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Electron transition notation should be simple

  1. Oct 24, 2014 #1
    Alright, so I am trying to make sense of this notation:
    From one source I have the transition rates notated such as
    2-1, 3-1, 3-2, etc
    and the source to which I want to compare uses the notation
    3P0-1D2, etc.

    How are these related? How can I tell what corresponds to n=1,2,3 etc?

    Any help is greatly appreciated
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  3. Oct 25, 2014 #2


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    Could you quote your source? The 2nd kind of notation is pretty clear, because it uses the usual notation for the states ("orbitals") common in atomic physics.

  4. Oct 25, 2014 #3
    I think I have figured it out. Please correct me if this is not the case.
    If I look at NIST's level data for the ion of interest (Br IV), I can see that 3P0 is the ground state (n=1), right? And then 3P1 should be n=2.
    Therefore the 2-1 transition would correspond to 3P1- 3P0, correct?
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