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Homework Help: Natural frequency of oscillating electron

  1. Nov 9, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    a) Light of wavelength 510nm is emitted by an electron in an atom behaving as a lightly damped simple harmonic oscillator with a Q value of 3 x 107. Find the natural frequency of the system.

    b) Find the width of the resonance.

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    Knowing the Q value means that I need to know γ in order to get ω0. Gamma is b/m and m can be found in tables, but what is b for an oscillating electron?
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 9, 2012
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