Wave Properties of Electrons

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Wave Properties of Electrons

Postby madisondesilva1c » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:53 pm

If electrons exhibit wave properties, is it possible for an electron to move from n=1 to n=3 while another moves from n=3 to n=1, therefore emitting no photon? Do we view this as a similar property such as destructive interference?

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Re: Wave Properties of Electrons

Postby Chem_Mod » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:59 am

This is not possible for the same atom.

And unlikely to occur between two atoms.

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Re: Wave Properties of Electrons

Postby Fayez Kanj » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:57 pm


When an atom is given an electrical discharge or is exposed to light, an electron gets excited and goes up to a higher energy level. So, in this sense, yes, an electron could go from n=1 to n=3. The electron is unstable at that higher energy so falls back down, and the energy released when the electron falls creates a photon of light.

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Re: Wave Properties of Electrons

Postby yea-lyn pak_1G » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:51 pm

In the case of an electron moving from an energy level to a higher energy level, like from n=1 to n=3, the electron would absorb light. It absorbs light because it needs energy to jump from a low state to a higher state. In contrast, when moving from a higher energy level to a lower energy level, it would emit light.

Hope this clears some things up!

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