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Structure of matter in strong magnetic fields

Neuhauser, D. and Koonin, S. E. and Langanke, K. (1987) Structure of matter in strong magnetic fields. Physical Review A, 36 (9). pp. 4163-4175. ISSN 1050-2947.

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We give a detailed presentation of Hartree-Fock calculations of atoms and molecular chains in 10^12 G magnetic fields, as are supposed to exist on the surface of neutron stars. These calculations are the first self-consistent ones treating exchange properly for atoms heavier than helium in high fields. We find that the isolated atom is energetically favored over molecular chains for Z>2 at fields greater than 1×10^12G and for Z>4 at fields greater than 5×10^12 G. These results indicate that matter on the surface of neutron stars is bound very weakly, if at all.

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Additional Information:©1987 The American Physical Society. Received 13 April 1987.
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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