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The Hartree Approximation

  1. Apr 18, 2008 #1
    My understanding of the Hartree approximation is that the product wavefunction is symmetric rather than antisymmetric, therefore the Hartree approximation effectively ignores the Pauli exclusion principle.

    So how does the Pauli-exclusion principle get taken account of in the Hartree model?

    Any clarification would be great appreciated.
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  3. Apr 18, 2008 #2


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    it gets taken into account to some degree because the occupied orbitals are all different.
  4. May 20, 2009 #3
    hartree approx. when considers the pauli exclusion principle then it becomes hatree jock approximation .hatree jock approx. also provides antisymmetric function
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    Fock, not jock.
  6. May 21, 2009 #5
    yes.it was typing mistake
  7. May 1, 2011 #6
    In the hartree approximation the wavefunction is neither symmetric nor anti-symmetric.
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