Calculations have been made on the elastic scattering of low-energy electrons by helium using a variational procedure which takes polarization and correlation effects into account by means of continuum Bethe-Goldstone equations. The convergence of the results is examined using two methods to obtain a complete set of basis functions. Results for the s, p, d, and f waves are presented. The width of the S2 closed-channel resonance below the n=2 threshold is found to be 0.015 eV, in comparison with the 0.015-0.020-eV estimates of Andrick and Ehrhardt from experiment and the 0.01-eV estimate of Simpson and Fano. © 1972 The American Physical Society.