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A High-energy tail of H electron momentum distribution? 1/p^6?

  1. Jul 1, 2017 #1
    Kind of the basic question of atomic physics is momentum distribution of single electron of ground state hydrogen atom - especially the power in its high-energy tail (HTMD: high-tail momentum distribution), which should have strong impact especially on various scattering experiments.
    Fock's 1935 non-relativistic quantum derivation leads to 1/p^6 tail.

    However, I have recently found a 2001 Eugene Oks paper with a long list of references claiming that experiments suggest "heavier tails": much lower power, like 1/p^4 or even lower:
    e.g. "The point we are trying to make is that the above fundamental dispute still remains unresolved: the experiments seem to favour a HTMD of ∼1/p^k , where k is at least 1.5 times smaller than in the quantum HTMD."

    So I wanted to ask which power should be used to describe the real ground state hydrogen atom?
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  3. Jul 6, 2017 #2
    Thanks for the thread! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post? The more details the better.
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