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 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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Hydrogen atom: potential well and orbit radii

I happened to open up an old solid-state electronics book by Sah, and in it he says: "it is evident that the electron orbit radius is half the well radius at the energy level En" The orbit radius is ...
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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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Resonance - electron cloud - oscillation [closed]

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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Does hidden variable quantum mechanics imply the collapse of atoms(electrons falling into the nucleus)?

why do atoms not collapse on themselves. Doesnt this problem rule hidden variables as invalid as the heisenburg uncertainty is the solution to the problem because it says electrons exist in a ...
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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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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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What is the most accurate experimental confirmation of Rutherford's $\sin^{-4}\phi/2$ law?

What is the most accurate experimental confirmation to date of Rutherford's $\sin^{-4}\phi/2$ law, where $\phi$ is the scattering angle?
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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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Are there unobservable, undiscovered atoms?

Is it possible that there is a network of atomic activity that our current scientific instrumentation cannot detect? In other words, could it be possible that there are unobservable, undiscovered ...
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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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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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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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Velocity Selective Coherent Population Trapping and recoil limit on temperature

I have read that it is possible to go under recoil temperature limit using VSCPT (Velocity Selective Coherent Population Trapping) and that this method is based on atoms trapping in quantum state in ...
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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?
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If an atom is fully ionized by removing all electrons, is it still an atom?

This is a question about terminology. To me, it's clear that the nucleus of an atom is still an atom. But a comment by Willie Wong at Is nature symmetric between particles and antiparticles? raises ...
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Why isn't the color of a molecule a combination of the colors of its component atoms?

I was watching a documentary on youtube regarding Quantum Physics when it introduced the wavelengths of light emitted. Did a bit more research over the internet and I believe I understand the gist of ...
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If atoms are mostly empty space, why doesn't light pass through everything?

Atoms are mostly empty space, and although I now understand why matter doesn't pass through other matter, why don't photons pass through the empty space of the atoms? Is it the same sort of idea as ...
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Can I move the atom nucleus only?

I was wondering if it is possible to move the atom nucleus and leave behind the electrons? I can imagine that the electrons will follow the nucleus. But what if the speed of the nucleus is almost the ...
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Which particles can go right through the atom?

Can elementary particles (like the electron, photon, or neutrino ) go through an atom (not the nucleus)?
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What triggers a nuclear chain reaction?

A nuclear fission works by spliting atom's neutrons by neutrons which release energy but how is the chain reaction triggered because at first the nucleus is bond by a strong nuclear force so what ...
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Is graphene on a sticky tape strong enough to compete with my hand stretching it?

As we know we can make graphene using sticky tape so after we make graphene on a sticky tape will that thin sheet of graphene on a sticky tape be strong enough to compete with my hand trying to ...
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How does the number of electrons and protons determine the melting point and hardness of a solid?

How does the number of electrons, neutrons and protons determine the melting point and hardness of a solid/metal? And is it possible to create custom elements which is very strong and have very high ...
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Why does space expansion not expand matter?

REFORMULATED: I have looked at the other questions (ie "why does space expansion affect matter") but can't find the answer I am looking for. My question: There is always mention of space expanding ...
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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 is the melting point of an object inversly proportional to pressure?

In my science book it is written that as the pressure increases the melting point of a solid decreases but i think that it is wrong as the pessure will make the molecules stick together instead of ...
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How is it possible for objects to travel faster than the speed of sound when particles interact at the speed of sound

First of all, I am sorry if this is a stupid question but: I've heard that atoms interact with each other at the speed of sound (when you for instance push a chair, the atoms collide with each other ...
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Classical Hydrogen Atom

I was wondering about the Hamiltonian description of the classical hydrogen atom (two point particles interacting through a Coulumb potential). In particular, I want to know if the fact that ...
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What happens when you use an electric field to match atom oscillations?

I've been thinking about this question for the last few days: "What happens when you either use an electric field or sound / light to match the frequency of the atomic lattice?" What would happen to ...
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How much am I floating above the chair I am sitting on? [duplicate]

The electrostatic repulsion between me and the chair keeps me hovering above the chair at all times. What is the average distance that exists between any two everyday object due to electrostatic ...
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Bohr/De Broglie simplfied model - joining orbitals

I understand that Quantum Mechanics has taken over and fully explains this but I'm struggling to understand in terms of the old model. Bohr's model as modified by de Broglie suggested that orbits ...
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If we hit an electron will it go to an excited state?

For example i have a block of silicon doped with phosphorous and i hit it hard with a hammer will the energy get transfered to the block and make the electrons excited?
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How can silicon have a capacity of 8 electrons in the outer shell?

I was reading an article on how solar cells work in this website- http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/solar-cell2.htm In that website I have a doubt in the first paragraph i.e.- ...
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Whats the maximum number of electrons that can fit into the outer shell of boron?

Whats the maximum number of electrons that can fit into the outer shell of boron? Like silicon has 4 electrons in the outer shell but the maximum it can hold is 8 electrons so whats the maximum number ...