Rydberg and the Periodic System of the Elements

  • Wolfgang Pauli


It is not so well known as it should be that Rydberg’s occupation with spectral lines had its origin in his interest in the periodic system of the elements, an interest which accompanied him through his whole life.


Atomic Number Periodic System Atomic Spectroscopy Corona Line Famous Formula 
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