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Ettore Majorana and the birth of autoionization

Published

Author(s)

Charles W. Clark, Ennio Arimondo, William C. Martin

Abstract

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
Volume
82
Issue
3

Keywords

Atomic spectra, autoionization, helium, zinc, cadmium, mercury, Ettore Majorana, Enrico Fermi, Ugo Fano, Paul Foote, Allen Shenstone: National Bureau of Standards

Citation

Clark, C. , Arimondo, E. and Martin, W. (2010), Ettore Majorana and the birth of autoionization, Reviews of Modern Physics, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=902757 (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created July 2, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017