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**Physics, Astronomy & Cosmology / What is atomic orbital from QM interpretations perspective?**

« **on:**19/10/2020 06:08:22 »

While electron and proton being far apart are allowed to be imagined as nearly point particles, when they approach ~10^-10m (or much more for Rydberg atoms), electron is said "to become" this relatively huge wavefunction - orbital, describing probability distribution of finding electron (confirmed experimentally e.g. https://journals.aps.org/prb/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevB.80.165404 ).

Can we specify in what e-p distance this qualitative change happens?

How to think about this orbital from QM interpretations perspective - is it superposition of electron (indivisible charge) being in all these places? Is electric field of orbital a superposition over electron being in all places, or rather mean?

E.g. in Many Worlds Interpretation, should we imagine that electron has different position in each World?

In such superposition each electron is staying or moving? If staying, where e.g. the orbital angular momentum comes from? If moving, why no synchrotron radiation?

Can we specify in what e-p distance this qualitative change happens?

How to think about this orbital from QM interpretations perspective - is it superposition of electron (indivisible charge) being in all these places? Is electric field of orbital a superposition over electron being in all places, or rather mean?

E.g. in Many Worlds Interpretation, should we imagine that electron has different position in each World?

In such superposition each electron is staying or moving? If staying, where e.g. the orbital angular momentum comes from? If moving, why no synchrotron radiation?