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Homework Help: Orbital angular momentum quantum number

  1. Aug 11, 2010 #1
    Why is the s,p,d,.. nomenclature derived for the H atom also valid for many-electron atoms?
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 11, 2010 #2
    It comes from the early days of atomic spectroscopy; s, p, d, f stand for sharp, principle, diffuse, and fundamental. After that there are no names associated with the letters.
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