Monday, April 28 at 3:30 in 228 Kerchof Hall
Wolfgang Spitzer (UC Davis)
"From Atomic Physics to Semi-classical Analysis"
ABSTRACT:
We review some classical results and recent developments in the
mathematical theory of atoms. Starting with the question of the stability
of an atom we discuss some properties of the periodic table of elements,
such as the size and the ground state energy of an atom as a function of
the nuclear charge. This leads to standard semi-classical eigenvalue
problems for Schroedinger operators, for which we introduce a new coherent
states' calculus. This is part of a joint work with J.P. Solovej."
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Travel plans:
Arrive Saturday evening (4/25) from Roanoke by car
Sunday evening dinner at Almut's
Travel on to Blacksburg on Tuesday.