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Questions tagged [hydrogen]

Could refer to (1) A hydrogen molecule; two hydrogen atoms bonded together or (2) A hydrogen atom; One electron electromagnetically interacting with a nucleus made of a single proton. Hydrogen atoms are the simplest atoms, and they are the only atoms for which we can exactly solve the Schrodinger ...

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How to find many body states whose total $L_{z}$ eigen values are zero?

I am trying to solve construct matrix representation of Helium atom. The hamiltonian is , $$H=-\frac{1}{2}\sum_{i=1}^{2}\nabla^{2}_{i}-\sum_{i=1}^{2}\frac{2}{r_{i}}+\frac{2}{|\vec{r_{1}}-\vec{r_2}|}$$ ...
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Questions on Stark Effect on Hydrogen

Suppose that a hydrogen atom is subject to a weak uniform electric field $\vec{E}=\epsilon \hat{z}$. Let's neglect the effect of electron spin. The perturbation added to the original hamiltonian $H_0$ ...
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Expected momentum of ground state hydrogen $<p>$

I am trying to calculate the expected momentum of an electron in the ground state of hydrogen atom. This is the wave function. So far I have done this:$$\iiint_V \Psi^* (-i\hbar) \frac {d\Psi} {dr} ...
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How much UV does a hydrogen flame emit?

A hydrogen flame is invisible but emits ultraviolet (and infrared) radiation. How much UV does a hydrogen flame emit for a given reactant flow or a given heating power? Could a hydrogen flame be used ...
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Formula for number of atomic orbitals for a given $n$

In my studies, it is stated that an atomic orbital is usually described in terms of three quantum numbers: $n$, the principal quantum number, $l$, the orbital quantum number and $m$, the magnetic ...
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Hydrogen energy state transition times and probabilites

How correlated is the energy absorbed to the later energy emitted, and hence to the transition type? What is the scale of time it takes to make a downward transition in energy level? In a very cold ...
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What happens when a photon does not excite the eletron in hydrogen [duplicate]

Let's say the energy carried over (photon) is not enough to change energy level of electron in hydrogen, or, it is a tad too much and we instead refer to the extra energy as the insufficient carrier ...
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How do I proceed with the following coulomb integral?

I am trying to solve the $H_{2}^{+}$ ion problem using Fourier transform approach. The Hamiltonian that I am trying to solve is as follows, $$H=-\frac{\hbar^{2}}{2m_{e}}\nabla^{2}_{e}-\frac{e^{2}}{4\...
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Compton effect for H2+?

I've been asked to find an expression type compton that describes the elastic dispersion of the incident radiation considering a gas of h2+ But i have no idea where to begin If you could guide me a ...
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Are there any materials that have more tensile strength than diamond?

I'm looking up materials for worldbuilding, specifically for keeping metallic hydrogen in containment in zero gees. Are there any materials that have more tensile strength than a diamond anvil cell? ...
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Is the probability density of an electron in a hydrogen atom static?

Probability densities are illustrated in text books and on Wikipedia as static pictures. Is the probability density of an electron within an isolated Hydrogen atom static or does it oscillate in some ...
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Calculating the Radial Distribution Function

I've been reading a book "Why Chemical Reactions happen" which devotes a chapter to the concept that each of hydrogen's orbitals can be expressed with a wavefunction, which is a function of $(x,y,z)$, ...
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Can non-central hamiltonians commute with $\vec{L}^2$?

Central potentials $V(r)$ trivially commute with the operator $\vec{L}^2$ in quantum mechanics because the latter is a function of the angular coordinates $(\theta,\phi)$ only. Non-central potentials, ...
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A question about Helium spectrum

I'm starting to read about two-electron atoms from physics of atoms and molecules by Bransden. Analyzing Helium spectrum I noticed that the energy of $He^+(1s)+e^-$ is greater than the energy of He, ...
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Finding the expansion coefficients of the decomposition of a 3D Gaussian wavepacket in the eigenfunctions of the Hydrogen atom

I'm having trouble with trying to find the expansion coefficients of a superposition of a Gaussian wave packet. First I'm decomposing a Gaussian wave packet $$\psi(\textbf{r},0) = \frac{1}{(2\pi)^{3/...
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Hydrogen and the neutron

I have a question about Hydrogen and the neutron. So a neutral hydrogen atom has structure ${}^1H\equiv[p^+ e^-]$, a bound proton and electron. From a quantum theoretical viewpoint, one would write ...
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What are all the wavelengths of the dueterium spectra?

What are all the wavelengths in the spectrum of deuterium? I've searched and came up with an abstract that only lists the visible part of deuterium's spectrum (see http://myslu.stlawu.edu/~jmil/...
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How do alpha particles emit the heleum spectrum without electrons?

By definition, alpha particles do not have any electrons. This, in turn, should mean they do not emit a spectrum because a light spectrum is caused by electrons jumping between orbitals. Yet it is by ...
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If I jump from space using a spacesuit filled with hydrogen could I survive the fall? [closed]

If I fill a spacesuit to its maximum volume with hydrogen while wearing it (who cares about the breathing part anyway) and jump from space (let's say, from 100km above sea level, a.k.a. Karman Line), ...
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Why is hydrogen the most abundant element in the Universe?

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in nature. Does cosmological nucleosynthesis provide an explanation for why is this the case? Is the explanation quantitatively precise?
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How one can use the Klein-Gordon equation to deal with the hydrogen atom? [closed]

I'm not familiar with physics jargons compare to those who study physics professionally, but to remark my knowledge regarding this question, the Klein-Gordon equation is a relativisitc equation for ...
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How is hydrogen able to emit a light spectrum with only one electron?

When light is shined through hydrogen gas, three colors of light appear. The issue I have with this is that hydrogen has one electron, meaning somehow the electron has to be emitting all three of ...
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How much electricity does it take to create hydrogen from water depending on the water's pressure?

Imagine creating bubbles of hydrogen and oxygen underwater at a particular depth using electricity. Then reusing the energy of the bubbles going upward to the surface ( buoyancy ). How is the energy ...
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Compute degeneracy in energy levels of a wavefunction which is a sum of other wavefunctions

Given a hydrogen atom-like wavefunction at time $t=0$, say: $\Psi(r,t=0)=A(2\psi_{100}+\psi_{210}+\sqrt{2}\psi_{211}+\sqrt{3}\psi_{21-1})$ How can I compute the degeneracy of the energy levels for ...
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How well are the energy differences between ortho and para hydrogen and deuterium known

For a while i have been investigating whether neutrinos could feel a fifth force, that is axial, (opposite charge for opposite spin). But charge conservation means that either proton and neutron are ...
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Optimal Deuterium-Deuterium fusion pressure equation?

I am building a Hirsch-Farnsworth Fusor (a simple D-D fusion reactor) and was wondering if there is an equation or algorithm that could be used to calculate the optimal pressure for deuterium-...
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What happens if Jupiter is ignited?

I was wondering, what would happen if there was a large amount of oxygen released into Jupiter's atmosphere, than igniting it? Because Jupiter is 90% gas, therefore being a big fire waiting to happen (...
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Could we create an artificial sun? [closed]

based on dyson spheres.. imagine we construct an sphere of high radius R , then we fill the sphere with hydrogen, if the sphere is huge and the hydrogen is too then the gravity will make the ...
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Why is Jupiter gaseous rather than solid or liquid?

Why is Jupiter made up of gas? If the gravitational pull was strong enough would it compress to form a solid body?
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Can you combine protium and tritium to produce Helium-4?

Can you combine protium and tritium to produce Helium-4? I think they're a perfect match like a piece of puzzle since tritium just need another proton and electron to make a stable helium-4 atom. Also,...
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So(4) synmetry in hydrogen atom

How it that invariance of rotations in 4 dimensional space leads to a degeneracy of energy of hydrogen atom in l and m values.
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Hydrogen atom, what's the wave equation for the atom's nucleus?

I learned from the class about the equation for hydrogen atom's electron where textbook assumed that the center/nuclei of hydrogen atom was fixed at origin. However, since every particle was a wave, ...
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Shankar's Hydrogen Fine Structure

In Shankar's section on the Hydrogen Fine Structure, it appears he sets the magnetic vector potential to be zero. Why does he do this?
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Fine structure Hamiltonian from Dirac equation

The Hamiltonian for fine structure (the atom with $\text{Z}$ protons and with electron interaction terms included) is $$H=\frac{\text{Z}^2}{ r}+\underbrace{\frac{p^2}{m}+\frac{p^4}{m^3}}_{\text{...
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Why Hydrogen bomb is called “Thermonuclear Bomb”?

Why do we call Hydrogen bomb as "Thermonuclear Bomb" ?
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Why doesn't hydrogen have a neutron?

Why doesn't hydrogen have a neutron?
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Ionisation of hydrogen

Is ionization of hydrogen gas atoms possible? I separated hydrogen from water by electrolysis but I want to obtain H+, how do I ionize that hydrogen gas? Is it possible to do it?
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Screened Coulomb Potential effect on Hydrogen [duplicate]

How does a screened coulomb potential affect the ground state energy of hydrogen atom? Just by looking at the perturbed potential, can we make a prediction about the energy shift? The screened ...
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Does separation of variables find all solutions to the 3-dimensional spherical time independent Schrödinger equation for a hydrogen atom?

I understand why it's OK to separate $\mathbf x$ and $t$ in the time-dependent equation. What's not clear to me is why, in the case of the 3-dimensional hydrogen atom, it's sufficient to find ...
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Evaluation of hydrogen atom matrix elements

Consider the operator $$\mathcal{P}=L_y L_z$$ and the hydrogen atom states $\left|n,l,m\right\rangle$. Evaluate the ratio $$\mathcal{R}=\frac{\left\langle3,1,-1|\mathcal{P}|3,1,0\right\rangle}{\...
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Can electronic energy be independent of nuclear coordinates in the two non interacting hydrogen atom?

I was trying to solve two non interacting hydrogen atoms both nucleus fixed at the the positions $\vec{R_{1}}$ and $\vec {R_{2}}$. I have considered the ground state wave functions of the two ...
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Accidental degeneracy in Hydrogen Energies [duplicate]

The energy of Hydrogen electron ground state should depend on $n$ and $\ell$, but it only depends on $n$. What is the reason behind this accidental degeneracy; I know that the reason lies in symmetry; ...
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Shape of Hydrogen atom in excited state with nonzeros angular momentum

Solution of Schrödinger's equation for an Hydrogen atom is well known: $$\Psi_{n,l,m} (r, \theta, \phi) = N e^{\frac{-r}{n r_1}} R_n^l (r) P_l^m(cos \theta) e^{im\phi} \,.$$ If we interested with ...
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A confusion about the naming of orbitals and the values of magnetic quantum number

From physics courses, I'm told that (for Hydrojen atom only), for a given $\vec L$ of the electron, $$|\vec L| * cos(\theta) = m_l,$$ where $\theta$ is the angle between the magnetic field and the ...
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How to calculate retardation of an atom's velocity as it passes through a gas

There is a volume of pure Hydrogen gas at uniform temperature. Outside of this volume there is a single isolated Hydrogen atom. This atom passes into the volume and either gets caught up with the ...
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Excitation of hydrogen atom by visible light

Question statement: A beam of light having wavelengths distributed uniformly between 450nm and 550nm passes through a sample of hydrogen gas. Which wavelength will have the least intensity in the ...
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Is it possible for liquid metallic hydrogen to be present in a star

Liquid metallic hydrogen can form at extreme temperatures and pressures like that in the center of Jupiter and Saturn. I was just curious since some of the conditions can occur on stars is it ...
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Why doesn't the ${\rm H}_2$ molecule have a permanent dipole while the neutral ${\rm H}\,{\rm\small I}$ has one?

According to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the $21\,{\rm cm}$ line of hydrogen can be emitted by the neutral hydrogen atom due to the magnetic interaction between the spins of the proton ...
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Perturbation of relativistic hydrogen

Is there anyone that can provide a source for a relativistic hydrogen atom that is placed in a finite potential well? I am trying to find the new ground state energy for a relativistic electron that ...
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Hydrogen wave function stationary state [closed]

An electron in a hydrogen atom at an instant $t=0$ have the following wave function: $$\Psi(r,\theta,\phi,t=0)=\frac{1}{2}R_{1,0}(r)Y_0^0(\theta,\phi)+\frac{i}{\sqrt{2}}R_{2,1}(r)Y_1^0(\theta,\phi)+\...