Can hydrogen atoms with same electron spin combine?

by MrBrown90
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MrBrown90 is offline
Mar20-13, 08:44 AM
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Paulis exclusion principle say that two electrons around a nucleus can't have the same quantum number. Does that mean that, say, two hydrogen atoms with electrons with the same spin can't make hydrogen gas? Or does one of the electrons change its spin?
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Mar20-13, 09:03 AM
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This is what we know as the bonding and antibonding orbitals.

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Mar20-13, 01:15 PM
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In deed spin polarized hydrogen atoms have a very small probability to recombine (which is only possible due to the very weak spin spin interactions between electron and nuclear spin).

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Mar21-13, 04:55 AM
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Can hydrogen atoms with same electron spin combine?

Thanks! That cleared it up for me

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