somewhat, giving D e = 3.76 v.e., and that it brought the equilibrium internuclear distance r e down to 0.76 A, only slightly greater than the experimental value 0.740 A. The effective nuclear charge at the equilib- rium distance was found to be Z e = 1.1666. There exists the possibility that wave functions correspond- -5ve w| ,0 -15 FIG. 43-3. The mutual Coulomb ing to the ionic structures H~H + and H + H~ might also make an appreciable Contribution to energy of two ions with charges -He ji r A- r Ai and e as a function of TAB- the wave function for the nor- mal state of the molecule. These ionic functions are Ui a (I) u\ 9 (2) and U\ SB (I) Uis B (2), the corresponding spin function allowed by Pauli's principle being {(!) ft (2) - 0(1) a(2)}, as for \/2 \l/s. It is true that for large values of TAB the energy of the ionic functions is 12.82 v.e. greater than that for the atomic functions, this being the difference of the ionization potential and the electron affinity (Sec. 29c) of hydrogen; but, as TAB is decreased, the Coulomb interaction of the two ions causes the energy for the ionic functions to decrease rapidly, as shown in Figure 43-3, the difference of 12.82 v.e. being counteracted at 1.12 A. This rough calculation suggests that the bond in the hydrogen molecule may have considerable ionic character, the structures IHH" 1 " and H+H~ of course contributing equally. The wave function u lt ,(2) 1 S. C. WANG, Phys. Rev. 31, 579 (1928). (43-13) 346 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XII-43b -2.16 was considered by Weinbaum, l using an effective nuclear charge Z'e in all the Is hydrogenlike functions. On varying the param- eters, he found the minimum of the energy curve (shown in Figure 43-4) to lie at TAB = 0.77 A, and to correspond to the value 4.00 v.e. for the dissociation energy D e of the molecule. This is an appreciable improvement, of 0.24 v.e., over the value given by Wang's function. The parameter values minimizing the energy 2 were found to be Z' = 1.193 and c = 0.256. It may be of interest to consider the hydrogen-mole- cule problem from another point of view. So far we have attempted to build a wave func- tion for the molecule from atomic orbital functions, a pro- cedure which is justified as a first approximation when r AB is large. This procedure, as -2.32 lib 1.25 r AB/a FIG. 43-4. Energy curves for the hydrogen molecule (in units e 2 /2ao): A, generalized to Complex for an extreme molecular-orbital wave , . 11 j function; B, for an extreme valence- CUleS > 1S caliea bond wave function; and c, for a valence-bond wave functions y the niC name sometimes being used in the restricted sense of implying neglect of the ionic terms. Another way of considering the structure of complex molecules, called the method of molecular orbitals* can be applied to the hydrogen molecule in the following way. Let us consider that for small values of TAB the interaction of the two electrons with each other is small compared with their interaction with the two nuclei. Neglecting the term e 2 /r 12 in the potential energy, the wave equation separates into equa- tions for each electron in the field of the two nuclei, as in the hydrogen-molecule-ion problem, and the unperturbed wave function for the normal state of the molecule is seen to be the 1 S. WEINBAUM, J. Chem. Phys. 1, 593 (1933). * Weinbaum also considered a more general function with different effective nuclear charges for the atomic and the ionic terms and found that this reduced to 43-13 on variation. F. HUND, Z. f. Phys. 51, 759 (1928); 73, 1 (1931); etc.; R. S. MULLIKEN, Phys. Rev. 32, 186, 761 (1928); 41, 49 (1932); etc.; M. DUNKEL, Z.f. phys. Chem. B7, 81; 10, 434 (1930); E. HUCKBL, Z.f. Phys. 60, 423 (1930); etc. XII-43b] THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE 347 product of normal hydrogen-molecule-ion wave functions for the two electrons. Inasmuch as the function WI, A (!) + ^i a (l) is a good approximation to the wave function for the electron in the normal hydrogen molecule-ion, the molecular-orbital treatment corresponds to the wave function { w^(l) + u l9B (l) } {u l8A (2) + u Uj (2) } (43-14) for the normal hydrogen molecule. It is seen that this is identical with Weinbaum's function 43-13 with c = 1; that is, with the ionic terms as important as the atomic terms. If the electric charges of the nuclei were very large, the inter- electronic interaction term would actually be a small perturba- tion, and the molecular-orbital wave function 43-14 would be a good approximation to the wave function for the normal state of the system. In the hydrogen molecule, however, the nuclear charges are no larger than the electronic charges, and the mutual repulsion of the two electrons may well be expected to tend to keep the electrons in the neighborhood of different nuclei, as in the simple Heitler-London-Wang treatment. It would be difficult to predict which of the two simple treatments is the better. On carrying out the calculations 1 for the molecular- orbital function 43-14, introducing an effective atomic number Z' y the potential curve A of Figure 43-4 is obtained, correspond- ing to r e = 0.73 A, D e = 3.47 v.e., and Z' = 1.193. It is seen that the extreme atomic-orbital treatment (the Wang curve) is considerably superior to the molecular-orbital treatment for the hydrogen molecule. 2 This is also shown by the results for the more general function 43-13 including ionic terms with a coeffi- cient c; the value of c which minimizes the energy is 0.256, which is closer to the atomic-orbital extreme (c = 0) than to the molecular-orbital extreme (c = 1). For the doubly charged helium molecule-ion, He^~+, a treatment Dased on the function 43-13 has been carried through, 3 leading to the energy curve shown in Figure 43-5. It is seen that at large distances the two normal He+ ions repel each other with the force e 2 /r 2 . At about 1.3 A the effect of the resonance integrals 1 For this treatment we are indebted to Dr. S. Weinbaum. 2 Similar conclusions are reached also when Z' is restricted to the value 1 (Heitler-London treatment). *L. PAULING, /. Chem. Phys. 1, 56 (1933). 348 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XII-43b becomes appreciable, leading to attraction of the two ions and a minimum in the energy curve at the predicted internuclear equilibrium distance r e = 0.75 A (which is very close to the value for the normal hydrogen molecule). At this distance the values of the parameters which minimize the energy are Z' = 2.124 and c = 0.435. This increase in the value of c over that for the hydrogen molecule shows that as a result of the larger nuclear charges the ionic terms become more important than for the hydrogen molecule. , t 10 Q5 "1^ 15 2.0* FIQ. 43-5. The energy curve for normal He^. We have discussed the extension of the extreme atomic-orbital treatment by the inclusion of ionic terms. A further extension could be made by adding terms corresponding to excited states of the hydrogen atoms. Similarly the molecular-orbital treat- ment could be extended by adding terms corresponding to excited states of the hydrogen molecule-ion. With these extensions the treatments ultimately become identical. 1 In the applications to complex molecules, however, it is usually practicable to carry through only the extremely simple atomic- orbital and molecular-orbital treatments; whether the slight superiority indicated by the above considerations for the atomic- 1 See J. C. SLATER, Phijs. Rev. 41, 255 (1932). XII -43c] THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE 349 orbital treatment is retained also for molecules containing atoms of larger atomic number remains an open question. So far we have not considered polarization of one atom by the other in setting up the variation function. An interesting attempt to do this was made by Rosen, 1 by replacing u it (1) in the Heitler-London-Wang function by Wi, A (l) + <ru 2pA (l) (with a similar change in the other functions), as in Dickinson's treatment of the hydrogen molecule-ion (which was suggested by Rosen's work). The effective nuclear charges Z'e in u it and Z"e in u 2p were assumed to be related, with Z" = 2Z'. It was found that this leads to an improvement of 0.26 v.e. in the value of D e over Wang's treatment, the minimum in the energy corresponding to the values r e = 0.77 A, D e = 4.02 v.e., Z' = 1.19, and a = 0.10. A still more general function, obtained by adding ionic terms (as in 43-13) to the Rosen function, was discussed by Weinbaum, who obtained D e = 4.10 v.e., Z 7 = 1.190, a- = 0.07, and c = 0.176. The results of the various calculations described in this section are collected in Table 43-1, together with the final results of James and Coolidge (see following section). TABLE 43-1. RESULTS OF APPROXIMATE TREATMENTS OF THE NORMAL HYDROGEN MOLECULE D, r V t Z' Heitler-London-Sugiura 3 14 v.e. 80 A 4800 cm" 1 Molecular-orbital treatment 3 47 73 1 193 Wang 3 76 76 4900 1 166 Weinbaum (ionic) 4 00 77 4750 1 193 Rosen (polarization) 4.02 0.77 4260 1 19 Weinbaum (ionic-polarization) .... 4.10 1 190 James-Coo lidge 4 722 74 Experiment 4.72 0.7395 4317.9 43c. The Treatment of James and Coolidge. In none of the variation functions discussed in the preceding section does the interelectronic interaction find suitable expression. A major advance in the treatment of the hydrogen molecule was made by James and Coolidge 2 by the explicit introduction of the 1 N. ROSEN, Phys. Rev. 38, 2099 (1931). 8 H. M. JAMES and A. S. COOMDGE, /. Chem. Phys. 1, 825 (1933). 350 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XII-43c interelectronic separation r i2 in the variation function (the similar step by Hylleraas having led to the ultimate solution of the problem of the normal helium atom). Using the elliptic coordinates (Sec. 42c) ,. ?AI + r B \ .. TAZ + r B2 j -. - , 2 _ - , TAB r^a FAI ~ T B \ TAZ r* 2 TAB TAB and the new coordinate 2r 12 w = - y TAB James and Coolidge chose as the variation function the expression P )> (43-15) mnjfcp the summation to include zero and positive values of the indices, with the restriction that j + k be even, which is required to make the function symmetric in the coordinates of the nuclei. Calculations were first made for TAB = 1.40a (the experi- mental value of r) and 6 = 0.75; with these fixed values the variation of the parameters can be carried out by the solution of a determinantal equation (Sec. 26d). It was found that five terms alone lead to an energy value much better than any that had been previously obtained, 1 the improvement being due in the main to the inclusion of one term involving u (Tables 43-2 and 43-3). It is seen from Table 43-2 that the eleven-term and thirteen-term functions lead to only slightly different energy values, and the authors' estimate that the further terms will contribute only a small amount, making D e = 4.722 0.013 v.e., seems not unreasonable. Using the eleven-term function, James and Coolidge investi- gated the effects of varying 5 and TAB, concluding that the values previously assumed minimize the energy, corresponding to agreement between the theoretical and the experimental value of r e , and that the energy depends on TAB in such a way as to correspond closely to the experimental value of v e . 1 It is of interest that the best value found by including only terms with p = is De = 4.27 v.e., which is only slightly better than the best values of the preceding section. XII -43d] THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE 351 This must be considered as a thoroughly satisfactory treat- ment of the normal hydrogen molecule, the only improvement which we may look forward to being the increase in accuracy by the inclusion of further terms. TABLE 43-2. SUCCESSIVE APPROXIMATIONS WITH THE JAMES-COOLIDGE WAVE FUNCTION FOR THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE Number of terms Total energy D. 1 -2.189 Rnhc 2.56 v.e. 5 -2.33290 4.504 11 -2.34609 4.685 13 -2.34705 4.698 TABLE 43-3. VALUES OF COEFFICIENTS c mn jkp FOR NORMALIZED WAVE FUNCTIONS FOR THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE* Term mnjkp Values of c mn jk p 1 term 5 terms 11 terms 13 terms 00000 00020 10000 00110 00001 10200 10110 10020 20000 00021 10001 00002 00111 1.69609 2.23779 0.80483 -0.60985 -0.27997 0.19917 2.29326 1 . 19526 -0.86693 -0.49921 0.33977 -0.13656 0.14330 -0.07214 0.06621 2.22350 1 . 19279 -0.82767 -0.45805 0.35076 -0.17134 0.12394 -0.12101 0.08323 0.07090 -0.03987 -0.01197 -0.01143 -0.02456 -0.03143 *In a later note, J. Chem. Phys. 3, 129 (1935), James and Coolidge state that these values are about 0.05 per cent too large. 43d. Comparison with Experiment. The theoretical values for the energy of dissociation of the hydrogen molecule and mole- cule-ion discussed in the preceding sections can be compared with experiment both directly and indirectly. The value Do = 2.639 0.002 v.e. for H is in agreement with the approximate value 2.6 0.1 v.e. found from the extrapolated vibrational frequencies for excited 352 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XII-43d states of H 2 . For the hydrogen molecule the energy calculations of James and Coolidge with an estimate of the effect of further terms and corrections for zero-point vibration (using a Morse function) and for the rapid motion of the nuclei (corresponding to the introduction of a reduced mass of electron and proton) lead to the value 1 4.454 0.013 v.e. for the dissociation energy -0 . This is in entire agreement with the most accurate experi- v=o v=o- H+H D e (H 2 ) D (H ? ) H 2 FIG. 43-6. Energy-level diagram for a system of two electrons and two protons. mental value, 4.454 0.005 v.e., obtained by Beutler 2 by the extrapolation of observed vibrational levels. Another test of the values can be made in the following way. From the energy-level diagram for a system of two electrons and 1 H. M. JAMES and A. S. COOLIDGE, J. Chem. Phys. 3, 129 (1935). We are indebted to Drs. James and Coolidge for the personal communication of this and other results of their work. 2 H. BEUTLER, Z. phys. Chem. B27, 287 (1934). A direct thermochemical determination by F. R. Bichowsky and L. C. Copeland, Jour. Am. Chem. Soc. 50, 1315 (1928), gave the value 4.55 0.15 v.e. XII-43e] THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE 353 two protons shown in Figure 43-6 we see that the relation /(H 2 ) + D (H+) = /(H) + #o(H 2 ) (43-16) holds between the various ionization energies and dissociation energies. With the use of the known values of /(H) and D (HJ) (the latter being the theoretical value) and of the extrapolated spectroscopic value of 7(H 2 ), Do(H 2 ) is determined 1 as 4.448 0.005 v.e., again in excellent agreement with the value given by James and Coolidge. 43e. Excited States of the Hydrogen Molecule. Several excited states of the hydrogen molecule have been treated by perturbation and variation methods, 2 with results in approximate agreement with experiment. Instead of discussing these results, let us consider the simple question as to what wave functions for the hydrogen molecule can be built from Is hydrogenlike functions u^ and U B alone. There are four product functions of this type, u A (l)u B (2), u B (l)u A (2), u A (l)u A (2), and u B (l)u B (2). The equivalence of the two electrons and of the two nuclei requires that the wave functions obtained from these by solution of the secular equation be either symmetric or antisymmetric in the positional coordi- nates of the two electrons and also either symmetric or antisym- metric in the two nuclei. These functions are u B (l)u A (2)}, {u A (l)u A (2) + u B (l)u B (2)} III u A (l)u B (2) - IV u A (l)u A (2) - functions I and II being formed by linear combination of the two indicated functions. One of these (I, say) represents the 1 Personal communication to Dr. James from Prof. O. W. Richardson. 2 E. C. KEMBLE and C. ZENER, Phys. Rev. 33, 512 (1929); C. ZENER and V. GUILLEMIN, Phys. Rev. 34, 999 (1929); E. A. HYLLERAAS, Z. f. Phys. 71,- 739 (1931); E. MAJORANA, Atti Accad. Lincei 13, 58 (1931); J. K. L. MAC DONALD, Proc. Roy. Soc. A136, 528 (1932). The method of James and Coolidge has been applied to several excited states of the hydrogen molecule by R. D. Present, J. Chem. Phys. 3, 122 (1935), and by H. M. James, A. S. Coolidge, and R. D. Present, in a paper to be published soon. 354 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XH-48e normal state of the molecule (Sec. 436, Weinbaum), and the other an excited state. The term symbol 1 2+ for these states contains the letter 2 to show that there is no component of electronic orbital angular momentum along the nuclear axis; the superscript 1 to show that the molecule is in a singlet state, as shown also by the symbol S B , meaning symmetric in the positional coordi- nates of the two electrons, Pauli's principle then requiring that the electron-spin function b& the singlet function and the superscript + to show that the electronic wave function is symmetric in the two nuclei, as shown also by S N . In addition the subscript g (German gerade) is given to show that the electronic wave function is an even function of the electronic coordinates. Functions III and IV are both antisymmetric in the nuclei, as indicated by the symbol A N and the superscript , and are odd functions, as shown by the subscript u (German ungerade), III being a triplet and IV a singlet function. A further discussion of these symmetry properties will be given in the next section and in Section 48. Function III represents the repulsive interaction of two normal hydrogen atoms, as mentioned in Section 43a. Function II is mainly ionic in character and function IV completely so, representing the interaction of H+ and H~. Of these IV cor- responds to a known state, the first electronically excited state of the molecule. As might have been anticipated from the ionic character of the wave function, the state differs in its prop- erties from the other known excited states, having r< = 1.29 A and v e = 1358 cm" 1 , whereas the others have values of r e and v e close to those for the normal hydrogen molecule-ion, 1.06 A and 2250 cm" 1 . The calculations of Zener and Guillemin and of Hylleraas have shown that at the equilibrium distance the wave function for this state involves some contribution from wave functions for one normal and one excited atom (with n = 2, 1 = 1), and with increase in TAB this contribution increases, the molecule in this state dissociating into a normal and an excited atom. The state corresponding to II has not yet been identified. Problem 48-1. Construct a wave function of symmetry type A N 8* from Is and 2p functions. Xn-43f] THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE 355 43f. Oscillation and Rotation of the Molecule. Ortho and Para Hydrogen, In accordance with the discussion of the pre- ceding sections and of Chapter X, we can represent the complete wave function for the hydrogen molecule as the product of five functions, one describing the orbital motion of the electrons, the second the orientation of electron spins, the third the oscilla- tional motion of the nuclei, the fourth the rotational motion of the nuclei, and the fifth the orientation of nuclear spins (assuming them to exist) : * - /electronicX / electronic- \ 7 . x/ , ./ nuclear- \ / , -x i V - V nuclear \/ nuclear \/ . \ I orbital V spin H . }( ][ spin I. I .. A . * . A oscillation 7V rotation 71 . . . I \ motion / \orient ation/ \ '\ ' yment ation/ For the normal electronic state the first of these is symmetric in the two electrons, the second antisymmetric, and the remaining three independent of the electrons (and hence symmetric), making the entire function antisymmetric in the two electrons, as required by Pauli's principle. Let us now consider the sym- metry character of these functions with respect to the nuclei. The first we have seen to be symmetric in the nuclei. The second is also symmetric, not being dependent on the nuclear coordinates. The third is also symmetric for all oscillational states, inasmuch as the variable r which occurs in the oscilla- tional wave function is unchanged by interchanging the nuclei. The rotational function, however, may be either symmetric or antisymmetric. Interchanging the two nuclei converts the polar angle # into TT # and <p into w + <p; the consideration of the rotational wave functions (Sees. 35a and 21) shows that this causes a change in sign if the rotational quantum number K is odd, and leaves the function unchanged if K is even. Hence the rotational wave function is symmetric in the nuclei for even rotational states and antisymmetric for odd rotational states. The nuclear-spin function can be either symmetric or antisym- metric, providing that the nuclei possess spins. By an argument identical with that given in Section 296 for the electrons in the helium atom we know that a system con- taining two identical protons can be represented either by wave functions which are symmetric in the protons or by wave func- tions which are antisymmetric in the protons. Let us assume 356 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XII -43f that the protons possessed no spins and that the symmetric functions existed in nature. Then only the even rotational states of the normal hydrogen molecule would occur (and only the odd rotational states of the A N electronic state IV of the preceding section). Similarly, if the antisymmetric functions existed in nature, only the odd rotational states of the normal molecule would occur. If, on the other hand, the protons possessed spins of % (this being the value of the nuclear-spin quantum number 7), both even and odd rotational states would occur, in the ratio of 3 to 1 if the complete wave function were symmetric or 1 to 3 if it were antisymmetric, inasmuch as there are for / = % three symmetric nuclear-spin wave functions, and and one antisymmetric one, 1 , , , In this case, then, we would observe alternating intensities in the rotational fine structure of the hydrogen bands, with the ratio of intensities 3:1 or 1:3, depending on the symmetry char- acter of protons. Similar alternating intensities result from larger values of /, the ratio being 1 / + 1 to /. It is seen that 1 Thus for 7 = 1 there are three spin functions for one particle, a, 0, and 7, say, corresponding to ra/ = -f-1, 0, 1. From these we can build the following wave functions for two particles, giving the ratio 2:1. Symmetric Antisymmetric (A) a(B) y(A) y(B) ~ a(B)} -={a(A) fi(B) - ft (A) a(B)} V2 V2 -={(A) y(B) + y(A) a(B)\ -~(A) y(B) - y(A) a(B)} V2 -= y(B) -f y(A) ft(B)} -=IA) y(B) - 7 (A) V2 \/2 XII-43f] THE HYDROGEN MOLECULE 357 from the observation and analysis of band spectra of molecules containing two identical nuclei the symmetry character and the spin of the nuclei can be determined. It was found by Dennison 1 (by a different method the study of the heat capacity of the gas, discussed in Section 49e) that protons (like electrons) have a spin of one-half, and that the allowed wave functions are completely antisymmetric in the proton coordinates (positional plus spin). This last statement is the exact analogue of the Pauli exclusion principle. 2 Each of the even rotational wave functions for the normal hydrogen molecule is required by this exclusion principle to be combined with the antisymmetric spin function, whereas each of the odd rotational wave functions can be associated with the three symmetric spin functions, giving three complete wave functions. Hence on the average there are three times as many complete wave functions for odd rotational states as for even, and at high temperatures three times as many molecules will be in odd as in even rotational states (Sec. 49e). Moreover, a molecule in an odd rotational state will undergo a transition to an even rotational state (of the normal molecule) only extremely rarely f for such a transition would result only from a perturbation involv- ing the nuclear spins, and these are extremely small in magnitude. Hence (as was assumed by Dennison) under ordinary circum- stances we can consider hydrogen as consisting of two distinct molecular species, one, called para hydrogen, having the nuclear spins opposed and existing only in even rotational states (for the normal electronic state), and the other, called ortho hydrogen, having the nuclear spins parallel and existing only in the odd rotational states. Ordinary hydrogen is one-quarter para and three-quarters ortho hydrogen. On cooling to liquid-air temperatures the molecules of para hydrogen in the main go over to the state with K and those of ortho hydrogen to the state with K = 1, despite the fact that at thermodynamic equilibrium almost all molecules would be in the state with K = 0, this metastable condition being retained for months. It was discovered by Bonhoeffer 1 D. M. DENNISON, Proc. Roy. Soc. A115, 483 (1927). 2 The spins and symmetry nature for other nuclei must at present be determined experimentally; for example, it is known that the deuteron has 7 = 1 and symmetric wave functions. 358 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XII-44a and Harteck, 1 however, that a catalyst such as charcoal causes thermodynamic equilibrium to be quickly reached, permitting the preparation of nearly pure para hydrogen. It is believed that under these conditions the ortho-para conversion is due to a magnetic interaction with the nuclear spins, 2 and not to dis- sociation into atoms and subsequent recombination, inasmuch as the reaction H 2 + D 2 *=* 2HD is not catalyzed under the same conditions. The conversion is catalyzed by paramagnetic sub- stances 3 (oxygen, nitric oxide, paramagnetic ions in solution), and a theoretical discussion of the phenomenon has been published. 4 At higher temperatures the conversion over solid catalysts seems to take place through dissociation and recombination. 44. THE HELIUM MOLECULE-ION Hef AND THE INTERACTION OF TWO NORMAL HELIUM ATOMS In the preceding sections we have discussed systems of two nuclei and one or two electrons. Systems of two nuclei and three or four electrons, represented by the helium molecule-ion He and by two interacting helium atoms, respectively, are treated in the following paragraphs. A discussion of the results obtained for systems of these four types and of their general significance in regard to the nature of the chemical bond and to the structure of molecules will then be presented in Section 45. 44a. The Helium Molecule -ion He. In treating the system of two helium nuclei and three electrons by the variation method let us first construct electronic wave functions by using only hydrogenlike Is orbital wave functions for the two atoms, which we may designate as U A and u By omitting the subscripts Is for the sake of simplicity. Four completely antisymmetric wave functions can be built from these and the spin functions a and ft. These are (before normalization) (44-1) (3) uX3) 0(3) a(3) (3) 1 K. F. BONHOEFFBR and P. HARTECK, Z.f. phys. Chem. B4, 113 (1929). 1 K. F. BONHOEFFER, A. PARKAS, and K. W. RUMMBL, Z. f. phys. Chern. B21, 225 (1933). L FARKAS and H. SACHSSB, Z. f. phys. Chem. B33, 1, 19 (1933). E. WIGNBR, Z. f. phys. Ckem. B23, 28 (1933). Xn-44a] THE HELIUM MOLECULE-ION 359 and fai = ttj(2)a(2) a(3) tt,(3) 0(3) (44-2) and two other functions, \l/ m and fav, obtained by replacing a by in the last column of these functions. It is seen that the function fa represents a pair of electrons with opposed spins on nucleus A (as in the normal helium atom) and a single electron with positive spin on nucleus B; this we might write as He: He+. Function ^n similarly represents the structure He-+ :He, the nuclei having interchanged their roles. It is evident that this system shows the same degeneracy as the hydrogen molecule- ion, and that the solution of the secular equation for fa and fai will lead to the functions \fr s and ^A, the nuclear-symmetric and nuclear-antisymmetric combinations of fa and fai (their sum and difference), as the best wave functions given by this approxi- mate treatment. The other wave functions ^ m and fav lead to the same energy levels. The results of the energy calculation 1 (which, because of its similarity to those of the preceding sections, does not need to be given in detail) are shown in Figure 44-1. It is seen that the nuclear-antisymmetric wave function \I/ A corresponds to repulsion at all distances, whereas the nuclear-symmetric function \f/ a leads to attraction and the formation of a stable molecule-ion. That this attraction is due to resorance between the structures He: -He"*" and He-+ :He is shown by comparison with the energy curve for fa or fai alone, given by the dashed line in Figure 44-1. We might express this fact by writing for the normal helium molecule-ion the structure He---He+, and saying that its stabil- ity is due to the presence of a three-electron bond between the two atoms. The function fa composed of Is hydrogenlike orbital wave functions with effective nuclear charge 2e leads to a minimum in the energy curve at r e = 1.01 A and the value 2.9 v.e. for the energy of dissociation D e into He + He+. A more accurate treatment 2 can be made by minimizing the energy for each value *L. PAULINO, /. Chem. Phys. 1, 56 (1933). 1 L. PAULING, Joe. cit. The same calculation with Z f given the fixed value 1.8 was made by E. Majorana, Nuovo Cim. 8, 22 (1931). 360 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XH-44a of TAB with respect to an effective nuclear charge Z'e. This leads to r e = 1.085 A, D e = 2.47 v.e., and the vib rational frequency v e = 1950 cm" 1 , with Z' equal to 1.833 at the equilib- rium distance. A still more reliable treatment can be made by introducing two effective nuclear charges Z'e and Z"e, one for the helium atom and one for the ion, and minimizing the energy with respect to Z' and Z", This has been done by Weinbaum, 1 IU 5 1 oT >o -5 FIG. 44-1. 1 dashed curve c( and He-+ :He b \\ V )A of Hot- The veen He: -He* v ,\ x ^^ ^ ~ \s 1^^ D OB 1.0 IB e.c r-* AB Energy curves for attractive and repulsive states Drresponds to a non-existent state, resonance beto eing excluded. who obtained the values r e = 1.097 A, D e = 2.22 v.e., Z' = 1.734, and Z" = 2.029. The results of these calculations are in good agreement with the experimental values given by excited states of the diatomic helium molecule (consisting of the normal mole- cule-ion and an outer electron), which are r e = 1.09 A, D e = 2.5 v.e., and v e = 1650 cm"" 1 . It is of interest that the system of a helium nucleus and a hydrogen nucleus and three electrons does not show the degeneracy of functions \f/i and ^n, and that in consequence the interaction of a normal helium atom and a normal hydrogen 1 S. WEINBAUM, /. Chem. Phys. 3, 547 (1935). XII-44b] THE HELIUM MOLECULE-ION 361 atom corresponds to repulsion, as has been verified by approxi- mate calculations. 1 44b. The Interaction of Two Normal Helium Atoms. We may write for the wave function for the normal state of a system consisting of two nuclei and four electrons the expression N u A (2)a(2) u A (2)0(2) u B (2)a(2) u B (2) 0(2) w,(4) 0(4) , (44-3) in which T/ A and M B represent Is wave functions about nuclei A and B, respectively, and JV is a normalizing factor. This wave function satisfies Pauli's principle, being completely anti- symmetric in the four electrons. It is the only wave function of this type which can be constructed with the use of the one- electron orbital functions U A and U B alone. It was mentioned by Heitler and London in their first paper 1 that rough theoretical considerations show that two normal helium atoms repel each other at all distances. The evaluation of the energy for the wave function \l/ of Equation 44-3 with UA and U B hydrogenlike Is wave functions with effective atomic number Z r = 2 J / ie was carried out by Gentile. 2 A more accurate calculation based on a helium-atom wave function not given by a single algebraic expression has been made by Slater, 3 who found that the interaction energy is given by the approxi- mate expression 2.43fl W - W Q = 7.70 - 10- 10 e <*> ergs. (44-4) This represents the repulsion which prevents the helium atoms from approaching one another very closely. The weak attrac- tive forces which give rise to the constant a of the van der Waals equation of state cannot be treated by a calculation of this type based on unperturbed helium-atom wave functions. It will be shown in Section 476 that the van der Waals attraction is a 6 a 6 given approximately by the energy term 1.41e 2 ^jor 0.607p 1 W. HEITLER and F. LONDON, Z. f. Phys. 44, 455 (1927). 2 G. GENTILE, Z. f. Phys. 63, 795 (1930). 8 J. C. SLATER, Phys. Rev. 32, 349 (1928). 362 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XH-45 ergs. The equilibrium interatomic distance corresponding to this attraction term and the repulsion term of Equation 44-4 is 3.0 A, in rough agreement with the experimental value of about 3.5 A for solid helium, showing that the theoretical calcu- lations are of the correct order of magnitude. 45. THE ONE-ELECTRON BOND, THE ELECTRON-PAIR BOND, AND THE THREE-ELECTRON BOND In the preceding sections we have discussed systems containing two nuclei, each with one stable orbital wave function (a Is function), and one, two, three, or four electrons. We have found that in each case an antisymmetric variation function of the determinantal type constructed from atomic orbitals and spin functions leads to repulsion rather than to attraction and the formation of a stable molecule. For the four-electron system only one such wave function can be constructed, so that two normal helium atoms, with completed K shells, interact with one another in this way. For the other systems, on the other hand, more than one function of this type can be set up (the two corresponding to the structures H- H+ and H + -H for the hydro- gen molecule-ion, for example); and it is found on solution of the secular equation that the correct approximate wave functions are the sum and difference of these, and that in each case one of the corresponding energy curves leads to attraction of the atoms and the formation of a stable bond. We call the bonds involving two orbitals (one for each nucleus) and one, two, and three electrons the one-electron bond, the electron-pair bond, and the three-electron bond, respectively. The calculations for the hydrogen molecule-ion, the hydrogen molecule, and the helium molecule-ion show that for these systems the electron-pair bond is about twice as strong a bond (using the dissociation energy as a measure of the strength of a bond) as the one-electron bond or the three-electron bond. 1 This fact alone provides us with some explanation of the great impor- tance of the electron-pair bond in molecular structure in general and the subsidiary roles played by the one-electron bond and the three-electron bond. 2 1 See, however, the treatment of Li"^ by H. M. JAMES, /. Chem. Phys. 3, 9 (1935). L. PAULWG, /. Am. Chem. Soc. 53, 3225 (1931). Xn-46] THE ONE-ELECTRON BOND 363 There is a still more cogent reason for the importance of the electron-pair bond. This is the nature of the dependence of the energy of the bond on the similarity or dissimilarity of the two nuclei (or the two orbitals) involved. Using only two orbitals, U A and U B , we can construct for the one-electron system only the two wave functions and (together with two others involving 0(1) which do not combine with these and which lead to the same energy curves). These correspond to the electronic structures A- B+ and A+ 'B. If A and B are identical (or if fa and ^n correspond to the same energy because of an accidental relation between the orbitals and the nuclear charges) there is degeneracy, and the interaction of fa and \//u causes the formation of a stable one-electron bond. If this equality of the energy does not obtain, the bond is weak- ened, the bond energy falling to zero as the energy difference for \l/i and \l/u becomes very large. The three-electron bond behaves similarly. The wave func- tions (Eqs. 44-1 and 44-2) are closely related to those for the one-electron system, and the bond energy similarly decreases rapidly in magnitude as the energy difference for the two wave functions increases. Hence, in general, we expect strong one- electron bonds and three-electron bonds not to be formed between unlike atoms. The behavior of the electron-pair bond is entirely different. The principal degeneracy leading to bond formation is that between the wave functions a(2) u B (2) 0(2) and * n = u A (2) 0(2) UB(2) a(2) These correspond to the same energy value even when A and B are not identical; hence there is just the same resonance stabiliz- ing an electron-pair bond between unlike atoms as between like atoms. Moreover, the influence of the ionic terms is such as to 364 THE STRUCTURE OF SIMPLE MOLECULES [XII-45 introduce still greater stability as the nuclei become more unlike. One of the ionic wave functions *.-<< and corresponding to the ionic structures A : - B+ and A + : B~, becomes more and more important (contributing more and more to the normal state of the molecule) as one of the atoms becomes more electronegative than the other, in consequence of the lowering of the energy for that ionic function. This phenomenon causes electron-pair bonds between unlike atoms to be, in general, somewhat stronger than those between like atoms. The dis- cussion of this subject has been in the main empirical. 1 It has been found possible to apply quantum-mechanical methods such as those described in this chapter in the detailed discussion of the electronic structure of polyatomic molecules and of valence and chemical bond formation in general. Only in a very few cases has the numerical treatment of polyatomic molecules been carried through with much accuracy; the most satisfactory calculation of this type which has been made is that of Coolidge 2 for the water molecule. General arguments have been presented 3 which provide a sound formal justification for the postulates previously made by the chemist regarding the nature of valence. It can be shown, for example, that one bond of the types discussed in this section can be formed by an atom for each stable orbital of the atom. Thus the first-row elements of the periodic system can form as many as four bonds, by using the four orbitals of the L shell, but not more. This result and other results 4 regarding the relative orientation of the bond axes provide the quantum-mechanical basis for the conception of the tetrahedral carbon atom. Special methods for the J L. PAULING, /. Am. Chem. Soc. 64, 3570 (1932). 2 A. S. COOLIDGE, Phys. Rev. 42, 189 (1932). * W. HEITLER, Z. f. Phys. 47, 835 (1928), etc.; F. LONDON, Z. f. Phys. 50, 24 (1928), etc.; M. BORN, Z.f. Phys. 64, 729 (1930); J. C. SLATER, Phys. Rev. 38, 1109 (1931). * J. C. SLATER. Phys. Rev. 34, 1293 (1929); L. PAULING, /. Am. Chem. Soc, 63, 1367 (1931); J. H. VAN VLECK, /. Chem. Phys. 1, 177 (1933), etc. XII-45] THE ONE-ELECTRON BOND 365 approximate treatment of the stability of very complex molecules such as the aromatic hydrocarbons 1 have also been developed and found to be useful in the discussion of the properties of these substances. The already very extensive application of wave mechanics to these problems cannot be adequately discussed in the small space which could be allowed it in this volume. 1 E. HUCKEL, Z. f. Phys. 70, 204 (1931), etc.; G. RUMER, Gottinger Nachr. p. 337, 1932; L. PAULING, J. Chem. Phys. 1, 280 (1933); L. PAULING and G. W. WHELAND, ibid. 1, 362 (1933); L. PAULING and J. SHERMAN, ibid. 1, 679 (1933), etc. CHAPTER XIII THE STRUCTURE OF COMPLEX MOLECULES In carrying out the simple treatments of the hydrogen mole- cule-ion, the hydrogen molecule, the helium molecule-ion, and the system composed of two normal helium atoms discussed in the last chapter, we encountered no difficulty in constructing a small number of properly antisymmetric approximate wave functions out of one-electron orbital functions for the atoms of the molecule. The same procedure can be followed for more complex molecules; it is found, however, that it becomes so complicated as to be impracticable for any but the simplest molecules, unless some method of simplifying and systematizing the treatment is used. A treatment of this type, devised by Slater, 1 is described in the following sections, in conjunction with the discussion of a special application (to the system of three hydrogen atoms). Slater's treatment of complex mole- cules has been the basis of most of the theoretical work which has been carried on in this field in the last three years. 46. SLATER'S TREATMENT OlF COMPLEX MOLECULES In the last chapter we have seen that a good approximation to the wave function for a system of atoms at a considerable distance from one another is obtained by using single-electron orbital functions u a (l), etc., belonging to the individual atoms, and combining them with the electron-spin functions a and ft in the form of a determinant such as that of Equation 44-3. Such a function is antisymmetric in the electrons, as required by Pauli's principle, and would be an exact solution of the wave equation for the system if the interactions between the electrons and those between the electrons of one atom and the nuclei of the other atoms could be neglected. Such determinantal 1 J. C. SI-ATBB. Phya. Rev. 38, 1109 (1931). 366 XIII-46] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX MOLECULES 367 functions are exactly analogous to the functions 1 used in Section 30a in the treatment of the electronic structure of atoms. It may be possible to construct for a complex molecule many such functions with nearly the same energy, all of which would have to be considered in any satisfactory approximate treatment. Thus if we consider one atom to have the configuration Is 2 2 2 2p, we must consider the determinantal functions involving all three 2p functions for that atom. A system of this type, in which there are a large number of available orbitals, is said to involve orbital degeneracy. Even in the absence of orbital degeneracy, the number of determinantal functions to be considered may be large because of the variety of ways in which the spin functions a and can be associated with the orbital functions. This spin degeneracy has been encountered in the last chapter; in the simple treatment of the hydrogen molecule we considered the two functions corresponding to associating positive spin with the orbital U A and negative spin with U B , and then negative spin with UA and positive spin with U B (Sec. 45). The four wave functions described in Section 44a for the helium molecule-ion might be represented by the scheme of Table 46-1. The plus TABLE 46-1. WAVE FUNCTIONS FOR THE HELIUM MOLECULB-ION, . Function UA UB 2m. I + - + +x II + + - +x III + - -X IV + - -M and minus signs show which spin function a or ft is to be asso- ciated with the orbital functions UA and U B (in this case Is func- tions on the atoms A and , respectively) in building up the determinantal wave functions. Thus row 1 of Table 46-1 corresponds to the function ^ given in Equation 44-1. The column labeled Sm, has the same meaning as in the atomic problem; namely, it is the sum of the z-components of the spin angular momentum of the electrons (with the factor A/2*0. Just as in the atomic case, the wave functions which have different 1 In Section 30a the convention was adopted that the symbol u(i) should include the spin function a(i} or 0(i). In this section we shall not use the convention, instead writing the spin function a or explicitly each time. 368 THE STRUCTURE OF COMPLEX MOLECULES [XIII-46a values of 2m, do not combine with one another, so that we were justified in Section 44o in considering only \l/i and ^n. Problem 46-1. Set up tables similar to Table 46-1 for the hydrogen molecule using the following choices of orbital functions: (a) Is orbitals on the two atoms, allowing only one electron in each, (b) The same orhitals but allowing two electrons to occur in a single orbital also; i.e., allowing ionic functions, (c) The same as (a) with the addition of func- tions 2p t on each atom, (d) The molecular orbital (call it u) obtained by the accurate treatment of the normal state of the hydrogen molecule-ion. 46a. Approximate Wave Functions for the System of Three Hydrogen Atoms. In the case of three hydrogen atoms we can set up a similar table, restricting ourselves to the three Is func- tions u aj Ub, and u c on three atoms a, fc, and c, respectively, and neglecting ionic structures (Table 46-2). TABLE 46-2. WAVE FUNCTIONS FOR THE SYSTEM OF THREE HYDROGEN ATOMS Function Ua Ub U e Sm, I + + + +% II + + +y 2 III + + +x IV + + +H V + -% VI + -X VII -f -y* VIII __ -% The wave function corresponding to row II of Table 46-2 is, for illustration, 1 tt.(2) (2) .(3) (3) U6(2) a(2) 6(3) a(3) (46-1) Each of the functions described in Table 46-2 is an approxi- mate solution of the wave equation for three hydrogen atoms; it is therefore reasonable to consider the sum of them with undetermined coefficients as a linear variation function. The determination of the coefficients and the energy values then requires the solution of a secular equation (Sec. 26d) of eight rows and columns, a typical element of which is #in - &inW (46-2) XHI-46b] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX MOLECULES 369 where #m - JWiMr, (46-3) and Ai ir = JWii*-, (46-4) H being the complete Hamiltonian operator for the system. Problem 46-2. Make a table similar to Table 46-2 but including all ionic functions that can be made with the use of u a , w&, and u e . 46b. Factoring the Secular Equation. In the discussion of the electronic structure of atoms (Sec. 30c) we found that the secular equation could be factored to a considerable extent because integrals involving wave functions having different values of 2m or different values of 2m/ (the .quantum numbers of the components of spin and orbital angular momentum, respectively) are zero. In the molecular case the orbital angular momentum component is no longer a constant of the motion (Sec. 52), so that only the spin quantum numbers are useful in factoring the secular equation. In the case of the system under discussion, we see from Table 46-2 that the secular equation factors into two linear factors (2ra, = Y% and %) and two cubic factors (2w 5 = ^ and 3^). On the basis of exactly the Same reasoning as used in Section 30c for the atomic case, we conclude that the roots of the two linear factors will be equal to each other and also to one of the roots of each of the cubic factors. 1 The four cor- responding wave functions are therefore associated with a quartet energy level, which on the vector picture corresponds to the parallel orientation of the three spin vectors, the four states differing only in the orientation of the resultant vector. The two remaining energy levels will occur twice, once in each of the cubic factors. Each of them is, therefore, a doublet level. The straightforward way of obtaining their energy values would be to solve the cubic equation; but this is unnecessary, inasmuch as by taking the right linear combinations of II, III, and IV it is possible to factor the cubic equation into a linear factor and a quadratic factor, the linear factor yielding the energy of the quartet level. Such combinations are 1 These statements can easily be verified by direct comparison of the roots obtained, using the expressions for the integrals given in Section 46c. 370 THE STRUCTURE Of COMPLEX MOLECULES [XHI-46C A - (11 - III), (46-5) B = -(III - IV), (46-6) C = -=(IV - II), (46-7) and D = -=(II + III + IV). (46-8) Since these four functions are constructed from only three linearly independent functions II, III, and IV, they cannot be linearly independent; in fact, it is seen that A + B + C = 0. The factoring of the secular equation will be found to occur when it is set up in terms of D and any two of the functions A, B, and C. The energy of the quartet level can be obtained from either of the linear factors; it is given by the relation W = ^ (4ft-9) The values of the energy of the two doublet levels are obtained from the quadratic equation HAA - A^TF HAB - A^JF /<t* im v A w u AW** ' (46-10) tiBA AIM IT HBB ABB W in which HAB = JA*HBdT,} AAB JA*Bdr, > (45-11) Problem 46-8. Indicate how the secular equation for each of the cases of Problem 46-1 will factor by drawing a square with rows and columns labeled by the wave functions which enter the secular equation, and indi- cating by zeros in the proper places in the square the vanishing matrix elements. 46c. Reduction of Integrals. Before discussing the conclusions which can be drawn from these equations, let us reduce somewhat further the integrals H UUI , etc. The wave function II can be written in the form (Sec. 30a) l (45-12) Xm-46c] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX MOLECULES 371 in which P represents a permutation of the functions u a a, etc., among the electrons. A typical integral can thus be expressed In the form P , P Pw a (l)a(l)w 6 (2)0(2K(3)a(3)dr. (46-13) Following exactly the argument of Section 30d for the atomic case, we can reduce this to the form Hum p ti(2)/8(2)w(3)a(3)dr. (46-14) As in the atomic case, the integral vanishes unless the spins match, and there can be no permutation P which matches the spins unless Sw, is the same for II and III. In this case we see that the spins are matched for the permutations P which permute 123 into 132 or 231 so that only these terms contribute to the sum. When the spins match in an integral, the integration over the spin can be carried out at once, yielding the factor unity. We thus have the result Jt**(l) o(l) <(2) a(2) w*(3) 0(3) Hu a (l) a(l) u b (2) 0(3) u e (2) a(2) dr = /u*(l) uf(2) u*(3) Hu a (l) u c (2) u b (3) dr = (abc\H \acb), (46-15) in which we have introduced a convenient abbreviation, (abc\H\acb). In this way we obtain the following expressions: Hn - (abc\H\abc) - (abc\H\bac) - (abc\H\acb) - (abc\H\cba) + (abc\H\bca) + (dbc\H\caK), Hnn - (abc\H\abc) - (abc\H\bac), - (abc\H\abc) - (abc\H\cba), iv - (abc\H\abc) - (dbc\H\acb), - (dbc\H\ad>), - (abc|J9r|bac)i - (abc\H\cba). The expressions for the A's are the same with H replaced by unity. The integral (dbc\H\abc) is frequently called the Coulomb integral^ because it involve? the Coulomb interaction of two 372 THE STRUCTURE OF COMPLEX MOLECULES [XIII-48d distributions of electricity determined by u aj u\>, and u c . The other integrals such as (abc\H\bac) are called exchange integrals. If only one pair of orbitals has been permuted, the integral is called a single exchange integral; if more than one, a multiple exchange integral. If the orbital functions u a , u b , and u c were mutually orthogonal, many of these integrals would vanish, but it is seldom convenient to utilize orthogonal orbital functions in molecular calculations. Nevertheless, the deviation from orthog- onality may not be great, in which case many of the integrals can be neglected. 46d. Limiting Cases for the System of Three Hydrogen Atoms. The values of the integrals Hnm t etc., depend on the distances between the atoms a, 6, and c, and therefore the energy values and wave functions will also depend on these distances. It is interesting to consider the limiting case in which a is a large dis- tance from 6 and c, which are close together. It is clear that the wave function u a will not overlap appreciably with either u b or u cj so that the products u a Ub and u a u c will be essentially zero for all values of the coordinates. Such integrals as (abc\H\bac) will therefore be practically zero, and we can write #n ii = ff in in = (abc\H\abc), Km iv = HII iv = 0, # IVIV = (abc\H\abc) - (abc\H\acb), and #11111 = -(abc\H\acb), thus obtaining the further relations HAA = (abc\H\abc) + (abc\H\acb), H BB = (abc\H\abc) - and H AB = -%(abc\H\ab If we insert these values into the secular equation 46-10 we obtain as one of the roots the energy value W = ^ (46-17) &AA and we find that the corresponding wave function is just the function A itself. It is found on calculation that exchange integrals involving orbitals on different atoms are usually negative in sign. In XIII-46d] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX MOLECULES 373 case that such an integral occurs in the energy expression with a positive coefficient, it will contribute to stabilizing the molecule by attracting the atoms toward one another. Thus the expres- sion for HAA includes the Coulomb integral (abc\H\abc) and the exchange integral (abc\H\acb) with positive coefficient. Hence atoms b and c will attract one another, in the way corresponding to the formation of an electron-pair bond between them (exactly as in the hydrogen molecule alone). Similarly the function B represents the structure in which atoms a and c are bonded, and C that in which a and 6 are bonded. When we bring the three atoms closer together, so that all the interactions are important, none of these functions alone is the correct combination; they must be combined to give a wave function which represents the state of the system. Therefore when three hydrogen atoms are near together, it is not strictly correct to say that a certain two of them are bonded, while the third is not. We can, however, make some statements regarding the interaction of a hydrogen molecule and a hydrogen atom on the basis of the foregoing considerations. We have seen that when atom a is far removed from atoms b and c (which form a normal hydrogen molecule), the wave function for the system is function A. As a approaches 6 and c the wave function will not differ much from A, so long as the ab and ac distances are considerably larger than the be distance. An approximate value for the interaction energy will thus be H AA /k AA , with HAA ^(Huii -f" Hnini 2Huui) = (abc\H\abc) + (abc\H\acb) -M(dbc\H\bac) - Y 2 (abc\H\cba) - (abc\H\cab), and a similar expression for A^A. It is found by calculation that in general the single exchange integrals become important at distances at which the Coulomb integral and the orthogonality integral have not begun to change appreciably, and at which the multiple exchange integrals [(abc\H\cab) in this case] are still negligible. Thus we see that the interaction energy of a hydro- gen atom and a hydrogen molecule at large distances is -}4(abc\H\bac) - M(abc\H\cbd). Each of these terms corresponds to repulsion, showing that the molecule will repel the atom. 374 THE STRUCTURE OF COMPLEX MOLECULES [XIII -46e Approximate discussions of the interaction of a hydrogen atom and hydrogen molecule have been given by Eyring and Polanyi, 1 and a more accurate treatment for some configurations has been carried out by Coolidge and James. 2 46e. Generalization of the Method of Valence-bond Wave Functions. The procedure which we have described above for discussing the interaction of three hydrogen atoms can be generalized to provide an analogous treatment of a system con- sisting of many atoms. Many investigators have contributed to the attack on the problem of the electronic structure of complex molecules, and several methods of approximate treatment have been devised. In this section we shall outline a method of treat- ment (due in large part to Slater) which may be called the method of valence-bond wave functions, without giving proofs of the pertinent theorems. The method is essentially the same as that used above for the three-hydrogen-atom problem. Let us now restrict our discussion to the singlet states of molecules with spin degeneracy only. For a system involving 2n electrons and 2n stable orbitals (such as the Is orbitals in 2n hydrogen atoms), there are (2n)!/2 n n! different ways in which valence bonds can be drawn between the orbitals in pairs. Thus for the case of four orbitals a, 6, c, and d the bonds can be drawn in three ways, namely, a b \/ d c d c d c A B C There are, however, only . _/' | independent singlet wave functions which can be constructed from the 2n orbitals with one electron assigned to each Orbital (that is, with neglect of ionic structures). It was shown by Slater that wave functions can be set up representing structures A, B, and C, and that only two of them are independent. The situation is very closely analogous to that described in Section 466. 1 H. EYRING and M. POLANYI, Naturwissenschaften, 18, 914 (1930); Z.f. phys. Chem. B12, 279 (1931). 2 A. S. COOLIDGE and H. M. JAMBS, /. Chem. Phys., 2, 811 (1934). XIII-46e] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX MOLECULES 375 The very important observation was made by Rumer 1 that if the orbitals a y b, etc. are arranged in a ring or other closed concave curve (which need have no relation to the nuclear con- figuration of the molecule), and lines are drawn between orbitals bonded together (the lines remaining within the closed curve), the structures represented by diagrams in which no lines intersect are independent. These structures are said to form a canonical set. Thus in the above example the canonical set (correspond- ing to the order a, b, c, d) comprises structures A and B. For six orbitals there are five independent structures, as shown in Figure 46-1. <r "S, N, BT ii in im mis: FIG. 46-1. The five canonical valence-bond structures for six orbitals, and some of their superposition patterns. The wave function corresponding to the structure in which orbitals a and fr, c and d, etc. are bonded is R P(l) 6(2) (2) c(3) 0(3) rf(4) (4) 1 (46-18? in which P is the permutation operator described above (Sec. 46c), and R is the operation of interchanging the spin functions a and of bonded orbitals, such as a and 6. The factor ( 1) R equals +1 for an even number of interchanges and 1 for an odd number. The convention is adopted of initially assigning the spin function to orbital a, a to 6, etc. 1 G. RUMER, Gottinger Nachr., p. 377, 1932. 376 THE STRUCTURE OF COMPLEX MOLECULES [XIII-46e A simple method has been developed 1 of calculating the coeffi- cients of the Coulomb and exchange integrals in setting up the secular equation. To find the coefficient of the Coulomb integral for two structures, superimpose the two bond diagrams, as shown in Figure 46-1. The superposition pattern consists of closed polygons or islands, each formed by an even number of bonds. The coefficient of the Coulomb integral is ^ n ~*, where i is the number of islands in the superposition diagram. Thus we obtain Hu = Q + , Hm = yQ + , etc., in which Q represents the Coulomb integral (abed \H\abcd ). The coefficient of a single exchange integral such as (db) = (abed \H\bacd ) is equal to //2 n ~*, in which /has the value ^ if the two orbitals involved (a and 6) are in different islands of the superposition pattern; +1 if they are in the same island and separated by an odd number of bonds (along either direction around the polygon) ; and 2 if they are in the same island and separated by an even number of bonds. Thus we see that #11 = Q - l A(ac) + (06) + - , H lu = Q - 2(oc) + (06) + , etc. Let us now discuss the energy integral for a particular valence- bond wave function, in order to justify our correlation of valence- bond distribution and wave function as given in Equation 46-18. The superposition pattern for a structure with itself, as shown by I I in Figure 46-1, consists of n islands, each consisting of two bonded orbitals. We see that pn- _ Hu _ JL^ (~ ^Si /single exchange integrals for bonded\ 1 An " A^ <*-\ pairs of orbitals / _ i/ single exchange integrals for non-bondedN 72 -^ J \ pairs of orbitals / + higher exchange integrals?. (46-19) It is found by calculation that the single exchange integrals are as a rule somewhat larger in magnitude than the other integrals. Moreover, the single exchange integral for two orbitals 1 L. PAULINO, J. Chem. Pkys. 1, 280 (1933). See also H. Eyring and G. E. Kimball, J. Chem. Phys. 1, 239 (1933), for another procedure. XIII-46f] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX MOLECULES 377 on different atoms is usually negative in value for the interatomic distances occurring in molecules, changing with interatomic distance in the way given by a Morse curve (Sec. 35d). Those single exchange integrals which occur with the coefficient +1 in Equation 46-19 consequently lead to attraction of the atoms involved in the exchange, and the other single exchange integrals (with coefficient Y^) lead to repulsion; in other words, the wave function corresponds to attraction of bonded atoms and repulsion of non-bonded atoms and is hence a satisfactory wave function to represent the valence-bond structure under discussion. The valence-bond method has been applied to many problems, some of which are mentioned in the following section. It has been found possible to discuss many of the properties of the chemical bond by approximate wave-mechanical methods; an especially interesting application has been made in the treatment of the mutual orientation of directed valence bonds, 1 leading to the explanation of such properties as the tetrahedral orientation and the equivalence of the four carbon valences. 46f. Resonance among Two or More Valence-bond Struc- tures. It is found that for many molecules a single wave function of the type given in Equation 46-18 is a good approximation to the correct wave function for the normal state of the system; that is, it corresponds closely to the lowest root of the secular equation for the spin-degeneracy problem. To each of these molecules we attribute a single valence-bond structure, or electronic structure of the type introduced by G. N. Lewis, with two electrons shared between two bonded atoms, as representing satisfactorily the properties of the molecule. In certain cases, however, it is evident from symmetry or other considerations that more than one valence-bond wave function is important. For example, for six equivalent atoms arranged at the corners of a regular hexagon the two structures I and II of Figure 46-1 are equivalent and must contribute equally to the wave function representing the normal state of the system. It can be shown that, as an approximation, the benzene molecule can be treated as a six-electron system. Of the total of 30 valence electrons of the carbon and hydrogen atoms, 24 can be considered 1 J. C. SLATER, Phys. Rev. 37, 481 (1931); L. PAULING, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 63, 1367 (1931); J. H. VAN VLECK, /. Chem. Phys. 1, 177 (1933); R. HULTGBBN, Phys. Rev. 40, 891 (1932). 378 THE STRUCTURE OF COMPLEX MOLECULES [XIII -46f to be involved in the formation of single bonds between adjacent atoms, giving the structure H H vV H i i H/ \/ \H H These single bonds use the Is orbital for each of the hydrogen atoms and three of the L orbitals for each carbon atom. There remain six L orbitals for the carbon atoms and six electrons, which can be represented by five independent wave functions corre- sponding to the five structures of Figure 46-1. We see that structures I and II are the Kekul6 structures, with three double bonds between adjacent atoms, whereas the other structures involve only two double bonds between adjacent atoms. If, as an approximation, we consider only the Kekul6 structures, we obtain as the secular equation fin AI uW HUH AH ii IF in which also Hu n = Hn and An n = AI i. The solutions of this are w = H ^ + I *in A r i + AI ii and TTr HI i Hi n the corresponding wave functions being ^ r -f- \l/ u and ^i ^ n . Thus the normal state of the system is more stable than would correspond to either structure I or structure II. In agreement with the discussion of Section 41, this energy difference is called the energy of resonance between the structures I and II. As a simple example let us discuss the system of four equivalent univalent atoms arranged at the corners of a square. The two structures of a canonical set are XIII -46f J SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX MOLECULES 379 a - b a b and d - c d c I II If we neglect all exchange integrals of H except the single exchange integrals between adjacent atoms, which we call a [a = (ab) = (be) = (cd) = (da)], and all exchange integrals occurring in A, the secular equation is found by the rules of Section 46e to be Q + a - W l AQ + 2 _ Q+a-W The solutions of this are W = Q + 2a and W = Q - 2a, of which the former represents the normal state, a being negative in sign. The energy for a single structure (I or II) is Wi = Q + a; hence the resonance between the two structures stabilizes the system by the amount a. Extensive approximate calculations of resonance energies foi molecules, especially the aromatic carbon compounds, have been made, and explanations of several previously puzzling phenomena have been developed. 1 Empirical evidence has also been advanced to show the existence of resonance among several valence-bond structures in many simple and complex molecules. 2 It must be emphasized, as was done in Section 41, that the use of the term resonance implies that a certain type of approximate treatment is being used. In this case the treatment is based on the valence-bond wave functions described above, a procedure which is closely related to the systematization of molecule formation developed by chemists over a long period of years, and the introduction of the conception of resonance has per- mitted the valence-bond picture to be extended to include J E. HUCKEL, Z. f. Phys. 70, 204 (1931), etc.; L. PAULING and G. W. WHELAND, /. Chem. Phys. 1, 362 (1933); L. PAULING and J. SHERMAN, ibid. 1, 679 (1933); J. SHERMAN, ibid. 2, 488 (1934); W. G. PENNEY, Proc. Roy. Soc. A146, 223 (1934); G. W. WHELAND, J. Chem. Phys. 3, 230 (1935). 2 L. PAULING, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 54, 3570 (1932); Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 18, 293 (1932); L. PAULING and J. SHERMAN, /. Chem. Phys. 1, 606 (1933); G. W. WHELAND, ibid, 1, 731 (1933); L. O. BROCKWAY and L. PAULING, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 19, 860 (1933). 380 THE STRUCTURE OF COMPLEX MOLECULES [XIH-46g previously anomalous cases. A further discussion of this point is given in the following section. Problem 4&-4. Set up the problem of resonance between three equivalent structures or functions ^i, ^n, ^m, assuming that J/i i = Hu u = Hm m, etc. Solve for the energy levels and correct combinations, putting AI i = 1 and AI ii = 0. Problem 46-5. Evaluate the energy of a benzene molecule, considered as a six-electron problem: (a) considering only one Kekul6 structure; (6) considering both Kekule* structures; (c) considering all five structures. Neglect all exchange integrals of H except (ab) = (be) = (cd) = (de) = (ef) = (fa) = a, and all exchange integrals entering in A. 46g. The Meaning of Chemical Valence Formulas. The structural formulas of the organic chemist have been determined over a long period of years as a shorthand notation which describes the behavior of the compound in various reactions, indicates the number of isomers, etc. It is only recently that physical methods have shown directly that they are also fre- quently valid as rather accurate representations of the spatial arrangement of the atoms. The electronic theory of valence attempted to burden them with the additional significance of maps of the positions of the valence electrons. With the advent of quantum mechanics, we know that it is not possible to locate the electrons at definite points in the molecule or even to specify the paths on which they mov6. However, the positions of maxi- mum electron density can be calculated, and, as shown in Figure 42-4, the formation of a bond does tend to increase the electron density in the region between the bonded atoms, which therefore provides a revised interpretation of the old concept that the valence electrons occupy positions between the atoms. The discussion of Section 460 shows that, at least in certain cases, the valence-bond picture can be correlated with an approxi- mate solution of the wave-mechanical problem. This correla- tion, however, is not exact in polyatomic molecules because functions corresponding to other ways of drawing the valence bonds also enter, although usually to a lesser extent. Thus the valence picture may be said to have a definite signifi- cance in terms of wave mechanics in those cases in which one valence-bond wave function is considerably more important than the others, but where this is not true the significance of the Xm-46h] SLATER'S TREATMENT OF COMPLEX MOLECULES 381 structural formulas is less definite. Such less definite cases are those which can be described in terms of resonance. It is notable that the deficiency of the single structural formula in such cases has long been recognized by the organic chemist, who found that no single formula was capable of describing the reactions and isomers of such a substance as benzene. In a sense, the use of the term resonance is an effort to extend the usefulness of the valence picture, which otherwise is found to be an. imperfect way of describing the state of many molecules. 46h. The Method of Molecular Orbitals. Another method of approximate treatment of the electronic structure of molecules, called the method of molecular orbitals* has been developed and extensively applied, especially by Hund, Mulliken, andHuckel. 1 This method, as usually carried out, consists in the approximate determination of the wave functions (molecular orbitals) and the associated energy values for one electron in a potential field corre- sponding to the molecule. The energy of the entire molecule is then considered to be the sum of the energies of all the electrons, distributed among the more stable molecular orbitals with no more than two electrons per orbital (Pauli's principle). A refinement of this method has been discussed in Section 436 in connection with the hydrogen molecule. As an example let us consider the system of four equivalent univalent atoms at the corners of a square, discussed in the previous section by the valence-bond method. The secular equation for a one-electron wave function (molecular orbital), expressed as a. linear combination of the four atomic orbitals u a) u b , u cj and u d , is = 0, q - W 13 ft ft q - W ft ft q - W ft ft ft q - W in which q is the Coulomb integral /w(l) H'u a (l) dr and is the exchange integral /w a (l) H'u b (l) dr for adjacent atoms, H' being the Hamiltonian operator corresponding to the molecular * F. HUND, Z.f. Phys. 73, 1, 565 (1931-1932); R. S. MULLIKEN, /. Chem. Phys. 1, 492 (1933); etc.; J. E. LENNARD-JONES. Trans. Faraday Soc. 25, 668 (1929); E. HUCKEL, Z.f. Phys. 72, 310 (1931); 76, 628 (1932); 83, 632 (1933); Trans. Faraday Soc. 30, 40 (1934). 382 THE STRUCTURE OF COMPLEX MOLECULES [XIII-46h potential function assumed. We neglect all other integrals. The roots of this equation are Wi = q + 2/3, W* = q - 20. Since is negative, the two lowest roots are W\ and Wz (or W 3 ), and the total energy for four electrons in the normal state is W = 2Wi + 2W 2 = 4g + 4/3. If there were no interaction between atoms a, b and c, d (corresponding to bond formation allowed only between a and 6 and between c and d\ the energy for four electrons would still be 4g + 4/3. Accordingly in this example the method of molecu- lar orbitals leads to zero resonance energy. This is in poor agreement with the valence-bond method, which gave the resonance energy a. In most cases, however, it is found that the results of the two methods are in reasonably good agreement, provided that be given a value equal to about 0.6 a (for aromatic compounds). A comparison of the two methods of treatment has been made by Wheland. 1 It is found that the valence-bond method, when it can be applied, seems to be somewhat more reliable than the molecular-orbital method. On the other hand, the latter method is the more simple one, and can be applied to problems which are too difficult for treatment by the valence- bond method. Problem 4S-6. Treat the system of Problem 46-5 by the molecular- orbital method. Note that the resonance energy given by the two methods is the same if /3 = 0.553 a (using part c of Problem 465). 1 G. W. WHELAND, J. Chem. Phys. 2, 474 (1934). CHAPTER XIV MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS OF QUANTUM MECHANICS In the following three sections we shall discuss four applications of quantum mechanics to miscellaneous problems, selected from the very large number of applications which have been made. These are: the van der Waals attraction between molecules (Sec. 47), the symmetry properties of molecular wave functions (Sec. 48), statistical quantum mechanics, including the theory of the dielectric constant of a diatomic dipole gas (Sec. 49), and the energy of activation of chemical reactions (Sec. 50). With reluctance w r e omit mention of many other important applications, such as to the theories of the radioactive decomposi- tion of nuclei, the structure of metals, the diffraction of electrons by gas molecules and crystals, electrode reactions in electrolysis, and heterogeneous catalysis. 47. VAN DER WAALS FORCES The first detailed treatments of the weak forces between atoms and molecules known as van der Waals forces (which are responsible for the constant a of the van der Waals equation of state) were based upon the idea that these forces result from the polarization of one molecule in the field of a permanent dipole moment or quadrupole moment of another molecule, 1 or from the interaction of the permanent dipole or quadrupole moments themselves. 2 With the development of the quantum mechanics it has been recognized (especially by London 3 ) that for most molecules these interactions are small compared with another interaction, namely, that corresponding to the polarization of one molecule in the rapidly changing field due to the iiistan- 1 P. DEBYE, Phys. Z. 21, 178 (1920); 22, 302 (1921). 2 W. H. KEESOM, Proc. Acad. Sci. Amsterdam 18, 636 (1915); Phys. Z. 22, 129, 643 (1921). F. London, Z. f. Phys. 63, 245 (1930). 383 384 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV-47a taneous configuration of electrons and nuclei of another mole- cule; that is, in the main the polarization of one molecule by the time-varying dipole moment of another. In the following sec tions we shall discuss the approximate evaluation of the energy of this interaction by variation and perturbation methods for hydrogen atoms (Sec. 47a) and helium atoms (Sec. 476), and then briefly mention the approximate semiempirical discussion for molecules in general (Sec. 47c). 47a. Van der Waals Forces for Hydrogen Atoms. For large values of the internuclear distance TAB = R the exchange phenom- enon is unimportant, and we can take as the unperturbed wave function for a system of two hydrogen atoms the simple product of two hydrogenlike Is wave functions, t = u ltA (l) tti.*(2). (47-1) The perturbation for this function consists of the potential energy terms pi />2 P 1 P <L H' = - + + (47-2) TB\ TAZ TAB fiz Now this expression can be expanded in a Taylor's series in inverse powers of R TAB, to give (with the two atoms located on the z axis) 4- I r 2 r 2 4 ~R* + , (47-3) in which x\ 9 yi, z\ are coordinates of the first electron relative to its nucleus, and z 2 , 2/2, z 2 are coordinates of the second electron relative to its nucleus. The first term represents the interaction of the dipole moments of the two atoms, the second the dipole- quadrupole interaction, the third the quadrupole-quadrupole interaction, and so on. Let us first consider only the dipole-dipole interaction, using the approximate second-order perturbation treatment 1 of Section 1 The first-order perturbation energy is zero, as can be seen from inspec- tion of the perturbation function. XIV-47a] VAN DER WAALS FORCES 385 27e. It is necessary for us to evaluate the integral J^*(#')V *-, with H' given by H' = (x lX , + y iy * - 22 l22 ). (47-4) It is seen that the cross-products in (H'Y vanish on integration, so that we obtain y\y\ - ** j or O/>4 r . Ox>4 = H/?>1. ( 47 - 5 ) This expression, with r\ and r\ replaced by their value 3a*, (Sec. 21c), gives, when introduced in Equation 27-47 together with WQ = e 2 /a,Qj the value for the interaction energy w " = -^w- ( 47 ~ 6 > The fact that this value is also given by the variation method with the variation function ^(1 + AH') shows that this is an upper limit for W" (a lower limit for the coefficient of e 2 aJ//2 6 ). Moreover, by an argument similar to that of the next to the last paragraph of Section 27e it can be shown that the value 8-py is a lower limit to TF' ', so that we have thus determined the value of the dipole-dipole interaction to within about 15 per cent. Variation treatments of this problem have been given by Slater and Kirkwood, 1 Hass6, 2 and Pauling and Beach. 3 It can be easily shown 4 that the second-order perturbation energy can be obtained by the use of a variation function of the form with H' given by Equation 47-4. The results of the variation 1 J. C. SLATER and J. G. KIRKWOOD, Phys. Rev. 37, 682 (1931). 5 H. R. HASS, Proc. Cambridge Phil. Soc. 27, 66 (1931). A rough treatment for various states has been given by J. Podolanski, Ann. d. Phys. 10, 695 (1931). L. PAULING and J. Y. BEACH, Phys. Rev. 47, 686 (1935). 4 This was first shown by Slater and Kirkwood. 386 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV-47a treatment for different f unctions /(ri, r 2 ) are given in Table 47-1. It is seen that the coefficient of e 2 al/R 6 approaches a value 1 only slightly larger than 6.499; this can be accepted as very close to the correct value. So far we have considered only dipole-dipole interactions. Margenau 2 has applied the approximate second-order perturba- tion method of Section 27 'e to the three terms of Equation 47-3, obtaining the expression -TJTff V/V V*/Q 1.J*JlJ W/ Q X KTO = 06~ 7>8 1416eV "" (47-7) It is seen that the higher-order terms become important at small distances. TABLE 47-1. VARIATION TREATMENT OF VAN DER WAALS INTERACTION OF Two HYDROCJEN ATOMS f t- 2 1 Variation function u u x(l) M,,(2K 1 + -(xiX t + y,y 2 - 2z l z 2 )f(r > , r 2 )> /(ri, r.) E - W Reference* 1. A --6 OOe 2 aS/^ 6 H 2. -YirtfiKri -f- r 2 ) 6 14 SK 3. A + B(n + r 2 ) . . . 6 462 PB 4. A -f Brir 2 6 469 H 5. A + B(r! + r a ) -r-Crw . -6 482 PB 6. A r\r\(v = 0.325) -6 49 SK 7. A -f Bnr, -f C/M . .. -6 490 II 8. A + 5 r t r 2 -f C r / JrJ + /; rjrj -6 498 II 9. Polynomial f to r\r\ -6 4984 PB 10. Polynomial to r\r\ -6 49899 PB 11. Polynomial to r\i'\ 6 49903 PB * H = Hass6, SK = Slater and Kirkwood, PB = Pauling and Beach. f The polynomial contains all terms of degree 2 or less in n and 2 or less in rz. 1 A straightforward but approximate application of second-order perturba- tion theory by R. Eisenschitz and F. London gave the value 6.47 for this coefficient [Z. f. Phys. 60, 491 (1930)]. The first attack on this problem was made by S. C. Wang, Phys. Z. 28, 663 (1927). The value found by him for the coefficient, 24 % 8 = 8.68, must be in error (as first pointed oui, by Eisenschitz and London), being larger than the upper limit 8 given above. The source of the error has been pointed out by Pauling and Beach, loc. cit. 2 H. MARGENAU, Phys. Rev. 38, 747 (1931). More accurate values of the coefficients have been calculated by Pauling and Beach, loc. cit. XIV-47c] VAN DER WAALS FORCES 387 47b. Van der Waals Forces for Helium. In treating the dipole-dipole interaction of two helium atoms, the expression for H ' consists of four terms like that of Equation 47-4, correspond- ing to taking the electrons in pairs (each pair consisting of an electron on one atom and one on the other atom). The variation function has the form ^,J Hass^ 1 has considered five variation functions of this form, shown with their results in Table 47-2. The success of his similar treatment of the polarizability of helium (function 6 of Table 29-3) makes it probable that the value -1.413e 2 aSJ/# 6 for W" is not in error by more than a few per cent. Slater and Kirk- wood 1 obtained values 1.13, 1.78, and 1.59 for the coefficient of e 2 a b Q /R* by the use of variation functions based on their helium atom functions mentioned in Section 29e. An approxi- mate discussion of dipole-quadrupole and quadrupole-quadrupole interactions has been given by Margeriau. 1 TABLE 47-2. VARIATION TREATMENT OF VAN DER WAALS INTERACTION OP Two HELIUM ATOMS r /(rir.) E - W Q i. -*' A -1.079e 2 aJ/# 2. -*' A + Br<r* -1.225 3. e-*'* A + Bnr, + Cr\r\ -1.226 4. e~ z ''(l +ciu) A -1.280 5. e- z '*(l + ciu) A + Bnr 2 -1.413 47c. The Estimation of van der Waals Forces from Molecular Polarizabilities. London 2 has suggested a rough method of estimating the van der Waals forces between two atoms or mole- cules, based on the approximate second-order perturbation treatment of Section 27e. We obtain by this treatment (see Sees. 27e and 29e) the expression (47-8) 1 Loc. cit. 8 F. LONDON, Z. f. Phys. 63, 245 (1930). 388 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV-48 for the polarizability of an atom or molecule, in which n is the number of effective electrons, z* the average value of z 2 for these electrons (z being the coordinate of the electron relative to the nucleus in the field direction), and 7 the energy difference of the normal state and the effective zero point for energy, about equal in value to the first ionization energy. The van der Waals interaction energy may be similarly written as which becomes on introduction of a A and a B or, in case the molecules are identical, W" _ __3 0^1 W - j-gj- (47-11) With a. in units 10~ 24 cm 3 and / in volt electrons, this is in which D = 1.27 2 /. It must be realized that this is only a very rough approximation. For hydrogen atoms it yields D = 7.65 (correct value 6.50) and for helium 1.31 (correct value about 1.4). For the further discussion of the validity of London's relation between van der Waals forces and polarizabilities, and of other applications of the relation, such as to the heats of sublimation of molecular crystals and the unactivated adsorption of gases by solids, the reader is referred to the original papers. 1 48. THE SYMMETRY PROPERTIES OF MOLECULAR WAVE FUNCTIONS In this section we shall discuss the symmetry properties of molecular wave functions to the extent necessary for an under- 1 F. LONDON, loc. cit.\ F. LONDON and M. POLANYI, Z. f. phys. Chem. 11B, 222 (1930); M. POLANYI, Trans. Faraday Soc. 28, 316 (1932); J. E. LENNARD- JONES, ibid. 28, 333 (1932). XIV-481 PROPERTIES OF MOLECULAR WAVE FUNCTIONS 389 standing of the meaning and significance of the term symbols used for diatomic molecules by the spectroscopist. In Section 34 it was mentioned that the nuclear and electronic parts of an approximate wave function for a molecule can be separated by referring the electronic coordinates to axes deter- mined by the nuclear configuration. Let us now discuss this choice of coordinates for a diatomic molecule in greater detail. We first introduce the Cartesian coordinates X, Y, Z of the center of mass of the two nuclei relative to axes fixed in space, and the polar coordinates r, #, <p of nucleus A relative to a point midway between nucleus A and nucleus B as origin, 1 also referred to axes FIG. 48-1. The relation between axes , 77, and X, Y, Z. fixed in space, as indicated in Figure 48-1. We next introduce the Cartesian coordinates *, TK, f or the polar coordinates r\j #, <pt of each of the electrons, measured with reference, not to axes fixed in space, but instead to axes dependent on the angular coordinates # and <p determining the orientation of the nuclear axis. These axes, , TJ, f , are chosen in the following way. f is taken along the nuclear axis OA (Fig. 48-1), and lies in the XY plane, its sense being such that the Z axis lies between the rj and f axes (, 77, f forming a left-handed system, say). It is, moreover, often convenient to refer the azimuthal angles of all electrons but one to the azimuthal angle of this electron, using the coordinates <pi t <p* <pi, <?* <p\, in place of <p\, <pi, 1 It is convenient in this section to use these coordinates, which differ slightly from those adopted in Chapter X. 390 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV-48a It has been shown 1 that these coordinates can be introduced in the wave equation, and that the wave functions then assume a simple form. We have discussed the wave function for the nuclear motions in detail in Chapter X. The only part of the electronic wave function which can be written down at once is that dependent on <pi. Inasmuch as the potential energy of the system is independent of <pi (as a result of our subterfuge of measuring the p's of the other electrons relative to <pi), (pi is a cyclic coordinate, and occurs in the wave function only in the factor e iA< Pi, in which A can assume the values 0, 1, 2, . The quantum number A thus determines the magnitude of the component of electronic orbital angular momentum along the line joining the nuclei. [A is somewhat analogous to the component ML of the resultant orbital angular momentum (or azimuthal) quantum number L for atoms.] The value of A is expressed by the principal character of a molecular term symbol: S denoting A = 0; ft, A = 1; A, A = 2; etc. As in the case of atomic terms, the multiplicity due to electron spin is indicated by a superscript to the left, : S indicating a singlet, 2 2 a doublet, etc. It may be mentioned that if we ignore the interactions of the electronic and nuclear motions the wave functions corresponding to A and A correspond to identical energy values. This degeneracy is removed by these interactions, however, which lead to a small splitting of energy levels for A > 0, called A-type doubling. 2 The correct wave functions are then the sum and difference of those corresponding to A and A. In the following sections we shall discuss the characteristic properties of diatomic molecules containing two identical nuclei (symmetrical diatomic molecules). 48a. Even and Odd Electronic Wave Functions. Selection Rules. By the argument of Section 40e we have shown that the transition probabilities for a diatomic molecule are determined in the main by the electric-moment integrals over the electronic parts of the wave functions, taken relative to the axes {, 17, f determined by the positions of the nuclei. Let us now classify the electronic wave functions of symmetrical diatomic molecules 1 F. HUND, Z. /. Phy*. 42, 93 (1927); R. DEL. KRONIG, ibid. 46, 814; 60, 347 (1928); E. WIGNER and E. E. WITHER, tfrid. 51, 869 (1928). s See, for example, J. H. Van Vleck, Phys. Rev. 33, 467 (1929). XIV-48b] PROPERTIES OF MOLECULAR WAVE FUNCTIONS 391 as even or odd, introducing the subscripts g (German gerade) for even terms and u (ungerade) for odd terms in the term symbols for identification. This classification depends on the behavior of the electronic wave function with respect to the transformation t> 'mi f *; ~ *?> ff, that is, on inversion through the origin, even functions remaining unchanged by this operation, and odd functions changing sign. The argument of Section 400 leads to the following selection rule: Transitions are allowed only between even and odd levels (g > u y u*g). (Although electronic wave functions for diatomic molecules containing unlike nuclei cannot be rigorously classified as even or odd, they often approach members of these classes rather closely, and obey an approximate selection rule of the above type.) 48b. The Nuclear Symmetry Character of the Electronic Wave Function. We are now in a position to discuss the nuclear symmetry character of the electronic wave function for a diatomic molecule in which the nuclei are identical. Interchanging the two nuclei A and B converts & into TT # and v into w + <p; these coordinates, however, do not occur in the electronic wave function. The interchange of the nuclei also converts the coordinates fc, r?;, f of each electron into &, ^, f, and hence r, #i, <Pi into r t -, TT # t -, w <p [or <p t <f>i into fa ^i)]. In case that the electronic wave function is left unchanged by this transformation, the electronic wave function is symmetric in the nuclei; if the factor 1 is introduced by the transformation, the electronic wave function is antisymmetric in the nuclei. The nuclear symmetry character of the electronic wave func- tion is represented in the term symbol by introducing the super- script + or after taking cognizance of the presence of the subscript g or u discussed in Section 48a, the combinations g and u representing electronic wave functions symmetric ia the nuclei, and g and u those antisymmetric in the nuclei. Thus we see that and 2+ and 2~ are S 27 and 2+ are A". For A 7 there is little need to represent the symmetry char- acter in the term symbol, inasmuch as the >S* and A N states 392 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV-48b occur in pairs corresponding to nearly the same energy value (A-type doubling), and in consequence the + and superscripts are usually omitted. The states with superscript + are called positive states, and those with superscript negative states. The principal use of the nuclear symmetry character is in determining the allowed values of the rotational quantum number K of the molecule. The complete wave functions for a molecule (including the nuclear-spin function) must be either symmetric or antisymmetric in the nuclei, depending on the nature of the nuclei involved. If the nuclei have no spins, then the existent functions are of one or the other of the types listed below. I. Complete wave function S N : X AX even odd X even AX odd + rr ,j AX even - ^ ,, u, K odd <- 0, X odd II. Complete wave function ^4*: + T , , , AX even g, K odd < AX odd + T .r AX even - w, X even < > g, K even It is seen that in either case the transitions allowed by the selec- tion rule g <* u are such that AX is even for H > or > + transitions, and odd for -J > + or > transitions. The selection rule AX = 0, 1 can be derived by the methods of Chapter XI ; this becomeb AX = for positive *> negative transi- tions, and AX = 1 for positive * positive or negative nega- tive transitions. In case that the nuclei possess spins, with spin quantum number /, both types of functions and transitions occur (the two not forming combinations), with the relative weights (/ + I)// or //(/ + 1), as discussed in Section 4$f. XIV-48b] PROPERTIES OF MOLECULAR WAVE FUNCTIONS 393 Let us now consider a very simple example, in order to clarify the question; namely, the case of a molecule possessing only one electron, in the states represented by approximate wave functions which can be built from the four orbitals U A = s, p g , p x , p y about nucleus A, and four similar ones U B about nucleus B; s, p g , p xj p v being real one-electron wave functions such as given in Table 21-4 for the L shell. We can combine these into eight functions of the form S A + S B , S A S B , etc. If the functions are referred to parallel axes for the two atoms and taken as in Table 21-4 FIG. 48-2. Positive and negative regions of wave functions , p M , p x , and p v for atoms A and B. except for a factor 1 for p tB (introduced for convenience), then they have the general nature shown in Figure 48-2, in which the functions U A + U B are designated, the plus and minus signs representing regions equivalent except for sign. From the inspection of this figure and a similar one for U A U B (in which the signs are changed for U B ), it is seen that the eight functions have the following symmetry character in the nuclei: Function 8 P* P* Pv U A + U B S* S A" S" U A UB A" A N S N A" 394 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV -48c By the argument given above we know that four of these are S states, with A = 0, and four are II states. The II states are those formed from p x and p v (which are the linear combinations of the complex exponential functions p+\ and p~\). The two II states U A + U B are separated widely by the exchange integrals from the two U A U B} and the A-type doubling will cause a further small separation of the nuclear-symmetric and nuclear- antisymmetric levels. The exchange terms similarly separate the UA + u B s and p z functions from the U A U B functions. The best approximate wave functions would then be certain linear combinations of the two nuclear-symmetric functions and also of the two nuclear-antisymmetric functions. We can now write complete term symbols for the eight elec- tronic wave functions of our simple example, as follows: s Pz Px p y U A +U B ^ ^ { 2 n+ 2 n-} The identification as even or odd is easily made by inspection of Figure 48-2. The two 2 II W terms (one S N and one A N ) are placed in brackets to show that they form a A-type doublet, as are the two 2 U g terms. 48c. Summary of Results Regarding Symmetrical Diatomic Molecules. The various symmetry properties which we have considered are the following: 1. Even and odd electronic functions, indicated by subscripts g and u (Sec. 48a). Selection rule: Transitions allowed only between g and u. 2. The nuclear symmetry of the complete wave function (including rotation of the molecule but not nuclear spin). Selec- tion rule: Symmetric-antisymmetric transitions not allowed. 3. The nuclear symmetry of the electronic wave function, represented by the superscripts + and , g and u being S N ; g and u, A N . Selection rule: &K = for positive-negative transi- tions, and AK = 1 f or positive-positive and negative-negative transitions. (This is not independent of 1 and 2. In practice 1 and 3 are usually applied.) We are now in a position to discuss the nature of the spectral lines to be expected for a symmetrical diatomic molecule. We XIV-49] STATISTICAL QUANTUM MECHANICS 395 have not treated the spin moment vector of the electrons, which combines with the angular momentum vectors A and K in various ways to form resultants; the details of this can be found in the treatises on molecular spectroscopy listed at the end of Chapter X. Let us now for simplicity consider transitions among J S states, assuming that the nuclei have no spins, and that the existent complete wave functions are symmetric in the nuclei (as for helium). The allowed rotational states are then those with K even for J 2+ and ! 2~, and those with K odd for J 2~ and X 2^, and the transitions allowed by 1 and 3 are the following: '2+ K = 2 4 \^ *\ /* . / \ / etc. i/ \ / '2+ K = 1 3 !2+ K = 2 4 t t t I I pfp I I i etc - S- K = 2 4 !S- K = 1 3 J 1 etc ' K = 1 3 37 X - 1 3 / \ / \ etc. / \ S N X S- K = 2 4 49. STATISTICAL QUANTUM MECHANICS. SYSTEMS IN THERMODYNAMIC EQUILIBRIUM The subject of statistical mechanics is a branch of mechanics which has been found very useful in the discussion of the proper- ties of complicated systems, such as a gas. In the following sections we shall give a brief discussion of the fundamental theorem of statistical quantum mechanics (Sec. 49a), its applica- tion to a simple system (Sec. 496), the Boltzmann distribution law (Sec. 49c), Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics (Sec. 49d), the rotational and vibrational energy of molecules (Sec. 49e), and the dielectric constant of a diatomic dipole gas (Sec. 49/). The discussion in these sections is mainly descriptive and elementary; we have made no effort to carry through the difficult derivations or to enter into the refined arguments needed in a 396 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV-49a thorough and detailed treatment of the subject, but have endeavored to present an understandable general survey. 49a. The Fundamental Theorem of Statistical Quantum Mechanics. Let us consider a large system with total energy known to lie in the range W to W + ATT. We inquire as to the properties of this system. If we knew the wave function representing the system, values of the dynamical quantities corresponding to the properties of the system could be calculated by the methods of Section I2d. In general, however, there will be many stationary states of the system (especially if it be a very complicated system, such as a sample of gas of measurable volume) with energy values lying in the range W to W + ATF, and our knowledge of the state of the system may not allow us to select one wave function alone as representing the system. Moreover, it might be possible for us to find a set of approximate wave functions for the system by ignoring weak interactions of parts of the system with each other or of the system and its environment; no one of these approximate wave functions would represent the state of the system over any appreciable period of time, and so we would not be justified in selecting any one of them for use in calculating values of dynamical quantities. Under these circumstances we might make calculations regard- ing the properties of the system for each of the wave functions with energy between W and ATF, and then average the various calculations to obtain predictions regarding the average expected behavior of the system. The important question immediately arises as to what weights are to be assigned the various wave functions in carrying out this averaging. The answer to this question is given by the fundamental theorem of statistical quantum mechanics, as follows: In calculating average values of properties of a system with energy between W and ATF, the same weight is to be assigned to every accessible wave function with energy in this range, in default of other information. (The wave functions are of course to be normalized and mutually orthog- onal.) This theorem can be derived from the equations of quantum mechanics (by methods such as the variation of con- stants, discussed in Chapter XI), with the aid of an additional postulate, 1 which is the quantum-mechanical analogue of the 1 The postulate of randomness of phases. See, for example, W. Pauli, "Probleme der modernen Physik," S. Hirzel, Leipzig, 1928. XIV-49b] STATISTICAL QUANTUM MECHANICS 397 ergodic hypothesis of classical statistical mechanics. We shall not discuss this derivation. The word accessible appears in the theorem for the following reason. If a system is known to be in one state at a given instant, and if it is known that it is impossible for any operative perturbation to cause a transition to a certain other state, then it is obviously wrong to include this latter state in the expression for the average. We have already met such non-combining states in our discussion of the symmetry of wave functions for collections of identical particles (Sees. 296, 30a). It was shown that if the system is known to be represented by a wave function symmetrical in all the identical particles composing it, no perturbation can cause it to change over to a state with an antisymmetrical wave function. The nature of the wave functions which actually occur is dependent upon the nature of the system. If it is composed of electrons or protons, the wave functions must be antisymmetric; if it is composed of hydrogen atoms, thought of as entities, the wave functions must be sym- metric in these atoms; etc. Moreover, we may sometimes have to take the passage of time into consideration in interpreting the word accessible. Let us consider as our system a helium atom, for example, which is known at the time t to be in some excited singlet state, the wave function being symmetric in the positions of the electrons and antisymmetric in their spins. Transitions to triplet states can occur only as a result of perturba- tions affecting the electron spins; and, since these perturbations are very small, the probability of transition to all triplet states in a short time will be very small. In predicting properties for this system for a short period after the time t = 0, we would accordingly be justified in considering only the singlet states as accessible. 49b. A Simple Application. In order to illustrate the use of the fundamental theorem of statistical quantum mechanics, we shall discuss a very simple problem in detail. Let us consider a system composed of five harmonic oscillators, all with the same characteristic frequency v, which are coupled with one another by weak interactions. The set of product wave functions ^(a)^f(b)^f(c)^f(d)^(e) can be used to construct approximate wave functions for the system by the use of the method of variation of constants (Chap. XI). Here ^(a), 398 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV-49b represent the harmonic oscillator wave functions (Sec. 11), the letters a, 6, c, d, e representing the coordinates of the five oscillators. For each oscillator there is a set of functions ^f n (a) corresponding to the values 0, 1, 2, for the quantum number n a . The total unperturbed energy of the system is W n = (n a + H)hv + ' ' ' + (n e + Y^hv = (n + %)hv, in which n = n a + n b + n c + n d + n e . The application of the variation-of-constants treatment shows that if the system at one time is known to have a total energy value close to W%>, where n' is a particular value of the quantum number n, then the wave function at later times can be expressed essentially as a combination of the product wave functions for n = n', the wave functions for n ^ n' making a negligible contribution provided that the mutual interactions of the oscilla- tors are weak. Let us suppose that the system has an energy value close to \2}^hv, that is, that n' is equal to 10. The product wave functions corresponding to this value of n' are those represented by the 1001 sets of values of the quantum numbers n aj - - - , n c given in Table 49-1. TABLE 49-1. SETS OF QUANTUM NUMBERS FOR FIVE COUPLED HARMONIC OSCILLATORS WITH TOTAL QUANTUM NUMBER 10 n a Kb n c Ud n e n a nb n c n<i n e 10 . . . . etc.* (5) 6.2.1.1.0 etc. (60) 9 .1.0.0.0 (20) 5.3.1.1.0 (60) 8 .2.0.0.0 (20) 5.2.2.1 (60) 7 .3.0.0.0 (20) 4 4.1.1.0 (30) 6 .4.0.0.0 (20) A 4 . 3 . 2 . 1 . (120) 5 .5.0.0.0 (10) 4.2.2.2.0 (20) 8 . 1 . 1 . r (30) 3.3.3.1.0 (20) 7 .2.1.0.0 (60) 3.3.2.2.0 (30) 6 .3.1.0.0 (60) 6.1.1.1.1 (5) 6 .2.2.0.0 (30) 5.2.1.1 1 (20) 5 .4.1.0.0 (60) 4.3.1.1.1 (20) 5 .3.2.0.0 (60) 4.2 2.1.1 (30) 4 .4.2.0.0 (30) 3.3 2.1.1 (30) 4 .3.3.0.0 (30) 3.2.2.2.1 (20) 7 .1.1.1.0 (20) 22.22.2 (1) * The other sets indicated by "etc." are in this case . 10 . . . 0, . . 10 . . 0, 0.0.0. 10 . 0, and . . 10, a total of five, as shown by the number in parentheses. In case that the interactions between the oscillators are of a general nature (the a&, ac, 6c, interactions being different), XIV-49C] STATISTICAL QUANTUM MECHANICS 399 all of the product functions will be accessible, and the funda- mental theorem then requires that over a long period of time the 1001 product functions will contribute equally to the wave function of the system. In calculating the contribution of oscillator a, for example, to the properties of the system, we would calculate the properties of oscillator a in the states n a = [using the wave function ^o(a)L n * = 1, , w = 10, and then 0.4 r 0.3 O.I 0,0 10 FIG. 49-1. The probability values P n for system-part a in a system of five coupled harmonic oscillators with total quantum number n = 10 (closed circles), and values calculated by the Boltzmann distribution law (open circles). average them, using as weights the numbers of times that n a --= 0, 1, 2, , 10 occur in Table 49-1. These weights are given in Table 49-2. The numbers obtained by dividing by the total (1001) can be described as the probabilities that oscilla- tor a (or b, c, ) be in the states n a = 0, 1, 2, , 10. These probability values are represented graphically in Figure 49-1. 49c. The Boltzmann Distribution Law. We have been dis- cussing a system composed of a small number (five) of weakly interacting parts. A similar discussion (which we shall not give because it is necessarily rather involved) of a system com- posed of an extremely large number of veakly interacting parts can be carried through, leading to a general expression for the probability of distribution of any one of the parts among its 400 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV-49C TABLK 49-2. WEIGHTS FOB STATES OF INDIVIDUAL OSCILLATORS IN COUPLED SYSTEM n , etc. Weight Probability P a 286 0.286 1 220 .220 2 165 .165 3 120 .120 4 84 .084 5 56 .056 6 35 .035 7 20 .020 8 10 .010 9 4 .004 10 1 .001 Total .... 1001 1.001 stationary states. 1 The result of the treatment is the Boltzmann distribution law in its quantum-mechanical form : // all the product wave functions ^ (a) ^(b) of a system composed of a very large number of weakly interacting parts a, 6, are accessible, then the probability of distribution of one of the parts, say a, among its states, represented by the quantum number n aj is given by the equation _^ Pn a = Ae kT , (49-1) in which Wn a is the energy of the part a in its various states and the constant A has such a value as to make (49-2) There is considered to be one state for every independent wave function ^(a). The exponential factor, called the Boltzmann exponential factor, is the same as in the classical Boltzmann distribution law, which differs from Equation 49-1 only in the way the state of the system part is described. The constant k is the Boltzmann constant, with the value 1.3709 X 10~ 16 erg deg" 1 . The absolute temperature T occurring in Equation 49-1 1 That is, among the stationary states for this part of the system when isolated from the other parts. XIV-49C] STATISTICAL QUANTUM MECHANICS 401 is introduced in the derivation of this equation by methods closely similar to those of classical statistical mechanics. Some indication of the reasonableness of this equation is given by comparing it with the results of our discussion of the system of five coupled harmonic oscillators. The open circles in Figure 49-1 represent values of Pn a calculated by Equation 49-1, with kT placed equal to %hv (this leading approximately to the average value %hv for W n& , as assumed in the earlier discussion). It is seen that there is general agreement, the discrepancies arising from the fact that the number of parts of the system (five) is small (rather than very large, as required in order that the Boltzmann distribution law be applicable). In Equation 49-1 each wave function is represented separately. It is often convenient to group together all wave functions corresponding to the same energy, and to write _Ei Pi = A Pl e kT , (49-3) in which p* is the degree of degeneracy or a priori probability or quantum weight of the energy level Wi. In case that the wave functions for the part of the system under consideration are very numerous and correspond to energy values lying very close together, it is convenient to rewrite the distribution law in terms of P(W)> such that P(W)dW is the probability that the energy of the system part lie between W and W + dW, in the form _w_ P(W) = Ap(W)e kT , (49-4) in which p(W)dW is the number of wave functions for the system part in the energy range W to W + dW. As an illustration of the use of Equation 49^i let us consider the distribution in translational energy of the molecules of a gas (the entire gas being the system and the molecules the system parts) such that all product wave functions are accessible. 1 It is found (by the use of the results of Section 14, for example) that p(W) is given by the equation p(W) = v ^ 8 w , (49-5) 1 We shall see in the next section that actual gases are not of this type. 402 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV-49d in which F is the volume of the box containing the gas and m is the mass of a molecule. The Maxwell distribution law for velocities is obtained by substituting this in Equation 49-4 and replacing W by Hmv 2 , v being the velocity of the molecule. Problem 49-1. Derive Equation 49-5 with the use of the results of Section 14. By equating W to the kinetic energy Hmv* (v being the velocity), derive the Maxwell distribution law for velocities, and from it calculate expressions for the mean velocity and root-mean-square velocity of gas molecules. It will be shown in the following section that the Boltzmann distribution law is usually not strictly applicable in discussing the translational motion of molecules. 49d. Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein Statistics. As stated in the foregoing section, the Boltzmann distribution law is applicable to the parts of a system for which all product wave functions are accessible. The parts of such a system are said to conform to Boltzmann statistics. Very often, however, we encounter systems for which not all product wave functions are accessible. We have seen before (Sec. 29, etc.) that the wave functions for a system of identical particles can be grouped into non-combining sets of different symmetry character, one set being completely symmetric in the coordinates of the particles, one completely antisymmetric, and the others of intermediate symmetry char- acter. Only the wave functions of one symmetry character are accessible to a given system of identical particles. Thus our simple system of five harmonic oscillators would be restricted to wave functions of one symmetry character if the interactions a&, oc, 6c, were equivalent, that is, if the oscillators were identical. 1 It was to avoid this that we made the explicit assumption of non-equivalence of the interactions in Section 496. The accessible wave functions for five identical oscillators would be the completely symmetric ones, the com- 1 In order for the oscillators to behave identically with respect to external perturbations as well as mutual interactions they would have to occupy the same position in space; that is, to oscillate about the same point. A system such as a crystal is often treated approximately as a set of coupled harmonic oscillators (the atoms oscillating about their equilibrium posi- tions). The Boltzmann statistics would be used for this set of oscillators, inasmuch as the interactions depend on the positions of the oscillators in fipace in such a way as to make them non-identical. XIV-49d] STATISTICAL QUANTUM MECHANICS 403 pletely antisymmetric ones, or those with the various inter- mediate symmetry characters. It is only the two extreme types which have been observed in nature. There are 30 completely symmetric wave functions for n = 10; they are formed from the successive sets in Table 49-1 by addition, the first being 1 { (10.0.0.0.0) + (0.10.0.0.0) + (0.0.10.0.0) + (0.0.0.10.0) + (0.0.0.0.10)} and the last being (2.2.2.2.2). From these we can obtain weights for the successive values, similar to those given in Table 49-2; these weights will not be identical with those of the table, however, and so will correspond to a new statistics. This is very clearly seen for the case that only the completely anti- symmetric wave functions are accessible. The only wave function with n = 10 which is completely antisymmetric is that formed by suitable linear combination of the 120 product func- tions (4.3.2.1.0), etc., marked A in Table 49-1 (the other functions violate Pauli's principle, the quantum numbers not being all different). Hence even at tjie lowest temperatures only one of the five oscillators could occupy the lowest vibrational state, whereas the Boltzmann distribution law would in the limit T > place all five in this state. // only the completely antisymmetric wave functions are accessible to a system composed of a large number of weakly interacting parts, the system parts conform to the Fermi-Dirac statistics', 1 if only the completely symmetric wave functions are accessible, they conform to the Bose-Einstein statistics. 2 The Fermi-Dirac distribution law in the forms analogous to Equations 49-1, 49-3, and 49-4 is Pn = ^ - 1 (49-6) +N 1 E. FERMI, Z. /. Phys. 36, 902 (1926); P. A. M. DIRAC, Proc. Roy. Soc. A112, 661 (1926). This statistics was first developed by Fermi, on the basis of the Pauli exclusion principle, and was discovered independently by Dirac, using antisymmetric wave functions. 2 S. N. BOSB, Z.f. Phys. 26, 178 (1924); A. EINSTEIN, Sitzber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. p. 261, 1924; p. 3, 1925. Bose developed this statistics to obtain a formal treatment of a photon gas, and Einstein extended it to the case of material gases. 404 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS |XIV-49d P< = -f , (49-7) Ae kT +N and P(W) = --> (49-8) in each of which the constant A has such a value as to make the sum or integral of P equal to unity. Here N is the number of identical system parts in which the accessible wave functions are antisymmetric. Problem 49-2. Show that at very low temperatures the Fermi-Dirac distribution law places one system part in each of the N lowest states. The Fermi-Dirac distribution law for the kinetic energy of the particles of a gas would be obtained by replacing p(W) by the expression of Equation 49-5 for point particles (without spin) or molecules all of which are in the same non-degenerate state (aside from translation), or by this expression multiplied by the appropriate degeneracy factor, which is 2 for electrons or protons (with spin quantum number ^), or m general 27 + 1 for spin quantum number 7. This law can be used, for example, in dis- cussing the behavior of a gas of electrons. The principal application which has been made of it is in the theory of metals, 1 a metal being considered as a first approximation as a gas of electrons in a volume equal to the volume of the metal. Problem 49-3. (a) Evaluate the average kinetic energy of the valence electrons (ignoring the K electrons and the nuclei) in a crystal of lithium metal at 0A, and discuss the distribution of energy. (6) Calculate the number of electrons at 298 A with kinetic energy 0.10 v.e. greater than the maximum for 0A. The density of lithium is 0.53 g./cm 3 . The Bose-Einstein distribution law in the forms analogous to Equations 49-6, 49-7, and 49-8 is P = - 1 (49-9) Ae kT - N 1 W. PATJLI, Z. f. Phys. 41, 81 (1927); A. SOMMERFELD, Z. f. Phya. 47, 1, 43 (1928); etc. Review articles have been published by K. K. Darrow, Rev. Mod. Phys. 1, 90 (1929); J. C. Slater, Rev. Mod. Phys. 6, 209 (1934); etc. XIV-49e] STATISTICAL QUANTUM MECHANICS 405 Pi = ^~ > (4&-10) Ae** - N and P(W) = , (49-11) - N in which the symbols retain their former significance. The Bose- Einstein statistics is to be used for photons, 1 deuterons, helium atoms, hydrogen molecules, etc. For many systems to which Fermi-Dirac or Bose-Einstein statistics is to be applied the term N is negligible compared to J? Ae kT j and the appropriate equations are very closely approxi- mated by the corresponding Boltzmann equations. Thus helium gas under ordinary conditions shows no deviations from the perfect gas laws (Boltzmann statistics) which can be attributed to the operation of Bose-Einstein statistics. At very low temperatures and very high pressures, deviations due to this cause should occur, however; this degeneration 2 has not been definitely shown to occur for material gases by experiment, 3 the principal difficulty being that real gases elude investigation under extreme conditions by condensing to a liquid or solid phase. 49e. The Rotational and Vibrational Energy of Molecules. In the statistical discussion of any gas containing identical molecules, cognizance must be taken of the type of statistics applicable. Often, however, we are not primarily interested in the translational motion of the molecules but only in their dis- tribution among various rotational, vibrational, and electronic states. This distribution can usually be calculated by the use of the Boltzmann distribution law, the effect of the symmetry character being ordinarily negligible (except in so far as the sym- 1 With appropriate modifications to take account of the vanishing rest mass of photons. * The word degeneracy is used in this sense (distinct from that of Section 14), the electrons in a metal being described as constituting a degenerate electron gas. 9 G. E. UHLBNBBCK and L. GBOPPBB, Phys. Rev. 41, 79 (1932), and refer- ences there quoted. 406 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV-49e metry character relative to identical particles in the same molecule determines the allowed wave functions for the molecule). In case that the energy of a molecule can be represented as the sum of several terms (such as rotational, vibrational, electronic, and translational energy), the Boltzmann factor can be written as the product of individual Boltzmann factors, and the con- tributions of the various energy terms to the total energy of the system in thermodynamic equilibrium and to the heat capacity, entropy, and other properties can be calculated separately. To illustrate this we shall discuss the contributions of rotational and vibrational motion to the energy content, heat capacity, and entropy of hydrogen chloride gas. As shown in Chapter X, the energy of a hydrogen chloride molecule in its normal electronic state can be approximately represented as W VtK = (v + Y 2 )hv + K(K + l)g, (49-12) in which v is the vibrational frequency, I the moment of inertia of the molecule, and v and K the vibrational and rotational quantum numbers, with allowed values v = 0, 1, 2, and K = 0, 1, 2 . At all but very high temperatures the Boltzmann factor for excited electronic states is very small, so that only the normal electronic state need be considered. Using Equation 49-3, we write for the probability that a molecule be in the state v,K the expression (49-13) in which P, = Be kT , (49-14) and K(K+l)h* P K = C(2K + l)e *** IkT , (49-15) 2K + 1 being the quantum weight of the Kih rotational state. B and C have values such that = 1 and ^PK = 1. -0 JK>0 It is seen that the average rotational and vibrational energy per molecule can hence be written as XIV-49e] STATISTICAL QUANTUM MECHANICS 407 K(K or, since the summation over K can be at once carried out for the first term (to give the factor 1) and that over v for the second term, W = Fvib, + TFro,, with and 0=0 that is, the average energy is separable into two parts in the same way as the energy W V , K (Eq. 49-12). By introducing the variables 1 hv h* these parts can be written as =o (49-16) (49-17) anc /r-o (49-18) 'The symbol a is conventionally used in this way as well as for the quantity A ! /8ir s /, as in Section 35. 408 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV-4W the sums in the denominators corresponding to the factors JB and C of Equations 49-14 and 49-15. Expressions for the vibrational and rotational heat capacity C V ibr. and C ro t. can be obtained by differentiating with respect to T, and the contribu- tions of vibration and rotation to the entropy can then be C T C C T C obtained as S^ T = \ -^-'dT and /S rot = I -j^dT. Jo * Jo 1 Problem 49-4. Considering only the first two or three excited states, calculate the molal vibrational energy, heat capacity, and entropy of hydrogen chloride at 25C., using the vibrational wave number v 2990 cm' 1 . Problem 49-6. By replacing the sums by integrals, show that the expressions 49-17 and 49-18 approach the classical value kT for large T. Problem 49-6. Calculate the rotational energy curve (as a function of T) for hydrogen chloride at temperatures at which it begins to deviate from zero. The internuclear distance is 1.27 A. The treatment of ortho and para hydrogen, mentioned in Section 43/, differs from that of hydrogen chloride only in the choice of accessible rotational wave functions. For para hydro- gen K can assume only the values 0, 2, 4, - , the quantum weight being 2K + 1. For ortho hydrogen K can have the values 1, 3, 5, , with quantum weight 3(2K + 1), the factor 3 being due to the triplet nuclear-spin functions. Ordinary hydrogen is to be treated as a mixture of one-quarter para and three-quarters ortho hydrogen, inasmuch as only the states with K even are to be considered as accessible to the para molecules, and those with K odd to the ortho molecules. In the presence of a catalyst,- however, all states become accessible, and the gas is to be treated as consisting of molecules of a single species. Problem 49-7. Discuss the thermodynamic properties (in their depend- ence on rotation) of the types of hydrogen mentioned above. Problem 49-8. Similarly treat deuterium and protium-denterium molecules (see footnote, Sec. 43/). 49f. The Dielectric Constant of a Diatomic Dipole Gas. Under the influence of an electric field, a gas whose molecules have a permanent electric moment and in addition can have a further moment induced in them by electronic polarization becomes polarized in the direction of the field, the polarization per unit volume being XIV-4W] STATISTICAL QUANTUM MECHANICS 409 p = F in which is the dielectric constant of the gas, F the strength of the applied field (assumed to be parallel to the z axis), N the number of molecules in unit volume, and a the polarizability of the molecule. JT e represents the average value of JT g for all molecules in the gas, JT Z being the average value of the z compo- nent of the permanent electric moment n of a molecule in a given state of motion. It was shown by Debye 1 that according to classical theory ]T Z has the value * - if We shall now show that for the special case of a diatomic dipole gas, such as hydrogen chloride, the same expression is given by quantum mechanics. Let us consider that the change of the permanent moment M with change in the vibrational quantum number v can be neglected. jr g is then given by the equation 7. = ^P KM 1T*(KM), (49-21) K,M in which 2 PKM = Ae- K(K +*, (49-22) with a- = h*/8ir 2 IkT, as in Equation 49-16. Our first task is hence to evaluate JT Z (KM), which is the average value of jj, t = jut COS # for a molecule in the rotational state described by the quantum numbers K and M, & being the angle between the moment n of the molecule (that is, the nuclear axis) and the z axis. The value of jr z (KM) is given by the integral W.(KM) = JV*^ cos WKMJT, (49-23) in which \//KM is the first-order perturbed wave function for the molecule in the electric field. It is found, on application of the 1 P. DEBYE, Phys. Z. 13, 97 (1912). 2 It is assumed at this point that the energy of interaction of the molecule and the field can be neglected in the exponent of the Boltzmann factor. An investigation shows that this assumption is valid 410 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV-49f usual methods of Chapters VI and VII, the perturbation function being H' = -/iF cos 0, (49-24) that JT X (KM) has the value (see Prob. 49-9). Inasmuch as P KM is independent of the quantum number M , to the degree of approximation of our treatment, we can at once calculate the average value of JT 2 (KM) for all states with the same value of K, by summing JT Z (KM) for M = K,K + l, - - , +K, and dividing by 2K + 1. The only part of 49-25 which + K involves any difficulty is that in Af*. The value of V ^f 2 M--K is y$K(K + 1)(2JE + 1); using this, we see that + K K() = 2XT1 2 ^ (XM) = ' X > ' (49 ~ 26) M--K Thus we have obtained the interesting result that the only rotational state which contributes to the polarization is that with K = 0. The value of JT* for this state is seen from Equation 49-25 to be E(0 ) - -^, (49-27) and fTg hence is given by the equation " ^kT j: <r (49 ~ 28) in which the sum in the denominator corresponds to the constant A of Equation 49-22. For small values of <r (such as occur in actual experiments) this reduces to which is identical with the classical expression 49-20. On introduction in Equation 49-19, this gives the equation XIV-49fl STATISTICAL QUANTUM MECHANICS 411 Problem 49-9. Using the surface-harmonic wave functions mentioned in the footnote at the end of Section 35c, derive Equation 49-25, applying either the ordinary second-order perturbation theory or the method of Section 27a. Problem 49-10. Discuss the approximation to Equation 49-28 provided by 49-29 for hydrogen -chloride molecules (M - 1.03 X 10~ 18 e.s.u.) in a field of 1000 volts per centimeter. It can be shown 1 that Equation 49-30 is not restricted to dia- tomic molecules in its application, but is valid in general, except for a few special cases (as, for example, for a molecule with electric moment largely dependent on the vibrational state, or on the state of rotation of one part of the molecule about a single bond, etc.). With the use of this equation the electric moments of molecules can be determined from measurements on the temperature coefficient of the dielectric constants of gases and dilute solutions and in other ways. This has been done for a very large number of substances, with many interesting structural conclusions. An illustration is the question of which of the two isomers of dichlorethylene is the cis and which the trans form, i.e., which compound is to be assigned to each of the formulas shown below: H H H Cl \ / \ / V>=V^ \j --- \j Cl Cl Cl H cis form trans form The trans form is symmetrical and therefore is expected to have zero electric moment. It is found experimentally that the compound which the chemists had previously selected as the trans form does in fact have zero moment, whereas the cis form has a moment of about 1.74 X 10~ 18 e.s.u. (The unit 10~ 18 e.s.u. is sometimes called a Debye unit.) Strong evidence for the plane structure of benzene is also provided by electric-moment data, and many other problems of interest to chemists have been attacked in this way. 1 See the references at the end of the section, in particular Van Vleck. 412 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV-50 An equation which is very closely related to Equation 49-30 is also applicable to the magnetic susceptibility of substances; indeed, this equation was first derived (by Langevin 1 in 1905) for the magnetic case. The temperature-dependent term in this case corresponds to paramagnetism, p representing the magnetic moment of the molecule; and the other term, which in the mag- netic case is negative, corresponds to diamagnetism. For discussions of the origin of diamagnetism, the composition of the resultant magnetic moment ju from the spin and orbital moments of electrons, etc., the reader is referred to the references men- tioned below. References on Magnetic and Electric Moments J. H. VAN VLECK: "The Theory of Electric and Magnetic Suscepti- bilities," Oxford University Press, 1932. C. P. SMYTH: <>([ Dielectric Constant and Molecular Structure," Chemical Catalog Company, Inc., New York, 1931. P. DEBYE: "Polar Molecules/' Chemical Catalog Company, Inc., New York, 1929. E. C. STONER: "Magnetism and Atomic Structure," E. P. Button & Co., Inc., New York, 1926. The most extensive table of values of dipole moments available at present is that given in an Appendix of the Transactions of the Faraday Society, 1934. General References on Statistical Mechanics R. C. TOLMAN: "Statistical Mechanics with Applications to Physics and Chemistry," Chemical Catalog Company, Inc., New York, 1927. R. H. FOWLER: "Statistical Mechanics," Cambridge University Press, 1929. L. BRILLOTJIN: "Les Statistiques Quantiques," Les presses universitaires de France, Paris, 1930. K. K. DARROW: Rev. Mod. Phys. 1, 90 (1929). R. H. FOWLER and T. E. STERNE: Rev. Mod. Phys. 4, 635 (1932). 50. THE ENERGY OF ACTIVATION OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS A simple interpretation of the activation energy E of a chemical reaction such as A + BC -> AB + C (50-1) is provided by the assumption that the molecule BC in its normal electronic state is not able to react with the atom A, and that reaction occurs only between A and an electronically excited molecule BC*, E being then the energy difference of the normal 1 P. LANOBVIN, J. de phya. 4, 678 (1905). XIV-60J ENERGY OF ACTIVATION OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS 413 and the excited molecule. A reasonable alternative to this was given in 1928 by London, 1 who suggested that such a reaction might take place without any change in the electronic state of the system (other than that accompanying the change in the internuclear distances corresponding to the reaction 50-1, as discussed in Section 34). The heat of activation would then be obtained in the following way. We consider the electronic energy TF () for the normal electronic state of the system as a 'BC ' FIG. 50-1. The electronic energy surface (showing contour lines with increasing energy 1, 2, 3, etc.) for a system of three atoms arranged iinearly, as a function of the internuclear distances TAB and rue. function of the nuclear coordinates . TFo() will have one value for the nuclear configuration in which nuclei B and C are close together, as in the normal molecule BC, and A is far removed, and another value for the AB + C nuclear configuration. (The difference of these, corrected for the energy of oscillation and rotation of the molecules, is the energy change during the reaction.) Now in order to change from one extreme configura- tion to the other, the nuclei must pass through intermediate configurations, as atom A approaches B and C recedes from it, and the electronic energy Wo() would change with change in 1 F. LONDON in the Sommerfeld Festschrift, "Probleme der modernen Phyaik," p. 104, S. Hirzel, Leipzig, 1928. 414 MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS [XIV-50 configuration, perhaps as shown in Figure 50-1. The change from A + BC, represented by the configuration point P, to AB + C, represented by the configuration point P", could take place most easily along the path shown by the dotted line. We have seen in Section 34 that the electronic energy can be treated as a potential function for the nuclei ; it is evident that in order for reaction to take place the nuclei must possess initially enough kinetic energy to carry them over the high point P' of the saddle of the potential function of Figure 50-1. The energy difference TF (P') TFo(P), after correction for zero-point oscillational energy, etc., would be interpreted as the activation energy E. No thoroughly satisfactory calculation of activation energies in this way has yet been made. The methods of treatment dis- cussed for the hydrogen molecule in Section 43, in particular the method of James and Coolidge, could of course be extended to a system of three protons and three electrons to provide a satis- factory treatment of the reaction H + H 2 > H2 + H. This calculation would be difficult and laborious, however, and has not been carried out. Several rough calculations, providing values of E for comparison with the experimental value 1 of about 6 kcal/mole (from the ortho-para hydrogen conversion), have been made. In Section 46d we have seen that at large distances the interaction of a hydrogen atom A and a hydrogen molecule BC is given approximately by the expression - Y 2 (abc \H\ bac) - Y 2 (dbc \H\ cba), the first term corresponding to repulsion of A by B and the second to repulsion of A by C. It is reasonable then that the easiest path for the reaction would correspond to a linear arrangement ABC, the repulsion of A and C then being a minimum for given values of TAB and rue. Eyring and Polanyi 2 calculated energy surfaces for linear configurations by neglecting higher exchange integrals and making other simplifying assumptions, the values 1 A. FARKAS, Z. f. phys. Chem. BIO, 419 (1930); P. HARTECK and K. H. GBIB, ibid. B15, 116 (1931). 2 H. EYRING and M. POLANYI, Naturwissenschaften 18, 914 (1930); Z. f. phy9. Chem. B12, 279 (1931); H. EYRING, Naturivissenschaften 18, 915 (1930), /. Am. Chem. Soc. 63, 2537 (1931); H. PELZER and E. WIGNER, Z.f. phys. Chem. B15, 445 (1932). XIV-60] ENERGY OF ACTIVATION OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS 415 of the Coulomb and single exchange integrals being taken from the simple Heitler-London-Sugiura treatment of the hydrogen molecule or estimated from the empirical potential function for this molecule. These approximate treatments led to values in the neighborhood of 10 to 15 kcal for the activation energy. Coolidge and James 1 have recently pointed out that the approxi- mate agreement with experiment depends on the cancellation of large errors arising from the various approximations. The similar discussion of the activation energies of a number of more complicated reactions has been given by Eyring and collaborators. 2 1 A. S. COOLIDGE and H. M. JAMES, /. Chem. Phys. 2, 811 (1934). 2 H. EYRING, /. Am. Chem. Soc. 53, 2537 (1931); G. E. KIMBALL and H. EYRING, ibid. 64, 3876 (1932); A. SHERMAN and H. EYRING, ibid. 64, 2661 (1932); R. S. BEAR and H. EYRING, ibid. 66, 2020 (1934); H. EYRING, A. SHERMAN, and G. E. KIMBALL, /. Chem. Phys. 1, 586 (1933); A. SHERMAN, C. E. SUN, and H. EYRING, ibid. 3, 49 (1935). CHAPTER XV GENERAL THEORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS The branch of quantum mechanics to which we have devoted our attention in the preceding chapters, based on the Schrodinger wave equation, can be applied in the discussion of most questions which arise in physics and chemistry. It is sometimes conven- ient, however, to use somewhat different mathematical methods; and, moreover, it has been found that a thoroughly satisfactory general theory of quantum mechanics and its physical inter- pretation require that a considerable extension of the simple theory be made. In the following sections we shall give a brief discussion of matrix mechanics (Sec. 51), the properties of angular momentum (Sec. 52), the uncertainty principle (Sec. 53), and transformation theory (Sec. 54). 61. MATRIX MECHANICS In the first paper written on the quantum mechanics 1 Heisen- berg formulated and successfully attacked the problem of calcu- lating values of the frequencies and intensities of the spectral lines which a system could emit or absorb; that is, of the energy levels and the electric-moment integrals which we have been discussing. He did not use wave functions and wave equations, however, but instead developed a formal mathematical method for calculating values of these quantities. The mathematical method is one with which most chemists and physicists are not familiar (or were not, ten years ago), some of the operations involved being surprisingly different from those of ordinary algebra. Heisenberg invented the new type of algebra as he needed it; it was immediately pointed out by Born and Jordan, 2 however, that in his new quantum mechanics Heisenberg was 1 W. HBIBENBERG, Z. f. Phys. 33, 879 (1925). M. BORN and P. JORDAN, ibid. 34, 858 (1925). 416 XV-51a] MATRIX MECHANICS 417 making use of quantities called matrices which had already been discussed by mathematicians, and that his newly invented operations were those of matrix algebra. The Heisenberg quantum mechanics, usually called matrix mechanics, was rapidly developed 1 and applied to various problems. When Schrodinger discovered his wave mechanics the question arose as to the relation between it and matrix mechanics. The answer was soon given by Schrodinger 2 and Eckart, 3 who showed independently that the two are mathematically equivalent. The arguments used by Heisenberg in formulating his quantum mechanics are extremely interesting. We shall not present them, however, nor enter into an extensive discussion of matrix mechanics, but shall give in the following sections a brief treat- ment of matrices, matrix algebra, the relation of matrices to wave functions, and a few applications of matrix methods to quantum- mechanical problems. 51a. Matrices and Their Relation to Wave Functions. The Rules of Matrix Algebra. Let us consider a set of orthogonal wave functions 4 ^o, ^i, , ^n, and a dynamical quantity f(9if P')> the corresponding operator 5 being / op . = /( q it 2~-^-\ In the foregoing chapters we have often made use of integrals such as Am - //OP.>MT; (51-1) for example, we have given / nn the physical interpretation of the average value of the dynamical quantity / when the system is in the nth stationary state. Let us now arrange the numbers f mn (the values of the integrals) in a square array ordered accord- ing to m and n, as follows: 1 M. BORN, W. HEISENBERG, and P. JORDAN, Z. f. Phys. 36, 557 (1926); P. A. M. DIRAC, Proc. Roy. Soc. A109, 642 (1925). E. ScHRtfDiNGER, Ann. d. Phys. 79, 734 (1926). 1 C. ECKART, Phys. Rev. 28, 711 (1926). 4 These functions include the time factor; a similar discussion can be made with use of the functions ^ , fa 9 not including the time. 8 In this chapter we shall use the symbol / op . to represent the operator corresponding to the dynamical function /. The subscript "op." was not used in the earlier chapters because there was no danger of confusion attend- ing its omission. See Sees. 10, 12. /OO /ox /02 /03 ... /io /ll /12 /13 ... /20 /.I /22 /23 ... /3G / /32 /33 ... 418 GENERAL THEORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS [XV-61a f = (/mn) = This array we may represent by the symbol f or (f mn ). We enclose it in parentheses to distinguish it from a determinant, with which it should not be confused. We can construct similar arrays g, h, etc. for other dynamical quantities. It is found that the symbols f, g, h, etc. representing such arrays can be manipulated by an algebra closely related to ordi- nary algebra, differing from it mainly in the process of multiplica- tion. The rules of this algebra can be easily derived from the properties of wave functions, which we already know. It must be borne in mind that the symbol f does not represent a single number. (In particular the array f must not be confused with a determinant, which is equal to a single number. There is, to be sure, a determinant corresponding to each array, namely, the determinant whose elements are those of the array. We have set up such determinants in the secular equations of the preceding chapters.) The symbol f instead represents many numbers as many as there are elements in the array. The sign of equality in the equation f g means that every element in the array f is equal to the corresponding element in the array g. Now let us derive some rules of the new algebra. For example, the sum of two such arrays is an array each of whose elements is the sum of the corresponding elements of the two arrays ; that is, //OO + 000 /Oi + 001 /02 + 002 ' ' *\ f + g = ( /io + 0io /u + 0ii /i2 + 012 ). (51-2) It is seen that the arrays add in the same way as ordinary algebraic quantities, with f + g = g + f . Addition is com- mutative. On the other hand, multiplication is not commutative: the product fg is not necessarily equal to the product gf. Let us evaluate the mnth element of the array fg. It is 1/0 1 mn = XV-61a] MATRIX MECHANICS 419 Now we can express the quantity g OD & n in terms of the functions SF/fc with constant coefficients (Sec. 22), obtaining That the coefficients are the quantities g kn is seen on multiplying by Vj and integrating. Introducing this in the integral for \fg}mn we obtain k since f^f^f ^ k dr is equal to f m k, this becomes This is the rule for calculating the elements of the array obtained on multiplying two arrays. We may continue to develop the algebra of our arrays in this way; or we can instead make use of work already done by mathe- maticians. The arrays which we have been discussing are called matrices, and their properties have been thoroughly investigated by mathematicians, who have developed an extensive matrix algebra, 1 some parts of which we have just derived. Problem 51-1. Show that the laws of ordinary algebra hold for the addition and subtraction of matrices and their multiplication by scalars; for example, f + (g + h) = (f + g) + h, of 4- ag = a(f -f g), at + bf = (a -h 6)f. Matrix methods, especially matrix multiplication, are often very useful in solving problems. Thus we have applied Equation 51-3 in Section 27e, after deriving the equation in order to use it. Another example of the use of this equation is provided by Problem 51-2. In quantum-mechanical discussions the matrix f corresponding to the dynamical quantity /(<? t -, p) is sometimes defined with the use of the wave functions ^ n , which include the time (Eq. 51-1), and sometimes with the wave functions ^ w , with the time factor 1 See, for example, M. B6cher, "Introduction to Higher Algebra/ 1 The Macmillan Company, New York, 1924. 420 GENERAL THEORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS [XV-51a omitted, in which case the matrix elements are given by the integrals /-. = M^n*. (51-4) The matrix elements f mn in the two cases differ only by the time factor e h , and as there is no danger of confusion the same symbol can be used for the matrix containing the time as for that not containing the time. Problem 51-2. The elements x mn of the matrix x for the harmonic oscillator are given by Equation 11-25. Using the rule for matrix multipli- cation, set up the matrices x 2 ( = xx), x 3 , and x 4 , and compare the values of the diagonal elements with those found in Section 23a. The non-commutative nature of the multiplication of matrices is of great importance in matrix mechanics. The difference of the product of the matrix q/ representing the coordinate #,- and the matrix p, representing the canonically conjugate momen- tum PJ and the reverse product is not zero, but ~ .1, where 1 ZTTZ is the unit matrix, discussed in the following section; that is, these matrices do not commute. On the other hand, q/ and p* (with k T* j)j etc., do commute, the complete commutation rules for coordinates and momenta being p/q/ - q/p/ = p/q* - q/q* - q*q? = o, P*P* - P*P; = 0. (51-5) These commutation rules together with the rules for converting the Hamiltonian equations of motion into matrix form constitute matrix mechanics, which is a way of stating the laws of quantum mechanics which is entirely different from that which we have used in this book, although completely equivalent. The latter rules require a discussion of differentiation with respect to a matrix, into which we shall not enter. 1 Problem 51-3. Verify the commutation rules 51-5 by evaluating the matrix elements (pjqi) mn , etc. 1 For a discussion of matrix mechanics see, for example, Ruark and Urey, "Atoms, Molecules and Quanta," Chap. XVII. XV-61b] MATRIX MECHANICS 421 51b. Diagonal Matrices and Their Physical Interpretation. A diagonal matrix is a matrix whose elements f mn are all zero except those with m = n; for example, /CO ... / n ... /ll ... / ... The unit matrix, 1, is a special kind of diagonal matrix, all the diagonal elements being equal to unity: 1 ] 1 . . 1 1 . . . a . . .1 a a a ... A constant matrix, a, is equal to a constant times the unit matrix: a = al Application of the rule for matrix multiplication shows that the square (or any power) of a diagonal matrix is also a diagonal matrix, its diagonal elements being the squares (or other powers) of the corresponding elements of the original matrix. In Section lOc, in discussing the physical interpretation of the wave equation, we saw that our fundamental postulate regarding physical interpretation requires a dynamical quantity / to have a definite value for a system in the state represented by the wave function V n only when f r nn is equal to (f nn ) r , for all values of r. We can now express this in terms of matrices: // the dynamical quantity f is represented by a diagonal matrix f then this dynamical quantity has the definite value f nn for the state corresponding to the wave function V n of the set ^ , ^i, . For illustration, let us discuss some of the wave functions which we have met in previous chapters. The solutions 422 GENERAL THEORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS [XV-51b 2*iWot\ ty Q e h ),*&!,' of the wave equation for any system correspond to a diagonal energy matrix Fo . . -0- Wr 6 . . W 2 H = TF 3 so that, as mentioned in Section lOc, the system in a physical condition represented by one of these wave functions has a fixed value of the total energy. In the case of a system with one degree of freedom no other dynamical quantity (except functions of H only, such as H 2 ) is represented by a diagonal matrix; with more degrees of freedom there are other diagonal matrices. For example, the surface- harmonic wave functions GjmO^mfa) for the hydrogen atom and other two-particle systems separated in polar coordinates (Sees. 19, 21) make the matrices for the square of the total angular momentum and the component of angular momentum along the z axis diagonal, these dynamical quantities thus having definite values for these wave functions. The properties of angular momentum matrices are discussed in Section 52. The dynamical quantities corresponding to diagonal matrices relative to the stationary-state wave functions ^ , ^i, are sometimes called constants of the motion of the system. The corresponding constants of the motion of a system in classical mechanics are the constants of integration of the classical equa- tion of motion. Let us now consider a system whose Schrodinger time functions corresponding to the stationary states of the system are ^ , 1, , ^, . Suppose that we carry out an experiment (the measurement of the values of some dynamical quantities) such as to determine the wave function uniquely. Such an experiment is called a maximal measurement. A maximal measurement for a system with one degree of freedom, such as the one-dimensional harmonic oscillator, might consist in the accurate measurement of the energy; the result of the measure- ment would be one of the characteristic energy values W n ] and the corresponding wave function & n would then represent the XV-51b] MATRIX MECHANICS 423 system so long as it remain undisturbed and could be used for predicting average values for later measurements (Sees. 10, 12;. A maximal measurement for a system of three degrees of freedom, such as the three-dimensional isotropic harmonic oscillator or the hydrogen atom with fixed nucleus and without spin, might consist in the accurate determination of the energy, the square of the total angular momentum, and the component of the angular momentum along the z axis. The wave function cor- responding to such a maximal measurement would be one of those obtained by separating the wave equation in polar coordi- nates, as was done in Chapter V. It is found that the accurate measurement of the values of N independent 1 dynamical quantities constitutes a maximal measurement for a system with N degrees of freedom. In classical mechanics a maximal measurement involves the accurate determination of the values of 2N dynamical quantities, such as the N coordinates and the N momenta, or for a one-dimensional system the energy and the coordinate, etc. A discussion of the significance of this fact will be given in connection with the uncertainty principle in Section 53. Now let us consider a complete set of orthogonal normalized wave functions xo> Xi> > Xn', , each function Xn' being a solution of the Schrodinger time equation for the system under discussion. These wave functions are linear combinations of the stationary-state wave functions ^f n , being obtained from them by the linear transformation in which the coefficients a n ' n are constants restricted only in that they are to make the x's mutually orthogonal and normal- ized. A set of wave functions Xn' is said to form a representation of the system. Corresponding to each representation matrices 2 f , g', etc. can be constructed for the dynamical quantities /, g, etc., the elements being calculated by equations such as fm>*> = /X*'/op.Xn'dT (51-7) 1 The meaning of independent will be discussed later in this section. 2 We use primed symbols to indicate that the matrices correspond to the representation xn f > 424 GENERAL THEORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS [XV-61b or obtained from the matrices f, g, etc. (corresponding to the stationary-state representation ^ n ), by the use of the coefficients a n > n of Equation 51-6. So far we have discussed the measurement of constants of the motion of the system only; that is, of quantities which are repre- sented by diagonal matrices relative to the Schrodinger wave functions M^o, ^i, ^ 2 , , and which are hence independent of the time. But in general we might make a maximal measure- ment consisting in the accurate measurement of N dynamical quantities /, g*, etc., whose matrices f, g, etc., relative to ^o, #1, - - , are not all diagonal matrices. In the case of such a maximal measurement we must specify the time t = t' at which the measurement is made. An accurate measurement of the quantities /, g, etc. at the time t = t 1 requires that at the time t = t' the matrices f, g', etc. be diagonal matrices. In order to find the wave function representing the system at times subse- quent to t = t' (so .long as the system remain undisturbed), we must find the representation Xn' which makes these matrices diagonal at the time t = t'. The accurate values of /, g, etc. obtained by measurement will be identical with the numbers fn'n', gn'n', etc., occurring as a certain diagonal element of the diagonal matrices f, g', etc., and the wave function representing the system will be the corresponding Xn'. It is interesting to notice that the condition that the dynamical quantity / be represented by a diagonal matrix f ' in the x repre- sentation can be expressed as a differential equation. In order for V to be a diagonal matrix, f' m > n > must equal for m' not equal to n' and a constant value, f n ' n f , say, for m' = n'. This means that on expanding / op .Xn' in terms of the complete set of functions X only the one term fn'n'Xn' will occur; that is, that /op.Xn' = fn'n'Xn', (51~8) in which f n > n ' is a number, the w'th diagonal element of the diagonal matrix f'. For example, the stationary-state wave functions ^ n im for a hydrogen atom as given in Chapter V satisfy three differential equations, XV-62] THE PROPERTIES OF ANGULAR MOMENTUM 425 and r * Will ^. If.**.,. = 2^, corresponding to the three dynamical functions whose matrices are diagonal in this representation ; namely, the energy, the square of the total angular momentum, and the z component of the angular momentum. For a discussion of this question from a different viewpoint see the next section. 62. THE PROPERTIES OF ANGULAR MOMENTUM As pointed out in the previous section, systems whose wave equations separate in spherical polar coordinates (such as the hydrogen atom) possess wave functions corresponding not only to definite values of the energy but also to definite values of the total angular momentum and the component of angular momen- tum along a given axis (say, the z axis). In order to prove this for one particle 1 let us construct the operators corresponding to M x , M v , and M z , the components of angular momentum along the x, y, and z axes. Since classically M x = yp z zp y , (52-1) with similar expressions for M y and M z , the methods of Section lOc for constructing the operator corresponding to any physical quantity yield the expressions h ( d d' h , o v A ( 53 _ 2) In order to calculate the average values of these quantities it is convenient to express them in terms of polar coordinates. By the standard methods (see Sec. 16) we obtain M._ iM vw . = 2< ~ cot * (52-3) 1 The total angular momentum and its z component also have definite values for a system of n particles in field-free space; see, for example, Born and Jordan, "Elementare Quantenmechanik," Chap. IV, Julius Springer, Berlin, 1930. 426 GENERAL THEORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS [XV-52 and * ~ = as i- (52 - 4) We have postulated that the wave equation is separable in polar coordinates; if we also restrict the potential energy to be a function of r alone, the dependence of the wave functions on the angles will be given by *in(0, <f>, r) = ei*(0)* m (?)B n i(r), (52-5) where 0jm(#)< m (<p) are the surface-harmonic wave functions obtained in Section 18. Using these and the expressions in Equations 52-3 and 52-4, we can evaluate the integrals of the type M x (l'm r ] Im) - Stf> m > n M XOJ ,.t lmn dT. (52-6) In order to prove that the square of the total angular momentum M 2 has a definite value for a given stationary state described by \^i mn , it is necessary for us to show that the average value of any power of M 2 is identical with the same power of the average value (Sec. lOc). By using the properties of matrices given in the previous section we can considerably simplify this proof. As stated there, we need only show that Af? D . is represented by a diagonal matrix. Furthermore we can obtain the matrix for M 2 from the matrices for M x , M yy and M g by using the relation defining M z in classical mechanics, M 2 = Ml + M* + Ml, (52-7) and applying the rules for matrix multiplication and addition. If we carry out this procedure, we first find on evaluation of the proper integrals that ^ / ; Im) = j- iw {1(1 in which S m ', m +i = 1 for m' - 1) m(m + l)}^5 m ', m +i -f 1) m(m l))^$m',m~i]$r,z (52-8) ) m(m + l)}**$m',m-fi 1) m(m l)}^$m',m-i]5/',j, i x * Im) - g^nar,^..., , (52-9) (52-1 a) / = m + 1 and otherwise, etc. XV-62] THE PROPERTIES OF ANGULAR MOMENTUM 427 The next step is to obtain the elements of the matrices M*, M^, and M^ from these by using matrix multiplication, and then the elements of M 2 by using matrix addition. The final result is that M 2 is a diagonal matrix with diagonal elements . 2 -- It is therefore true that M 2 has a definite value in the state \l/imn] in other words, it is a constant of the motion with the ! 1(1 + I)/* 2 value ' 4?r 2 The proof that M z is also a constant of the motion is contained in Equation 52-10, which shows that M z is a diagonal matrix with diagonal elements mh/2ir so that its value is mh/Vm for the state with quantum number m. Problem 62-1. Carry out the transformation of Equations 52-2 into polar coordinates. Problem 52-2. Derive Equations 52-8, 52-9, and 52-10. Problem 52-3. Obtain the matrices for M*, M%, Ml by matrix multi- plication and from them obtain the matrix for M 2 . There is a close connection between the coordinate system in which a given wave equation is separated and the dynamical quantities which are the constants of the motion for the resulting wave functions. Thus for a single particle in a spherically symmetric field the factor $(#, <p) of the wave function which depends only on the angles satisfies the equation (see Sec. 18a) It can be shown that the operator for M 2 in polar coordinates has the form ' (52 - 12) 80 that Equation 52-11 may be written M^ nlm = 1(1 + l) Im , (52-13) since ^ = <S(tf, <p)R(r) and M* p . does not affect R(r). Furthermore the equation for $ m (<p), the <p part of ^, is (Sec. 18o) = -m 2 *, (52-14) 428 GENERAL THEORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS [XV-53 whereas from Equation 52-4 we find that *?--- (52 - 15) so that Equation 52-13 may be written in the form Ml^,* lm = m^ nlm . (52-16) The formal similarity of Equations 52-13 and 52-16 with the wave equation Hop.tnlm = Wntnlm is quite evident. All three equations consist of an operator acting upon the wave function equated with the wave function multiplied by the quantized value of the physical quantity repre- sented by the operator. Furthermore, the operators //op., Ml^, and Af* op . will be fouad to commute with each other; that is, ffop.W P .x) = 3f 2 p .(//op.x), etc., where x is any function of $, <p, and r. It is beyond the scope of this book to discuss this question more thoroughly, but the considerations which we have given above for this special case can be generalized to other systems and other sets of coordinates. Whenever the wave equation can be separated it will be found that the separated parts can be thrown into the form discussed above, involving the operators of several physical quantities. These physical quantities will be constants of the motion for the resulting wave functions, and their operators will commute with each other. 63. THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE The Heisenberg uncertainty principle 1 may be stated in the following way: The values of two dynamical quantities f and g of a system can be accurately measured at the same time only if their commutator is zero; otherwise these measurements can be made only with an uncertainty A/A0 whose magnitude is dependent on the value of the commutator. In particular, for a canonically conjugate coordinate * W. HBISISNBBBG, Z. f. Phys. 43, 172 (1927). XV-63] THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE 429 q and momentum p the uncertainty AgAp is of the order of nuignitude of Planck 1 s constant h, as is AWA for the energy and time. To prove the first part of this principle, we investigate the conditions under which two dynamical quantities / and g can be simultaneously represented by diagonal matrices. Let these matrices be f and g', Xn' being the corresponding representation. The product f'g' of these two diagonal matrices is found on evaluation to be itself a diagonal matrix, its n'th element being the product of the n'th diagonal elements f n > and g n > of the diagonal matrices f and g'. Similarly g'f' is a diagonal matrix, its diagonal elements being identical with those of f'g'. Hence the commutator of f and g' vanishes: f'g' g'f' = 0. The value of the right side of this equation remains zero for any transformation of the set of wave functions, and consequently the commutator of f and g vanishes for any set of wave functions; it is invariant to all linear orthogonal transformations. We accordingly state that, in order for two dynamical quantities f and g of a system to be accurately measurable at the same time, their com- mutator must vanish; that is, the equation f g _ gf = (53-1) *nust hold. A proof of the second part of the uncertainty principle is lifficult; indeed, the statement itself is vague (the exact meaning of A/, etc., not being given). We shall content ourselves with the discussion of a simple case which lends itself to exact treat- ment, namely, the translational motion in one dimension of a free particle. The wave functions for a free particle with coordinate x are 27rt\/2mTy(x-xo) 2iriWt Ne * e h (Sec. 13), the positive sign in the first exponential corresponding to motion in the x direction and the negative sign in the x direction. On replacing W by p|/2w this expression becomes Ne h e 2mh , in which positive and negative values of the momentum p x refer to motion in the x direction and the # direction, respectively. A single wave function of this type corresponds to the physical condition in which the momentum and the energy are exactly known, that is, to a stationary state of the system. We have then no knowl- edge of the position of the particle, the uncertainty Ax in the 430 GENERAL THEORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS [XV-53 coordinate x being infinite, as is seen from the probability dis- tribution function ty*ty, which is constant for all values of x between c and + oo . When Ap x is zero Ax is infinite. Now let us suppose that at the time t = we measure the momentum p x and the coordinate x simultaneously, obtaining the values po and x , with the uncertainties &p x and Ax, respec- tively. Our problem is to set up a wave function x which represents this physical condition of the system One way of doing this is the following. The wave function Y A I f> 2(Ap*)o h p 2mh /fn (tt~ 9\ X. * I v C o UsjJx \OO &) corresponds to a Gaussian-error-curve distribution e (&?*)* of the values of the momentum p x about the average value p , with the uncertainty 1 Ap z . (The factor J^ in the exponent in Equation 53-2 results from the fact that the coefficients of the wave functions are to be squared to obtain probability values.) A is a normalization constant. On evaluating the integral we find for % at the time t = the expression _ x (0) = Be *> h , (53-3) which corresponds to the probability distribution function for x X*(0) x (0) = 2 <f " (53-4) with (53-5) v ' This is also a Gaussian error function, with its maximum at x = XQ and with uncertainty Ax given by Equation 53-5. It is seen that the wave function x corresponds to the value /?/2?r for the product of the uncertainties Ax and Ap x at the time t = 0, this value being of the order of magnitude A, as stated at the beginning of the section. Problem 53-1. Evaluate the normalization constants A and B 2 by carrying out the integration over p x and then over x. 1 The quantity Ap x is the reciprocal of the so-called precision index of the Gaussian error curve and is larger than the probable error by the factor 2.10; see R. T. Birge, Phy*. Rev. 40, 207 (1932). XV-53] THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE 431 Problem 63-2. Carry through the above treatment, retaining the time factors. Show that the center of the wave packet moves with velocity po/m, and that the wave packet becomes more diffuse with the passage of time. A generdl discussion* by the use of the methods of transforma- tion theory (Sec. 54), which we shall not reproduce, leads to the conclusion that the product of the uncertainties A/Agr accompany- ing the simultaneous measurement of two dynamical quantities / and g is at least of the order of magnitude of the absolute value of the corresponding diagonal element in their commutator fg gf- (The commutator of x and p x is ^ .1 (Eq. 51-5), the absolute value of the diagonal elements being h/2ir, in agreement with the foregoing discussion.) This leads to the conclusion that the energy W and time t are related regarding accuracy of measure- ment in the same way as a coordinate and the conjugate momen- tum, the product of the uncertainties ATF and A being of the order of magnitude of h (or h/2-n-) . In order to measure the energy of a system with accuracy ATf, the measurement must be extended over a period of time of order of magnitude h/AW. Problem 63-3. Show that the commutator Wt tW has the value .1 by evaluating matrix elements, recalling that JT OP = and ^Trt 2iri dt to*. = t. It is natural for us to inquire into the significance of the uncertainty principle by analyzing an experiment designed to measure x and p x . Many "thought experiments" have been discussed in the effort to find a contradiction or to clarify the theory; in every case these have led to results similar to the following. Suppose that we send a beam of light of frequency VQ along the axis AO of Figure 53-1, and observe along the direction OB to see whether or not the particle, restricted to motion along the x axis, is at the point or not. If a light quantum is scattered into our microscope at JB, we know that the particle is in the neighborhood of 0, and by analyzing the scattered light by a spectroscope to determine its frequency v t we can calculate the momentum of the particle by use of the equations of the Compton effect. But for light of finite fre- quency the resolving power of the microscope is limited, and oui 432 GENERAL THEORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS [XV-54 measurement of x will show a corresponding uncertainty Ax, which decreases as the frequency increases. Similarly the measurement of the momentum by the Compton effect will show an uncertainty Ap x , increasing as the frequency increases. The detailed analysis of the experiment shows that under the most favorable conditions imaginable the product AxAp, is of the order of magnitude of h. 1 TO Source of tight Fio. 53-1. Diagram of experiment for measuring x and p x of particle. 64. TRANSFORMATION THEORY In discussing the behavior of a system the following question might arise. If at the time t = t r the dynamical property / is 1 For the further discussion of the uncertainty principle see W. Heisenberg, "The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory," University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1930; N. Bohr, Nature 121, 580 (1928); C. G. Darwin, Proc. Roy. Soc. A117, 258 (1927); A. E Ruark, Phys. Rev. 31, 311, 709 (1928); E. H. Kennard, Phys. Rev. 31, 344 (1928); H. P. Robertson, Phys. Rev. 34, 163 (1929); 35, 667. (1930); 46, 794 (1934); and also Ruark and Urey, "Atoms, Molecules and Quanta/ 1 Chap. XVIII; and other references listed at the end of the chapter. XV-M] TRANSFORMATION THEORY 433 found on measurement to have the value /', what is the prob- ability that the immediately subsequent measurement of the dynamical property g will yield the value #'? We know one way to answer this question, namely, to find the wave function 1 X (one of the representation which makes f a diagonal matrix) corresponding to the value /' of /, to use it to calculate the average value of all powers of g, and from these to construct a probability distribution function for g. This is not a very simple or direct procedure, however; it is of interest that an alternative method has been found by means of which these probability distribution functions can be calculated directly. This method, called the transformation theory,* is a general quan- tum mechanics within which wave mechanics is included, the Schrodinger wave equation being one of a large number of equations of the theory and the Schrodiiiger wave functions a particular type of transformation functions. We shall not enter into an extensive discussion of transformation theory but shall give only a brief description of it. Let us represent by (g'\f) a probability amplitude function or transformation function such that (g' |/')* (g'\f) is the probability under discussion, (g'\f)* being the complex conjugate of (g'\f). [In case that g' can be any one of a continuum of values, (g'\f')*(g'\f r ) is interpreted as a probability distribution function, the probability that g have a value between g r and g f + dg' being WrWW-] The Schrodinger stationary-state wave functions are proba- bility amplitude functions between the energy and the coordi- nates of the system. For a system with one degree of freedom, such as a harmonic oscillator, the wave functions ^ n are the transformation functions (x'\W'} between the coordinate x and the characteristic energy values, and for the hydrogen atom the wave functions \l/ n i m (r, #, <p), discussed in Chapter V, are the transformation functions (r'$'<f>'\nlm) between the coordinates r, #, and <p of the electron relative to the nucleus and the charac- teristic energy values W n , the square of angular momentum values 1 In case that the measurement of / is not a maximal measurement many wave functions might have to be considered. 1 The transformation theory was developed mainly by P. A. M. Dirac, Proc. Roy. Soc. A113. 621 (1927). and P. Jordan, Z.f. Phy*. 40, 809 (1927)} 44. 1 (1927). 434 GENERAL THEORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS [XV-54 j 2 r and the angular momentum component values mh/2Tr, represented by the symbols n, Z, and ra, respectively. Two important properties of transformation functions are the following: The transformation function between / and g is equal to that between g and /: (fW = W)* t 54 - 1 ) The transformation function between / and h is related to that between / and g and that between g and h by the equation (/W = /(/'! Wl A' W- (54-2) In this equation the integration includes all possible values g' which can be obtained by measurement of g; in case that g' represents a set of discrete values, the sum over these is to be taken. We have often Written the Schrodinger wave equation in the form H^ n = W ntn. In the nomenclature of transformation theory this is W representing a characteristic value W n of the energy and (<^|TF') the corresponding transformation function to the coordi- nates g/. In transformation theory it is postulated that a similar equation <7o,.,,,(/' |g') = jr'tfV) (54-3) is satisfied by every transformation function (/%') In this equation gr p. is the operator in the / scheme representing the dynamical quantity g. We shall not discuss the methods by means of which the / scheme of operators is found but shall restrict our attention to the q scheme, in which the operators are obtained by the familiar method of replacing m by ~ . - ZTTI dgk The transformation functions are normalized and mutually orthogonal, satisfying the equation swwirw = v/. (54-4) XV-64] .. TRANSFORMATION THEORY 435 It is interesting to note that this equation signifies that, if the dynamical quantity / has been found on measurement to have the value /', immediate repetition of the measurement will give the same value/' with probability unity, inasmuch as the integral of Equation 54-4 is the transformation function (/'|/") (see Eq. 54-2) and Equation 54-4 requires it to vanish except when /" is equal to/', in which case it has the value 1. From the above equations we can find any transformation function (/'|0'), using the q system of operators only, in the following way: we find the transformation functions (#'|/') and (#'10') by solving the corresponding differential equations 54-3, and then obtain (/%') by integrating over the coordi- nates (Eq. 54-4). As an example, let us obtain the transforma- tion function (p|TF') between the energy W and the linear momentum p x of a one-dimensional system. The function (z'|TT') is the Schrodinger wave function, obtained by solving the wave equation = W'(x'\W) as described in the preceding chapters of the book. The trans- formation function (x'\p' x ) between a Cartesian coordinate and its canonically conjugate momentum is the solution of the equation or and hence is the function (x'\p' x ) = Ce * , (54-5) C being a normalizing factor. The transformation function (P*\W), the momentum probability amplitude function for a stationary state of the system, is accordingly given by the equation (pi\W) = jCe * (x'\W'W (54-6) or . = JCe * *(*')<&'. (64-7) 436 GENERAL THEORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS [XV-64 On application of this equation it is found that the momentum wave functions for the harmonic oscillator have the same form (Hennite orthogonal functions) as the coordinate wave functions (Prob. 54-1), whereas those for the hydrogen atom afe quite different. 1 Problem 54-1. Evaluate the momentum wave functions for the harmonic oscillator. Show that the average value of p r x for the nth state given by the equation is the same as given by the equation Problem 64-2. Evaluate the momentum wave function for the normal hydrogen atom, f f f Z*i(x'p> x +v'p!,+z'p'.) (p'*P v P*\nlm) = J J J Ce h (x'y'z'\nlm)dx'dy'dz'. It is convenient to change to polar coordinates in momentum space as well as in coordinate space. The further developments of quantum mechanics, including the discussion of maximal measurements consisting not of the accurate determination of the values of a minimum number of independent dynamical functions but of the approximate meas- urement of a larger number, the use of the theory of groups, the formulation of a relativistically invariant theory, the quantiza- tion of the electromagnetic field, etc., are beyond the scope of this book. General References on Quantum Mechanics Matrix mechanics: M. BORN and P. JORDAN: "Elementare Quantenmechanik," Julius Springer, Berlin, 1930. Transformation theory and general quantum mechanics: P. A. M. DIRAC: ''Quantum Mechanics," Oxford University Press, New York, 1936. hydrogen-atom momentum wave functions are discussed by B. Podolsky and L. Pauling, Phys. Rev. 34, 109 (1929), and by E. A. Hylleraas, Z.f.Phya. 74, 216 (1932). XV-54] TRANSFORMATION THEORY 437 J. v. NEUMANN: " Mathematische Grundlagen der Quantenmechanik," Julius Springer, Berlin, 1932. Questions of physical interpretation: W. HEISENBBRG: "The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory," University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1930. General references: A. E. RTJARK and H. C. UREY: "Atoms, Molecules and Quanta," McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1930. E. U. CONDON and P. M. MORSE: "Quantum Mechanics," McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1929. A. SOMMERFELD: "Wave Mechanics," Methuen & Company, Ltd., London, 1930. H. WEYL: "The Theory of Groups and Quantum Mechanics," E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York, 1931. J. FRENKEL: "Wave Mechanics," Oxford University Press, New York. 1933. APPENDIX I VALUES OF PHYSICAL CONSTANTS 1 Velocity of light ..................... c = 2.99796 X 10 10 cm sec- 1 Electronic charge .................... e = 4.770 X 10~ 10 abs. e.s.u. Electronic mass ...................... w = 9 . 035 X 10~ M g Planck's constant .................... h = 6. 547 X 10~ 27 erg sec Avogadro's number .................. N = 0.6064 X 10 24 mole' 1 Boltzmann's constant ................ k = 1. 3709 X 10~ 16 erg deg" 1 Fine-structure constant ............... ot - = 7.284 X 10""* he Radius of Bohr orbit in normal hydro- gen, referred to center of mass ....... OQ 0.5282 X 10~ 8 cm Rydberg constant for hydrogen ........ # H 109677.759 cm" 1 Rydberg constant for helium .......... # H = 109722 . 403 cm" 1 Rydberg constant for infinite mass ..... R*> = 109737.42 cm" 1 Bohr unit of angular momentum ....... = 1 . 0420 X 10"~ 27 erg sec Magnetic moment of 1 Bohr magneton MO = 0.9175 X 10~ 20 erg gauss" 1 Relations among Energy Quantities 1 erg - 0.6285 X 10 12 v.e. = 0.5095 X 10 18 cm" 1 = 1.440 X 10 18 cal/mole 1.591 X 10~ 12 erg 1 v.e. = 8106 cm" 1 = 23055 cal/mole 1.963 X 10- 18 erg = 1.234 X 10" 4 v.e. = 1 cm- 1 = 2.844 cal/mole 0.6901 X lO"" 18 erg = 4.338 X 10" 6 v.e. = 0.3516 cm" 1 = 1 cal/mole 1 These values are taken from the compilation of R. T. Birge, Rev. Mod. Phys. 1, 1 (1929), "as recommended by Birge, Phys. Rev. 40, 228 (1932). For probable errors see these references. 439 APPENDIX II PROOF THAT THE ORBIT OF A PARTICLE MOVING IN A CENTRAL FIELD LIES IN A PLANE The force acting on the particle at any instant is in the direc- tion of the attracting center (see F, Fig. 1). Let the arrow marked v in the figure represent the direction of the motion at any instant. Set up a system of Cartesian axes x y z with origin at the point P and oriented so that the z axis points along v and the y axis points perpendicular to the plane of F and v, being directed up from the plane of the paper in the figure. Fio. II-l. Then the equation of motion (in Newton's form) in y is since there is no component of the force F in the y direction. Therefore the acceleration in the y direction is zero and the velocity in the y direction, being initially zero, will remain zero, 30 that the particle will have no tendency to move out of the plane letermined by F and v- 440 APPENDIX III PROOF OF ORTHOGONALITY OF WAVE FUNCTIONS CORRESPONDING TO DIFFERENT ENERGY LEVELS We shall prove that, if W n ^ Wk, the solution $ of the wave equation and the solution $ of the equation N t-1 satisfy the relation SWndr = 0; (3) i.e., that fa is orthogonal to i/> n . Multiply Equation 1 by i/'*, Equation 2 by \l/ n . and subtract the second from the first. Since V is real, the result is that N t-1 If we now integrate the terms of this equation over configuration space, we obtain N ~(w n - w k ) (V:MT = -2^J ( ** v * Vn " ^ v t-i If we introduce the expression for v ? in terms of Cartesian coordi- nates into the integral on the right, it becomes 3N j-i 441 442 APPENDIX III In which we have written gi, g 2? , q* N in place of 2, - > AT. We next make use of the identity from which we see that because of the boundary conditions on \l/. Since every term of the sum can be treated similarly, the expression 6 is equal to zero and therefore -j^(W n Wk) I tktndr = 0, from which Equation 3 follows, since W n Wk ^ 0. If W n = Wk, so that fa and fa are two linearly independent wave functions belonging to the same energy level, fa and \l/ n are not necessarily orthogonal, but it is always possible to construct two wave functions \l/' k ' and i/v belonging to this level which are mutually orthogonal. This can be done in an infinite number of ways by forming the combinations with coefficients a, /3, a', p r satisfying the relation p*p' f\l/Z\t/ n d,T = 0. (8) APPENDIX IV ORTHOGONAL CURVILINEAR COORDINATE SYSTEMS In Section 16 the general formulas for the Laplace operator v 2 and for the volume element dr were given in terms of the quanti- ties g u , q v , and q w defined by Equation 16-4. In this appendix there are given the equations of transformation (in terms of Cartesian coordinates) and the expressions for the q's for the 11 sets of orthogonal coordinate systems listed by Eisenhart 1 as the only such systems in which the three-dimensional Schrodinger wave equation can be separable. In addition the explicit expressions 2 for v 2 and dr are given for a few of the more impor- tant systems. These quantities may be obtained for the other systems by the use of Equations 16-3 and 16-5. Cylindrical Polar Coordinates X = p COS <p, y = p sin <p> z = z. q p = 1, q, = 1, q f = p. dr pdpdzd<p. Spherical Polar Coordinates x = r sin & cos <p, y = r sin & sin p, (Fig. 1-1), z = r cos #. q r = 1, q* = r, q+ = r sin &. dr = r 2 sin &drd&d<p. 1 L. P. EISENHART, Phys. Rev. 45, 428 (1934). 2 E. P ADAMS, "Smithsonian Mathematical Formulae," Washington, 1922. This book contains extensive material on curvilinear coordinates as well as other very useful formulas. 443 444 APPENDIX IV Parabolic Coordinates X = \/Jrj COS <p, V sin < + 4- Confocal Elliptic Coordinates (Prolate Spheroids) In terms of the distances r A and r B from the points (0, 0, a) and (0, 0, a), respectively, and rj are given by the expressions Spheroidal Coordinates (Oblate Spheroids) cos Parabolic Cylinder Coordinates x = y>(u v), y = -sA?, 2r = 2. 1 / + tl _ , APPENDIX IV 445 Elliptic Cylinder Coordinates v 2 ), y = auv, z = z. /u 2 - v 2 V- j'** -v 1 - Ellipsoidal Coordinates 2 _ (a 2 + u)(a 2 + v)(a 2 + w) 2 _ (b 2 + u)(b* + tQ(b 2 + tip r (a 2 - 6 2 )(a 2 - c 2 ) ' y "" (6 2 - c 2 )(6 2 - a 2 ) ; s 2 = ^ (c 2 - a 2 )(c 2 6 2 ) (u v)(u K;) 2 _ (v w)(v u) 4 (a 2 -(" w)(6 2 -f- w)(c 2 -f- u) 4 (a 2 -f- v)(6 2 -f~ v)(o 2 2 _ (ta u)(w v) , x =* u + v + w - a - Confocal Parabolic Coordinates ( CL ~~~ U i \ CL "" V i \ CL ~~ IV i .% N ' N / ^ / . _ fl (b - u)(b - v)(b - w) ^ , . ^ ^ v - /v -- /v -- /, u>b>v>a>w. a b 2 _ ( U "" V ^( U ~ ^) ,v2 _ fo - U )^ "" W) ^ W " 4(a - w)(6 - w)' 9v ~ 4(o - v)(b - v)' 2 _ (W tt)(t0 V) w ~ 4(o - w)(& - w) A Coordinate System Involving Elliptic Functions x = u dn(v, k) sn(iy, fc'), y =* u sn( z = u cn(t>, Jk) cn(w, A?'), & 2 + ^' 2 = 1- ql = 1, ff j = ql = w 2 {A; 2 cn 2 (;;, t) + &'* cn 2 (w;, A?')}- For a discussion of the elliptic functions dn, sn, and en see W. F. Osgood, "Advanced Calculus," Chap. IX, or E. P. Adams, "Smithsonian Mathematical Formulae-" p. 245. APPENDIX V THE EVALUATION OF THE MUTUAL ELECTROSTATIC ENERGY OF TWO SPHERICALLY SYMMETRICAL DISTRIBUTIONS OF ELECTRICITY WITH EXPONENTIAL DENSITY FUNCTIONS In Section 2?b there occurs the integral ,. rp 6Zw do J J in which pi = 2Zri/a and dri = p\dp\ sin &id&id<pi, with similar expressions for p 2 and dr 2 , 7*1, #1, <pi and r 2 , # 2 , <? 2 being polar coordinates for the same system of axes. The quantity pi 2 represents 2Zri 2 /a , in which r i2 is the distance between the points TI, #1, (p\ and r 2 , $ 2 , <p 2 . This integral (aside from the factor Ze 2 /327r 2 a ) represents the mutual electrostatic energy of two spherically symmetrical distributions of electricity, with density functions e~ p i and e~ p *, respectively. It can be evaluated by calculating the potential due to the first distribution, by integrating over dri, and then evaluating the energy of the second distribution in the field of the first. The potential of a spherical shell of radius pi and total charge bjrp\e~ p idpi is/ at a point r, 4irple~ p idpi for r < pi Pi and , 1 r for r > pi; that is, the potential is constant within the shell and has the same value outside of the shell as if the entire charge were located at the origin. 1 See, for example, Jeans, "Electricity and Magnetism," Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1925, Sec. 74. 446 APPENDIX V 447 The potential of the complete distribution is hence 47T C r f * <t>(r) = I e~ p ip\dpi + 47T I e~ p ipidpi, which is found on evaluation to be *(r) = ^{2-e-( The integral 7 then has the value 1 = {2 - which gives on integration Ze* 5 5 APPENDIX VI NORMALIZATION OF THE ASSOCIATED LEGENDRE FUNCTIONS We can obtain the orthogonality property of the functions P[ ml (z) and P^(z) as follows: Multiply the differential equation 19-9 satisfied by P[ m] (z) by P[? ] (z) and subtract from.this the differential equation satisfied by Pfi*(z) multiplied by P[ m{ (z). The result is the relation = \V(V + 1) - 1(1 + 1)}P\!*P\*. If we integrate this between the limits 1 and 1, we obtain the result [l'(V + 1) - 1(1 + l Therefore, if V ^ I, C +l P\r\(z)P[ m \(z)dz = 0. (1) j i This result is true for any value of m, so it is also true for the Legendre functions PI(Z), since PI(Z) = Pf(z). We can now obtain the normalization integral for the Legendre polynomials. Replacing I by I 1 in Equation 19-2 gives the equation P l (z) = \(2l - l)zP l ^(z) - (I- Using this and the orthogonality property just proved, we obtain the relation 448 APPENDIX VI 449 J + 1 97-1 f + 1 i {PMWz = ^ L T - L j_ i Pi-i(*)*Pi(z)dz. Equation 19-2 can be written in the form zPi(z) = gflpi W + DJVi(s) + HVi(*)}, so that, again employing the orthogonality property, we get +1 - P + J-i This process can be repeated until the relation is obtained. Po(^) is by definition (Eq. 19-1) the coefficient of J in the expansion of (1 2tz + t*)~~M in powers of t. It is therefore equal to unity, so that J ., (2) To obtain the normalization integral for the associated Legendre functions we proceed as follows. 1 By differentiating Equation 19-7 and multiplying by (1 z 2 )** we obtain /7PM (~\ N+l .Jlml+l (1 - ^)Hi = (1 _ ^ 2 ^P^)- Mz(l - Transposing, squaring, and integrating gives 1 Whittaker and Watson, "Modern Analysis," Sec. 15-51. 450 APPENDIX VI where integration by parts 1 has been employed to obtain the first two terms of the last line. If we now use the differential equation 199 for P[ m{ (z) to reduce the first term of the last line, we obtain, after combining terms, the result We can continue this process and thus obtain C^{P\^(z)} 2 dz = (I - |m| + 1)(Z - H + 2) I (I + |m|)(Z + |m| - 1) - (I + so that where we have used the result of Equation 2. /f dP[ m udv uv I vdu, we set u = (1 z 2 ) 'Hml in order to reduce the first term, and u = z, dz dv - UZ to reduce the second term. The term in uv vanishes, In the first case because (1 z 2 ) is zero at the limits, and in the second case because P[ m| (2) is zero at the limits, if m ^ 0. APPENDIX VII NORMALIZATION OF THE ASSOCIATED LAGUERRE FUNCTIONS In order to obtain Equation 20-10, we make use of the generat- ing function given in Equation 20-8, namely U.(P, u) Similarly let Multiplying these together, introducing the factor e~ p p'+ l , and integrating, we obtain the equation 00 J[ ~e-p>+>U,(p, u)V*(p, v)dp = ^Sl (s + l)\(uv)'(l - u)(l - v) ,, - " = "" u ~ where we have expanded (1 uv)~"~ 2 by the binomial theorem. 1 The integral we are seeking is (r!) 2 times the coefficient of (uv) r in the expansion, which is 1 For the value of the integral J p*+ l e~ ap dp see Peirce's " Table of Integrals." 451 452 APPENDIX VII -s In order to obtain the integral of Equation 20-10 we must put = n + I and s =21 + 1, yielding the final result fv> Jo 2n[(n + *)!]* (n - I - 1)!' A, a . B,j8 . r, 7 . A, 5 . E,e . e, # , e i,i . K, . A, X . M f /i . APPENDIX VIII THE GREEK ALPHABET Alpha Beta Gamma Delta Epsilon Zeta Eta Theta Iota Kappa Lambda Mu N, v . . . AT M E, f . . . Xf 0,0 .. . Omicron n, . . . Pi P,P . . . Rho 2,<r . . . Sigma T,r . . . Tau t,v . . . Upsilon *,*>,<*> . Phi X )X - - . Chi *,* . Psi 0, to . . . Omega 453 INDEX Absorption of radiation, 21, 299 Accessible wave functions, 396, 397 Action, 25 Action integrals, 29 Activation energy, 412 Adams, E. P., 201 Adsorption, unactivated, 388 Alkal^atom spectra, 07 Alternating intensities in band spec- tra, 356 Amplitude equation, 56 in three dimensions, 86 Amplitude functions, definitions of 58 Amplitudes of motion, 286 Anderson, C., 209 Angular momentum, of atoms, 237 conservation of, 11 of diatomic molecules. 265 of elefBpn spin, 208 of h^^pgen atom, 147 properties of, 425 of symmetrical top molecule, 280 Antisymmetric wave function, defi- nition of, 214 Approximate solution of wave equa- tion, methods of, 191 (See also Wave functions.) Approximation by difference equa- tions; 5 ^ Aromatic carbon compounds, ener- gies of, 379 Associated Laguerre functions, normalization, 451 polynomials, 131 table of, 135 Associated Legendre functions, 127 table of, 134 Asymptotic solution of wave equa- tion, 68 Atanasoff, J. V., 228 Atomic energy states, semi-empirical treatment, 244 Atomic terms, Hund's rules for, 246 Atomic wave functions, 250 Atoms, with many electrons, 230$". variation treatments for, 246 Average values, in quantum mechan- ics, 89 of dynamical quantities, 65 of r* for hydrogen atom, 144 Azimuthal quantum number, 120 B Bacher, R. F., 258 Balmer formula, 27 Balmer series, 43 Bartholome", E., 310 Bartlett, J. H., Jr., 254 Beach, J. Y., 385 Bear, R. S., 415 Beardsley, N. F., 249 Benzene, plane structure of, 411 structure of, 378 Beryllium atom, wave functions for, 249 Bichowsky, R., 208 Birge, R. T., 41, 336, 439 Black, M. M., 254 Black body, 25 B6cher, M., 419 Bohr, N., 26, 36, 112 Bohr frequency rule, 27 Bohr magneton, 47 Bohr postulates, 26 Boltzmann distribution law, 399 Boltzmann statistics, 219 455 456 INDEX Bonds, chemical, types of, 362 Bond wave functions, 374 Bonhoeffer, K. F., 358 Born, M., 49, 51, 112, 260, 364, 416, 417, 425, 436 Born-Oppenheimer principle, 260 Bose, S. N., 403 Bose-Einstein distribution law, 404 Bose-Einstein statistics, 219, 402 Bowen, I. S., 208 Brackett series, 43 Bragg equation, 35 Brester, C. J., 290 Brillouin, L., 198, 412 Brockway, L. O., 379 Brown, F. W., 254 Burrau, , 333, 340 Byerly, W. E., 24 Canonical form of equations of motion, 16 Canonical set of structures, 375 Carbon atom, tetrahedral, 364, 377 variation function for, 249 Carbon compounds, aromatic, ener- gies of, 379 Catalysis of ortho-para conversion, 358 Central-field approximation for atoms, 230, 250 Characteristic energy values, 58 Characteristic functions, definition of, 58 Characteristic value equation, defi- nition of, 58 Characteristic values, approximate, 180 Chemical bonds, types of, 362 Classical expressions, significance of, 55 Classical mechanics, 2ff. as an approximation to quantum mechanics; 198 and high quantum states, 76 Classical statistics, 219 Coefficient, of absorption, definition of, 300 of induced emission, definition of, 300 of spontaneous emission, defini- tion of, 300 Coefficients in secular equation Jor molecule, 376 Commutation rules, 420 Completed shells of electrons, 234 Completeness of sets of orthogonal functions, 154 Complex conjugate wave function, 63, 88 Complex molecules, 366ff. Component of angular momentum, definition of, 12 Compton, A. H., 35 f Conditionally periodic systems, defi- nition of, 29 Conditions on wave functions, 58 Condon, E. U., 54, 82, 108, 246, 258, 310, 312, 432 Configuration, electronic, definition of, 213 Configuration space, definition of, 59 Conjugate wave function, complex, 63 Conservation, of angulaMETiomen- tum, 11 of energy in quantum mechanics, 75 Conservative system, definition of, 16 Constant of the motion, definition of, 12, 422 Continuous sets of energy levels, 58 Coolidge, A. S., 188, 249, 349, 353, 364, 374, 415 Coordinates, curvilinear, 103 cyclic, 108 generalized, 6 ignorable, 108 for molecules, 389 normal, definition of, 287 Correspondence principle, 29 Coulomb integral, 212, 371 Coupled harmonic oscillators, 397 INDEX 457 Courant, R., 91, 120, 157, 192, 202 Cross, P. C., 282 Crystal, diffraction by, 34 Crystals, rotation of molecules in, 290 Curvilinear coordinates, 103 Cyclic coordinates, 108 D Darrow, K. K., 54, 83, 403, 412 Darwin, C. G., 209, 210, 432 De Broglie, L., 49, 93 De Broglie wave length, 35 Debye, P., 26, 383, 408, 412 Degeneracy, exchange, 230 1, 367 al, 233 derate energy levels, 73, 166 Degenerate states, 31, 100 Degeneration of gases, 405 Del squared, operator, 85 Dennison, D. M., 275, 279, 293, 357 Determinants, certain properties of, 174 Deteri$yiant-type wave functions, 210| 232 DiagdMBform for secular equation, Diagonal matrices, 421 Diagonal-sum theorem, 239 Diatomic molecule in old quantum theory, 32 rotation and vibration of, 263 selection rules and intensities for, 309 Dickinson, B. N., 331 Dieke, C, If :., 282 Dielectric constant, 408 of diatomic dipole gas, 408 and polarizability, 227 Difference equations approximating wave equation, 202 Differential equation for Legendre polynomials, 127 standard form for, 109 Diffraction by a crystal in old quantum theory, 34 Dipole interaction, 384 Dipole moment, electric, definition of, 303 Dipole radiation, definition of, 23 Dirac, P. A. M., 49, 112, 209, 210, 256, 294, 299, 403, 417, 433, 436 Dirac equations and electron spin, 209 Directed valence, 377 Discrete sets of energy levels, 58 Dissociation energy, of hydrogen molecule, 349, 352 of hydrogen molecule-ion, 336 Distribution law, Boltzmann, 399 Doi, S., 179 Doublets in alkali atom spectra, 207 Duane, W., 35 Dunham, J. L., 198 Dunkel, M., 346 Dunn, C. G., 254 E Eckart, C., 49, 180, 222, 247, 275, 417 Edlen, B., 225 Ehrenfest, P., 36 Eigenfunction, definition of, 58 Eigenwert, definition of, 58 Einstein, A., 25, 300, 403 Eisenhart, L. P., 105 Eisenschitz, R., 386 Electric dipole moment, definition of, 303 Electric moment, of molecules, 411 of a system, definition of, 23 Electron, spinning, 207 Electron affinity of hydrogen, 225 Electron densities for atoms, 257 Electron density for lithium, 249 Electron diffraction by a crystal, 34 Electron distribution for hydrogen molecule-ion, 337 Electron distribution function for lithium, 249 Electron-pair bond, 362 458 INDEX Electron-pairing approximation, 374 Electron-spin functions for helium, 214 Electron-spin quantum number, 208 Electronic configuration, definition of, 213 Electronic energy function for dia- tomic molecules, 266 Electronic energy of molecules, 259 Electronic states, even and odd, 313 Electronic wave function for mole- cule, 261 Elliptic orbit, equation of, 38 El-Sherbini, M. A., 179 Emde, 343 Emission of radiation, 21, 299 Empirical energy integrals for atoms, 244 Energy, of activation, 412 of classical harmonic oscillator, 5 correction to, first-order, 159 second-order, 176 and the Hamiltonian function, 16 of hydrogen molecule-ion, 336 kinetic, definition of, 2 of molecules, separation of, 259 potential, definition of, 2 of resonance in molecules, 378 of two-electron ions, 225 values of, for atoms, 246 Energy level, lower limit for, 189 lowest, upper limit to 181 Energy levels, 58 approximate, 180 for diatomic molecule, 271, 274 for harmonic oscillator, 72 for plane rotator, 177 for symmetrical top molecule, 280 vibrational, of polyatomic mole- cule, 288 Epstein, P. S., 36, 179, 191 Equation, homogeneous, 60 Equations of motion, in Hamil- tonian form, 14 in Lagrangian form, 8 Newton's, 2 Ericson, A., 225 Ethane molecule, free rotation in, 280 Eucken, A., 26 Eulerian angles, 276 Even and odd electronic states, 313 Even and odd states of molecules, 354 Even and odd wave functions for molecules, 390 Exchange degeneracy, 230 integral, 212, 372 Excited states, of helium atom, 225 of hydrogen molecule, 353 of hydrogen molecule-ion, 340 and the variation method, 186 Exclusion principle, 214 Expansion, of 1/r,/, 241 in powers of h, 199 in series of orthogonal funfttioips, 151 Eyring, H., 374, 376, 414 Factorization of secular equation for ari at uii, 2&5 Farkas, A., 358, 414 Fermi, E., 257, 403 Fermi-Dirac distribution ia- 41 13 Fermi-Dirac statistics, 219 Field, self -consistent, 250# ^ Fine structure, of hydrogen spec- trum, 207 of rotational bands, alternating intensities in, 356 Fmkelstein, B. N., 331 Fock, V., 252, 255 Force, generalized, 7 Force constant, definition of, 4 Forces between molecules, 3$3 Formaldehyde, rotational fine struc- ture for, 282 Formulas, chemical, meaning of, 380 Fourier series, 153 Fowler, R. H., 412 Franck, J., 310 Franck-Condon principle, 309 Frank, N. H., 275 INDEX 459 Free particle, 90 Free rotation in molecules, 280, 290 Frenkel, J., 83, 437 Frequency, of harmonic oscillator, 5 of resonance, 320 Friedrichs, 202 Fues, E., 274 Fundamental frequency, definition of, 290 G g factor for electron spin, 208 Geib, K. H., 414 General solution of wave equation, 57 theory of quantum mechan- ics, 416jf. lized coordinates, 6 alized forces, 7 Generalized momenta, definition of, 14 Generalized perturbation theory, 191 Generalized velocities, 7 Generating function,' ^f?r^associated uerre polynomials, 131 for aSlpciate ., Legendre functions, ton of, 77 for^Bierre polynomials, 129 for Legendre polynomials, 126 Gentile, G., 361 Ginsburg, N., 246 Gordon, W., 209 Goudsmit, S., 207, 208, 213, 221, 227, 237, 246, 257, 258, 313 Gropper, L., 405 GroupJ completed, of electrons, 125 definition of, 231 Group theory and molecular vibra- tions, 290 Guillemin, V., 247, 332, 353 Half-quantum numbers, 199 Hamiltonian equations, 16 Hamiltonian form of equations of motion, 14 Hamiltonian function, definition of, 16 and the energy, 16 and the wave equation, 54 Hamiltonian operator, 54 Harmonic oscillator, average value of **, 161 classical, 4 in cylindrical coordinates, 105 energy levels for, 72 in old quantum theory, 30 perturbed, 160 selection rules and intensities for, 306 three-dimensional, in Cartesian coordinates, 100 wave functions, mathematical properties of, 77 in wave mechanics, 67jf. Harmonic oscillators, coupled, 315Jf., 397 Harmonics, surface, 126 Harteck, P., 358, 414 Hartree, D. R., 201, 224, 250, 254, 255 Hartree, W., 255 Hass6, H. R., 185, 228, 385, 387 Heat, of activation, 412 of dissociation, of .hydrogen mole- cule, 349, 352 of hydrogen molecule-ion, 336 Heat capacity, of gases, 408 of solids, 26 Heats of sublimation, 388 Heisenberg, W., 48, 112, 209, 210, 226, 318, 416, 417, 428, 432, 437 Heisenberg uncertainty principle, 428 Heitler, W., 340, 361, 364 Helium, solid, equilibrium distance in, 362 Helium atom, 210 accurate treatments of, 22 excited states of, 225 ionization potential of, 221 normal state of, by perturbation theory, 162 460 INDEX Helium atom, polarizability of, 226 resonance in, 321, 324 with screening constant func- tion, 184 spin functions of, 214 stationary states of, 220 Helium molecule-ion 358, 367 Hermite orthogonal functions, 80 Hermite polynomials, 77, 81 recursion formula for, 71 Hilbert, D., 91, 120, 157, 192 Hill, E. L., 83 Hiyama, S., 179 Homogeneous equation, definition of, 60 Homogeneous linear equation, solu- tion of, 169 Hooke's forces in molecules, 282 Hooke's law constant, 4 Hooke's potential energy for dia- tomic molecules, 267 Horowitz, G. E., 331 Houston, W. V., 221 Hiickel, E., 346, 365, 379, 381 Hultgren, R., 377 Hund, F., 346, 381, 390 Hund's rules for atomic terms, 246 Hydrogen atom, 112 continuous spectrum of, 125 electron affinity of, 225 energy levels of, 42, 124 momentum wave functions of, 436 normal state of, 139 in old quantum theory, 36jf. old-quantum-theory orbits, 43 perturbed, 172 polarizability of, 185, 198, 205 selection rules for, 312 solution of r equation, 121 solution of theta equation, 118 solution of wave equation, 113 spectrum of, 42 Stark effect of, 178, 195 Hydrogen atoms, three, 368, 414 limiting cases for, 372 wave functions for, 368 Van der Waals forces for, 384 Hydrogen chloride, absorption band of, 33 Hydrogenlike radial wave functions, discussion of, 142 Hydrogenlike wave functions, 132 discussion of angular part of, 146 Hydrogeii molecule, 340jf. excited states of, 353 Hydrogen molecule-ion, 327 ff. Hydrogen spectrum, fine structure of, 207 Hydrogen sulfide, rotational fine structure for, 282 Hylleraas, E. A., 222, 225, 226, 335, 337, 340, 353, 436 Hypergeometric equation, 278 Identity operation, definition of, 231 Ignorable coordinates, 108 Independent sets of wave functions, 216 Index of refraction and polarizabil- ity, 227 Indicial equd ion, 109 Induced emission, 300 ^ Infinite determinant*, sol^jpon of, 339 Infinity catastrophe, 60 Inglis, D. R., 246 Ingman, A. L., 224 Integrals, energy, for atoms, 239 involved in molecular-energy cal- culations, 370 involving determinant-type wave functions, 239 Intensities, for diatomic molecule, 309 for harmonic oscillator, 30p for surface-harmonic wave func- tions, 306 Interaction, of helium atoms, 361 A of hydrogen atom and molecule, 373 Interatomic distance in hydrogen molecule, 349 INDEX 461 Interchange integrals, definition of, 212 Invariance of equations of motion, 7 Inverse permutation, definition of, 231 Ionic"' contribution to bonds, 364 Ionic structures for hydrogen mole- cule, 345 lonizatjton energy of two-electron , '" ions, 225 lonization potential for helium, 221 lonization' potential for lithium, 247 Ishida, Y., 179 Islands, 376 Ittmann. G. P., 282 Ja& G., 335, 340 Jah|ke, E., 343 James, H. M., 188, 249, 333, 349, 353, 362, 374, 415, Jeans, J. H., 24, 241 Johnson^ M,, Johnson, M. H., } Jordlfe P., 49, 112, J 433, 436 416, 417, K f. von, 26 n, W. H., 383 d6 structures, resonance of, 378 >r, G. W., 222 Efemble, E. C., 83, 353 Kennard, E. H., 432 \ area law, 37 , G. E., 203, 376, 415 y, definition of, 2 ,314 , 101, 228, 385, 387 -. *> 282 Klein, 0., 282 Kohlrausch, K^jflT. F., 293 Kramers, H. A., 198, 282 Kronig, R. de L., 276, 293, 390 La Coste, L. J. B., 280 Lagrange's equations of motion, 8 Lagrangian function, definition of, 3 Laguerre polynomials, 129 A-type doubling, 390 LandS, A., 208 g factor for electron spin, 208 Langevin, P., 412 Laplace operator, in Cartesian coor- dinates, 85 in curvilinear coordinates, 104 Legendre functions, 125 Lennard-Jones, J. E., 191, 206, 290, 340, 381, 388 Lewis, G. N., 340, 377 Lewy, H., 202 Light (see Radiation) Linear combinations and resonance, 320 Linear independence of wave func- tions, definition of, 166 Linear momentum, average, of elec- tron in hydrogen atom, 146 Linear variation functions, 186 Lithium atom, electron distribution function for, 249 wave functions for, 247 London, F., 340, 361, 364, 383, 386, 387, 388, 413 Loney, S. L., 24 Lyman, T., 222 Lyman series, 43 M MacDonald, J. K. L., 188, 189, 353 McDougall, J., 254 MacMillan, W. D., 24 Magnetic moment, 412 of electron spin, 208 of hydrogen atom, 147 orbital, 47 Magnetic quantum number, 40, 117 Magnetic susceptibility, 412 Magneton, Bohr, 47 Majorana, E., 353, 359 462 IND&X Many-electron atoms, 230/. Margenau, H., 386, 387 Matossi, F., 293 Matrices, 417jf. Matrix algebra, 417 Matrix mechanics, 416jf. Maximal measurement, 422 Mayer, J. E., 229 Mayer, M. G., 229 Measurements, prediction of results of, 66 Mecke, R., 282 Millikan, R. A., 208 Modes of vibration of molecules, 287 Mole refraction, definition of, 227 Molecular energy levels, 259 Molecular orbitals, 346 method of, 381 Molecular wave functions, sym- metry properties of, 388 Molecule, diatomic, selection rules and intensities of, 309 Molecules, complex, 366# diatomic, rotation and vibration of, 263 polyatomic, rotation of, 275 vibration of, 282 quantum number A in, 390 Moment of inertia, 269, 275 Momenta, generalized, definition of, 14 Momentum, angular, conservation of, 11 average linear, of electron in hydrogen atom, 146 operator, 54 Momentum wave functions, 436 Morse, P. M., 54, 82, 108, 249, 272, 312, 340, 437 function for diatomic molecules, 271 Mott, N. F., 83 Mulliken, R. S., 346, 381 Multiplication of permutations, defi- nition of, 231 Multiplicity of atomic terms, 220 N Negative states, 392 Nernst, W., 26 Neumann, J. v., 437 Newton's equations, 2 Nielsen, H. H., 280, 282 Niessen, K. F., 327 Non-degenerate energy level^defini- tion of, 73 Normal coordinates, 282 mode of vibration ^definition of, 287 Normalization, of amplitude func- tions, 89 of wave functions, 64 for a continuum, 92 Nucle^ r 37pin for hydrogen, bat Nu icafnimetry of electronic iraye i vjtions for molecules, 39t r Nuclear wave function for molecule, 263 Numerical integration, 201 Old qusjitwd diieory, as an approxi- mation to i quantum mectyjuiics, 198 decline of, 48 One-electron bond, 362 J Operator, for Hamiltonianp; for momentum, 54 Operators for dynamical quantitu 66 Oppenheimer, J. R., 260 Orbit, classical, of three-dimen- sional oscillator, 11 Orbital, definition of, 137 Orbital degeneracy, 367 Orbitals, molecular, 381 Orbits, significance of, i mechanics, 141 Ortho helium, 221 Ortho hydrogen, Orthogonal curviliSBar coordinate systems, 441 >, Orthogonal functions, a convenient set of, 195 IbDEX 463 Orthogonal functions, expansions in terms of, 151 Orthogonal transformation, defini- tion of, 288 prthogonality of wave functions, 64, 89, 441 illation of molecules in crystals, > or, classical, in polar coor- s, 9 _i harmonic, 4 Larmo*n|, s in cylindrical coor- dinates, 105 in old quantum theory, 30 perturbed, 160 tjiree-dimensional, in Cartesian ,' coordinates, 100 in wave mechanics, oajte-dimensional clap Para hydro<vn, 357, 408 Parhelium, 33 ( i in field i vee L quantum n, F., 222 s, 43 > 58, 112, 209, 210, 219, 327, 403 iion principle for protons, 357 puling, L., 227, 256, 257, 290, 327, 347, 359, 362, 364, 365, 376, 379, 385, 436 Bakeris, C. L., 272 P<4*er, H., 414 Pe&ptration, of the core, 213 non-classical region, 75 . G., 379 L operator, 231 even and odd > defini- tion * Pert urbatfo^ use of transitions, 294jf. definition of. 156s theory of. 15 Perturbation, theory of, first-order for a degenerate level, 165 for non-degenerate levels, 156 generalized, 191 involving the time, 294-Jf. second-order, 176 approximate, 204 Phase integrals in quantum mechan- ics, 200 Phases of motion, 286 Photochemistry, 26 Photoelectric effect, 25 Photon, 25 Physical constants, values of, 439 Physical interpretation, of harmonic oscillator functions, 73 of wave equation, 298 of wave functions, 63, 88 Pike, H. H. M., 290 Piaczek, G., 290, 293 Planck, M., 25 Planck's constant, 25 Planck's radiation law, 301 Plane rotator. Stark effect of, 177 Podolanski, J., 335 Podolsky, B., 276, 436 Polanyi, M., 374, 388, 414 Polar coordinates, spherical, 9 Polarizability, and dielectric con- stant, 227 of helium atom, 226 of hydrogen atom, 185, 198, 205 and index of refraction, 227 of plane rotator, 178 and van der Waals forces, 387 Polarization, of emitted light, 308 of a gas, 227 Polarization energy, of hydrogen molecule, 349 of hydrogen molecule-ion, 332 Polynomial method of solving wave equation, 68 Positive states, 392 Postulates of wave mechanics, addi- tional, 298 Postulatory basis of physics, 52 Potential energy, average, for hydro- gen atom, 146 464 INDEX Potential energy, definition of, 2 Potential function for diatomic molecules, 267 Power-series method of solving wave equation, 69 Present, R. D., 353 Principal axes of inertia, definition of, 275 Probability, of distribution func- tions, 63 of stationary states, 298 of transition, 299 Proper functions, definition of, 58 Properties of wave functions, 58 Quadratic form, minimization of, 203 Quadrupole interaction, 384 Quadrupole moment, definition of, 23 Quantization, rules of, 28 spatial, 45 Quantum of energy, 25 Quantum number, azimuthal, 40, 120 electron-spin, 208 A in molecules, 390 magnetic, 40, 117 orbital angular momentum, 237 radial, 124 rotational, 33 spin for atoms, 237 total, 41, 124 Quantum numbers, 87, 124 half-integral, 48 in wave mechanics, 62 Quantum statistical mechanics, 219, 395jf. Quantum theory, history of, 25 old, 25jf. Quantum weight, definition of, 100 R Rabi, I. I., 276 Rademacher, H.. 276 Radial distribution function for hydrogen atom, 140 Radial quantum number, 124 Radiation, emission and absorption of, 21, 299 of kinetic energy, 314 Planck's law of, 301 Rate of chemical reactions, 412 Reaction rates, 412 Recursion formula, definition <ff, 70 for Hermite polynomials, 71 for Legendre polynomials, 126 Reduced mass, 18, 37 Regular point, definition of, 109 Reiche, F., 276 Relativist Change of mass of elefc^ . T 209 Relati stic doublets, 209 Representation, 423 Repulsion of helium atoms, 361 Repulsive states of hydrogen mol- ecule, 354 Resonance, among bond structures, 377 energy, ^ ,, r frequency oi, 320 ; ; in the hydrog ^n molccule-MjJj.1 830 332 ** integrals, definition of, ! phenomenon. 214 - quantum-mechanical, 314, 318 Restrictions on wave functions, 58 Richardson, O. W., 336 Richardson, R. G. D., 202 Rigid rotator, wave functions for, 271 Ritz combination principle, 27 Ritz method of solution, 189 Ritz variation method, 189 Robertson, H. P., 105, 4$2 Robinson, G., 201 Rosen, N., 332, 349 ^ Rotation, of diatomjjf molecules, 2153 of molecules in cryij&als, 290 of polyatomic molecules, 275 Rotational energ^ of molecules, 259