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17 Jun 2004 (Updated )

Wigner3j(j1,j2,j,m1,m2,m) returns the Wigner 3j-symbol.

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Wigner3j(j1,j2,j,m1,m2,m) returns the Wigner 3j-symbol, where j1, j2, j, m1, m2, and m are half-integers. Physically, the Wigner 3j-symbol is closely related to the Clebsch-Gordon coefficient <j1,j2,m1,m2|j1,j2,j,m>, the square of which is the probability that a system of two particles with angular momentum j1 and j2 respectively and z-component of angular momentum m1 and m2 respectively has total angular momentum j and z-component of total angular momentum m.

I haven't tested this function thoroughly yet, so there may be some bugs. Please let me know if you find any.


This file inspired Wigner3j Symbol.

MATLAB release MATLAB 6.0 (R12)
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20 Jun 2014 Hobson  
21 Nov 2013 RU RuRu  
08 Feb 2011 Christian Mueller

Still, the file does not check if the condition m1 + m2 = m3 is fulfilled. This should still be added!! In the current version it's very problematic to use the code! False results e.g. for angular momentum couplings are inevitable with this code.

31 Mar 2009 Par Hakansson

Ops, did not read the table caption, it was 3jsymbol squared in table. now it match better for a few test cases

30 Mar 2009 Par Hakansson

Made quick test against alpha=beta=gamma=0 3jsymbols in Table 2, in D.M. Brink and R.G. Satchler "Angular Momentum" Oxford Science Publications and can not get a match

05 Nov 2008 Brice DUBOST

It doesn't respect wigner 3j symetries

Wigner3j(1,1,1,1,-1,-1) is not 0

05 Nov 2008 Brice DUBOST  
31 Jul 2007 Lisa de Groot

The file does not check wether the condition m1 + m2 = m3 is fulfilled. This should be added.

09 Jul 2007 Kobi Kraus

The loop in rows 59-64 can be replaced by a simple direct sum:
t = tmin : tmax;
wigner = sum( (-1).^t ./ ( factorial(t) .* factorial(t-t1) .* factorial(t-t2) ...
.* factorial(t3-t) .* factorial(t4-t) .* factorial(t5-t) ) );

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