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Wigner Threshold law in Photodetachment and Photoionization

I am writing this question here because I have a problem in understanding the Wigner Threshold law in Photodetachment and Photoionization. The Wigner Threshold Law is given by: $\sigma$=$E^{L+1/2}$. ...
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Molecular Orbitals and Nodal Symmetry

I am currently doing a solid state physics class and am stuck on a concept regarding molecular orbital (MO) hybridization. As an example consider an HF molecule bonded along the z-axis. This molecule ...
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Hot water freezing faster than cold water

This question has puzzled me for a long time. There is already a question like this on Physics.SE. John's answer to the question seems quite satisfying. But when I googled the cause I found this and ...
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Dipole interaction for a two-level system in a trap potential

Consider a two-level system under the following Hamiltonian: $H=H_{I}+H_{E}+H_{dip}$ where $H_I$ is the Hamiltonian for the two internal states of the two-level system $span \{\left |e \right> {,}...
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Sound - what happens with the particles when a wave passes

I'm having some problems in understanding the principles of sound propagation. The wave propagates though air (for example) exerts compression, which is followed by rarefaction. I think I got than ...
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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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Could Absolute Zero Stop an Electron Beam? [closed]

Context: Okay, I have a comic book scenario and I want to know what would happen. Fighter A can forcibly control electrons in the state of an electron where it is both particle and wave, and when ...
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Sound as a use to separate molecular structures

Sound can be a destructive force. However, could it be used to separate say the Hydrogen atom from the Oxygen atoms?
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Are there exact analytical solutions to the electronic states of the hydrogen molecular ion $\mathrm H_2^+$?

The hydrogen molecular ion (a.k.a. dihydrogen cation) $\mathrm H_2^+$ is the simplest possible molecular system, and as such you'd hope to be able to make some leeway in solving it, but it turns out ...
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Can molecules/atoms/any subatomic particle cause space time curvature?

Space-time curvature is caused by huge objects in space like black holes, merging black holes, or planets. This curvature is what causes gravity. Can molecules cause at least a really tiny curve ?
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Para and ortho hydrogen angular momentum values

In Wikipedia, it is said that: Orthohydrogen, with symmetric nuclear spin functions, can only have rotational wavefunctions that are antisymmetric with respect to permutation of the two protons. ...
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Shared electron behaviour in a covalent bond

Some basic questions: 1) I can't figure out how two atoms form a covalent bond. We say two atoms make a covalent bond when they share an electron. On the other hand, we know that electrons circulate ...
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Can two different objects or system of molecules have different temperatures, but having same internal kinetic energy?

If I take an extreme case, where a body has only an internal potential energy with zero internal kinetic energy, does this body have a temperature? Another question related to it: if two objects A and ...
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Why do molecules have $3N-5$ or $3N-6$ degrees of freedom?

In linear molecule, it has $3N-5$ degree of freedom in vibration mode and $3N-6$ in non-linear molecule. I can get idea about $5$ and $6$ which is related to translation and rotation but I cannot ...
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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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Forces from molecular potential energy surface

Let's assume we cannot use Hellmann-Feyman theorem and we wish to calculate the forces on molecules' atoms at arbitrary configuration only from its potential energy. My question is how many different ...
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Are lighter molecules in the air more affected by earth gravity?

Or: Why are raindrops falling? In vacuum a heavy (big mass) object is attracted by gravity with the same speed as a light object as shown on the moon with the hamer and the feather. But on earth ...
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Extra vibrational mode in linear molecule

When calculating the number of vibrational modes for a molecule, the formulas differ for linear $(n = 3N - 5)$ and non-linear $(n = 3N - 6)$ molecules, where $n$ is number of modes and $N$ is number ...
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Finding the approximate distance between molecules in a gas

I have a problem to understand why the below derivation can be used to find the distance between molecules: This example is an approximation. We are supposed to find the average distance between the ...
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Motion of molecules of an ideal gas

Why does an ideal gas show only translatory motion and not vibratory motion?
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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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Do solids have translational energy?

Along with having vibrational energy, do both crystalline and amorphous solids also have translational energy? I ask because I've always understood solids to have just vibrational motion/energy. But ...
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induction of van der Waals forces

Is there a way to maximize van der Waals forces between two materials, by electrifying one material, thus creating dipoles/instantaneous dipoles and thus creating stronger van der Waals forces? has ...
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What is the max frequency of sound in a given medium?

When talking about acoustic waves, medium continuity (pressure, density) is implicit. But can the wavelength of an acoustic wave be as small as intermolecular separation? For example, can ~10 THz ...
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Bimolecular recombination in few words

I'm making a short seminar about VERY broad topic of fullerenes in photovoltaics, but I'd like it to be educational (not just full of words hard to audience to make them think I'm smart). In one of ...
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Methods to ioniz air molecules

What are other alternatives ways to ionize air molecules, except the electric field charging and the use of the so-called corona discharge?
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Plasmon quenching vs plasmon decay. What is the difference?

I'm reading an article "Quenching, Plasmonic, and Radiative Decays in Nanogap Emitting Devices" (pubs.acs.org/journal/apchd5). I don't understand the following: Counterintuitively, we evidence ...
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Creasing of a material at the molecular level

What exactly happens when a material (particularly paper or even cloth or a metal) is folded to form a crease? Why is it that a creased material tends to retain form, while a lightly folded one, '...
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Why is quantum physics needed to explain photosynthesis?

Why is quantum physics needed to explain photosynthesis? In what aspect does the corresponding classical theories for photosynthesis fail?
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Finding Electronic Energy Levels by Representation Theory

Let $$u=\left( \begin{array}{cccc} c_1&c_2&c_3&c_4 \end{array} \right)^T$$ for $$\psi = c_1\psi_1 + c_2\psi_2 + c_3\psi_3+ c_4\psi_4$$ We assume that $\left<\psi_i|\psi_j\right> = \...
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Average Rate of Evaporation of Water

Consider a container of volume $V$ and cross sectional area (exposed to another fluid, say air) $SA$. The container is at constant temperature $T$, and contains $N$ molecules of water, where $N$ is ...
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Thermal Velocity

What is thermal velocity? What is it's physical significance? Wikipedia says: The thermal velocity or thermal speed is a typical velocity of the thermal motion of particles which make up a gas, ...
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Do homonuclear diatomic molecules interact with infrared light?

A molecule will appear on IR spectra if its dipole moment changes during vibration. Due to symmetry, the dipole moment of homonuclear diatomic molecules ($\mathrm{H_2, N_2, O_2, F_2, \dots}$) is zero. ...
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If 2 fermionic atoms form a molecule, will the molecule always behave as a boson?

2 fermionic atoms give a bosonic molecule. 2 bosonic atoms form a bosonic molecule. Is there a energy scale where these two molecules will behave differently? If yes, will it depend on the ...
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Any Antimolecule so far?

As i've been reading on Wikipedia, we are artificially able to join an antiproton with a positron to form an antihydrogen. But if i search for antimolecule, i can't find any results on that, only a ...
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Neutron scattering off molecules

From neutron scattering off molecules it is possible to get information about molecules' geometry. Given the size of a particular molecule, what are the criteria for choosing the wavelengh of the ...
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What is the difference between the shapes of molecules with different isotopes

I'll explain my question on example of water molecule. Let us have three water molecules: normal water $H_2 O$, heavy water $D_2 O$ and semiheavy water $HDO$. Is there any difference between 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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Atomic number of $\rm CO_2$? [closed]

I have to calculate the Bethe-Bloch equation for a $\rm CO_2$ absorber, I know this is a stupid question, but is Atomic number additive? Or do I need to do something a little more complex? I was ...
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Why do very small balls attached to a tiny spring propel themselves in hardly moving fluids? [duplicate]

I recall watching a youtube video about a ball with a spring on the idea propelling themselves through stable fluids without any assistance, even if we make sure the spring isn't moving in the ...
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How do proteins perform their function? [closed]

Let's, for example, take a ribosome. It is an enzyme that is in turn just a molecule that must follow the laws of physics. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it can be looked upon as a molecular machine ...
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What is the resonant frequency of liquid water?

I learned it's not 2.45 GHz. But what is it, then? In my failure to find the real value, I'm starting to wonder: does it even make sense talking about a resonant frequency of water molecules?
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Does less heat equals more reflexion? [duplicate]

Does colder metal reflect more if hotter metal reflect less? Why?
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can odorous VOCs be removed by an ionizing air purifier? [closed]

I am considering replacing my IQAir HealthPro 250 air purifier by an Electrolux EAP300. According to the marketers, the EAP300 has PlasmaWave(TM) technology that supposedly removes odours from the air ...
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how can VOC filters work given that atmosphere has 1800 ppb methane?

I have an IQAir HealthPro 250 air purifier that has a 2.5 kg activated charcoal volatile organic compound (VOC) filter. According to the manufacturer, the replacement interval is from 12 to 24 months. ...
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Why is alcohol less dense than water?

Ethyl alcohol (ethanol) is less dense than water, and it's boiling point is lower. But this molecule is more complex and bigger than the simple H2O. How can a substance with a higher molecular size ...
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Why is CO a good tracer for H2? How are those molecules correlated?

One always reads and hears that CO is a good tracer for H2. How are they correlated? How can you deduce from the (measurable) CO the amount of the (unmeasurable) H2 in the ISM?
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Can $CO_2$ be separated into $C$ and $ O_2$?

I'm doing a little bit of research for an experiment that I want to conduct in science and it relies on that one question. So, Is it possible to separate a $CO_2$ molecule into a $C$ and $O_2$? ...
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How do molecules absorb heat?

How do molecules absorb and retain heat, and how is that heat able to still affect nearby molecules? On Venus there is a green-house effect where the large, dense Carbon-Dioxide atmosphere absorbs ...