atomic ground state

atomic ground state

[ə′täm·ik ′grau̇nd ‚stāt]
(atomic physics)
The state of lowest energy in which an atom can exist. Also known as atomic unexcited state.
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At this point the following problem arises: Does the unique configuration structure of an atomic ground state make an acceptable description of its quantum mechanical system or is it just a useful pedagogical explanation of the Mendeleev periodic table?