In the early days of theoretical atomic spectroscopy, Ettore Majorana (1906-1938?) solved several outstanding problems by developing the theory of autoionization. Later literature makes only sporadic references to this accomplishment. Reviewing his work in its contemporary context, we find many puzzles concerning the way in which the modern theory of autoionization was developed.
Citation: Reviews of Modern Physics
Pub Type: Journals
Atomic spectra, autoionization, helium, zinc, cadmium, mercury, Ettore Majorana, Enrico Fermi, Ugo Fano, Paul Foote, Allen Shenstone: National Bureau of Standards