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Experimental evidence for Hydrogen Wave Function?

  1. Jan 16, 2009 #1

    I would like to know if there is any direct experimental evidence of the electron distribution inside of the hydrogen atom. In the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_atom" [Broken] you can see the solutions of the Schrödinger equation and the graphical representations of the wave function - but is there any way to verify those electron distributions through experiment? I don't mean the energy levels of the different states - those can be verified through spectroscopy of hydrogen gas, but that only gives the energy differences, and tells me nothing about the spatial distribution of the electrons.

    Thanks in advance,

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  3. Jan 18, 2009 #2


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    electric and magnetic moments etc. You can never observe the wave fucntion, only wave function modulus squared.
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