About a month ago, I discovered a previously unknown solution to the simplest Schrödinger equation for the hydrogen atom.

It turns out that this wavefunction:

where J₀ is the ordinary Bessel function J₀, solves this equation:

with E=0.

What I find more surprising about the result is that it solves one of the best known equations in mathematical physics, yet has apparently remained undiscovered for over a hundred years!

Here’s a preprint of a paper that I’m working on to explain the result:

I went out to UC Berkeley two weeks ago and spoke with a number of people in the math department. All of them gave me good advice.

Prof. Evans wondered how my result could be analyzed with Peter Olver’s theory (GTM 107); it’s a good question that I need to think about some more. Prof. Grunbaum suggested looking in the Pauling and Wilson quantum mechanics book, which I did (the formula wasn’t there). Thomas Browning and a group of grad students suggested putting a paper up on arxiv.org

Turns out that putting a paper up on arxiv is difficult for people outside of academia. You have to find someone to endorse you, and none of the Ph.D’s I know are considered endorsers for the mathematical physics archive. Paul Kainen, for example, could endorse me in combinatorics (he’s a graph theory specialist), but that’s the wrong archive.

My plan was to put a draft up on arxiv and revise it every few days until it’s ready. Instead, maybe I’ll just revise it here on freesoft.org until I find someone to endorse me on arxiv.org

I just posted an updated draft.