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Homework Help: Quantum help please

  1. Sep 22, 2005 #1
    here is the question im stuck on:
    Radiation from a helium ion He+ is nearly equal to the wavelength to the [tex]H_\alpha[/tex] line (the first line of the Balmer series). (a) Between what states (values of n) does the transition in the helium ion occur? (b) is the wavelenght greater or smaller than that of the [tex]H_\alpha[/tex] line?

    my first attempt to solve this was to use the eqation

    [tex] \frac{1}{\lambda}=R(\frac{1}{n_f^2}-\frac{1}{n_i^2})[/tex]

    and i would set [tex]\lambda = 6562.8 \AA[/tex]the wave length of [tex]H_\alpha[/tex] but i still cant solve for because both of the states are unknown. any one have any suggestions on this?

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  3. Sep 22, 2005 #2

    Tom Mattson

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    You know that [itex]n_f[/itex] and [itex]n_i[/itex] both have to be natural numbers (1,2,3,...). You can start by trying combinations.
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