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Abstract Title: Atomic Structure from the Sodium Atom UV-VIS-NIR Spectrum
Abstract: Atomic emission spectroscopy can appear to be an inert laboratory with the sole purpose of obtaining a high resolution spectrum with no real purpose. Historically these same spectra yielded basic atomic energy level diagrams and quantum numbers. I will discuss the analysis of a medium resolution spectrum from sodium and the analysis needed to unravel the energy levels and quantum numbers for neutral sodium. The analysis is not done in the historical sense but adapts to the level of chemistry and modern physics expected of a physics student performing this laboratory.
Abstract Type: Poster
Session: Session IX - Effective Experiments Poster Session

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Randolph S Peterson
The University of the South
Physics Department
735 University Ave
Sewanee, TN 37383
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