Pauli and the Spin-Statistics Theorem by Ian Duck, E. C. G. Sudarshan

By Ian Duck, E. C. G. Sudarshan

This e-book goals to make generally obtainable an comprehensible facts of the notorious spin-statistics theorem. This widely recognized yet little-understood theorem is meant to give an explanation for the truth that electrons obey the Pauli exclusion precept. This truth, in flip, explains the periodic desk of the weather and their chemical homes.

Therefore, this simply-stated truth is liable for some of the vital gains of our universe, from chemistry to sturdy nation physics to nuclear physics to the existence cycle of stars. inspite of its primary significance, it's only a mild exaggeration to claim that "everyone is aware the spin-statistics theorem, yet no-one knows it". This publication simplifies and clarifies the formal statements of the concept, and in addition corrects the at all times improper intuitive causes that are usually recommend.

The booklet can be of curiosity to many practicing physicists in all fields who've lengthy been pissed off by way of the impenetrable discussions at the topic which were on hand previously. it may even be acessible to scholars at a sophisticated undergraduate point as an creation to fashionable physics established without delay at the classical writings of the founders, together with Pauli, Dirac, Heisenberg, Einstein and so on.

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According to the idea pro­ posed here, the Bohr "induction" is understood not as a violation of the Permanence of the Q u a n t u m Numbers by the coupling of the valence electrons to the core atom, but as the inherent doubling of the quantum-theoretic stationary states of the properties of the individual electrons in the atoms. Moreover, in agreement with the constituent principle, we can calculate both the number of stationary states and also their energies in the case of strong external fields (the part proportional to the field strength), by adding those of the free core atom and of 30 the valence electron, which are known from the alkali spectrum.

As I have pointed out, it also gives the correct result in complicated cases. For example, according to Lande, this prescription gives the Zeeman terms of the neon spectrum (at least for strong fields), when one assumes in the core atom an active electron in a p-term instead of in an s-term [6] and further allows the valence electron to run through t h e s-,p-,d-,f-,-- • terms. This result also requires t h a t each electron in the atom must be characterized by two auxiliary q u a n t u m numbers / and j in addition to the principal quantum number n, even in the presence of many equivalent electrons or in closed electron groups.

3 1 , 373 (1925). 2) N. Bohr, Ann. d. Phys. 276. 3) W. Heisenberg and A. Lande', Zeits. f. Phys. 25, 279 (1924). On the question of the limit of validity of this rule and especially on the theoretical explanation of the so-called excluded term we will not go into detail here. Suffice it to say, there is an essential disagreement with the usual combination rule. 4) One sees that the two cases, mj = — j for the first electron and mj = -f^ for the second, and vice versa, must be considered as two different terms (in regard to the field independent part of the energy).

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