Orbital momentum vs spin momentum

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NatBrown1I
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Orbital momentum vs spin momentum

Postby NatBrown1I » Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:16 pm

What is the difference between orbital and spin momentum?

Angel Chen 2k
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Re: Orbital momentum vs spin momentum

Postby Angel Chen 2k » Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:45 pm

Both of them are used to describe the motion and location of electrons in space around the nucleus. I think you are talking to the angular (orbital) momentum, which is used to describe the shape of electron cloud, which refers to s,p,d,f. On the other hand, the spin momentum represents the spin direction of electrons, the value is either -1/2 or +1/2.


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