## Ground state energy of large atoms in a self-generated magnetic field

##### Authors
Erdos, Laszlo
Solovej, Jan Philip
##### Description
We consider a large atom with nuclear charge $Z$ described by non-relativistic quantum mechanics with classical or quantized electromagnetic field. We prove that the absolute ground state energy, allowing for minimizing over all possible self-generated electromagnetic fields, is given by the non-magnetic Thomas-Fermi theory to leading order in the simultaneous $Z\to \infty$, $\al\to 0$ limit if $Z\al^2\leq \kappa$ for some universal $\kappa$, where $\al$ is the fine structure constant.
##### Keywords
Mathematical Physics, 81Q10