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Hydrogen atom

  1. Jan 11, 2012 #1
    when proton and electron combine to form hydrogen atom(ground state) what is the source of radiation emitted
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  3. Jan 11, 2012 #2


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    The source? It is simply emitted by the atom. I don't know if it's specifically the electron itself or if the entire atom is considered to be the source. Either way a photon is simply created and emitted.
  4. Jan 11, 2012 #3

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    If you are looking for how the energy is conserved, there is an attractive potential between the electron and proton that releases potential energy when you make a hydrogen atom. So you end up with energy in light, and negative energy in the potential energy of the atom. That potential energy has physical effects like reducing the inertia and the gravitational field produced by the particles, etc.
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