 08156 Sharon M. Hughes and George A. Hagedorn
 Diatomic Molecules with Large Angular Momentum in the BornOppenheimer Approximation
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Sep 6, 08

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Abstract. The standard BornOppenheimer approximation for a diatomic molecule yields an expansion in powers of $\eps$ for the bound state associated with a given electron energy level, a fixed vibrational quantum number $n$, and a fixed angular momentum quantum number $l$. The expansion parameter $\eps$ is the fourth root of the ratio of the electron mass divided by the mean nuclear mass. In this paper we present an explicit approximation whose errors are uniformly bounded by~ $C\,\eps^5$~ whenever the angular momentum quantum number satisfies~ $l<\kappa\,\eps^{3/2}$.
We apply our approximation to the $H_2^{+}$ and $HD^{+}$ ions and compare the results with published rotationalvibrational energies.
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