Monday, July 23, 2012

Atomic physics overview

Atomic physics is the field of physics that studies atoms as an atomic nucleus and a system of electrons. While atomic physics  meanly deals with the way electrons are arranged around the atomic nucleus and how those arrangements change change. It also includes a atoms energy states, how it interacts with outside particles and electromagnetic fields.

Atomic physics basically treats the nucleus as a black box because it does not deal with what goes on inside the nucleus, that is nuclear physics. The most amazing and surprizing result from atomic physics in recent years is the actual imaging of electron orbitals by way of field-emission electron microscopy. It had previously been thought that they could never actually be seen.

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