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_{s}/m) to work out what the smallest amount of vibrational energy that I can add to a system?

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If you are referring to a quantum harmonic oscillator, such as the vibration of a diatomic molecule, the energy levels are:_{s}/m) to work out what the smallest amount of vibrational energy that I can add to a system?

[tex]E_n = \hbar\omega(n+\frac{1}{2})[/tex]

where [itex]\omega = \sqrt{k/\mu}[/itex], μ being the reduced mass of the system and k being the spring constant.

So the smallest amount of energy it can have is the zero energy level: [itex]E_0 = \hbar\omega/2[/itex]. The smallest amount of energy that can be

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Thanks Andrew :)

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