central field approximation


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central field approximation

[′sen·trəl ‚fēld ə‚präk·sə′mā·shən]
(physics)
The approximation that the electrons in an atom or the nucleons in a nucleus move in the potential of a central force which is the same for all the particles.
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A method that deals with configurations is called central field approximation [5, see p.

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