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Thursday, November 01, 2012
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Physics in Screening Environments

Ondrej Certik
University of Nevada, Reno

In the current study, we investigate atoms in screening environments like plasmas.It is common practice to extract physical data, such as temperature and electron densities, from plasma experiments. We present results that address inherent computational difficulties that arise when the screening approach is extended to include the interaction between the atomic electrons. We show that there may be an ambiguity in the interpretation of physical properties,such as temperature and charge density, from experimental data due to the opposing effects of electron-nucleus screening and electron-electron screening. The focus of the work, however, is on the resolution of inherent computational challenges that appear already at the Hartree-Fock level. Furthermore, as examples of post Hartree-Fock calculations, we show second-order Green's function results and many body perturbation theory results of second order. The accuracy of the implementation of the method is established by comparing standard unscreened results for various atoms and molecules against literature for Hartree-Fock as well as Green's function and many body perturbation theory. We then show the behavior of several atomic systems depending on electron-electron and electron-nucleus Debye screening was studied. Finally, we present and discuss results obtained for screened interactions. We also examine thoroughly the computational details of the calculations and particular implementations of the method.

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