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In class, it was brought up that electrons have discrete energies with only certain wavelengths allowed inside an atom, what does this relate to? Does it relate to the detectable wavelike properties when de Broglie is greater than 10^-15 m?
Atoms can absorb only certain wavelengths based on the energy differences between energy levels in the atom. Many wavelengths may shine on the sample, but only a few are absorbed as electrons only have certain energies. In order for the atom to absorb the light coming in, the photon energy must match the energy difference between the energy levels(Delta E). If a photon energy doesn't correspond to a specific energy difference, the light will pass right through.
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