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Why the electron orbit is a integer multiple of De Broglie wavelength?

  1. Feb 15, 2013 #1
    I cannot understand why the electron orbit should be an integer multiple of De Broglie wavelength. Why should the wave path "fit" the electron orbit for it to be stationary?
     
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  3. Feb 15, 2013 #2
    Re: Why the electron orbit is a integer multiple of De Broglie wavelen

    When you say "electron path", and "orbit", I suspect you are thinking in thinking in terms of the Bohr atom, but the Bohr atom with an orbiting electron is no longer considered a good description. To solve the Schrodinger equation, we are looking for a stable electron state, or eigenstate. Orbits are not a part of this picture.
     
  4. Feb 15, 2013 #3
    Re: Why the electron orbit is a integer multiple of De Broglie wavelen

    If I correctly understood his concepts, the electron has wave nature, and for a stable situation it should be in phase with itself around the nucleus. See also :
    http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/debrog.html#c2
    http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/bohr.html#c5
     
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