Matrix Methods for Solving HartreeFock Equations in Atomic Structure Calculations and Line Broadening
Atomic structure of Nelectron atoms is often determined by solving the HartreeFock equations, which are a set of integrodifferential equations. The integral part of the HartreeFock equations treats electron exchange, but the HartreeFock equations are not often treated as an integrodifferential equation. The exchange term is often approximated as an inhomogeneous or an effective potential so that the HartreeFock equations become a set of ordinary differential equations (which can be solved using the usual shooting methods). Because the HartreeFock equations are an iterativerefinement method, the inhomogeneous term relies on the previous guess of the wavefunction. In addition, there are numerical complications associated with solving inhomogeneous differential equations. This work uses matrix methods to solve the HartreeFock equations as an integrodifferential equation. It is well known that a derivative operator can be expressed as a matrix made of finitedifference coefficients; energy eigenvalues and eigenvectors can be obtained by using linearalgebra packages. The integral (exchange) part of the HartreeFock equation can be approximated as a sum and written as a matrix. The HartreeFock equations can be solved as a matrix that is the sum of the differential and integral matrices. We compare calculations using this method against experiment and standard atomic structuremore »
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 Sandia National Lab. (SNLNM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
 Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
 Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (United States)
 Publication Date:
 Report Number(s):
 SAND20182057J
Journal ID: ISSN 22182004; ATOMC5; 660952
 Grant/Contract Number:
 AC0494AL85000
 Type:
 Accepted Manuscript
 Journal Name:
 Atoms
 Additional Journal Information:
 Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 22182004
 Publisher:
 MDPI
 Research Org:
 Sandia National Lab. (SNLNM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
 Sponsoring Org:
 USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
 Country of Publication:
 United States
 Language:
 English
 Subject:
 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; atomic structure; hartree fock; exchange; line broadening; scattering
 OSTI Identifier:
 1457406