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The Pauli exclusion principle states that two identical fermions, (so with half-integer spin) cannot occupy the same quantum state simultaneously, and thus share all of their quantum numbers. Also use for structure and classification schemes involving antisymmetry.

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Is the Pauli exclusion principle also involved in free electrons?

Imagine I want to make a laser of electrons like a laser of light. Is that possible, or does the Pauli exclusion principle prohibit that?
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What happens to the energy of fermions when a degenerate gas forms?

For example, when an electron degenerate gas forms, two electrons (of opposite spins) occupy each of the lowest possible energy states up to the Fermi energy. This is because of the Pauli exclusion ...
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Why does the conjugated $\pi$ bond not violate the Pauli Exclusion Principle?

Let's look at the molecule 1,3 butadiene: $CH_2=CH-CH=CH_2$ and number the carbon atoms 1 to 4 from left to right. The bonds between 1 and 2 and between 3 and 4 are double bonds: each ...
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Angular momentum in annihilation $n\overline{n} \rightarrow \pi^0 \pi^0$

Consider the annihilation of a neutron by an anti-neutron $$n\overline{n} \rightarrow \pi^0 \pi^0$$ so that the initial relative angular momentum is zero. Because the spin of neutrons is $1/2$, $J_i$...
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How does the filling of the 2p orbitals occur?

When electrons enter the 2p orbitals, electrons of the same spin occupy the 2p orbitals first and then electrons of the opposite spin fill up the orbitals. Why is that? My professor told me that there ...
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Occupation of quantum states at room temperature

I'm reading up on the physics of degenerate matter (in "An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics" by Carroll & Ostlie, section 16.3), and the impact of electron degeneracy pressure. I came across ...
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Would Hund's rules still be valid if the electron had spin 3/2?

One of my homework assignments in atomic physics was the following: Given electrons had a Spin of $S = 3/2$, what would be the number of the first 4 noble gasses (complete shells)? The obvious ...
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Peculiarity about a system of three electrons

Consider three (or any number bigger than 2) electrons without spatial degrees of freedom, thus the only degree of freedom is the spins. The Hilbert space is then formed by the tensor product of the ...
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Why according to Hund's first rule all electron with same spin should occupy orbitals when partially filling?

I get that because of coulomb repulsion initially all the electrons will not occupy the same site but will single occupy the orbitals.But while doing so how do they know to keep their spins aligned ...
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Is there a simple man's perspective of Pauli’s exclusion principle [closed]

I've been pondering over a questions from a while. Please forgive me if I am being too naive. We all know that because of Pauli's exclusion principle no two electrons can populate one state. This ...
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Revisiting the microscopic concept of Touching with some more questions

This question is regarding the amazing answer given by Terry Bollinger at this Phys.SE post. I think this answer is very helpful but i do have some standing questions. He says Once the bonding ...
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How important is the Pauli exclusion principle in the distribution of particles on energy levels

It is usually said that the Pauli exclusion principle is the big arbiter of how particles will distribute themselves along energy levels (especially electrons on atomic orbitals), but how accurate is ...
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Why does the cup stay on the table? [duplicate]

The question is in the title. It is a very simple question and I am asking myself if this is only the reason of electron repulsion and the Pauli principle or what else comes into play to answer this ...
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Hund's rules on wikipedia

I'm trying to understand the examples on Hund's rules on Wikipedia, but I have a problem. Wikipedia says that for Silicon the possible combinations of quantum numbers are $1D$, $3P$ and $1S$ (first ...
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Can two electrons never touch each other?

The Coulomb's force is given by $$F = {k q^2 \over r^2}$$ When $r \rightarrow 0$, $F \rightarrow \infty$ Does this mean two electrons never touch each other?
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On the Pauli Principle

Consider a quantum mechanical system as shown-say a piece of metallic conductor in the shape of a long, thin bar.(Must it be a single crystal to be considered a "system"?). Now focus on two free ...
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Mathematical form of the de facto repulsive “force” associated with the Pauli Exclusion Principle [duplicate]

One of the principles of General Relativity is that test objects follow a geodesic unless otherwise acted upon by a force. From this perspective, it is clear that physicists, consciously or ...
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Capacity of an orbital to hold muons and electrons

In a normal atom, there is a limit of 2 electrons per obital due to the Pauli-Exclusion principle. I have seen people talking about replacing an electron with a muon, but since muons and electrons are ...
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Lepton Universality and Pauli Exclusion [duplicate]

Electrons, Muons and Pauli Exclusion Put in a possibly oversimplified way, lepton universality says that electrons, muons, and taus all behave in the same way except for mass effects. The question ...
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Pauli-Exclusion Principle, Why not a force? [duplicate]

I understand the mechanics of the Pauli-Exclusion principle and how it is a common sense idea that a fermion can not occupy the same coordinates, quantum state, as another one. Why is the Pauli-...
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Entanglement and the Pauli exclusion priciple

Could you say that two electrons in the ground state of a helium atom experience quantum entanglement? They are both in the same energy level and cannot have the same quantum numbers. If one is spin ...
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Number conservation of bosons and fermions

Why is the number of bosons not conserved while the number of fermions is conserved? Does it have something to do with the Pauli exclusion principle?
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Is this a good argument against time travel? [closed]

Two fermions in two different points of space cannot be made to exist in the same point of space. It follows then that two fermions in two different times cannot be made to exist in the same time. ...
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Why must fermions be antisymmetric? [closed]

I have read that fermions cannot exist in the same state simultaneously. I understand why indistinguishable particles with an antisymmetric superposition of states can't exist in the same state ...
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Are there different colors of leptons? [closed]

Are there different colors of leptons? The Pauli Exclusion principal made it necessary for quarks to have 3 different colors. However, although leptons don't undergo the strong interaction they still ...
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Is every electron in the Universe in a different quantum state?

Is every electron in the Universe in a different quantum state? Is this what the Pauli Exclusion Principle tells us?
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What is the range of degeneracy pressure?

In what way is degeneracy pressure related to the separation of fermions? Is there any influence at ranges like a meter and beyond. I expect the influence at those ranges to be immeasurably small. I ...
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Is it degeneracy pressure rather than electrostatic repulsion that stops us falling through the floor? [duplicate]

From Wikipedia: Degeneracy Pressure Freeman Dyson showed that the imperviousness of solid matter is due to quantum degeneracy pressure rather than electrostatic repulsion as had been previously ...
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Are Fermi-Dirac-statistics relevant to view the universal system of neutrinos?

Should the energy distribution of neutrinos be affected by Fermi-Dirac statistics? And if so, what would the consequences be? Could this locally cause weak interaction because of the Pauli Exclusion ...
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Quantum mechanics and the atom

I was thinking about the nature of the atom, specifically, why electrons do not spiral into the nucleus. My physics book says the principal quantum number $n$ must be an integer number of wave ...
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Uncertainty principle within a neutron star or black hole

Take the time-energy uncertainty relation, $\Delta$$E$$\Delta$$T$$\ge$$\hbar/2$. My question is based on my confusion about the effect this relation may have within the interior of a highly ...
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What is the equation for the pressure at which neutrons can no longer be supported by neutron degeneracy pressure?

What is the equation for the pressure at which neutrons can no longer be supported by neutron degeneracy pressure? At which point they would collapse into each other. There seems to be one for ...
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Electron shells in atoms: What causes them to exist as they do?

I have seen similar posts, but I haven't seen what seems to be a clear and direct answer. Why do only a certain number of electrons occupy each shell? Why are the shells arranged in certain distances ...
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Can someone explain the quote “there would be no chemistry if electrons acted as bosons”?

I am reading a book and in a quote it says that if electrons acted as bosons, then all the electrons would occupy the lowest energy state, and there would be no chemistry. What does the author mean ...
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How does friction product heat?

Suppose there are two similar particle-like objects attempting to "bump" against each other to create friction, they are prevented from colliding against one another due to either electrostatic ...