Colloquium: Ettore Majorana and the birth of autoionization

E. Arimondo, Charles W. Clark, W. C. Martin
2010 Reviews of Modern Physics  
In some of the first applications of modern quantum mechanics to the spectroscopy of many-electron atoms, Ettore Majorana solved several outstanding problems by developing the theory of autoionization. Later literature makes only sporadic references to this accomplishment. After reviewing his work in its contemporary context, we describe subsequent developments in understanding the spectra treated by Majorana, and extensions of his theory to other areas of physics. We find many puzzles
more » ... ny puzzles concerning the way in which the modern theory of autoionization was developed.
doi:10.1103/revmodphys.82.1947 fatcat:fd2mkulrrvfptcby3g42r7amoa