Bohr Frequency Condition

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Parth Mungra
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Bohr Frequency Condition

Postby Parth Mungra » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:48 pm

I understand that if the energy of the incoming light does not match the energy required to excite an electron to n=2 or n=3 or whatever number (assuming n=1 is the starting position of that electron). What if the incoming light has enough energy to excite an electron to n=2.5? Because electrons can only jump in discrete quantities, does the electron jump to n=2? or does it not jump at all?

Hovik Mike Mkryan 2I
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Re: Bohr Frequency Condition

Postby Hovik Mike Mkryan 2I » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:52 pm

Hello, I believe that the atom will excite itself to n=2 from n=1 and the excess energy will be given off as kinetic energy.

Jonathan Pai 2I
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Re: Bohr Frequency Condition

Postby Jonathan Pai 2I » Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:00 pm

No, it the photon just passes right through. This can be understood through conservation of energy. The "input" photon which excites the electron must be the same value of the "output" photon when the electron drops. So it won't happen if it's 2.5, where 2 will input and the .5 will pass through and then later the 2 will be output.


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