A Caltech Library Service

The Normal State of the Hydrogen Molecule


Weinbaum, Sidney (1933) The Normal State of the Hydrogen Molecule. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/7F3Y-W244.


A simple wave function for the normal state of the hydrogen molecule, taking into account both the atomic and ionic configurations, was set up and treated by a variational method. The dissociation energy was found to be 4.00 v.e. as compared to the experimental value of 4.68 v.e. and Rosen's value of 4.02 v.e. obtained by use of a function involving complicated integrals. It was found that the atomic function occurs with a factor 3.9 times that of the ionic function.

A similar function with different screening constants for the atomic and ionic parts was also tried. It was found that the best results are obtained v1hen these screening constants are equal.

The addition of Rosen's term to the atomic-ionic function resulted in a value of 4.10 v.e. for the dissociation energy.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Physics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Unknown, Unknown
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1933
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:03012017-110633470
Persistent URL:
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:10084
Deposited By: Benjamin Perez
Deposited On:01 Mar 2017 20:39
Last Modified:16 Aug 2023 23:13

Thesis Files

PDF - Final Version
See Usage Policy.


Repository Staff Only: item control page