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How do you know if an atom is in an excited state?

An easy way to determine if the electron is in the excited state is to compare it to its ground state. If you see electrons have been “moved” to a higher orbital before filling the lower orbital, then that atom is in an excited state.

How is metastable state created?

In some of these lasers, helium atoms are excited into metastable states by an electric discharge. In collisions with other atoms (e.g. neon in a helium–neon laser), they can then transfer the excitation energy to those atoms. It also occurs that after the laser transition atoms are “stuck” in a metastable state.

What is the importance of metastable state?

In a three-level laser, the material is first excited to a short-lived high-energy state that spontaneously drops to a somewhat lower-energy state with an unusually long lifetime, called a metastable state. The metastable state is important because it traps and holds the excitation energy, building up a…

Why is the excited state unstable?

The lowest energy state an atom can be at is called its ground state. When an electron in an atom has absorbed energy it is said to be in an excited state. An excited atom is unstable and tends to rearrange itself to return to its lowest energy state….What it is:

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Where do photons come from?

A photon is produced whenever an electron in a higher-than-normal orbit falls back to its normal orbit. During the fall from high energy to normal energy, the electron emits a photon — a packet of energy — with very specific characteristics.

Do photons have energy?

Since photons (particles of light) have no mass, they must obey E = pc and therefore get all of their energy from their momentum. If a particle has no mass (m = 0) and is at rest (p = 0), then the total energy is zero (E = 0). But an object with zero energy and zero mass is nothing at all.

What is photon flux?

The quantum flux (also called photon flux) is defined as the number of photons (in µmol) per second and unit area on a surface. This is expressed in µE (µEinstein; 1 Einstein = energy of 1 mole of photons/m²·s).