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Atomic Spin

  1. Jun 18, 2014 #1
    What gives an atom its atomic spin?
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  3. Jun 18, 2014 #2


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    How deeply do you want this question answered? An atom is given its spin by the spin of its constituent particles. Protons and Neutrons are fermions, as are the electrons, all of which have spin 1/2. These constituent particles' spins combine quantum mechanically to give you the atom's total spin.
  4. Jun 18, 2014 #3


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    In addition to the intrinsic spin of the constituents, there is also the orbital angular momentum which also adds to the total spin of an atom.
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