Radiative Transitions in a Hydrogen Atom

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An electron in an atom or molecule can absorb energy from a photon and be excited to a higher energy level. This Demonstration considers a photon interacting with an electron in a hydrogen atom. A photon is absorbed only if its energy is equal to an energy-level difference such that .


We show a picture of the orbital occupied by the electron and orbitals with for each energy level.


Contributed by: Mike Li and Luke Goodhope (August 27)
With additional contributions by: Heidi Hendrickson
Based on a program by: Porscha McRobbie and Eitan Geva
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



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