It is a known fact that atoms have quantised energies, that is, they can only have a discrete set of energy values. When irradiated by electromagnetic radiation, atoms absorb certain frequencies from the radiation thus transitioning between energy levels. If the incident radiation is compared with the one coming from the atoms, a continuous spectrum can be observed with frequencies matching those between the energy levels missing. The spectrum is unique to the element and displays the fact that the energy levels are quantised. In the presence of a magnet field the energy levels of the atom split, and the spectral lines are split into several parts. This is the called Zeeman effect.
Physicist Pieter Zeeman discovered the effect and hence its …show more content…
Many other elements were observed to have three or more splits in their spectral lines that increased very fast with increase in field strength. This went against the initial classical explanation suggested by Lorentz. The effect was termed the anomalous Zeeman Effect for such elements. The Stern-Gerlach experiment in 1922 further proved that the classical explanation failed to fully explain the Zeeman Effect. A beam of collimated silver atoms was fired through a non-uniform magnetic field. The beam had split into two parts, one going up the z-axis and the other down the z-axis, where the z-axis is the axis of the magnetic field. The observed bifurcation was inconsistent with the present explanation as angular momentum had integer values. Other elements also had more than two parts in the experiment. The results proved that atomic space was quantised since only the readings for the magnetic dipole moment in the arbitrary z direction only took certain discrete values. The values of the dipole moment were not the same as those predicted by equation (5). One thought was that the discrepancy was due to the magnetic dipole of nucleons, but since the values were of the order of the Bohr magneton which is about 2000 times more than those expected from the nucleus the thought was ruled …show more content…
The Stark effect followed the Zeeman effect. It is a similar concept to the Zeeman effect but about the influence of electric field on the spectral line. One application of the Zeeman effect has been in laser cooling and trapping. The idea is that since temperature of a substance is related to the distribution of speed of the atoms in the substance, then by slowing down the atoms the substance can be cooled. The atoms are slowed down my photons using the conservation of momentum. The photons are at lower energies than needed by the atoms for energy transitions. When the photon and atom are moving towards each other the energy of the photon looks more like the one needed for transitioning because of the doppler effect. The slowing down happens after many absorb and release actions by the atom, thereby losing momentum. Introduction of a varying magnetic field will shift the energy levels of the atom making it more probable for them to absorb the photons. The Zeeman effect has also been observed in astrophysics. In 1908, George E. Hale discovered that the effect in the sun. He noted that the sunspots had a magnetic nature and formulated polarisation laws for the
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The observed emission data for the different elements did not look how they were supposed to. However the “peaks” for Hydrogen were found to be 534.52 and 631.24, 534.70 and 569.11 for Helium and 529.73 and 630.71 for Mercury. The Rydberg’s Constant found to 1.1x107 8.5x104 while the known constant is 10967758.34m-1. The percent error of 0.29% and the accuracy of this reading is 99.7. The slope and intercept of the linear regression line is -0.01 3.3x10-5 and 0.02x10-1 1.9x10-6 respectfully.
The testing of electromagnetic induction goes back to 1831 with experiments conducted by Michael Faraday. His experiment led to one of the “basic laws of electromagnetism called Faraday’s Law of Electromagnetic Induction.” (electrical4u.com) English physicist Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction which deduced “the working principle of most of the electrical motors, generators, electrical transformers and inductors.” (electrical4u.com)
Scientist continued to develop the world's knowledge of the atom. In 1896, Henri Becquerel accidentally discovered radioactivity(Doc.1). Furthermore, in 1911, Ernest Rutherford discovered atoms were made of smaller particles and that they had a positively charged nucleus(Doc.1). Throughout decades, scientist have honed ,developed, and continued in the study of the science of the
Unit 8 LAB- Photoelectric Effect Created by Young Su Kang Materials: • Google PhET Simulation- photoelectric effect Vocabulary: • Electron volt– a unit of energy that is equal to the energy of an electron that is accelerated by a potential difference of 1 volt • Frequency- the number of times something happens in a given period of time • Intensity- a measure of how much energy passes through a region in a given time • Photoelectric effect- the emission of electrons from the surface of a material when struck by electromagnetic radiation • Photon- the smallest possible amount of light; a quantum of light.
Throughout the years, the human race has made several large advances in science. But, these advances did not come about without a few mistakes along the way. In the book, Brilliant Blunders by Mario Livio, several brilliant scientists’ mistakes are addresses and discussed. Livio focuses on the blunders made by Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin, Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein, who were all infamous in the science world.
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Other scientists like Nicolas Copernicus believed in the Heliocentric Theory. At first, it didn’t explain how the planets orbits the way they did and was very hesitant to share it with others. In 1601, another scientist named Johannes Kepler proved that Copernicus idea was correct. They show that the planets rotate around the sun. Another method Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo developed was called the Scientific Method.
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Protactinium currently has no uses due to its high levels of toxicity and radioactivity. Although it is used for scientific research. After this discovery Meisner continued her research which in 1923 lead to the radiationless transition known as the Auger effect. The Auger effect is when an electron in an outer shell of an atom makes a transition to a vacancy in an inner shell. The energy gained is shifted to an electron that leaves from the atom.
A physicist’s job is to use humanity’s understanding of how matter and energy interact to learn about the Universe. The job of physics, however, is to unite the four fundamental forces of nature: Gravity, Strong and Weak Nuclear, and electromagnetism, into a single physical model; A theory of everything. In the 20th century, physicists revolutionized humanity’s understanding of these forces and made great strides in uniting them, but the two theories which have brought humanity the closest to this unified field theory, the theories of general Relativity, and Quantum Mechanics, cannot seem to coexist. Both of these theories have made immense contributions to science, but unless physicists can find a way to unite these two scientific principles
Wavelength of light is determined by amount of energy released when electron drops to lower orbit. Light is coherent; all the photons have same wave fronts that launch to unison. Laser light has tight beam and is strong and concentrated. To make these three properties occur takes something called “Stimulated Emission”, in which photon emission is