March  2010, 28(1): 41-65. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2010.28.41

A convexified energy functional for the Fermi-Amaldi correction

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Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152, United States, United States

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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Benedict College, Columbia, SC 29204, United States

Received  October 2009 Revised  January 2010 Published  April 2010

Consider the Thomas-Fermi energy functional $E$ for a spin polarized atom or molecule with $N_{1} $ [resp. $N_{2}$] spin up [resp. spin down] electrons and total positive molecular charge Z. Incorporating the Fermi-Amaldi correction as Benilan, Goldstein and Goldstein did, $E$ is not convex. By replacing $E$ by a well-motivated convex minorant $ \mathcal{E}$ ,we prove that $ \mathcal{E} $ has a unique minimizing density $( \rho _{1},\rho _{2}) \ $ when $N_{1}+N_{2}\leq Z+1\ $and $N_{2}\ $is close to $N_{1}.$
Citation: Gisèle Ruiz Goldstein, Jerome A. Goldstein, Naima Naheed. A convexified energy functional for the Fermi-Amaldi correction. Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, 2010, 28 (1) : 41-65. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2010.28.41
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