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Question about angular momentum and spin

  1. Feb 17, 2009 #1
    Hi quick question, is there a reason that the eigenvalues of Jz, Lz and Sz are all denoted m? Are they the same? Because I have seen them interchanged such as in addition of angular momenta.

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  3. Feb 17, 2009 #2

    malawi_glenn

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    One call them M since they was found experimentally by interaction by EM-fields, "Magnetic Quantum Number" :-)

    One should use subscript in order to differ between them:

    [tex] m_j, \, m_s, \, m_\ell [/tex]
     
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