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Why an electron never falls into a nucleus?

  1. Oct 7, 2011 #1
    So, I know from having taken some QM that solving the Schrodinger equation for an electron with a central potential gives you the probability distribution for the electron, and the different energy levels correspond to different atomic orbitals.

    That's fine from a mathematical perspective, but thinking in physical terms the electron still feels a strong attraction to the nucleus, yet it just buzzes around and never falls in - is there some way to explain why this is in physical terms?
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  4. Oct 7, 2011 #3


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    There are numerous threads on this very issue around here. No need to open a new one. I think there's also a chapter in the Q&A section. Please, read them and tell us what you haven't understood.
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