Bohr's 1913 molecular model revisited. Academic Article uri icon


  • It is generally believed that the old quantum theory, as presented by Niels Bohr in 1913, fails when applied to few electron systems, such as the H(2) molecule. Here, we find previously undescribed solutions within the Bohr theory that describe the potential energy curve for the lowest singlet and triplet states of H(2) about as well as the early wave mechanical treatment of Heitler and London. We also develop an interpolation scheme that substantially improves the agreement with the exact ground-state potential curve of H(2) and provides a good description of more complicated molecules such as LiH, Li(2), BeH, and He(2).

published proceedings

  • Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

altmetric score

  • 4.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Svidzinsky, A. A., Scully, M. O., & Herschbach, D. R.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Svidzinsky, Anatoly A||Scully, Marlan O||Herschbach, Dudley R

publication date

  • August 2005