atomic orbital


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atomic orbital

[ə′täm·ik ′ȯr·bə·təl]
(atomic physics)
The space-dependent part of a wave function describing an electron in an atom.
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Deeper atomic orbitals would provide a large number of additional molecular orbitals, however the expected energies of these molecular orbitals would be much larger than the maximum observed energy of 5 eV (250 nm).
The attractive magnetic force in the anti-parallel spin electrons accounts for the anti-parallel pairing of electrons in atomic orbitals where the electrons are close together, this leading to the Periodic Table of elements.
Just as the case with atomic orbitals, the shape of a ground state molecular orbital is highly specific in shape and size.
Far from the surface and in the absence of a field, the atomic orbitals of A and B hybridize into molecular orbitals which we take to be a low-lying bonding orbital and an empty antibonding orbital.
The tight-binding model (7) is based upon the Linear Combination of Atomic Orbitals (LCAO) method and is both accurate and easy to implement (8), (9).
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