# Electric Dipole Selection Rules

## Homework Statement

For $$\Delta$$l = 0 the transition rate can be obtained by evaluating the electric dipole matrix elements
given by

$$\vec{I}$$ = $$\int$$ $$\Psi^{*}_{1,0,0}$$ (e $$\vec{r}$$) $$\Psi_{2,0,0}$$ d$$\tau$$

## The Attempt at a Solution

I've got the two wave functions, neither of which have a theta or phi dependance, so when multiplied by the r vector, I should just get their r components. Evaluating this integral is simple, but I'm not sure if I understand what the answer means.
The selection rule for l is $$\Delta$$l =$$\pm$$1, so doesn't that mean that this case, where $$\Delta$$l = 0 shouldn't be allowed? I might be completely off track, but I thought that the integral would give me 0, proving this, but that's not the value I'm getting. The actual calculation here isn't difficult, but I think I'm missing something conceptually.

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malawi_glenn
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the operator has odd parity, angular wave functions has parity $$(-1)^l$$.

So $\Psi_{2,0,0}$ means $n=2, l = 0, m = 0$ right ?

If that is the case, then you see that the total integrand has odd parity, and integration over whole space will give you zero.

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Makes sense.. I actually talked to the prof about the question, and it turns out we had to split r into components, and evaluate all three integrals explicitly.. it was a bit annoying, but I got it sorted out. Thanks for the help!

malawi_glenn