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orbital

[′ȯr·bəd·əl]
(atomic physics)
The space-dependent part of the Schrödinger wave function of an electron in an atom or molecule in an approximation such that each electron has a definite wave function, independent of the other electrons.
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The perturbed piece of orbital interferes with the unperturbed portion.
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Cooper of the University of Liverpool, Joseph Gerratt of the University of Bristol and Mario Raimondi of the University of Milan indicate that the "delocalized" electrons of molecular orbital theory are actually localized in deformed orbits about the individual carbon atoms.
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