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Diamagnetism and the Structure of the Hydrogen Molecule


IN a letter to NATURE of June 24 (p. 516) Dr. J. R. Ashworth has pointed out a possible origin of the diamagnetism of hydrogen by assuming oscillations or rotations of Bohr's paramagnetic hydrogen atom or molecule. Granted that such motions tend towards a diamagnetic effect, it is important to examine the plausibility of such a view in the light of recent experimental data. We know that:

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OXLEY, A. Diamagnetism and the Structure of the Hydrogen Molecule. Nature 105, 581–582 (1920).

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