Re: Explanation of the positive E.S. charge
>Date: Fri, 31 Jan 1997 23:15:48 -0700
>From: Tesla List <tesla-at-poodle.pupman-dot-com>
>Subscriber: lod-at-pacbell-dot-net Fri Jan 31 23:06:54 1997
>Date: Fri, 31 Jan 1997 06:21:57 -0800
>Subject: Re: Explanation of the positive E.S. charge
>Richard Hull wrote:
>> I would imagine with electron emission, this might be reduced a bit so that
>> what we might be seeing is Rydberg atoms. I have always left this
>> possibility open. Rydberg atoms are bipolar!! The outer electron orbital
>> in a Rydberg can cause the atom to be a 100s of microns in diameter,
>> orbiting over an area 10s of millions of times larger than the normal
>> quantum number n=1. Rydbergs can easily attain n=100 or more.
>What is a Rydberg atom?
An atom with an electron excited to a very high quantum number. In
other words the outer electron is orbitting very far away making
the whole atom bigger than it would be in its ground state.
Have a look at these URLs:
Exploration of Quantum Chaos by Optical Spectroscopy of Rydberg Atoms
(you'll have to look around a bit in this one)
Stroud Wave Packet Home Page
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