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Homework Help: Using Hund's rules to calculate ground state of erbium

  1. Jan 15, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Calculate ground state of erbium [Xe] 4f^12 6s^2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    so i know that the f orbital can hold 14 electrons and has 7 types of orbitals that is -3,-2,-1,0,1,2,3

    So i constructed a table with axes of m_l (-3 to +3 above) and m_s. Then hunds rules say i first maximise spin and then orbital angular momentum. So i placed electrons in order to maximise spin and im left with the ml=-3,-2 boxes with only one electron and all the other boxes are filled with 2. But im not getting the same answer as the question gives. I must be doing this wrong, any help please. Im getting L = 5 and S = 1 but the answers are L=9 and S=3??? Many thanks

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  3. Jan 15, 2010 #2
    I'm also stuck on the next part of this question which asks what happens to the ground state of erbium in a magnetic field. It says i require the lande g factor:

    g = [3J(J+1) + S(S+1) + L(L+1)]/2J(J+1)

    Using the answers of s=3, l=9 AND j=12 i get g equal to 1.25.

    But the answers give the change in energy as -0.75 M_j mu_B B which i know is the equation where in place of the -0.75 is the landau g factor, but this doesn't agree with my calculated value. Have i missed something or is this a typo? The answer also says that the degenerate groundstate will split into 25 states, how is this so and how would i be expected to know this? Many thanks again


    p.s i think ive found the equation which i need which is: Change in energy = mu_B (M_L + g_s x M_S) B

    how do i know the values of M_L and M_S? Also i read that this equation applies in the strong field limit but i dont understand how the question implies this instead of the wak limit, should i always assume the strong limit in questions unless stated? Apologies for so many questions but i really want to know how to do these types of questions. Thanks
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2010
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