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Spectra and the Bohr Atom

  • Charles H. Holbrow
  • James N. Lloyd
  • Joseph C. Amato
  • Enrique Galvez
  • M. Elizabeth Parks
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Abstract

We come now to a new aspect of atoms: the existence of discrete energy states. Niels Bohr’s idea that atoms can possess only certain well–defined amounts of energy was a major development in our understanding of atoms. In 1911 Bohr, a young Dane who had just received his Ph.D. in physics from the University in Copenhagen, came to England to visit for a year. He worked for a while in J.J. Thomson’s laboratory in Cambridge, and then in early 1912 Bohr transferred to Manchester to work with Rutherford. Inspired by Rutherford’s concept of the atomic nucleus, Bohr subsequently developed a nuclear model of the hydrogen atom that predicted the wavelengths emitted in the spectrum of atomic hydrogen. The agreement of his predictions with observations was startlingly good.

Keywords

Atomic Number Nuclear Charge Principal Quantum Number Rydberg Atom Mercury Atom 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles H. Holbrow
    • 1
  • James N. Lloyd
    • 2
  • Joseph C. Amato
    • 3
  • Enrique Galvez
    • 4
  • M. Elizabeth Parks
    • 4
  1. 1.Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics, EmeritusCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics & AstronomyColgate UniversityHamiltonUSA
  3. 3.William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics, Emeritus Department of Physics & AstronomyColgate UniversityHamiltonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Physics & AstronomyColgate UniversityHamiltonUSA

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