Is it atomic? Yes sir, it's very atomic.


Hydrogen wavefunctions transitioning between states with different quantum numbers 𝒏,𝒍,𝒎.

Each transition shows a state α|𝒏𝒍𝒎⟩+β|𝒏'𝒍'𝒎'⟩, where α decreases and β increases. Dots represent the values of 𝒏𝒍𝒎, and the solid lines show possible allowed values.

This animation shows the spatial probability density of finding an electron in a hydrogen atom.

The quantum numbers 𝒏,𝒍,𝒎 are the parameters which specify the state of the hydrogen atom:

  • 𝒏: total energy
  • 𝒍: total angular momentum
  • 𝒎: z-component of angular momentum

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2 Responses:

  1. Malcolm says:

    Spherical harmonics -- no longer just for screensavers!

  2. Jeffrey L Bell says:

    It's not very atomic if I can see the transitions.

    It's somewhat tomic.

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