Lambda is the quantum number for the total orbital angular momentum of the(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

electrons about the internuclear axis. Unlike in atoms, the cylindrical

symmetry created by the strong electric field of the nuclei in a linear

molecule destroys the relationship [H ,L^2] = 0.

Can anyone tell me why the hamiltonian and L^2 don't commute anymore?

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# Molecular Term Symbols

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