electron orbit


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electron orbit

[i′lek‚trän ′ȯr·bət]
(physics)
The path described by an electron.
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It is advisable that the form of the spectrum might be importantly modified depending on the modification of the energy along the electron orbit.
From this point of view the concept of the double surface with its elliptic side as a sphere of the multi-sizable radius satisfies the demand for forming the stable electron orbits around the atom nucleus.
I was immediately reminded of the Bohr--de Broglie model of electron orbits forming standing waves.
The German physicist Arnold Johannes Wilhelm Sommerfeld (1868-1951) felt the answer lay in the fact that electron orbits were more complicated than Bohr had suggested.
This union of two elementary particles resembles a hydrogen atom--with a crucial difference Instead of an electron orbiting a proton, an electron orbits a positron, its antimatter counterpart.
Electron orbits within the base pairs extend above and below each rung of the ladder, overlapping with their counterparts from neighboring rungs and creating a continuous pathway through the molecule.
Theorists had predicted that this chaotic motion would correspond to wave functions having features called scars, which represent concentrations of probability associated with periodic, but unstable, electron orbits (SN: 11/2/91, p.
Using the Schrodinger equation, which describes the structures of actual atoms, they found that the electron orbits do arrange themselves into a hierarchy of quantized energy levels, although in a configuration somewhat different from that of an actual atom.

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