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Stable orbitals/absorption spectrum

  1. Jan 11, 2009 #1
    calculating the stable orbitals for multielectron atoms is so complex that AFAIK it cant be done accurately. so how does the electron in the ground state 'know' that if it jumps to a certain energy level that it will be stable? (which it apparently does know since it 'knows' exactly what frequency to absorb)

    is it possible that the stability of the orbitals is secondary and the absorption and emission spectrum is primary. in other words that the atom doesnt absorb a certain frequency because certain orbitals are stable but rather the orbitals are stable because they correspond to certain frequencies that are characteristic of the absorption and emission spectrum.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2009
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