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Implementing Matrix Mechanics in Mathematica: Determination of Clebsch-Gordan Coefficients by Matrix Diagonalization

D. Dill
Journal / Anthology

Computers in Physics
Year: 1991
Volume: 5
Issue: 6
Page range: 616-624

A scheme is presented by which Clebsch-Gordan coefficients can be determined by matrix diagonalization. The method uses Mathematica, a system for doing mathematics by computer, and show one way matrix mechanics can be implemented in such a system. The result is a Mathematica package for angular momentum matrix mechanics. It is applied to a one-electron atom in an external magnetic field to explore the competition between spin-orbit interaction and the separate interaction of the spin and orbital moments with the external field.

*Mathematics > Calculus and Analysis > Special Functions
*Science > Physics > Electromagnetism