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

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Why does a “typical” hydrogen atom have no neutron?

There are quite a few sources (mostly high-school physics textbooks) that I've read which don't give the disclaimer that the hydrogen atom they are using in a diagram is an isotope (as in having ...
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Why can't electrons absorb any energy (i.e. absorb some energy of the photons necessary and emit the residual)?

Recently I had a question in mind about the absorption of photons. Why is it that only specific energy levels can be absorbed by electrons? I mean, I get the idea that electrons in an atom have only ...
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In an infinite universe, would there be an infinite amount of matter as well?

Or would you eventually reach a point past which there is no matter? How would an infinite amount of matter work? Would it sort of "loop back" to the beginning, or would it be entirely unique the ...
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Atom Particles Relationships

I am an agriculture student, and we study tons of chemistry, and despite I took the exams I still have a good doubt on atoms. Through my studies I would say electrons are very tiny containers of ...
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Why does gravity have such an insignificant effect on particles at an atomic scale?

E.g. why do we experience gravity all the time, but on an atomic scale, the gravitational forces are so small?
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Space expanding within atoms [duplicate]

I'm hoping that "all questions are good questions." I'm a layman enthusiastically trying to comprehend cosmology and physics, and the more I learn the more questions I have. My understanding is that ...
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The calculation of the entropy of a single atom

I used to think that the entropy of a single atom could not be calculated, for in my mind only the entropy of a system containing many atoms could be calculated. But my professor told me the entropy ...
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Interaction of atoms of the same material

So I've been reading a section about energy levels and came across this statement: "As the atoms of a material are brought closer together to form the crystal lattice structure, there is an ...
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My book uses helium weight in reaction formula instead of weight alpha particle?

I'm suppose to write out reactions where atoms send out alpha radiation and decay. The book uses the 4-2 H, 4 as nucleon number and 2 as proton number, but isn't that wrong? The mass of helium is ...
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Could artificial atoms not based on quantum dots be created at a similiar size to natural atoms

I'm aware of current pace of quantum dot technology so I am aware they are not close to the smaller size of natural atoms of known elements so I wondered if it's theoretically possible to achieve this ...
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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 really is the smallest “mass” or “object” in the universe?

As the Wikipedia article Subatomic particles shows, with respect to the sciences, the atom is obviously not the smallest piece of mass. Apparently, if people have already broken down the atom in to ...
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Thomas-Fermi energy level

Following Hitoshi's notes on the Thomas-Fermi levels (http://hitoshi.berkeley.edu/221B/atomic.pdf) i was able to solve for the potential $\phi(r)$ for the Al$^+$ ion. Now I want to solve for the ...
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Surface potential and symmetry breaking

I am studying surface states currently and am a little confused about something. If I consider p-orbits on a surface state that is the top layer of an HCP structure -- I understand the hopping terms ...
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Why do the radii decrease when we move left to right in the periodic table?

The explanation that I have heard states that when we move horizontally across the periodic table, the number of electrons increases leading to a greater force of attraction from the nucleus. For ...
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Why the properties of a substance like color changes when we go into the nano scale?

I have heard that the physical as well as chemical properties of a substance changes when we go to the nano scale. For example, Gold is considered an inert material in that it doesn’t corrode or ...
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Atomic radii for elements as hard spheres

In neutron scattering, the atoms in a system are considered as hard spheres. Where could I find the appropriate (reliable) values of the atomic radii consistent with this physical picture? Thank you ...
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why is it that the photon incident on metastable state stimulates atom to go into ground state but not to even higher energy state?

isnt it possible that photon incident on atoms at metastable state goes to further high energy state rather than the ground state? whilist there is always that stimulated emisson taking place. why ?
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Can electrons emit light when they are independent? [duplicate]

If an electron is independent, it is an individual electron, i.e. not in the orbit of the atom. Is it able to emit light or does the orbit have to do with the production of light?
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Nanotech - zero dimensional fullerene

Not really a physics junkie, and I think this is a chemistry question, but since there's no chemistry.stackexchange.com (yet) I think here is the best place. I was just reading up on nanotech and ...
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Estimate the threshold for $e^+e^-$ production due to the vacuum instability in an atom.

When a nucleus with very high $Z$ is created, the binding energy of the innermost electronic orbit becomes sufficient to create $e^+e^-$ pairs. The pair can be created out of the vacuum – the electron ...
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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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Atomic gravitational field?

This might be a silly question, but if every atom has its own gravitational force could atoms or molecules be attracted to each other over vast distances in the void of space if there were no other ...
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How can only one valence electron in sodium cause doublet in spectrum?

The valence electron in sodium atom gets excited and moves to higher orbital say $3P$ and it then comes to the lower energy state $3S$ thus there should be only one line in spectrum (regarding this ...
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The Space Between Atoms And Sub-Atomic Particles And More [closed]

I was wondering what the space between atoms or electrons is called. Is it Vacuum ? And what is in there ? Is it really free or empty space ? And if so, how can nothing exist ? It is a bit of an odd ...
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Photon hitting an atom with higher energy than needed to ionize

Suppose we have an atom with several energy levels (e.g. an hydrogen), and it is hit by photons. I know that in order to have the atom change energy levels, the photon must have an energy level ...
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Why does space expansion not expand matter?

I have looked at other questions on this site (e.g. "why does space expansion affect matter") but can't find the answer I am looking for. So here is my question: One often hears talk of space ...
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In non-metallic solids w/ just atoms or ions (no molecules), are bonds (vibrations) and electronic transitions the sole cause of blackbody radiation?

Since there wouldn't be a conduction band filled with any electrons in a non-metallic solid made of just atoms or ions (no molecules), it's hard to imagine any other type of movement and dipole moment ...
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Hydrogen in a glass of water

One of the great Sagan quotes is that we are made of star stuff - meaning the atoms in our bodies were formed from stellar nucleosynthesis. However, what about the hydrogen in a glass of water? Would ...
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How can the nucleus of an atom be in an excited state?

An example of the nucleus of an atom being in an excited state is the Hoyle State, which was a theory devised by the Astronomer Fred Hoyle to help describe the vast quantities of carbon-12 present in ...
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Does Rydberg's formula work for different orbitals?

Rydberg's formula is given as $\frac { 1 }{ \lambda } =R\left( \frac { 1 }{ { { n }_{ 1 }^{ 2 } } } -\frac { 1 }{ { { n }_{ 2 }^{ 2 } } } \right) $ where ${ n }_{ 2 }$ and ${ n }_{ 1 }$ are the ...
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In Rayleigh scattering, does a light wave cause the electrons (themselves), in a particle, to move at the same frequency as the incoming light?

The excerpt below, about Rayleigh scattering, is taken from the following page: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rayleigh_scattering Rayleigh scattering results from the electric polarizability of ...
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How many atoms do we need to store a bit?

And which kind of storage (HDD, flash, blue-ray, etc) has the most efficient atoms/bit ratio?
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Number of photoelectrons vs Frequency

This is the graph plotted between photocurrent (proportional to number of photoelectrons) and potential applied with different frequencies. As it can be seen, the number of photoelectrons released ...
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How are anti-matter atoms created?

What is the reaction, or reactions that make anti-matter? I don't understand how anti-matter is created by CERN if interaction with normal matter causes annihilation.
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Is there any antimatter that exists as atoms?

I recently read a few things that implied that there is antimatter that we know of (have created?) that exists as atoms - which I guess means positrons and antiprotons bound together, at least. Is ...
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Does the spin of an electron change when transferred from one atom to another?

Some atoms form bonds when they are given energy to create an excited state.From what I have learnt, every electron is assigned a specific spin quantum number. What I am curious to know,is that, is ...
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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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vibrational motion in gases

In a debate, I argued that vibrational atomic movement as cause of internal energy is prominent in solids (due to their crystal structure) and it is not prominent in gases. I think this also applies ...
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Can electrons within a positive ion absorb and reflect light?

I understand that in a crystalline metallic structure, such as one making up a bar of gold, there are one, or more, valance electrons of each atom that have left their outer shell (became free ...
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Element 137 - Theoretical limit [duplicate]

I've seen a few sources that mention the speed of an electron in a hydrogen atom is 1/137 the speed of light. This article also mentions what looks like a correlation between atomic number and the ...
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Is the translational information all that matters, or do we need to take into account internal states?

For anyone in this community that's familiar with quantum teleportation, I need desperate help. I am currently working on my senior thesis and my goal is to teleport a molecule. Background: So in ...
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Why don't electrons crash into the nuclei they “orbit”?

I'm having trouble understanding the simple "planetary" model of the atom that I'm being taught in my basic chemistry course. In particular, I can't see how a negatively charged electron can stay ...
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Atoms, Gravity and Electrostatic Charge [closed]

How close do 2 atoms of any type the have can be together before gravity with an electrostatic charge that repulses?
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Does an electron's energy decrease while performing its motion? [duplicate]

While revolving around the nucleus if the electron's energy decreases then will it hit the nucleus and if it does what will happen?
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What is meant by an excited atom?

I want to know how an atom is when it is excited. If an atom, due to collision of another fast moving atom, becomes fast moving as well, is that also an "excited state"?
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Earnshaw's Theorem and Plum Pudding

I'm trying to understand what Thompson's motivation for his Plum-pudding model was. He chose the nucleus to be a sphere of uniform charge because it was mathematically nice, and chose the charge to be ...
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How does conduction happen?

I'd like to ask you how does conduction happen ? I mean, the atoms vibrating more hits the less vibrating atoms and gives energy. But how is that energy transferred ? For atoms to collide they must be ...
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Can atoms lose electrons by themselves?

I know atoms lose or gain electrons through ionic bonding but when they are by themselves do they lose electrons? I read in a book on metallic bonding which involves free electrons(the lost ones) and ...
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The atomic mass of an isotope from atomic weight

I'm reading for an entrance exam and have a practice question about the atomic mass of an isotope that I have to figure out. I am given the atomic weight of the element. How can I calculate the ...