By David Salzmann

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Equating the coefficients of equal power of x on both sides of the equation, one finds The solution depends on one parameter, a2 = S"(0), which should be determined by the boundary conditions at x = Xt. 58807 .... 48) is valid for x < 1. One may try to find a solution for large x by expanding the solution around x —> oo. 46) shows that the leading term of the expression at infinitv is The full expansion has the form where and the coefficients ck are listed in Eliezer et al. (1986) up to k = 30.

21). Nevertheless, the number of electrons near the nucleus is always finite. The divergence ofne(r) near the nucleus does not agree with quantum mechanical calculations, which predict finite results. Solutions of the Thomas-Fermi Model There is no analytical solution for the TF equations. One can get some important information, however, even without getting a full solution. We first define the Thomas-Fermi radius, RTF, as The significance of this definition will become clear when we speak about the TF model at T —> 0.

13), is, however, replaced by where the lower limit of the integral is chosen so that the integral does not include the nucleus of the central ion, and now, in contrast to the ion sphere or the TF models, the upper limit of the integral extends to the correlation sphere radius, Rc. This equation requires the knowledge of the spatial distribution of the ions, «,-(/), around the central ion, or equivalently, the ion- ion correlations in the plasma. 7, which gives a good estimate of the ion radial distribution function.