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eeek, my first post! Well anywho, I heard that the phrase quantum leap comes from the fact that when an electron that's orbiting an atom strays out of its energy level it disappears and then reappears when it re-enters its energy level. Is this true? And if so what happens to it when it is gone? Are there any theories regarding this? If an electron is in the middle of a leap are there any signs it leaves? Does the charge on the atom change?
Thanks, I think I have got my ideas muddled. The phrase comes from the fact that when an electron changes an energy or "quantum" level the switch is discontinuous when it is expected to be continuous. This is probably accounted for because energy comes in "lumps"?
Also, maybe if a electron goes up a quantum energy level then surely the fact that the electron is further away from the atom
means that when for instance a negatively charged particle approaches it it will be slightly more repelled than if the electron was in a lesser more distant energy level.
Our erudite Italian friend to the rescue! Grazie, lightarrow.