Balmer and Lyman in real world


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Adam Kramer 1A
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Balmer and Lyman in real world

Postby Adam Kramer 1A » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:03 am

Can someone explain the difference between Balmer and Lyman series, and when would we see this? How does this display itself on a nonmolecular level in the real world?

Kelvin Chung 1C
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Re: Balmer and Lyman in real world

Postby Kelvin Chung 1C » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:33 am

The Balmer series refers to EM radiation that is emitted when an electron returns from a state n>2 to n=2. The Lyman series corresponds to EM radiation emitted when an electron returns from a state n>1 to n=1.
The wavelengths of the EM radiation classified under the Balmer series are within the visible light spectrum, while those under the Lyman series are within the ultraviolet.


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