Hartree method

Hartree method

[′här·trē ‚meth·əd]
(quantum mechanics)
An iterative variational method of finding an approximate wave function for a system of many electrons, in which one attempts to find a product of single-particle wave functions, each one of which is a solution of the Schrödinger equation with the field deduced from the charge density distribution due to all the other electrons. Also known as self-consistent field method.