New math technique improves atomic property predictions to historic accuracy

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 13:50 in Physics & Chemistry

By combining advanced mathematics with high-performance computing, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Indiana University have developed a tool that allowed them to calculate a fundamental property of most atoms on the periodic table to historic accuracy—reducing error by a factor of a thousand in many cases. The technique also could be used to determine a host of other atomic properties important in fields like nuclear medicine and astrophysics.

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