It turns out that that was sometimes close but NEVER EXACT. Therefore,
a term was added as a **"fudge factor"** to make corrections
to allow the integer requirement of Quantum Physics to still apply.
The equation was then still presented in essentially the same
form, but now with an asterisk inserted, E = k /(n*^{2})
or by specifically stating the Quantum Defect as
**δ** and
saying E = k /((n + **δ**)^{2})

Many different interpretations have been made to the actual cause of that Fudge Factor, such as extremely elliptical orbits of the electrons where they sometimes get electrically hidden or unhidden by other electrons. But in any case, all have simply assumed that this WAS a Fudge Factor and no serious consideration of it has ever been made. It has simply been experimentally calculated for each specific element and ion, and then that number has been used in the above equation to allow it to work. It is well known that the Fudge Factor is NOT an integer, and in fact is a decimal.

**I have discovered that there is a REAL PHYSICAL MEANING of that quantity,
and that it can be accurately calculated from theory!**

But the implications of my findings are broader than that, seemingly conclusively proving that at least one of Newton, Coulomb or Planck was dead wrong about a basic assumption of nuclear physics!

The following discussion will show that ALL of the previous speculations have been quite incorrect, and even some basic assumptions have been wrong!

I will first present some basic Physics, upon which all of modern Physics has been built, and then show where there is a tremendous flaw in the logic.

This presentation was first placed on the Internet in July 2007.

Helmholtz presented us with the Conservation of Energy,
which is also called the First Law of Thermodynamics, and the equation that
describes gravitational attraction, the familiar inverse-square law of:
F = G * M * m / r^{2}, where G is a constant, called the constant of
Gravitation, the m and M are the masses of the two objects and the r is the
distance between the centers of those masses.

Newton also developed Fluxions, or what we now call Calculus. Using Calculus, we can easily show that a Potential Energy can be defined as being the cumulative effect of that Force of gravitation with one of the objects beginning at a point an infinite distance away from the other and moving inward to a particular average distance. This is simply the Integral of that gravitational equation over the distance involved, which gives a result of E = - G * M * m / r. This value is always negative because the Potential Energy is always less than it was at an infinite distance, due to the object "falling" inward.

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An object is defined to have Momentum if it is moving, and that quantity
is defined as the mass times the velocity. Newton's Calculus can
again be used to determine the amount of energy needed to change the
Momentum of an object from zero when at rest up to a specific velocity
v. The calculus result is that the energy, called Kinetic Energy
is equal to 1/2 * m * v^{2}, the standard formula used in
science and Engineering.

We knew that the second object had zero Potential Energy at an infinite distance, and we also define that there is zero Kinetic Energy then. Since we have Helmholtz's Conservation of Energy, and we are carefully making sure that no external energy is being provided or removed, then we have the situation where the (always negative) Potential Energy must always exactly equal the (always positive) Kinetic Energy.

This results in a specific relationship between the orbital velocity (which is related to the Kinetic Energy) and the orbital radius (which is related to the Potential Energy). In fact, the relationship that Newton derived was the mathematical proof of an experimental relationship that Kepler had observed around a hundred years earlier. (It doesn't have any importance in this discussion, but here is the derivation:

Coulomb found that electrostatic attraction and repulsion is also an inverse-square force, but dependent on the charge of the two objects instead of their masses, and with a different constant as a factor.

The simplest way to demonstrate this new perspective is to initially ONLY consider the Ionization Potentials to an infinite distance, such that the single term as presented above is valid, such that the destination value has zero binding energy.

We are also going to simplify in one additional way, which seems never
to have been done before. **We will initially consider ONLY atoms that
contain a single electron,** that is: H I (neutral Hydrogen)
(using standard spectroscopic identification system); He II (singly
ionized Helium); Li III (doubly ionized Lithium); Be IV (triply ionized
Beryllium, and so on. We will exclusively use data from the highly respected
NIST database, which contains such single-electron atoms up to
Ge XXXII (Germanium 31-times-ionized). We therefore will examine
32 specific atoms here from atomic number Z = 1 through 32.
**Each of these 32 atoms in our current discussion are
therefore identical in every way except for the nuclear charge, as each
contains a single electron.**

All traditional calculations have assumed that for a single electron
in the 1s sub-shell, the N value is 1,
as being the Principle Quantum Number for the first shell of
electrons in the atom. We shall show that is actually incorrect and
we will use the the actual correct value of the Principle Quantum Number
**N = ZERO**, which will soon clearly be seen as correct.

For the Quantum Defect, generally referred to as
**δ**, we will now **DEFINE
IT** as being the reciprocal of the nuclear charge of the atom (which
we will call Z here)! It is NOT simply some random Fudge Factor!
(For atoms with additional electrons, this is slightly modified,
as discussed below.)

Therefore we have the Quantum Defect **δ**
as being: For H I, 1.00; for
He II, 0.50; for Li III, 0.333; for Be IV, 0.25 and so on, ONLY FOR
THIS SPECIFIC SELECTION OF ATOMS WITH ONE ELECTRON.
**This is an entirely different understanding than is generally
assumed!** We can then
calculate the actual Ionization Potentials for all of these
single-electron atoms, based on this simple equation. Since
N = 0, the entire denominator (for these specific atoms) is the so-called
Quantum Defect number. Therefore we have:

k is the Ionization Potential of neutral Hydrogen or 13.5984340 eV.

nuclear charge Z | Published NIST ionization Potential in electron-Volts | Predicted Energy By the simple formula given above for the Quantum Defect |
error of the calculated value from the NIST data in percent | |
---|---|---|---|---|

1 | H I | 13.5984340 | 13.59843 | 0.0000 |

2 | He II | 54.4177630 | 54.39374 | 0.0441 |

3 | Li III | 122.454353 | 122.3859 | 0.0559 |

4 | Be IV | 217.718572 | 217.575 | 0.0660 |

5 | B V | 340.225993 | 339.9608 | 0.0779 |

6 | C VI | 489.99312 | 489.5436 | 0.0917 |

7 | N VII | 667.04602 | 666.3233 | 0.1083 |

8 | O VIII | 871.40969 | 870.2998 | 0.1274 |

9 | F IX | 1103.1171 | 1101.473 | 0.1490 |

10 | Ne X | 1362.1986 | 1359.843 | 0.1729 |

11 | Na XI | 1648.70105 | 1645.411 | 0.1996 |

12 | Mg XII | 1962.6642 | 1958.175 | 0.2288 |

13 | Al XIII | 2304.1401 | 2298.135 | 0.2606 |

14 | Si XIV | 2673.1807 | 2665.293 | 0.2951 |

15 | P XV | 3069.84143 | 3059.648 | 0.3321 |

16 | S XVI | 3494.1877 | 3481.199 | 0.3717 |

17 | Cl XVII | 3946.2907 | 3929.948 | 0.4141 |

18 | Ar XVIII | 4426.2226 | 4405.893 | 0.4593 |

19 | K XIX | 4934.0439 | 4909.035 | 0.5069 |

20 | Ca XX | 5469.8614 | 5439.374 | 0.5574 |

21 | Sc XXI | 6033.7551 | 5996.91 | 0.6107 |

22 | Ti XXII | 6625.81 | 6581.642 | 0.6666 |

23 | V XXIII | 7246.1196 | 7193.572 | 0.7252 |

24 | Cr XXIV | 7894.8 | 7832.698 | 0.7866 |

25 | Mn XXV | 8571.94 | 8499.021 | 0.8507 |

26 | Fe XXVI | 9277.6874 | 9192.542 | 0.9177 |

27 | Co XXVII | 10012.1 | 9913.259 | 0.9872 |

28 | Ni XXVIII | 10775.4 | 10661.17 | 1.0601 |

29 | Cu XXIX | 11567.612 | 11436.28 | 1.1353 |

30 | Zn XXX | 12388.928 | 12238.59 | 1.2135 |

31 | Ga XXXI | 13239.4881 | 13068.1 | 1.2946 |

32 | Ge XXXII | 14119.4287 | 13924.8 | 1.3785 |

33 | As XXXIII | 15028.6197 | 14808.7 | 1.4634 |

34 | Se XXXIV | 15967.6759 | 15719.79 | 1.5524 |

36 | Kr XXXVI | 17936.2076 | 17623.57 | 1.7430 |

37 | Kr XXXVII | 18964.9937 | 18616.26 | 1.8389 |

This is pretty remarkable! For a quantity that has always been discarded as a Fudge Factor for 70 years, we have presented a very simple formula to ACCURATELY CALCULATE ITS VALUE!

Notice that the differences gradually get greater in a consistent manner. Here is the graph of the differences, in percent:

A slight adjustment in the simple equation can therefore account for most of that. (Alternately, it can be considered that the definition of the Quantum Defect could have a factor slightly different than one.) Regression Analysis of the curve-fit suggests a better equation:

Each element in this series therefore has its own slight adjustment
factor, based entirely on the total charge of the nucleus, but they
seem to have this simple relationship, of a simple (a + b * Z)^{2}
replacement for the k * Z^{2} discussed above, where we can
see that the a parameter represents the quantity which has been referred
to as the Quantum Defect, but that we now see
a physical meaning behind it. This simple equation seems to hold for
all atoms of any number of electrons. Given the values of the curve
in the One-electron Regression Analysis, we can say this equation is
therefore **E = (-0.73156698 + 3.7370056 * Z) ^{2}.**
The resulting calculated values are then within a small fraction
of one electron-Volt for all values and noting that the 0.0003% error
value in the table below is three parts per million. (This particular
curve fit has Residuals that seem to have a simple pattern, so there
may be another simple improvement to make this match even more
impressive.)

Here is a table with this better equation:

nuclear charge Z | Published NIST ionization Potential in electron-Volts | Predicted Energy By the better formula given above for the Quantum Defect |
error of the calculated value from the NIST data in percent | |
---|---|---|---|---|

1 | H I | 13.59843 | 13.60196 | -0.0259 |

2 | He II | 54.41776 | 54.41 | 0.0143 |

3 | Li III | 122.4544 | 122.4306 | 0.0194 |

4 | Be IV | 217.7186 | 217.6746 | 0.0202 |

5 | B V | 340.226 | 340.1571 | 0.0202 |

6 | C VI | 489.9931 | 489.8976 | 0.0195 |

7 | N VII | 667.046 | 666.9199 | 0.0189 |

8 | O VIII | 871.4097 | 871.2521 | 0.0181 |

9 | F IX | 1103.117 | 1102.927 | 0.0172 |

10 | Ne X | 1362.199 | 1361.981 | 0.0160 |

11 | Na XI | 1648.701 | 1648.456 | 0.0149 |

12 | Mg XII | 1962.664 | 1962.397 | 0.0136 |

13 | Al XIII | 2304.14 | 2303.855 | 0.0124 |

14 | Si XIV | 2673.181 | 2672.884 | 0.0111 |

15 | P XV | 3069.841 | 3069.543 | 0.0097 |

16 | S XVI | 3494.188 | 3493.896 | 0.0083 |

17 | Cl XVII | 3946.291 | 3946.011 | 0.0071 |

18 | Ar XVIII | 4426.223 | 4425.96 | 0.0059 |

19 | K XIX | 4934.044 | 4933.821 | 0.0045 |

20 | Ca XX | 5469.861 | 5469.675 | 0.0034 |

21 | Sc XXI | 6033.755 | 6033.609 | 0.0024 |

22 | Ti XXII | 6625.81 | 6625.713 | 0.0015 |

23 | V XXIII | 7246.12 | 7246.085 | 0.0005 |

24 | Cr XXIV | 7894.8 | 7894.824 | -0.0003 |

25 | Mn XXV | 8571.94 | 8572.035 | -0.0011 |

26 | Fe XXVI | 9277.688 | 9277.829 | -0.0015 |

27 | Co XXVII | 10012.1 | 10012.32 | -0.0022 |

28 | Ni XXVIII | 10775.4 | 10775.63 | -0.0021 |

29 | Cu XXIX | 11567.61 | 11567.88 | -0.0023 |

30 | Zn XXX | 12388.93 | 12389.21 | -0.0023 |

31 | Ga XXXI | 13239.49 | 13239.74 | -0.0019 |

32 | Ge XXXII | 14119.43 | 14119.62 | -0.0014 |

33 | As XXXIII | 15028.62 | 15029 | -0.0025 |

34 | Se XXXIV | 15967.68 | 15968.02 | -0.0021 |

36 | Kr XXXVI | 17936.21 | 17935.62 | 0.0033 |

37 | Rb XXXVII | 18964.99 | 18964.52 | 0.0025 |

This data has an r^{2} statistical value of 0.9999999981, indicating
an extremely accurate curve-fit (for the one-electron atoms).

Any of these atoms can be ionized to other energy states other than complete removal to infinity. This same equation gives these remarkably accurate (compared to actual measured NIST data) results!

For example, using this approach in the traditional way to calculate the energy states of Hydrogen, we have:

Start/End Principle Quantum numbers | CalculatedEnergy change or radiation | Description of transition | NIST values | |
---|---|---|---|---|

n . . . . . . m | Energy eV | |||

0 | 1 | 10.198826 | from 1 shell to 2 shell | 10.1988101 |

0 | 2 | 12.087498 | from 1 shell to 3 shell | 12.0874944 |

0 | 3 | 12.748532 | from 1 shell to 4 shell | 12.7485324 |

0 | 4 | 13.054497 | from 1 shell to 5 shell | 13.0544979 |

0 | 5 | 13.220700 | from 1 shell to 6 shell | 13.2207010 |

0 | 6 | 13.320915 | from 1 shell to 7 shell | 13.3209161 |

0 | 7 | 13.385959 | from 1 shell to 8 shell | 13.3859595 |

0 | 8 | 13.430552 | from 1 shell to 9 shell | 13.4305530 |

0 | 9 | 13.462450 | from 1 shell to 10 shell | 13.4624505 |

0 | 10 | 13.486051 | from 1 shell to 11 shell | 13.4860510 |

0 | infin | 13.598434 | from 1 shell to infinity | 13.5984340 |

**Most of these predicted values are within around one one-millionth
of an electron-Volt of the NIST data.**

These cited NIST values are all for transitions to the s subshell of the target shell, and where the spin has not changed and remains at 1/2. The match is truly impressive, to many decimal points! This is essentially true for all the 32 atoms described above. This is a solid confirmation that this DEFINING of the so-called Fudge Factor Quantum Defect is absolutely valid.

Previous researchers have always assumed that everything in the
denominator of the basic equation above MUST BE distance dimensions,
in order to comply with the inverse-square nature of Coulomb's Law.
**However, note that THIS FACTOR, the so-called Fudge Factor or
Quantum Defect, is not even a distance at all! It is directly related
to the CHARGE of the nucleus!** No one had even imagined that
before, as it seems to be an outrageous concept, because it is
charge rather than distance! Yet, the data above, and the data for
many other atoms, confirms the validity of this approach.

For atoms that have more than one electron, this same equation is used, but with different values of a and b.

Further examination of the NIST data provides these a and b parameters:

Number of Electrons in the Atom | a parameter | b parameter | r^{2} |
---|---|---|---|

one | -0.00000097324 | 0.073519785 | 0.9999999981 |

two | -0.00000332928 | 0.079094268 | 0.99992134 |

three | |||

four | |||

five | |||

six | |||

nine | |||

ten | |||

eleven | |||

twelve | |||

17 | |||

18 | |||

19 | |||

20 |

THIS effect provides even more interesting results! In the Periodic Table, we have Hydrogen and Helium in the first row, then elements 3 through 10 in the second row, etc. This additional variable (which we have called F here) suggests why! As additional electrons are added to the situation, some parameters in the Quantum Defect show that the Principle Quantum Number remains unchanged.

There ARE some rather small contributions to the so-called Quantum Defects which are due to other effects, such as spin of the electron and the different energies of different sub-shells. That shell difference seems likely to be the reason that neutral Hydrogen and Helium have a slightly different energy than the graph of all the other elements would imply. There seems to be evidence that a similar jump occurs between element nine and ten, but that it is so small relative to the higher Ionization Potentials as to be barely noticeable. However, you might note that in the "better" table above, elements two through nine all have remarkably consistent error values of around 0.003%, which drops to much less at element 10 and above.

This seems to suggest that each shell of electrons has its own generalized F factor, for more complex elements with additional electrons. These patterns seem to get pretty complex when a lot of electrons are present, as electrons do not always seem to be in the lowest possible energy states. This new approach of analysis might better aid in explaining why that is and what is happening.

This approach seems to have another value. When the NIST data is
compared to these smooth, simple equation curves, there are sometimes
data points that are clearly off the curve. **An example here is that
the Sodium (11) NIST value seems low by 6 parts in a million!
Instead of the published NIST value being 1648.701 eV, this suggests that the
correct value might actually be 1648.711 eV.** So this approach may
aid researchers in checking data they develop.

This presentation was first placed on the Internet in July 2007.

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C Johnson, Theoretical Physicist, Physics Degree from Univ of Chicago