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Electron behavior at 0 Kelvin

  1. Aug 13, 2013 #1
    What happens to electrons at 0 Kelvin?
    I know in theory all atomic motion stops (vibrational energy = 0),
    and that the electrons occupy the lowest energy levels.
    But it seems the electrons would have to still be orbiting or occupying non-localized states, and thus have kinetic energy? Can they have kinetic energy at 0 Kelvin?
     
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  3. Aug 13, 2013 #2

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    That is not right. The atoms are in their ground state, in the lowest energy levels (but not zero), similar to the electrons.

    They can, and they have.
     
  4. Aug 13, 2013 #3
    Does this derive from the Heisenberg uncertainty principle?
     
  5. Aug 14, 2013 #4

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    It is related to that, right.
     
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