Energy Levels of Helium Nucleus


The Helium-4 nucleus is more similar to the Hydrogen atom of atomic physics. In the case of hydrogen atom, there are many energy levels which were experimentally seen and theoretically explained using non-relativistic quantum mechanics. In this note, we use a central potential to derive the energy levels of Helium-4 nucleus. The ground state and the first few energy levels agree pretty well with experiment. The same potential can be used with nuclei like Oxygen-17 and many more nuclei.

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C. Raju, "Energy Levels of Helium Nucleus," Journal of Modern Physics, Vol. 4 No. 4, 2013, pp. 459-462. doi: 10.4236/jmp.2013.44064.

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