Ground state of two-dimensional quantum-dot helium in zero magnetic field: Perturbation, diagonalization, and variational theory

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We study the ground-state properties of two-dimensional quantum-dot helium in zero external magnetic field (a system of two interacting electrons in a two-dimensional parabolic confinement potential) by using perturbation and variational theory. We introduce a family of ground-state trial wave functions with one, two, and three variational parameters. We compare the perturbation and variational energies with numerically exact diagonalization results and earlier unrestricted Hartree-Fock studies. We find that the three-parameter variational wave function is an excellent representation of the true ground state and argue on how to generalize such a wave function for larger quantum dots with arbitrary numbers of electrons.

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