Lyman, Balmer and Paschen Series

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Jessica Castellanos
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Lyman, Balmer and Paschen Series

Postby Jessica Castellanos » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:27 pm

What are the differences between the Lyman, Balmer and Paschen series? What does the hydrogen atom have to do with these series? Thanks

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Re: Lyman, Balmer and Paschen Series

Postby Juliet Stephenson 4E » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:45 pm

Hi Jessica,

The differences between these series are the energy level transitions they are referring to. The Lyman series comes from electrons which are moving from any energy level to the n=1 energy level. The Balmer series comes from electrons moving from any energy level to the n=2 energy level. The Paschen series comes from electrons moving to the n=3 energy level.

Each series is applying to the a different part of the emission spectrum of hydrogen, so you can consider them different "reactions" that the electron in a hydrogen atom might have to different frequencies of light.

Hope this helped!

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Re: Lyman, Balmer and Paschen Series

Postby Sidharth D 1E » Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:39 pm

Specifically, the ultraviolet region corresponds with the Lyman series, the visible region with the Balmer series, and the infrared region with the Paschen series.


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