A nucleus made of protons and neutrons surrounded by a cloud of electrons equal in number to the protons.

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How is magnetic field created in an atom according to quantum model

How is magnetic field created in an atom according to quantum model? I mean, we are taught about the magnetic field by bohr's model which assumes that electron revolves around the nucleus in a ...
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Splitting molecule

The photon reacts with the binding electrons orbiting the two atoms. The photons have the 'correct' wavelength for Bond Dissociation Energy (BDE). 'Splitting' the molecule involves applying the ...
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Can we touch the atoms? [duplicate]

This question is basically a spin off from my friend's question - "What are we basically seeing? Is it the atom or the nucleus?" (He had referred to the huge amount of empty space inside the atoms). I ...
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When light is reflected, if some of the light is absorbed in the particle, does it change the particle?

Which color/frequency of the light is absorbed and which part is reflected? How is it determined which part will be absorbed? Does that depend on the particle? N.B: When I say particle, please keep ...
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Deexcitation times for ytterbium

I need to find the deexcitation times for the transitions found in Figure 1 of Nature Phys. 8, 649 (2012), arXiv:1206.4507. That is, what is the deexcitation time for the following transitions: $$ ...
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Why do electrons have to fall on the nucleus in the Rutherford atomic model?

As I read on Wikipedia, the Rutherford atomic model is not correct according to classical electrodynamics, as it states that electron must radiate electromagnetic waves, lose energy and fall onto the ...
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Struggling with a conversion. Showing number of atoms per cubic meter using pressure in Torr

I have been trying to show that the following is true: N = 9.65 x 10^24 x (P/T) Where N is the number of atoms per cubic meter of an ideal gas at pressure P (in Torr) and temperature T (in Kelvin). ...
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How much of the Solar convection zone is completely ionized?

I was reading about the energy transportation in stars here, and I found this: "The outer portion of solar mass stars is cool enough that hydrogen is neutral and thus opaque to ultraviolet photons, so ...
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How does positronium work?

I've heard that in positronium, electrons and positrons orbit each other before annihilating one another shortly after. However, I thought that electrons never orbit anything, but instead have a ...
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Can the atomic vibration of molten liquids be decomposed into a superposition of a series of normal modes?

From what I've learned, molten liquids have short-range periodicity (short-range doesn't just apply to the amorphous solid state/glassy state). So does this mean that, along with amorphous solids, the ...
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Atomic natural line width

In laser cooling, with a model of a 2-level atomic system, spontaneous emission is stated to be dependent on the "natural line width" of the excited state of the atom. This width is defined as the ...
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diffusion velocity

i understand that diffusion is the movement of particles from high concentration areas to low concentration, but what is the cause of that movement atomically. And especially in the case of charge ...
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Could I turn into a nuclear bomb?

Just out of curiousity, could the nuclei of our atoms split via quantum tunnelling, thereby leading to nuclear reactions and ultimately turning us into atomic bombs? I know that this is ...
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How massive can an atom get?

After reading this thread, it appears to me that creating a new element is a game of chance some sort of an art. It also appeared to me that the higher you go, the harder it is to make an element. ...
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In a lattice, what, technically, are random (thermal) atomic motions?

I'm familiar with normal modes and their periodic nature. And I know that the term 'independent mode' is used to describe how each individual atom in a lattice can move (degrees of freedom). But, ...
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How would an eruption affect radiocarbon dating?

Nuclear testing above ground and the burning of fossil fuels might affect the outcome of radiocarbon dating. How would an eruption the size of Yellowstone or larger affect radiocarbon dating?
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When an atom emits a photon are all directions equally likely?

When an atom has an electron in an excited energy level and it transitions to a lower level it emits a photon. What direction is it likely to emit the photon in? Are all directions equally likely, ...
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Why don't electrons collide among themselves

The Heisenberg principle states that we cannot ascertain simultaneously the position or momentum of any small particle. However slight, is there a chance that 2 or more electrons from the same or ...
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About the flow of current

Generally it is said that current is due to the flow of electrons; how can we make this claim? I mean, generally we say the atom contains a nucleus which consists protons (positively charged ...
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Will ionization energy be affected by screening effect?

It would be logical to think that the more electrons are ejected from an atom, the harder it is to eject more. I just learned about photoelectric effect experiment. The book is kinda telling me the ...
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If an atom emits a visible photon doesn't that mean it's visible?

A visible photon can be emitted and absorbed by an individual atom. Is this process sufficient for saying that we can see an individual atom with visible light? I realize the wavelength of visible ...
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What is the simplest possible experiment that proves that there are atoms? [duplicate]

As I known all the matter consists of atoms. What is the simplest possible experiment (with as little scientific equipment as possible) that can prove that there are atoms?
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Atoms In Space - More Specifically Helium [duplicate]

I've read several articles regarding the limited supply of helium gas on our planet and one that many scientists/engineers require for their research. I suppose if the government were to issue any ...
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Would a piece of paper look as big as a small bedroom to an atom?, or bigger? [closed]

This evening my six year old asked me "Would a piece of paper look as big as this room to an atom?, or bigger?" ('this room' being a small sized bedroom) A friend suggested it would probably ...
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Do atoms behave like waves? [duplicate]

I've heard someone state that the double slit experiment can also be done with atoms, not just electrons or photons of light.
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How many atoms are there in our solar system?

Including all objects gravitationally bound to the Sun, how many atoms are there in our solar system?
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Can high speed moving hydrogen atoms drive turbines?

We know that hydrogen is a part of air so if we accelerate hydrogen atoms in a circular vacuum tube as done in a particle accelerator, can the high speed moving atoms of hydrogen drive a turbine if we ...
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Is it possible to decrease the mass of the object?

It is known that the Higgs boson gives mass to elementary particles. Also known that if manipulate with the Higgs field and decrease mass of particles then atoms starts to decay and the object will be ...
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How to explain what an electron is to someone new to physics? [closed]

I've got asked by someone who just graduated school and is about to start studying physics, what exactly is an electron, if it is not "a small ball rotating around the core of an atom". I couldn't ...
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How is the diameter of a nucleus measured? [duplicate]

From what i know, some statistical analysis is utilized in doing so. First, you take a thin slab of material, then fire particles which will reflect off the nuclei of the atoms in the material. The ...
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Atoms - deflection from the equilibrium state - oscillation [duplicate]

A homogeneous, spherical electron cloud describes an atom (radius $a_0$ and total charge $^−e $ and positive point charge$^+e$ as the nucleus. An external electric field stimulates the electron ...
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Estimate the amount of atoms in the smallest speck of matter you can see with the naked eye [closed]

I am currently working through a physics text book at my own pace on Newtonian mechanics. I came across this question in the the chapter 1 problems and had a bit of trouble with it. My biggest issue ...
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Collision between electrons & nucleus [duplicate]

I am new with physics and I have a confusion that since electron and nucleus has opposite charges then why they do not collide with each other inside an atom?
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Resonate frequency of an object?

Below is a paragraph taken from the web site, physicsclassroom.com: It is often useful to think of these electrons as being attached to the atoms by springs. The electrons and their attached ...
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What is the frequency associated to the orbitals within an atom?

I was told that there's a vibrational frequency associated to the orbitals within an atoms, but it is a frequency related not to a classical vibration. What Hz frequencies would these be?
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How does a high voltage produce ions

I was reading about gas discharge tubes and it said that when a high voltage is applied between the cathode and anode, electrons get pulled off the gas atoms. My question is how does this happen ...
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Reflection of light at a microscopic level [duplicate]

I always read that light is reflected by a mirror! My question is how does reflection takes place at microscopic level? Mirror is just atoms and electrons are revolving around the nucleus ! So where ...
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Why do the size of gaps/energy between different energy levels of mercury Hg vary as it goes further away from the mercury atom?

In hydrogen, the gap is getting increasing smaller, this is understandable: there will not be as much energy released as it goes down, and as attraction gets weaker. But in mercury the ordering is ...
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Elementary particles that make up an atom

How many real elementary particles (not hypothetical) make up an atom or can be in an atom?
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How much space does an atom occupy? [closed]

So my stupid question is: we know that in the classical model of a atom there is a nucleus at the middle and electron revolving around it in orbits numbered from 0 to infinity. So according to this an ...
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Does nucleus itself has its own motion?

We know that electron(s) is(are) moving around the nucleus, that consists of protons and neutrons. But does nucleus itself has its own motion, its own momentum, or the nucleus is stationary? Now, is ...
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Slope of p-orbitals at the nucleus

Is there any analytic expression describing the slope of the p-orbital at the nucleus, for example for hydrogen.
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Why only three combinations of three 1s-orbitals?

When bringing three $\mathrm{H}$-atoms close together, their 1s-orbitals will overlab and combine. I have a text saying that there are 3 ways to combine these. Those three combinations are: for ...
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Is there experimental evidence for the model of discrete intervals and orbital distances for electrons around the atomic nucleus?

Is there strong supporting evidence of discrete electron shells or orbitals surrounding atomic nuclei? I realize the math works out and we have energy frequencies emitted, perhaps even atomic ...
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What's in the empty space between a nucleus and the electrons? [duplicate]

I was thinking the other day about how the empty space in an atom is relatively huge, but I was wondering, is it really empty space? Originally I just assumed it was a vacuum and that was it, but that ...
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Are atoms compressible?

Liquids are not compressible, but what does compressible mean? Does it mean the increase in the density or decrease in volume? Or something else? Why are liquids incompressible, in a way nothing ...
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Molecules from atoms [closed]

Why does two oxygen atoms combine to form a molecule and not 3 or 4?Also why does one sodium and one chlorine atom combine to form NaCl while two chlorine atoms are required to combine with one ...
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If mesons were stable could they form atoms?

if there were stable enough mesons similar to protons and neutrons could they capture electrons to form exotic elements. if not why is this not possible?
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photon absorption by atoms causes heat?

I have came up with a weird doubt: photon absorption by atoms causes heat? I mean, I was always told that if the photon's frequency is the magic one, the atoms absorbs the photon and goes to an ...
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Is it possible for two polarizable bodies to induce dipoles in each other in the absence of an external electric field?

If there exist two initially neutral bodies (say atoms) some distance apart, with no external electric field applied, can they induce dipoles within each other?