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L-S coupling scheme

  1. Feb 22, 2005 #1
    can anyone explain to me how the LS coupling scheme work? thanks
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  3. Feb 23, 2005 #2


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    What do you know about the theorem of Clebsch-Gordan...?

  4. Feb 23, 2005 #3


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    Briefly, in atomic physics, LS or spin-orbit coupling comes from the interaction of the electron's magnetic moment with the magnetic field generated by the orbital motion. A rigorous approach to the LS coupling starts with Dirac's Eq., and shows that the coupling is of order v/c. Thus, typically LS coupling effects contribute to the fine structure of atomic spectra. Working out the details of LS coupling energy shifts will stretch your angular momentum chops, considerably.
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  5. Nov 22, 2011 #4
    Why electron of Hydrogen atom in ground state does not experience LS coupling
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