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

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Why and how, in QED, can excited atoms emit photons?

The quantum mechanics of the structure of atoms as determined by the electromagnetic forces inside them correctly describes the location and coupling of the different energy levels in essentially all ...
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Why does optical pumping of Rubidium require presence of magnetic field?

The optical pumping experiment of Rubidium requires the presence of magnetic field, but I don't understand why. The basic principle of pumping is that the selection rule forbids transition from ...
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Is the relative atomic mass directly proportional to the size of an atom? [closed]

I have a piece of homework, i have to make a pair of models depicting pure metals and alloys. I want it to be as accurate as possible, and so i'm asking this: Is the relative atomic mass directly ...
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Is an electron/proton gun possible?

In the 1944 SF story “Off the Beam” by George O. Smith, an electron gun is constructed along the length of a spaceship. In order to avoid being constrained by a net charge imbalance, it is built to ...
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Which experiments prove atomic theory?

Which experiments prove atomic theory? Sub-atomic theories: atoms have: nuclei; electrons; protons; and neutrons. That the number of electrons atoms have determines their relationship with other ...
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Do atoms get created or are they recycled?

Basically, are the atoms that make up my body right now something that has existed since the big bang?
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Seeing inside an atom

After seeing this photograph and reading this article : The First Image Ever of a Hydrogen Atom's Orbital Structure I was really happy to come to know that orbitals have actually been seen now, but ...
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How much lead is there in the universe?

I know there is around 10^80 atoms in the observable universe, but is there any estimate the amount of lead in the universe (within a couple magnitudes of 10)?
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What does it mean for two objects to “touch”?

If you've ever been annoyingly poked by a geek, you might be familiar with the semi-nerdy obnoxious response of "I'm not actually touching you! The electrons in the atoms of my skin are just ...
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Why won't protons revolve around the nucleus containing electrons and neutrons?

In case of solar system,we can explain "Why Sun would not revolve around any other planet?",by giving the reason that Sun is heavier than any other planets. Heavier the body,greater will be the ...
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Why does mass in the universe have no limit in large size, but has a limit in small size?

We found VY Canis Majoris, a star so big it can't even be seen in scaled illustratations with the sun itself. However, we stop at particle physics, or quantum mechanics, i.e. particles, subatomic, ...
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Atom Theory vs Quantum Physics

This never really occurred to me until now, so maybe it does not categorize a really important question, but according to Quantum theory anything that "is not observed is probability until it is ...
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Which is more characteristic of an element absorption or emission spectrum?

Absorption and emission spectrum are used to reveal the identity of an element and even to find new elements. But, which of them is more characteristic? The mission spectrum would have more lines ...
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Absorption from a classical to quantum

Today, I learned that using rubidium atoms at very low temperature in a Magneto-optical trap, one can experimentally show that the Lorentz classical derivation of absorption using dipole is valid. The ...
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Do orbitals overlap?

Yes, as the title states: Do orbitals overlap ? I mean, if I take a look at this figure... I see the distribution in different orbitals. So if for example I take the S orbitals, they are all just ...
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In truth, only atoms and the void

I have a question about this motto used by Sean Carroll in his blog: In truth, only atoms and the void. Can you explain what this sentence means? My interpretation is that the sentence does ...
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Factors defining interaction between atoms and molecules

Let's say we have a stuff that consists only of hydrogen (H), then we add a single atom of oxygen (O) and they interfere - we get a water molecule where atoms are arranged in a particular way. Then we ...
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Difference between spin-orbit coupling and LS coupling (Russell-Saunders)

I'm having some trouble understand what the difference is between these two. It seems as though there are kind of the same, but that spin-orbit coupling reduces to LS coupling under certain ...
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Is imperative magnetic flux the capacity of individual atoms, or the constituent valency of chemically-bonded molecules within a vacuum?

If magnetic energy depends on the electron poles within two-fields within a permanent magnets void, how do invidiual atoms react within the attraction or repulsion of poles, and what incurrence does ...
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What is the pressure of a gas required to ionize the gas using an electron gun?

How dense does a gas (Argon in particular ) have to be to in order to ionize it using electron bombardment and weak magnetic fields. Is there a correlation with the density of a gas and the easiness ...
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Relation between decay probability and the energy of particle

Is there any way to find the energy of a particle through its decay probability?
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Could I use an electron gun to make plasma?

Could I ionize a gas using an electron gun and knock off electrons in the gas to make plasma?
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Do inner shell electrons feel the electric field/force from an outer shell electron in an atom?

We just finished studying Gauss’ law and were puzzled by this thought. If I look at a copper atom and focus on the 29th electron in the 4th shell, according to Gauss’ law, I can draw a Gaussian ...
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Why do smaller objects become harder to break?

When grabbing a typical tree branch of at least two feet, it's so easy to snap with a less than one inch circumference that even a toddler can do it. However, after breaking it, the smaller halves ...
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LS Coupling - weird image in the book

In the book by Arthur Beiser, Concepts of modern physics, in the chapter LS coupling there is this image: QUESTION: How do we get total orbital angular momentum $L=3$ (image (a)) out of quantum ...
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How do I find the amount of atoms in a pure gas in a confined area?

Say I have Argon gas in an area such as a cube with pressure around pressure between 10-5 and 10-3 Torr (pressure) at 25 degrees at 320 Kelvins . How do I find the amount of atoms in that cube? Any ...
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What methods exist for us to measure the position and momentum of atoms that make up molecules?

In this paper, Localization of an atom by homodyne measurement. A. M. Herkommer et al. Quantum Semiclass. Opt. 8 no. 1, p. 189 (1996) (paywalled). the authors are able to localize atoms using ...
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Term symbol - how do we know the number of electrons $e^-$?

Lets say I have a term symbol $^4D_{5/2}$. From this I can simply read the total quantum numbers numbers $L=2$ and $J=5/2$. Now the superscripted number $4$ is called multiplicity if I am not ...
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Total angular momentum - single electron

I have been dealing with total angular momentum of the single electron which is outside the closed shells in which sum of the angular momentums is zero. My book says that total atomic angular ...
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Evidence of atoms from Dulong–Petit law?

All materials have same molar specific heat, cf. the Dulong–Petit law. Is it an evidence of atoms? What other examples are there for atomic theory?
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An electron emits a photon and the core is pushed (recoiled) back!

I have come across a problem which is a homework indeed, but i tried to pack this question up so that it is more theoretical. What I want to know is: If I am allowed to write energy conservation for ...
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How do you determine the energy of an isotope?

How do you determine the energy of an isotope? I there a calculation for it? Sorry for the confusion
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Atoms: boson or fermion? [duplicate]

The spin of fundamental particles determines if they are bosons or fermions. The atoms also have bosonic or fermionic behavior, for example $\require{mhchem}\ce{^4He}$ has bosonic and $\ce{^3He}$ has ...
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Can radioactive isotopes stay unstable after beta decay?

Say you had a very radioactive element in a confined area: could that element (hypothetically speaking) go through beta decay, then, once it has too many protons could it immediately go through ...
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Is the “pressure” as we know a kind of “instantaneous action at a distance”?

This may be a very simple question, but I still dont know how that work in the essence (quantic/atomic level) Consider the image bellow: How the "pressure (air atoms) " known that in the other ...
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Storing kinetic energy in bonds

Let's assume a setup with a static linear molecule with three identical atoms connected by bonds and a single atom, identical to the other three, being shot at the molecule. Let's also assume that ...
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Is the electromagnetic spectrum discrete?

I'm just starting to learn physics and I have a question (that is probably stupid.) I learned that energy levels that the bound electron can have are discrete. I also learned that when an electron ...
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Difference between photo electron spectrum and photoelectron angular distribution

I am trying to learn the Photoelectron velocity map imaging. While I was going through the article "Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009,38,2169-2177", it is said that the "photoelectron spectrum reflects the energy ...
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On the atomic level, how is incandescent light structured?

I want to know from the smallest possible originating structures how the light I see generated from heat is made by atoms themselves.
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How electrons act under rotating magnetic field?

I study Power Engineering in University. Today I asked my lecturer to explain me exactly how atom's electrons act under spinning rotor's magnetic field, that generated dynamic electricity. But he even ...
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Weird definition of Bohr radius on Wiki

On the Wikipedia I found that the Bohr radius is equal to: \begin{align} \boxed{r_b=\dfrac{4\pi\varepsilon_0\hbar^2}{m_e{e}^2}} \end{align} but while we have been learning Bohr's model we derived ...
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Why electron clouds in atoms don't radiate? [duplicate]

I was reading that Bohr assumed electrons in orbit simply did not radiate, and my professor told me that the actual case is that electrons are clouds of probability. Even so, aren't they still moving ...
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classical understanding of an atom [duplicate]

A problem in Bohr's day was understanding why an orbiting electron does not continuously radiate an EM field. An orbiting electron is a moving charge and according to Maxwell, this should generate an ...
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What is heat and how does it effect an atom?

What happens in the atom when it gets heated or cooled and turns into gas, liquid or solid? I just want to know how does heat affect an atom.
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Alpha decay, why does it occur? [duplicate]

I was reading about alpha decay and why it happens. The strong force holds protons and neutrons together, but I don't get why does an atom emit helium nucleus when it has too many ...
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Effect of Cosmological Expansion at the Atomic Level [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does space expansion not expand matter? Does cosmological expansion have any effects at the atomic level?
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Why can free lithium atoms not take part in an Auger process?

Shouldn't it be possible for an incoming photon to excite one of the 1s electrons to a 2p state (or one of even higher energy) and then for the excited electron to drop back to 1s and kick out the 2s ...
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What is the physical property of metal nanoparticles?

I am a Math student but now I have to deal with gold nanoparticles in aqueous solution. Now I was wondering whether the physical properties of gold nanoparticles are the same as the properties of gold ...
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How does adding electrons break the angular momentum degeneracy?

In the hydrogen atom, the energy does not depend on l. This degeneracy is sometimes called "accidental" (because it does not correspond to some symmetry?). However, there is l dependence in the energy ...
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Is hydrogen the same everywhere?

Silly thought. Feel free to shoot it down Does a hydrogen atom undergo any kind of change subject to it's environment? If one were to study a hydrogen atom on the surface of Mercury, another above ...