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An electron going from 2p to 1s state in hydrogen sits up at the 2p for a while then jumps down.

with the given eqn

[itex]W=\frac {4*\alpha*\omega^3}{3*c^2}*\mid r12\mid^2 [/itex]

[itex]\mid r12\mid^2=\mid<1\mid x\mid2>\mid^2+\mid<1\mid y\mid2>\mid^2+\mid<1\mid z\mid2>\mid^2 [/itex]

alpha is fine structure cons, omega is the energy diff and c is speed of light

I'd imagine the life time is 1/W as the rate is per second.

The attempt at a solution

The question is okay except for the [itex]\mid r12\mid^2[/itex] part. Is the [itex]\mid r12\mid^2 part the expectation value of r or do i need to do the x,y,z separatly. The statement, in the question, of what [itex]\mid r12\mid^2 is confuses me.

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# Homework Help: Life time of the hydrogen 2p state

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