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Definition Radial distribution function

  1. Apr 16, 2015 #1
    In some books the radial distribution function is defined as 4pi*r^2*R(r)^2 and in others as r^2*R(r)^2. Thus, a factor of 4pi is differing. Which expression is correct and why?
     
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  3. Apr 16, 2015 #2
    This factor may come from the normalization of the wavefunction ##\int_{\mathbb{R}^3}drd\theta d\varphi \left| \Psi(r,\theta,\varphi) \right|^2 = 1##.
     
  4. Apr 16, 2015 #3
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