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Homework Help: Energies higher than ionization energy

  1. Dec 16, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    During a discussion, we tried to figure out, according to the Bohr model of the atom, what happens when radiation with a higher energy level than that which can ionize hydrogen.

    2. Relevant equations
    Absorption spectrum of hydrogen.
    Ionization energy of hydrogen - 13.6 eV


    3. The attempt at a solution
    I believe that there is no limit to the amount of energy an electron can receive. Meaning that if, let's say, a 495A wavelength hits the hydrogen atom, it will be ionized. I can find, however, no evidence of this.
     
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  3. Dec 16, 2012 #2

    Borek

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    And you are right. Now try to guess what most likely happens with the excess energy.
     
  4. Dec 16, 2012 #3
    It turns into kinetic energy?
     
  5. Dec 16, 2012 #4

    Borek

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    Yes.
     
  6. Dec 16, 2012 #5
    Thanks!
     
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