Do Spin-Orbit Interactions change the Orbital of an Electron

Does the orbital of an electron change when it experiences a spin-orbit interaction, and if so, how?

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Dr. Courtney
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The principal quantum number doesn't change. but any change in the energy level changes the wavefunction, thus slightly alters the spatial distribution of the electron.

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$$\langle \theta,\phi |1,1/2,3/2,1/2 \rangle = \sqrt{2/3} Y_{10}(\theta,\phi ) \chi_+ + \sqrt{1/3} Y_{11}(\theta,\phi ) \chi_-$$