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Spherical harmonics and wavefunctions 
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Feb1412, 05:52 AM

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What's the difference in the representation of spherical harmonics and the orbitals themselves? they look exactly the same to me... unlike the radial part of the wavefunction though.



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Feb1412, 08:40 AM

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The angular part of an orbital wave function for hydrogen (or any other spherically symmetric potential) is a spherical harmonic:
[tex]\Psi_{nlm}(r,\theta,\phi) = R_{nl}(r)Y_{lm}(\theta,\phi)[/tex] 


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Feb1412, 08:41 AM

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Feb1412, 10:21 AM

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Spherical harmonics and wavefunctions



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Feb1412, 12:09 PM

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Feb1412, 09:36 PM

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If they are the same, then by the property of sharing the same identity they are not different.



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