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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Do atoms of a surface excite to reflect the light?

How do surfaces reflect certain colours and absorb the others?
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Angular momentum Bohr's model

I have been trying to derive speed, radius etc. in hydrogen atom using Bohr's postulates and not neglecting the coulombic attraction on proton. I know that they will be revolving around their centre ...
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Two photons transition

if an atom in its ground state is coupled to an electromagnetic field it can absorb a photon if the EM field contains one with the right frequency. These transitions depends on $⟨f|H_i|i⟩$ (from ...
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Energies to remove protons from nuclei

"Calculate the energy required to remove a proton from $^{16}_{8}O$." I think I know how to start this. The chemical reaction is $$^{16}_8O+E\rightarrow ^{14}_7N+^{1}_1H$$ And I can use $E=\Delta ...
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Huge confusion with Fermions and Bosons and how they relate to total spin of atom

I am supremely confused when something has spin or when it does not. For example, atomic Hydrogen has 4 fermions, three quarks to make a proton, and 1 electron. There is an even number of fermions, ...
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Lasing in a 2-Level system?

What exactly is the difference between 2-Level, 3-Level and 4-Level systems? Why can we not achieve stimulated emission in a two-level system using optical pumping?
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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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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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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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Calculating the most probable radius for an electron of a hydrogen atom in the ground state

This link describes a method for determining the most probable radius of an electron for a Hydrogen atom in the ground state. It states that : The radial probability density for the hydrogen ...
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How does the hydrogen atom know which frequencies it can emit photons at?

At university, I was shown the Schrodinger Equation, and how to solve it, including in the $1/r$ potential, modelling the hydrogen atom. And it was then asserted that the differences between the ...
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Thermionic emission, delayed emission and predissociation

In molecular photodissociation, the thermionic emission, delayed emission and predissociation are the same? otherwise, what is the difference between them? My question is not about the solids, but I ...
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Atomic transitions and density: clarification

A laser passes though a cell containing vapor of an alkaline element which causes atomic transitions. I was told that the formula for the atomic density in a Rubidium cell, for example, is given by: ...
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If empty space is not really empty, what does the space between an atomic nucleus and its electrons consist of? [duplicate]

I'm currently reading Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe and have also picked up his other book - The Fabric of the Cosmos. In The elegant universe Brian makes up an interesting point that empty ...
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Electron distribution around atom when moving

I do not have much experience on this but if an atom has some electrons around nucleus and the atom itself it is moving at some speed does that affect the distribution of electrons around? I am ...
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How exactly do protons and electrons interact with each other?

How do these particles exchange information about charge and position between themselves, even though there's mostly empty space between them? Also what happens if a free electron passes closer to a ...
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Can scientists tell the energy levels of the atom?

In the hydrogen spectral series how did the scientists know the number of the energy level which the electron is moving from or to?
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Does it exist a free good molecule / atom simulation software?

I'm looking for a software or software package (for example C/C++) that can simulate a lot (say thousands at least) of molecules in action (ie. in movement or attached to say static walls). I have ...
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Moseley's Law Conceptual Question

"Suppose one electron is knocked out of the K shell. This process leaves a vacancy, which we’ll call a hole. (One electron remains in the K shell.) The hole can then be filled by an electron falling ...
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Which cyan colored line is produced in the Thomson e/m apparatus?

Related: Which green spectral line(s) are emitted in a Thomson tube? After reading Lisa Lee’s OP on an electron deflection tube, although she had some misunderstandings on its operation, I still ...
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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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An EM problem of polarized sphere

Today, I'm doing an EM problem and my question is exactly the same as this site shows: http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=133501 To reiterate my confusion, why we can't use that integral ...
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question on dipole moment of water molecule

I read a line today and don't get it: "Molecules with mirror symmetry like oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and carbon tetrachloride have no permanent dipole moments." ...
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What's is the origin of Orbital Angular Momentum of electrons in atoms?

Consider the Hydrogen 1s electron. We know that, in the quantum picture, the electron isn't orbiting or rotating at all, rather we simply state that the electron is spread over the entire space with ...
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What happens when an ion hits an electron?

For example: $Xe^{+}+e^{-} \rightarrow Xe + \mbox{energy}$ Assuming that the electron has a kinetic energy $\neq 0$. Is the released energy a photon or heat?
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Hydrogen ionization energy

Proton and electron have a distance equal to the Bohr radius apart in the hydrogen atom. Knowing this, what's the ionization energy of the atom? So we know $U = -kq^2/a_B$, but this is potential ...
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The position of center of mass of electron cloud in an atom

I read Griffiths EM today and it says something very interesting but a little bothering to me. It states for an atom, the position of center of mass of an electron cloud lies in the center of the ...
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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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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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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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Is Palladium an exception?

I have been taught in school that atoms cannot have more than 8 electrons in the outer shell. Palladium atom's electron configuration is 2,8,18,18. Why isn't it 2,8,18,17,1 like the case of Platinum ...
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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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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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What is the height of the electron orbits of an atom?

What are the heights of the electron orbits of an atom? (How far apart are the energy levels of the electron relative to the center of the atomic nucleus?) How fast do electrons move in their orbits?
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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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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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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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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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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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Ramsey Interactions

What are Ramsey interactions? I am researching atomic clocks and am not sure why the atoms need to be exposed twice to an electromagnetic field in order to cause excitation.
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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 ...