Atomic physics is the field of physics that studies atoms as an isolated system of electrons and an atomic nucleus. It is primarily concerned with the arrangement of electrons around the nucleus and the processes by which these arrangements change. This includes ions as well as neutral atoms and, ...

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What happens when we bring an electron and a proton together?

I have a couple of conceptual questions that I have always been asking myself. Suppose we have an electron and a proton at very large distance apart, with nothing in their way. They would feel each ...
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Electron Shell Configuration

Is there a way to predict the electron configuration of an element, for example Copper is 1s^2 2s^2 2p^6 3s^2 3p^6 4s^1 3d^10 ?
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Why is the orbital angular momentum of a pi electron along the axis of two atoms' molecule one?

I'm reading quantum chemistry. The book says that the orbital angular momentum of a $\pi$ electron along the symmetry axis of a molecule made up of two atoms is $\pm 1$. I think this is a primary ...
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Why don't we have more elements?

By looking at the number of subatomic particles there seem to exist, there should be thousands of element configuration combinations possible. But we have found just over hundred elements to exist. ...
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Quantum mechanics and atomic bonding

I'm learning quantum mechanics in high school this year, and I have several doubts. I've done my research on various websites but my understanding is still fuzzy. I understand that when I punch a wall ...
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Experimentally Verifying a Clock's Accuracy

So recently one of my professors went off on a tangent, and we ended up discussing atomic clocks and how they work, which is something I've always been fascinated with and thoroughly enjoyed. But it ...
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Limits of integration for the radial wave function of the Hydrogen atom in the WKB approximation

I am working a problem where we have to find the energy eigenvalues for the radial wave function of the hydrogen atom for $\ell=0$ using the WKB approximation. I am sure that I set up the integral ...
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Aufbau principle in modern quantum theory

What is the rigorous definition of the Aufbau principle and the mathematical model used for its description? From Wikipedia, we have that the principle postulates a hypothetical process in which an ...
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Effective Spin Interaction in Helium

My question is: what is the point of forming an effective spin-spin interaction for the exchange term in the variational analysis of Helium? Is there any significance to this term other than on ...
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Electrons skip randomly around their orbits

I read where the electron (as well as a few other particles) skips around in its orbit randomly rather than move around the orbit smoothly. This effect has been repeatedly observed in the laboratory ...
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Electron speed in Atoms

Is the speed of electrons in Atoms consistent in all Atoms or clusters/groups/individual elements, and if it is consistent in any atom, is that speed constant?
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Questions on electron orbits

I have three questions to ask: Why do electrons (in an atom) specifically move in orbits and not some other type of motion? Where does the energy comes from, for the electron to move at much higher ...
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Photon emission and absorption by atomic electrons

Assume a photon is produced by an atomic electron making a transition down from a certain energy level to another. Can that photon only be absorbed by another atomic electron making exactly the ...
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Vacancy Generation / Annihilation Time (Relaxation Time)

Vacancy Generation/Annihilation Time, Recombination Time and Relaxation Time ($\tau$) are all synonymously used in atomic physics literatures. They're defined as the time that it takes for vacancies ...
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confusion in discrete transform to solve kronig penney matrix equation in fourier space

I have a periodic potential $$V(x) =\sum_{K}e^{iKx}V_{K} =\sum_{n}e^{\iota2\pi nx/a}V_{n} $$ where $K =\frac{2\pi n}a$ is the reciprocal lattice vector and $a$ is the lattice constant and $n =\pm ...
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What is the expected distance of the electron from the nucleus in the hydrogen atom?

Specifically, I would like to know the general formula, in terms of $n$ and $l$, assuming the electron is in an orbital (i.e. simultaneous eigenstate of $H$, $L^2$, and $L_z$). I understand that it ...
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Probability density of electron orbital

Why the probability of density is higher in the area that is closer to the nucleus? I'm a high school student. I don't know much about wave functions.
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how is feshbach resonance potential term physically produced?

In Feshbach resonance model, a 2*2 potential term with space dependent diagonal and non-diagonal terms is written $\left(\begin{array}{cc} V_{11}(\mathbf{r}) & V_{12}(\mathbf{r})\\ ...
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Difficult to visualize Franck-Condon overlap

The franc condon principle says about the vertical transitions, means the coordinates of the nuclei remains unchanged during an electronic transition. But, what is the physical meaning or how to ...
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What jobs can you get in the field of physics? [duplicate]

What good, fun and reasonably well paid jobs can you get in the field of physics?
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spread of fock state distribution and infinite revival time of rabi oscillation in spontaneous emission

In cavity QED for a 2-level atom, the revival time for oscillation b/w the states $\left|\ e\ 0\right\rangle$ and $\left|\ g\ 1\right\rangle$ (absorbing the same photon that is emitted) is said to be ...
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What changes occur while an atom approches the speed of light?

My knowledge of atomic dynamics is a little superficial. But to my understanding an electron travels an orbital path around a nucleus of an atom. "correct?" So let's say that if a hydrogen atom were ...
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Electrostatic potential of a proton

I have been working on a quantum mechanical problem regarding the ground state of the Hydrogen atom. It appears that the best way to solve the underlying problem is to modify the electrostatic ...
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Kinetic energy and temperature

I've randomly been thinking about smoothies and internal energy all weekend. If we have an assortment of fruit in the solid phase and then proceed to blend it all so that it ends up being in the ...
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Show that the circumference of the Bohr orbit of hydrogen is an integral multiple of the wavelength of the electron in it [closed]

We have an electron revolving in a the $n$th Bohr orbit of an atom of hydrogen. The problem is to prove that the circumference of the orbit is an integral multiple of wavelength of this electron ...
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What are the assumptions behind “term symbols”?

In multi-electron atoms, the electronic state of the optically active "subshell" is often expressed in "term symbols" notation. I.e. $^{2S+1}L_J$. This presumes that the system of electrons has ...
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Thermal equilibrium and kinetic energies

Is temperature solely a function of a kinetic energy? If a solid and a gas are at thermal equilibrium at a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, the solid has much less kinetic energy than the gas. How ...
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How do I write the Hamiltonian for a 3-level system?

I came across following types of three-level systems like V-system, Λ-system and 2-photon absorption It seems that their Hamiltonians can be written intuitively by checking out the coupled levels ...
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Atomic Physics: stimulated emission

I'm studying a chapter about atomic physics right now but there's thing I just don't seem to understand. When stimulated emission occurs, there's an incoming photon which stimulates the atom to go an ...
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What force creates ions out of neutral atoms?

Consider the reaction between Na and Cl to form NaCl. Na loses an electron and "gives" it to Cl because this makes both atoms more stable. But what forces "pulls" the electron from Na to Cl? Both ...
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How were atom bombs made before the first atom was observed by electron microscope?

How were atom bombs made before the first atom was observed by electron microscope? Give a brief history regarding my question please?
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Energy required to remove both electrons [closed]

The question is: Q. An energy of $24.6$eV is required to remove one of the electrons from a neutral Helium atom. The energy(in eV) required to remove both the electrons from a neutral Helium atom is: ...
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Geometric quantization in Kepler problem in hydrogen atom

Why in the usual geometric quantization calculation the dimensions of eigenspaces is wrong (we can see this obstacle for Kepler problem in hydrogen atom). Here is a refference see
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What is the reason for the electrons in a given subshell to orient in certain preferred regions?

My text book says: "Magnetic quantum number describes the behavior of electron in a magnetic field. We know that the movement of electrical charge is always associated with magnetic field. Since ...
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Why do atoms stick together?

The atoms in my table "stick together" to form a rectangle. Why? What makes them stick together? I know about ionic/covalent bonding etc., but consider a sheet of pure iron. Just atoms of one ...
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Rydberg quasimolecules & stark states?

I found this image : on the internet and I traced it back to this article ,I wanted to use it as part of an architectural visualization for my project(architecture) but for this to happen I need to ...
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What's an atomic superstate/superposition, and how is it possible?

What's an atomic superstate/superposition, and how is it possible? I understand the basics - being something can be moving and staying still at the same time; the observer changes the behaviour - but ...
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Angular momentum of hydrogen from $n,l,m$ values

Given a wavefunction for hydrogen $\psi(n,l,m)$ it is possible to calculate its associated energy from $E=-13.6/n^2$. Does a similar equation exist for $L^2$ and $L_z$? That is, if we are given the ...
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energy difference uniqueness in hydrogen atom

Is the energy difference between two energy levels unique for that particular pair of levels for a hydrogen atom ? If so how can one prove it?
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Atoms and electrons?

Consider a copper atom. If you place an electron near it, the protons in the nucleus would attract it like they attract the existing electron in the valence shell. However the electron you placed ...
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Is it that electron of an atom can be found anywhere in the space?

Simple pictures showing orbital shapes are intended to describe the angular forms of regions in space where the electrons occupying the orbital are likely to be found. The diagrams cannot, ...
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What gives an object its colour?

My understanding of colour is that atoms in a particular object will absorb certain wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation, and the scattered wavelengths give the object its colour. The absorbed ...
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Does there exist electric field around all the substances?

A system of two equal and opposite charges separated by a certain distance is called an electric dipole. Electric dipole moment ($p$) is defined as the product of either charge ($q$) and the ...
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Electron Decay, Why are there P and higher orbitals?

Related: Decay from excited state to ground state My confusion arose initially from the definition of binding energy being the lowest energy state (n=1) in the hydrogen atom. This, I assume, is ...
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Do electrons collapse into nucleus, if electrons in the atom are constantly excited?

From the Bohr's atomic model, it is clear that electron can have only certain definite energy levels. When the electron is present as close to the nucleus as possible, the atom has the minimum ...
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What is limiting line in series spectrum?

The wavelength of first line in the Balmer Series is 'whatever(in nm)' . Calculate the wavelength of the second line and the 'limiting line' in the Balmer Series. I found this question in an ...
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Why do electrons couple in atoms?

In describing electron states in hydrogen, we have a very "simple" picture, at least in intro-quantum. But this only has one electron! As we permit more electrons, we also have things like the ...
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Why is the Bohr's idea of defined circular orbits overruled?

If we consider a thought experiment for determining position of an electron by using photons of light. According to principles of optics, if we use light of wavelength $\lambda$, then the position of ...
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Gravitational Stark Effect

Could gravity induce line splittings in the optical spectrum of a molecule similar to the Stark or Zeeman Effects? Naively, a gravitational potential would be a simple addition to the Hamiltonian ...
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What happens when you give excess energy to an atom?

So this is my question: An electron in a hydrogen atom in its ground state absorbs energy equal to the ionisation energy of $Li^{2+}$. The wavelength of the emitted electron is? I started off by ...