- TL;DR Summary
- Do the electrons still orbit around the individual atomic nuclei?
When various atoms are turned into BEC's, are their electrons still arranged in their standard atomic orbitals like at higher temperatures? Or are the electrons free floating around the entire condensate? If the electrons are free-floating, then are they arranging themselves into superconductive Cooper Pairs? How close can the individual nuclei in the condensate get to each other? Do these nuclei still feel the repulsion of the protons from each other?