Chemlab: Chemistry 6

Spectrum of the Hydrogen Atom


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Atomic Spectra
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The Balmer Series of Hydrogen consists of four visible lines.

The transitions between electron energy levels can be explored using the Atomic Spectra Applet described on the Getting Started page.

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The sodium spectrum is dominated by one very bright yellow line.

Image 3
The helium spectrum is somewhat more complex than that of hydrogen.

Why should that be?

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The neon spectrum is dominated by red lines.

That's why neon signs are red.

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The mercury spectrum is shown here.

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