Electronic structure of atoms and molecules

The electronic structure of atoms and molecules is the series of energy levels that it are possible for a bound electron to occupy. This electronic structure determines many of the defining characteristics of an atom or molecule, including their chemical, optical, and electrical properties.

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    Within the Hartree atomic unit systems, the Schrödinger equation becomes parameter free. But there’s more to it than making a student’s life easier, as Gordon Drake and Eite Tiesinga recount.

    • Gordon W. F. Drake
    •  & Eite Tiesinga
    Nature Physics 16, 1242
  • Research Highlights |

    Superatoms — particularly paramagnetic ones — can be difficult to isolate and study. Bulky organic ligands have been shown to stabilize a large copper-aluminium superatom with a unique open-shell electronic structure.

    • David Schilter
  • News & Views |

    Improved-accuracy measurements of the ground-state hyperfine splitting in highly charged bismuth ions reveal a surprising discrepancy with the predictions of quantum electrodynamics.

    • Jean-Philippe Karr
    Nature Physics 13, 533-534