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WIP Seminar

Semi-relativistic quantum mechanics of an electron and a photon in the Coulomb field of a proton- Part II 

Michael Kiessling - Rutgers University

Location:  Hill 423
Date & time: Wednesday, 04 December 2019 at 11:00AM - 12:20PM

Abstract:  I present a purely quantum-mechanical semi-relativistic model of hydrogen (treated in Born-Oppenheimer approximation, i.e. the proton is fixed at the origin) which not only gets all the hydrogen bound states and scattering states right, it also describes that hydrogen in an excited state, when slightly perturbed, will transit into its ground state, emitting a photon in the process. No QED is needed. When I say electron and photon, I mean electron and photon: particles which have a position all the time, and which move through space as time goes on. The model gets all known so-called non-relativistic hydrogen effects qualitatively and quantitatively right to the degree of required precision.