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Rydberg States Exhibiting Quantum Defect?

  1. Nov 23, 2010 #1
    I am posting this to see if any readers/mentors, etc. can refer me to any type of reference for Rydberg states that also exhibit the quantum defect wherein we need to be concerned with the attractive force between the nucleus (or possibly, the ion core) and valence electrons as the penetration of the valence electron into the core increases. The net result is the valence electron sees a greater positive charge.

    Additionally, can you mention a specific atomic system exhibiting these seemingly contradicting behaviors? That is, Rydberg states grow in size whereas the quantum defect would appear to be observed in systems with smaller orbits than those of Rydberg states.

    Thanks for your input. I am looking for thorough, seminal or heuristic discussions on these topics.

  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 23, 2010 #2
  4. Nov 24, 2010 #3
    it might help if you would link us to something explaining what you are talking about.
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