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If we treat the Hydrogen Atom like the Bohr model then we have a proton in the center with an electron orbiting at some radius (the Bohr radius). In this picture you can imagine the electric field between the two objects has a zero where it goes from positive to negative. Like a saddle point. I have seen this refereedreferenced to as the point of charge neutrality

My issue is that I know this is an overly simplified picture of what is really going on. We know that the electron is really 'distributed' over some volume with certain probability to appear somewhere within the cloud when measured.

If the latter is so can we still talk about a 'point of charge neutrality' and, if so, how?

My feeling is that it depends where we measure the electron/the radius of the spherical shell we deem it most likely to appear in.

Thanks.

If we treat the Hydrogen Atom like the Bohr model then we have a proton in the center with an electron orbiting at some radius (the Bohr radius). In this picture you can imagine the electric field between the two objects has a zero where it goes from positive to negative. Like a saddle point. I have seen this refereed to as the point of charge neutrality

My issue is that I know this is an overly simplified picture of what is really going on. We know that the electron is really 'distributed' over some volume with certain probability to appear somewhere within the cloud when measured.

If the latter is so can we still talk about a 'point of charge neutrality' and, if so, how?

My feeling is that it depends where we measure the electron/the radius of the spherical shell we deem it most likely to appear in.

Thanks

If we treat the Hydrogen Atom like the Bohr model then we have a proton in the center with an electron orbiting at some radius (the Bohr radius). In this picture you can imagine the electric field between the two objects has a zero where it goes from positive to negative. Like a saddle point. I have seen this referenced to as the point of charge neutrality

My issue is that I know this is an overly simplified picture of what is really going on. We know that the electron is really 'distributed' over some volume with certain probability to appear somewhere within the cloud when measured.

If the latter is so can we still talk about a 'point of charge neutrality' and, if so, how?

My feeling is that it depends where we measure the electron/the radius of the spherical shell we deem it most likely to appear in.

Thanks.

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The point of charge neutrality in the Hydrogen Atom

If we treat the Hydrogen Atom like the Bohr model then we have a proton in the center with an electron orbiting at some radius (the Bohr radius). In this picture you can imagine the electric field between the two objects has a zero where it goes from positive to negative. Like a saddle point. I have seen this refereed to as the point of charge neutrality

My issue is that I know this is an overly simplified picture of what is really going on. We know that the electron is really 'distributed' over some volume with certain probability to appear somewhere within the cloud when measured.

If the latter is so can we still talk about a 'point of charge neutrality' and, if so, how?

My feeling is that it depends where we measure the electron/the radius of the spherical shell we deem it most likely to appear in.

Thanks