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Institute of Optics

Classical Orbits in Atoms?

Classical Electron Orbits

In a classical world, an atom can be thought of as a point electron moving in an orbit around the nucleus exactly as a planet orbits the sun. There is a continuous range of energies available to this electron, so its orbit can have any size, all the way from an orbit of infinitesimally small area to one of infinite area.




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