« on: Yesterday at 04:27:38 »
Mejnun got in touch to ask:Your teacher cannot, in general, be correct. The electron isn't owned by the nucleus, and it can travel between different nuclei. I'm pretty sure then it can be in between two electron states too, although the two states will inevitably have physical overlap and then the wavefunction will transition between them via the overlap if it has sufficient energy; nature will take the easiest route almost every time.
"I have learned at school that when an electron excites it jumps to another orbital around the nucleus. If an electron jumps an orbital you would expect that at that moment it can be found between the two orbitals. My teacher told me that this is never the case. I can not wrap my head around it. Does the particle just disappear in one orbital and appear in the other? Is this instant, is the particle in the other orbital the same? Can you please help me to understand this?"