I understand atoms stop moving, but do electrons also stop orbiting? Absolutely everything freezes?
You can't get to absolute zero, only pretty darn close. So there is always some motion. I suggest you do a google search on "Bose-Einstein Condensate". Very interesting to see what happens at near 0 degrees absolute, I think it might be like several millionths of a degree above 0, as I recall, I'll think i'll check it myself, thanks for the question!I understand atoms stop moving, but do electrons also stop orbiting? Absolutely everything freezes?
This is not quite right because we haven't reached "absolute zero" yet. So the fact that we have already observed BEC implies that it didn't occur at absolute zero.Hi,
Bose-Einstein Condensate only occurs with a gas cooled to absolute zero.
They will not. The electrons don't "orbit" in the first place. Still, the ground state of an atom is the LOWEST state that the atom can be in. The electrons all simply cannot collapse to a single state and stop moving. Even in a quantum harmonic oscillator, the lowest possible energy available is not zero. This means that the atomic vibration in a solid would never be gone even at T=0.Non of these directly answer my question. Please someone tell me wheather electrons stop orbiting or slow down rotation.
No.Non of these directly answer my question. Please someone tell me wheather electrons stop orbiting
Electrons, in quantum mechanics, do not orbit like little planets. They don't have a defined speed of rotation at all, so this question has no real answer.or slow down rotation.
Perhaps you're talking about Bose-Einstein condensation? I'm going to link to two qualitative explanations of the phenomenon I wrote here a long time ago.Well, OK maybe this question is a little too ambitious since we haven't observed absolute zero. So I will settle with near 0kelvin temps. like liquid helium. What happens there?
that video is awesome but spoooky at the end. did they figure out what it had to do with the observer? :surprisedIt's impossible to stop an electron's 'motion' around an atom. we cant reach absolute zero but if we did someone did it, atoms would not move at all (relative to surrounding atoms) but within the atom, functions would continue.
you cant think of an electron like a ball going in a circular orbit. it doesnt even act like matter half the time. i suggest you watch http://dadattack.castpost.com/520670.html" [Broken]
Physicists have a very good understanding of the electron; it's not a matter of lack of knowledge. The electron behaves in a way very well described by the most accurate theory currently known to mankind: quantum electrodynamics. It just happens that this theory does not consider electrons to be like tiny planets orbiting stars, as you would seem to prefer. The microscopic world just isn't that way.wow, this is amazing. So my question cant fully be answered until the electron form is found I guess.
Your question has been fully answered, several times! Just because you won't accept them doesn't mean it hasn't.wow, this is amazing. So my question cant fully be answered until the electron form is found I guess.
This is also wrong!But for now I will have to assume electrons are not affected by external temperature.
Love your spelling, dude. :tongue:In an atom, the GROUND STATE is the lowest possible energy that the atom can be in (I could has sworn I have said this already!). The electron in the ground state cannot be forced into any lower state than this.Zz.
That's why I didn't become a "spelling major", especially when my fingers and my brain don't work all the time. Still, with all the amount of crap that I've typed, I'm surprised I don't make even more bad spelling and bad grammatical errors.Love your spelling, dude. :tongue:
This is now a different scenario than the electrostatic potential due to an atom. Your scenario cannot be described by a typical "electron in a central potential" problem. It may require other types of interactions involved to describe it accurately, namely the weak interaction. You'll notice that it requires a change in "flavor" of quarks for a proton to turn into a neutron. It isn't just a matter of a simple capture.That aside, ZZ, I have a serious question. If the electron is forced into the nucleus to merge with a proton and become a neutron, as in a neutron star, does that represent a lower energy state, or is it a higher one because it's an unnatural condition?
:rofl:That's why I didn't become a "spelling major"
I didn't know any such thing. No high-school diploma, remember...You'll notice that it requires a change in "flavor" of quarks for a proton to turn into a neutron.
Hey man, this is not high school stuff, trust meI didn't know any such thing. No high-school diploma, remember...
I'd love to hear more about that, but I don't know that I could understand it.