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LC circuit model of hydrogen atom

  1. Dec 25, 2008 #1
    I thought these were weird similarities between macroscopic electronic circuits and (Bohr) hydrogen model. What do you guys think?

    hydrogen self-capacitance (energy level "capacitance")
    C = 4*pi*eo*br = 5.88798e-21 Farads

    eo = vacuum permitivity
    br = Bohr Radius
    m = electron mass
    e = elementary charge
    w = angular frequency
    f = frequency (Hz)

    hydrogen "inductance" (at ground state):
    L = ((br^2) * m) / (e^2) = 9.93734e-14 Henries

    Orbital (LC resonant) frequency of ground state electron:
    w = sqrt(1/LC) = 4.134e16 rads/sec

    Orbital frequency in Hz
    f = 4.134e16 / (2*pi) = 6.57e15 Hz

    Orbital Frequency of Hydrogen:
    v / (2*pi*br) = 6.57e15 Hz

    v = 2.187e6 (m/s)

    Here's something else I found interesting. On the macroscopic level step up/down transformers convert current to voltage and vice versa. Viewing current as mass only (electrons), and voltage as the velocity of the electrons (or force moving electrons), the energy level transitions can resemble step-up, and step-down "transformers". I.e electron velocity decreases, and mass increases from n=1 to n=3.
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  3. Dec 27, 2008 #2
    can (macro) electronic circuit mechanisms occur without the same effects happening (collectively) at the atomic level?
  4. Dec 27, 2008 #3

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    I don't see why you felt compelled to start a new thread when this other thread already exists.

    As I pointed out to you there - multiple times - these relationships that you are "discovering" are merely consequences of algebra. You put the Rydberg constant in, do some algebraic manipulations, and get it back out again.

    Are you just going to keep posting this over and over?
  5. Dec 27, 2008 #4
    I wanted a different perspective (outside of the box), so I posted this to the philosophy forum. I'm not sure how it got to General.
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  6. Dec 27, 2008 #5
    Probably because of the physics.
  7. Dec 27, 2008 #6


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    Since you obviously no longer need it, the other thread is now closed.

  8. Jan 12, 2009 #7
    hydrogen self-capacitance (energy level "capacitance")
    C = 4*pi*eo*br = 5.88798e-21 Farads

    how do you derive this? what formula for capacitance is it based on?

    edit:nevermind. I found it:
    the self-capacitance of a conducting sphere of radius R is given by:

    heres a formula for a spherical capacitor:


    the equation for the energy levels of a hydrogen like atom is of course:

    making the spectrum equal:
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  10. Jan 19, 2009 #9
    Here's something I found interesting regarding to the "orbital frequency" . The LC resonant frequency from above, seems to be the same as the circular frequency of the electron's "trembling motion" (wiki: Zitterbewegung), if you use the mass-energy of the ground state electron (13.605 eV / 2.425e-35 kg)

    2mc^2 / hbar

    (2 * 2.425e-35 kg * c^2)/hbar = 4.134e16 rad/sec
  11. Jan 19, 2009 #10

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    Nuby, I am trying to be polite, but these messages of yours are bordering on crackpottery.

    Like I keep saying - and you keep blowing me off - these numerical features you find are simply algebraic rearrangements of a single constant. You put the Rydberg in, you get the Rydberg out.
  12. Jan 19, 2009 #11
    never heard of that before. thanx :-)


    David Hestenes
    Abstract. The zitterbewegung is a local circulatory motion of the electron presumed to be the basis of the electron spin and magnetic moment. A reformulation of the Dirac theory shows that the zitterbewegung need not be attributed to interference between positive and negative energy states as originally proposed by Schroedinger. Rather, it provides a physical interpretation for the complex phase factor in the Dirac wave function generally. Moreover, it extends to a coherent physical interpretation of the entire Dirac theory, and it implies a zitterbewegung interpretation for the Schroedinger theory as well.
    The idea that the electron spin and magnetic moment are generated by a localized circulatory motion of the electron has been proposed independently by many physicists.
    Schroedinger’s zitterbewegung (zbw) model for such motion is especially noteworthy, because it is grounded in an analysis of solutions to the Dirac equation.(1,2,3) Surely, if the zbw is a real physical phenomena, then it tells us something fundamental about the nature of the electron. However, the role ascribed to the zbw in standard formulations of quantum mechanics has been metaphorical at best.

    ... I shall show that the complex phase factor in the electron wave function can be associated directly with the zbw. I call this the zbw interpretation of quantum mechanics.
    ...A simple change in the definition (i.e., interpretation) of the electron velocity implies that all components of the electron wave function (including its phase) directly describe kinematical features of electron motion.
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  13. Jan 19, 2009 #12
    Why does it matter how the pieces come together if the solution makes sense? Please explain why you think this "frequency" is insignificant.
  14. Jan 19, 2009 #13
    before the moderators close this thread would you please show me what formula you used to calculate:
    hydrogen self-capacitance (energy level "capacitance")
    C = 4*pi*eo*br = 5.88798e-21 Farads

    I've looked an wikipedia but cant find anything
  15. Jan 19, 2009 #14

    [6] Spin and uncertainty in the interpretation of quantum mechanics

    Abstract: A rigorous derivation of the Schroedinger theory from the Pauli (or Dirac) theory implies that the Schroedinger equation describes an electron in an eigenstate of spin. Furthermore, the ground-state kinetic energy is completely determined by the electron spin density. This can be explained by interpreting the spin as an orbital angular momentum, which is necessarily accompanied by a kinetic energy. Thus, the spin is a zero-point angular momentum associated with the zero-point energy of the electron

  16. Jan 19, 2009 #15
    d--n it. I meant to ask what formula you used to calculate this:
    hydrogen "inductance" (at ground state):
    L = ((br^2) * m) / (e^2) = 9.93734e-14 Henries
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  18. Jan 19, 2009 #17

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    I'm glad everyone agrees this should be closed.
  19. Jan 20, 2009 #18
    V50, are you going to answer my question? Or just leave snide remarks?
  20. Jan 20, 2009 #19
    for now, I think we should limit the discussion to this:
    hydrogen "inductance" (at ground state):
    L = ((br^2) * m) / (e^2) = 9.93734e-14 Henries

    if capacitance is energy/charge then I guess that inductance is energy/current.
    what does the m in your equation stand for? surely not mass.
  21. Jan 20, 2009 #20

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    I've answered this question nine times already, on two different threads. Would a tenth make any difference?
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