# I How do I make an atomic oscillation?

1. Oct 17, 2017

### Another

How do I make an atom oscillation?
What is the thermal energy that an atom emits?

2. Oct 17, 2017

Staff Emeritus
Shake it.

3. Oct 17, 2017

### Drakkith

Staff Emeritus
You can make an atom oscillate by shaking it.

None. Single atoms don't emit thermal energy. At least I wouldn't call it thermal energy. The radiation emitted from a single atom is caused by electronic transitions (electrons moving between various energy levels in their orbitals) and the spectrum is one of discrete frequencies, not a continuous spectrum like you see in bulk materials. For example, a hydrogen atom can emit radiation at 4 distinct frequencies in the visible part of the spectrum, whereas the spectrum of a hot object composed of trillions of atoms is continuous from red to violet (and beyond both ends).

4. Oct 17, 2017

### rootone

5. Nov 18, 2017

### gianeshwar

Even spectra of big collection of atoms cant be continuous but frequencies might be close enough to give a look of continuity.

6. Nov 18, 2017

### Staff: Mentor

Baby!

7. Nov 18, 2017

### Drakkith

Staff Emeritus
Hmm. Maybe. But I'm not so sure. Electronic transitions are not the only way that light can be generated from atoms within a bulk material, and I don't know if they other ways (acceleration of moving charges, discrete transitions being red/blue shifted from their motions, etc) can generate a continuous spectrum or not.

8. Jan 6, 2018

### Henryk

you can't
A single atom, neutral, there is really no way I know (I could be mistaken) to make it oscillate.
Bind two or more atoms together, make a molecule and then, you have vibrational and rotational energy levels.

9. Jan 7, 2018

### Staff: Mentor

I don't see how the LHC would have anything to do with this thread.
You can put an ion in an oscillating electric field to make it oscillate. You can put a neutral atom in a suitable magnetic trap and make it oscillate. And various more methods.