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Atom Electron cloud interaction with Energy

  1. May 7, 2007 #1
    I was wondering if you excite a inner electron in a multi electron atom to a
    outer cloud what is the effect on filling the hole. So if you excite a inner
    electron and it jumps to a open space in the valance/conduction cloud (so it
    does not leave the atom) in the ~10^9 second of excitement to decay emission do the clouds drop down and a auger emission occurs, or is it so fast the original electron goes back to its original hole and recombines? Also say it only goes to the work function level (does it go to original hole or auger emission hole)? Thanks
     
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  3. May 10, 2007 #2
    1) What are inner and outer clouds ?

    2) What is a valence/conduction cloud ?

    3) What is "an open space in the valence/conduction cloud" ?

    Clearly, there is something wrong with your "lingo" here...

    marlon
     
  4. May 14, 2007 #3
    Better explanations

    I tend to use terms in sources I just read. I will try this.

    --New Wording:If you excite a inner electron in a multi electron atom that leaves the inner held position creating a hole. The electron does not leave the atom but stays within the atoms orbital influence. Does a electron that is in a different orbital fall down and create a auger emission where as the original electron would then fill this new hole or does the original electron fill its own hole?

    1) What are inner and outer clouds ?
    --I meant electrons that are held tigher to the center of the atom being a inner cloud or inner electron said in a better way. With a outer cloud refering to an electron that is held farther out from the center of the atom.

    2) What is a valence/conduction cloud ?
    --This can be ignored. But I meant a valance band and thus valance electron would be the electrons that are the last electrons that are held in the atom (electrons the farthest away but held in orbital of the atom). The conduction band would be for electrons in primarily metals that are shared and not localized in the atom. These would be electrons shared by several atoms (overlaping orbitals).

    3) What is "an open space in the valence/conduction cloud" ?
    --Ignoring the conduction cloud. A better way of saying this would be if you have a inner electron that is held closer to the center of the atom and you excite this electron which would not leave the atoms orbital influence (not work function or ionized) but say it goes to a orbital level where there is only one electron where there can be two electrons (Pauli exclusion has 2 electrons per orbital but this atom is not full and is reactive to bonding or is basically a ion (anion/cation type look). So you excite the electron to this opening does it fall back to the original hole or does a outer electron fall down and the original electron goes to the new hole (auger emission).

    Thanks for the help.
     
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