first things first, I'm not by any means a physicist nor a student of physics. I study graphic design. Theme of my bachelor thesis is visualisation of physical and mathematical phenomenons, long story short I'm trying to create aesthetically pleasing depiction of electron.
Hopefully I made my homework, and got very rudimentary concept of orbitals all right. I also watched new Cosmos where in episode 5, electron of hydrogen is depicted, i tried to create similar depiction using Processing.
In Cosmos, Mr. Degrasse talks about "quantum leaps" where electron leaps from higher energy orbitals(and he exactly uses word orbital, not orbit) to the lower energy, and vice versa.
Cosmos depiction: (Sorry for gif's stutters, renderer problem probably)
And here's my depiction: (leap, happens every 1.5 seconds, and always leaps from lower to higher, I haven't figured out other way yet. While Cosmos' electron's trajectory is depicted as flat surface, angle of mine changes with every leap. Due to aesthetics I omitted proportions of electron compared to nucleus)
My questions are:
Does electron have any kind of velocity, does it "move"? Or does it teleport "around" according to orbital probability function? And hence depiction in Cosmos is not correct?
If it is not possible to pin down exact position of electron at given moment, is this way of depicting electron utterly wrong?
Would large sphere filled with "points" that represent probability of electron's position depict electron's behaviour better? Considering we are working with Hydrogen's atom.