Atomic Spectra and Energy Levels

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Atomic Spectra and Energy Levels

Postby caitlin_oberman_2G » Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:00 pm

I'm still having some trouble understanding the difference understanding the Lyman and Balmer series. All i understand is that Balmer is visible light and Lyman is UV. Can anyone help explain it to me?

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Re: Atomic Spectra and Energy Levels

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:11 pm

Hey Caitlin! Hopefully this will shed "light" on the subject!

So the Balmer series will always start or end at the n = 2 energy level. The Lyman series always starts or ends at the n = 1 energy level. Because the Lyman series starts/ends at a lower energy, it would utilize higher energy light (UV).

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Re: Atomic Spectra and Energy Levels

Postby Wenxin Fan 1J » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:04 pm

The reason the spectrum lines are put in those categories or groups is because they share the same lower principle energy level (n=).
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