electron cloud


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electron cloud

[i′lek‚trän ‚klau̇d]
(atomic physics)
Picture of an electron state in which the charge is thought of as being smeared out, with the resulting charge density distribution corresponding to the probability distribution function associated with the Schrödinger wave function.
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Yin said that this feature is especially promising because electricity can shift arsenic's electron cloud much more easily than oxygen's.
In this illustration, purple represents sodium, green represents chlorine and blue represents electron clouds.
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With this technique, the nitrogen is again passed through an electron cloud creating a nitrogen plasma.
This hole, or space vacated by an electron, also has a magnetic field due to the collective spin of the remaining electron cloud.
The electron clouds, which scientists call orbitals, morph into different shapes at staggering speeds.
Inside a buckyball, the cage's electron cloud may hem in the beryllium-7's electrons so tightly that the chance of an electron-proton interaction goes up, the scientists propose in the Sept.
Recently, a team of theoretical physicists saw the trilobite's shape in the electron cloud they've plotted for a hypothetical two-atom rubidium molecule.
Physicists generally regard an atom's nucleus as immune to the tumult of the electron cloud that surrounds it.
They unexpectedly discovered that, under certain conditions, a relativistic electron could behave like a ring-shaped electron cloud spinning around the nucleus.
In the simpler case of an undisturbed electron orbiting a nucleus, scientists have calculated the full, detailed solution, or wave function, and from it derived the so-called orbital shapes of the electron cloud.
They calculated the shape of each isomer's electron cloud using a conventional technique (a-c, center) and their new approach (ac, bottom).

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