Energy level after photon absorbtion

  • Thread starter Johnahh
  • Start date
  • #1
Johnahh
88
0
Say a photon was absorbed by an electron at 1s in an oxygen atom but it only had enough energy to move it to another energy level that was already occupied such a 2s etc. What happens to this photon?
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
36,251
13,308
The photon does not get absorbed if there is no available unoccupied energy level for the electron.
 
  • #3
Johnahh
88
0
so how does the electron know that the photon does not have enough energy to move it to a free orbital?
 
  • #4
36,251
13,308
Quantum mechanics. If a process is impossible, it just does not happen.
 

Suggested for: Energy level after photon absorbtion

  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
305
  • Last Post
Replies
24
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
7
Views
487
  • Last Post
Replies
8
Views
3K
  • Last Post
Replies
23
Views
8K
  • Last Post
Replies
6
Views
5K
Replies
28
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
12
Views
8K
Replies
54
Views
2K
Top