1A.11 Question on Balmer and Lyman series


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Chris Tai 1B
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1A.11 Question on Balmer and Lyman series

Postby Chris Tai 1B » Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:43 pm

In the spectrum of atomic hydrogen, several lines are generally classified together as belonging to a series (for example, Balmer series or Lyman series, as shown in Fig. 1A.10). What is common to the lines within a series that makes grouping them together logical?

Could someone help me understand what Balmer and Lyman series are and how they relate to the properties of light?

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Re: 1A.11 Question on Balmer and Lyman series

Postby Daniel Honeychurch1C » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:14 pm

The lines in these series are grouped together because their lower energy level have the same principle quantum number. For the Layman series, n=1 for the lower energy level. For the Balmer series, n=2 for the lower energy level.

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Re: 1A.11 Question on Balmer and Lyman series

Postby Sion Hwang 4D » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:15 pm

Balmer and Lyman series are a series of spectral line emissions in hydrogen atoms.
Each absorption line (each series) is the quantum number of the lower energy level (n=1 through 6).
These spectral lines are caused by electrons crossing between two levels of energy, producing light.


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