We're asked to make a rough order of magnitude estimate of this splitting.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I know that it is caused by the coulomb interaction between the electrons. Therefore I estimated the potential between them as being

V = (e^2)/(4*Pi*epsilon*a)

where a =a0/2

a0 is the bohr radius

I've assumed that the distance between the electrons is equal to the bohr radius in Helium. The only problem is that the actual splitting between the energy levels is only going to be a fraction of this energy (as coulomb repulsion occurs for both the energy levels, but the level with the symmetric spatial part of its wavefunction will have the two electrons closer together and therefore having a higher coulomb energy of interaction). I'm having trouble coming up with an estimate for this fraction. thanks for your help.

Sachi

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# Homework Help: Singlet - triplet splitting in helium

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