Balmer, Lyman, and other series

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Shreya Banerjee 2F
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Balmer, Lyman, and other series

Postby Shreya Banerjee 2F » Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:58 pm

I am a bit confused on the differences between the Balmer, Lyman, and other series for the excitation of electrons. I know that these all relate to what energy levels the electron moves between, but I'm not entirely sure on how to determine which series to use. What are the differences between any of these series? How do we know which one to use in any given situation? Can an electron emit radiation from two series in at once (for example, make two drops in energy levels and then emit spectra from two different series)?

Nicholas Codallos 4C
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Re: Balmer, Lyman, and other series

Postby Nicholas Codallos 4C » Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:43 pm

You choose which series to use based off wavelength, for example here is a diagram that shows you the range of Lyman and the Balmer series.
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