Symmetries of Relativistic Hydrogen Atom


  • V. M. Simulik Institute of Electron Physics, Nat. Acad. of Sci. of Ukraine
  • I. O. Gordievich MIRTEK



Dirac equation, Coulomb interaction, hydrogen atom, relativistic quantum mechanics, symmetry


The Dirac equation in the external Coulomb field is proved to possess the symmetry determined by 31 operators, which form the 31-dimensional algebra. Two different fermionic realizations of the SO(1,3) algebra of the Lorentz group are found. Two different bosonic realizations of this algebra are found as well. All generators of the above-mentioned algebras commute with the operator of the Dirac equation in an external Coulomb field and, therefore, determine the algebras of invariance of such Dirac equation. Hence, the spin s = (1, 0) Bose symmetry of the Dirac equation for the free spinor field, proved recently in our papers, is extended here for the Dirac equation interacting with an external Coulomb field. A relativistic hydrogen atom is modeled by such Dirac equation. We are able to prove for the relativistic hydrogen atom both the fermionic and bosonic symmetries known from our papers in the case of a non-interacting spinor field. New symmetry operators are found on the basis of new gamma matrix representations of the Clifford and SO(8) algebras, which are known from our recent papers as well. Hidden symmetries were found both in the canonical Foldy–Wouthuysen and covariant Dirac representations. The found symmetry operators, which are pure matrix ones in the Foldy–Wouthuysen representation, become non-local in the Dirac model.


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How to Cite

Simulik, V. M., & Gordievich, I. O. (2019). Symmetries of Relativistic Hydrogen Atom. Ukrainian Journal of Physics, 64(12), 1148.



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