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Trivia: Potential of the hydrogen atom

  1. Jan 12, 2012 #1
    When (what year and by whom?) was it discovered that the hydrogen potential is V=-1/r ? I imagine this was deduced from experimental data... amirite? Quite urgent...
    From wiki it looks like it was found in teh 1920's but I'm not certain so I just want to check. Thanks in advance
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  3. Jan 12, 2012 #2


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    It follows from Coulomb's Law for the electrostatic force between two (point) charges, which was first established experimentally in the late 1700's.
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