Cubic Wavefunction Deformation of Compressed Atoms

  title={Cubic Wavefunction Deformation of Compressed Atoms},
  author={Pedro Calvo Portela and F. Llanes-Estrada},
  journal={Few-Body Systems},
  • Pedro Calvo Portela, F. Llanes-Estrada
  • Published 2015
  • Physics
  • Few-Body Systems
  • We hypothesize that in a non-metallic crystalline structure under extreme pressures, atomic wavefunctions deform to adopt a reduced rotational symmetry consistent with minimizing interstitial space in the crystal. We exemplify with a simple numeric variational calculation that yields the energy cost of this deformation for Helium to 25 %. Balancing this with the free energy gained by tighter packing we obtain the pressures required to effect such deformation. The consequent modification of the… CONTINUE READING
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