What happens to the atom?

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What will happen if somehow we make electron to stop revolving around the necleus?
 
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What will happen if somehow we make an atom stop oscillating as a wave? Will the atom disappear?
This question makes no sense. An atom isn't oscillating as a wave. An atom has a nucleus of protons and neutrons, surrounded by electrons in various quantised energy states (called electron shells).
 
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This question makes no sense. An atom isn't oscillating as a wave. An atom has a nucleus of protons and neutrons, surrounded by electrons in various quantised energy states (called electron shells).
Sorry I questioned it wrong. I have corrected it.
 
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What will happen if somehow we make electron to stop revolving around the necleus?
First, it isn't revolving round the nucleus. It's in an energy eigenstate. Only certain energy eigenstates are allowed (they must be solutions to the Schrodinger equation).

You can ionise an atom, by providing enough energy to "free" an electron. In that case you have an ion and a free electron which is no longer bound to the atom/ion.

The short answer to your question is that you get an ion.
 
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Basically you are asking "what would happen if we stop physics to work the way it does?". No way to predict it, just as you can't predict how a fairy tale ends before it is told to the end.
 
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What will happen if somehow we make electron to stop revolving around the necleus?
The word is 'orbiting' but the question is basically ok. It's not at all hard to knock an electron off an atom. A high energy photon or electron will do it. It happens all the time in our atmosphere. The atoms that are in and near stars are pretty much all missing some or all of their electrons. Atoms with missing electrons are called Ions.
 

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