Majorana: From Atomic and Molecular, to Nuclear Physics

@article{Pucci2006MajoranaFA,
  title={Majorana: From Atomic and Molecular, to Nuclear Physics},
  author={Renato Pucci and Giuseppe G. N. Angilella},
  journal={Foundations of Physics},
  year={2006},
  volume={36},
  pages={1554-1572}
}
In the centennial of Ettore Majorana’s birth (1906–1938?), we re-examine some aspects of his fundamental scientific production in atomic and molecular physics, including a not well known short communication. There, Majorana critically discusses Fermi’s solution of the celebrated Thomas–Fermi equation for electron screening in atoms and positive ions. We argue that some of Majorana’s seminal contributions in molecular physics already prelude to the idea of exchange interactions (or Heisenberg… 

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