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I also have a question regarding atomic spectra, most specifically Lyman vs. Balmer. I understand that these are atomic spectrum scales, where n represents the energy level. What is the difference between the two series, and why does Lyman have n=1 and Balmer has n=2?
The Lyman series involves UV light, and thus it has a higher energy drop and moves all the way down to n=1, whereas Balmer series involves visible energy which is why it only moves to n=2, thus less energy involved as well.
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