The Quantum Model of the Atom
One of the first important clues to understanding atomic structure involved the study of the emission and absorption of light by the atoms of different elements. Physicists knew from Maxwell’s theory that light is emitted and absorbed only by accelerating charges. This suggested that the atom might contain moving charges. Patterns and regularities in the properties of the light emitted we expected to provide valuable clues about the precise nature of the motions of the moving charges. The results of this study were so important to the unraveling of atomic structure that we review their development here in some detail.
KeywordsPeriodic Table Helium Atom Quantum Model Bright Line Mercury Atom
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