Excited Multi-Electron

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Parsia Vazirnia 2L
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Excited Multi-Electron

Postby Parsia Vazirnia 2L » Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:47 pm


So now that we talked about excited electrons in hydrogen atoms, what would happen if a multi-electron atom is excited?

Would the electron configuration just be higher than what is predicted or what we would expect by the building up principle? In the book it says that electron configuration for carbon [He]2s^1sp^3 (3 instead of expected 2). So then it would emit a photon and return back to normal state. Can someone please give a more detailed explanation of this. Basically I want to integrate the two chapters together and I am wondering what a question would look like on an exam that would blend the two concepts together as both chapters fall under "the quantum world" category.


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Re: Excited Multi-Electron

Postby Chem_Mod » Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:48 am

Multi electron systems behave similarly but with more complications. Adding more atoms creates more electronic, vibrational, and rotational states so there are more places for electrons to move. It is essentially the same concept but can have multiple electrons moving to an increased number of states which can complicate things considerably.

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