Do the orbitals exist?

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If you solve the Schrodinger Equation, you will get solution for the equation, which is orbital.

My question is, for example, dumbbell-shaped p-orbitals in hydrogen atoms or other atoms,
is there some expert who visualized this orbitals and confirmed experimentally?

And how can it be confirmed experimentally, that p-orbitals exist in a shape of dumbbell?
 

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Orbitals are a particular choice of single electron basis sets, which can be used to make the basis sets for many electrons. The wave function for N electrons is in 3N-dimensional configuration space, so it doesn't have an easy visualization. The wave function for a single electron is in a 3-dimensional configuration space, so it can be visualized as being in space.

http://vergil.chemistry.gatech.edu/courses/chem6485/pdf/basis-sets.pdf
 

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