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Homework Help: Volume Effect of the Proton in Hydrogen Atom

  1. Apr 23, 2010 #1
    This Prob is from Shankar, 17.2.3
    "we assumed that the proton is a point charge e. If the proton is a uniformly dense charge distribution of radius R, the interaction is modified as
    V(r)= -2(e)^2/(2R) + (er)^2/(2(R)^3) r<R
    = -e^2/r r>R

    Calculate 1st Order shift in the ground-state energy of H, due to this modification
    Assume Exp[-R/a0]~1. (Correct answer is E(1)=2(eR)^2/(5(a0)^3))"

    I try ro make perturbated Hamiltonian term to use |nlm>

    H` is V+e^2/r (this H` gives zero when r>R)

    and calculate 1st order purtubation. but it doesn't give correct answer

    I think the method I used is something wrong.(because calculation has no error)

    Please show me the way~
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 23, 2010 #2
    Well I am unable to get the same shift as your answer. I get:


    So I have no idea where they get the 2/5 coefficient. I could be doing something wrong as well.
  4. Apr 24, 2010 #3
    how could you calculate it? please explain it to me
  5. Apr 24, 2010 #4
    Well integrate your H' from 0 to R in spherical coords. Then make the approximation for your exponentials at the end.
  6. Apr 25, 2010 #5
    Hm.. using Hydrogen atom's e.ft, |100>, and calculating <100|H`|100> in spherical coords. I tried that way before I ask. but It doesn't gives same answer.

    main Integration is
    [tex]I_n= \int {r^n}{e^(\frac{r}{a_0})}[/tex]

    and n=4,2,1. with some coeff. It doesn't give R^2 and a_0^3

    Is that wrong?

    may be I tried 6~10 times... I'm tired..................................
  7. Apr 25, 2010 #6
    Well you need to write out the whole integral. And carefully solve for it. Then expand out the exponentials with the 'R' term in it. I expanded them out to first order in R, to get a similar answer they got.
  8. Apr 28, 2010 #7
    to get higer order of R, I expand exponential term to 1st order

    but they doesn't give correct order. I_4's coefficient is R^(-3) and Integral gives R^(5) but this order vanished and R^(3) and R^(2) remains. that's the problem

    let C=2R/a_0, x=2r/a_0,

    (dummy r zero to n)
    I_n gives -exp[-C]*[tex]\sum[nPr*C^(n-r)][/tex]+n!

    and I_1+I_2+I_4 with some coeff is the wrong answer I solved.
    Hm.............. I don't know what's wrong with this...
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