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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Can all energetic photon excite an electron?

Consider a hydrogen atom, to excite the electron to a higher orbit, it should interact with photons of energy equal to that of the energy difference between the two states. If the energy of photon is ...
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Derivation optical depth cloud of atoms

According to Wikipedia, "the optical depth $\tau$ of a cloud of atoms is given by $$ \tau = \frac{d^2 \nu N} {2 c \hbar \epsilon_0 A \gamma}, $$ where $d$ denotes the transition dipole moment, ...
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Property of $Cu$ so that it is used as target in in X-ray diffraction (XRD)?

Why only $Cu$ is used as target element in X-ray diffraction (XRD)? Why not other elements? And which rays has high intensity $k_\alpha$ or $k_\beta$?
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How large can an atom get? What's the farthest an electron can be from its nucleus?

For example, would it be possible to excite a hydrogen atom so that it's the size of a tennis ball? I'm thinking the electron would break free at some point, or it just gets practically harder to keep ...
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Centrifugal force in the Hydrogen atom for $L=0$

I have found the following interesting article: http://arxiv.org/abs/0706.0924 The authors examine the radial momentum operator in detail, in particular its time evolution due to the forces acting ...
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Do electrons “check in” at the quantized energy radius before they leap?

Quantum jumps inside atoms always have the same energy, at least in a hydrogen atom when jumping from $n=1$ to $n=2$, like from a 1s1 to a 2s1 state. My question is, if an electron can be anywhere in ...
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Choice of the z-axis in the Schrödinger equation for the hydrogen atom

I am reading about the solution of the Schrödinger equation for the hydrogen atom and have a question about the choice of the z-axis. Most websites say that the z-axis is arbitrarily chosen. If so, ...
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How big is an excited hydrogen atom?

Suppose an empty universe with the exception of a single hydrogen atom (1 proton, 1 electron). The electron may be in its ground state or it may be excited a certain number of levels. Suppose it is at ...
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Are we close enough to objects?

Are we able to touch the atomic orbital of an element ? If so, wouldn't there be a current flowing ? If not, then where do we actually touch when we hold it ?
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Picturing electrons

I used to think that the electron is a particle orbiting the nucleus, but now I know that the electron can be also thought of as a standing wave. That's kind of like saying that a curve is both ...
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Quantised Angular Momentum?

So when learning about the Bohr model of hydrogen and de Broglie waves, it was shown that treating the electron of hydrogen as a de Broglie wave results in the relationship $$L=n\hbar, \qquad ...
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Can we calculate L-S coupling without Dirac equation?

It is known that there exists an orbital and spin angular momentum coupling for an electron moving in the atom. And the Hamiltonian can be directly derived using Dirac equation. I want to use a ...
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How many atoms exist within a continuum body?

Materials, such as solids, liquids and gases, are composed of molecules separated by "empty" space. On a microscopic scale, materials have cracks and discontinuities. However, certain physical ...
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How would one detect antihydrogen in the universe?

Since the spectra of hydrogen and antihydrogen are the same, how do astronomers know which one they're detecting? Is, perhaps, the Lamb shift in antihydrogen different?
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Atom in a box and collapse of the wave-function

Suppose I have an atom trapped in an optically transparent box. I'm assuming the atom is bouncing off of the walls and not bonding, i.e. the center of mass of the atom experiences a square well. Now ...
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How to calculate the $g$ degeneracy factor for alkali metals and their singly ionized species?

The Saha ionization equation is $$\frac{n(X_{i+1})}{n(X_{i})} = \frac{(2\pi m k T)^{1.5}}{n_e h^3}\frac{2g_{i+1}}{g_{i}}e^{-\chi/kT}$$ where $\chi$ is the energy difference between the two ...
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Spectroscopic notation for more than one excited electron

In spectroscopy, notation like $^3S_1$ or similar is often used to define atomic states. This is unambiguous when considering only a single electron excited from the outermost energy level. But how ...
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How can we tell if a molecule is in thermodynamic equilibrium from scattering data?

We have a molecule that is emitting/absorbing photons. We know the Hamiltonian and that there are several levels. We count the emitted photons at different angles and frequencies. We can also do ...
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How can the fact an electron is in a stable orbit eliminate kinetic energy from the total energy formula?

Since the potential of a point charge with respect to another is $F=k\dfrac{Q_1Q_2}{r}$, where $k=\dfrac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0}$, the potential of an orbital electron is $V=-k\dfrac{Ze^2}{r}$, where ...
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Correlation between Bohr-model and quantum physics

If you're looking at the probability of finding the electron of a hydrogen atom at a distance $r$ from the nucleus, it turns out that the Bohr model for the radius of the orbit only correlates with ...
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Why do electrons orbit protons? [duplicate]

I was wondering why electrons orbited protons rather than protons orbiting electrons. My first thought was that it was due to the small amount of gravitational attraction between them that would ...
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Applicability of Fano resonance

I know that Fano resonance$^{1,2}$ can be applied for the interaction between a discrete excited state, $|\phi_0\rangle$, and a continuum of excited states, $|\phi_E\rangle$. These are related to ...
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Charge density within radius r from the nucleus

The probability of finding an electron within radius $r_b$ for Hydrogen near the center ($r_b<< a_0$) is approximately equal to zero (according to 1s orbital curve). Does this imply that the ...
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Why does nuclear waste have to be stored until the constituent elements decay naturally?

Fair warning, I have a bachelors in CS and have chemistry 211/212 under my belt. My understanding of the atom consists of a proton, neutron, and electron quasi-orbiting it in some sort of strange ...
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Reproductibility of the effects described in US patent 8,419,919

US patent 8,419,919, by P. Boss, F. Gordon, S. Szpak, and L. Forsley, describes what (I summarize) would be a method to perform particle generation leading to atomic transmutation, by palladium ...
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Rewriting the Hydrogen Schrodinger Equation as a system of differential equations

I have only ever seen the Schrodinger equation for the hydrogen atom written out in a form like this: $$ -\frac{\hbar^2}{2\mu}\left[\frac{1}{r^2}\frac{\partial}{\partial r}\left(r^2\frac{\partial ...
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Total magnetic moment in an atom

I have a doubt regarding the calculation of total angular momentum of electron in an atom. Which is the right way to do it? Method 1: Total magnetic moment $$ \begin{align} \vec{\mu_J} &= ...
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Where is quantum physics with regards to the periodic table?

In his Lecture's on Physics (circa 1960's) Richard Feynman wrote that so far physics has only been able to model (solve) the hydrogen and helium atoms. So now, more than 50 year's later where are we ...
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Question about one of the problems of the Bohr model

This is probably extremely basic physics that I don't know, but I'm still going to ask: Say in hydrogen, according to the Bohr model the electron is "really" orbiting the proton, and as a consequence ...
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What's the difference between hopping and tunneling?

My professor made a distinction between electron hopping (the closest wikipedia had an article on) and tunneling, saying that one (he didn't say which, but I assume hopping) was temperature dependent ...
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Dexcitation/Excitation of $e^-$ in Bohr Model

My teacher told me that (in his words): When an $e^-$ is excited in Bohr Model to $n^{th}$ energy level, then $e^-$ stays in this energy level fora very short time of the order of $10^{-8}$ ...
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Why do electrons in an atom occupy only the stationary states?

When we talk about the elementary problems in quantum mechanics like particle in a box, we first calculate the energy eigen-function. Then we say that the most general state is the linear combination ...
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List of laser-cooled atoms and ions

I'm familiar with the requirements for an atom or ion to be cool-able with laser cooling -- a closed transition -- or close enough that the leaks can be plugged with repumpers. But is there a list of ...
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Is fluorescence from a single atom/ion visible with the naked eye (e.g. in a strongly coupled trap or cavity)

I remember sitting in on a conference talk by a person (possibly Rainer Blatt) doing research with trapped ions (or single atoms strongly coupled to light in an optical cavity), and the person showed ...
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Why does electron move in an elliptical path?

According to Sommerfeld's atomic model, an electron moving around a central positively charged nucleus is influenced by the nuclear charge. As a result of which, the electron moves in an elliptical ...
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How to read this state in quantum physics?

I am having a little trouble understanding this state: $$ \,^3D\left[3/2\right]_{1/2} $$ What does the $[3/2]$ indicate here?
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Is there only radial motion in the Hydrogen ground state?

The ground state of the Hydrogen atom is spherically symmetric. In other words, the wave function Psi depends only on the distance r of the electron from the nucleus. As a consequence all ...
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Everyday Low-Energy Atom Collider

During the shearing of metal in a machining process, what exactly is the source of the heat that is produced? I realize that the energy is coming from the work being done by the cutting tool. I am ...
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Are the electric charges of an electron and a proton equal or approximately equal? [duplicate]

I read in Auletta's quantum mechanics (section 11.2) that the charge of the proton is, apart from the sign, approximately equal to that of the electron.. What ...
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Is the emission spectrum of a muonic atom different?

From my quick investigation, the spectrum is based on the Rydberg formula, and with a small change, would lead to $$ {1 \over \lambda_\mu} = {m_\mu \over m_e} \left( R \left( {1\over n_1^2} - ...
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Trouble understanding the Bohr model of the atom

In this article it says: The electrons can only orbit stably, without radiating, in certain orbits (called by Bohr the "stationary orbits") at a certain discrete set of distances from the nucleus. ...
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Why is the sky never green? It can be blue or orange, and green is in between!

I, like everybody I suppose, have read the explanations why the colour of the sky is blue: ... the two most common types of matter present in the atmosphere are gaseous nitrogen and oxygen. ...
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Reconciling electron subshell configurations and the Pauli exlcusion principle

I'd like to prefix this with an apology: I have no formal training in QP, and most of what I know has been obtained by reading Wikipedia. As such, it'd be really helpful if any answers took my lack of ...
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What is the difference between the Bohr model of the atom and Schrödinger's model?

What is the difference between the Bohr model of the atom and The solution of the Schrödinger equation for the hydrogen atom? Are there any difference between definition of the electric potential ...
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Why is cesium used to measure time in atomic clocks?

Seconds are measured by the frequency emission of cesium. Why is a frequency from the emission spectrum of cesium used as the standard in defining a second? Why particularly cesium?
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Miniature Neutron Stars?

Is the nucleus of a carbon atom, for example, as dense as a neutron star? I read that neuton stars also contain protons. Thinking more broadly, are we surrounded by quadrillion of quadrillions of ...
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Hydrogen Spectra [closed]

I am talking about hydrogen spectral lines such as Lyman, Balmer etc. In order to make those spectral lines series more than one electron are needed to jump from higher orbits to lower orbit. But ...
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Why is graphene the only (stable) 2D sheet structure? [duplicate]

I know that Carbon molecules can form different structures depending on how they bond with each other: graphite, diamond, graphene and fullerene. As far as I understand, graphene is just a "sheet" of ...
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Why are atoms with a complete octet the most stable ones? [duplicate]

I mean are the valence electrons in an octet arranged so that they have the lesser amount of energy that is lesser than electrons in other atoms?
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Is there any defect in Rutherford's atomic model according to quantum theory?

According to quantum mechanics charged bodies do not emit energy continuously . Then why the atomic model of Rutherford has the defects of collapsing nucleus, continues spectrum.