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The core electrons will

tend to the outer

electron from the full

nuclear charge.

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Shielding and Penetration

Shielding and Penetration

If an electron is always outside the core it experiences only a net charge of nucleus and core.

If, however, the electron spends much of its time close to the nucleus (within the core) it will experience a larger nuclear attraction and have a lower energy (more tightly bound).

Hence the energy of the outer electron depends on how much it the core region.

This in turn depends on the type (s, p, d, f etc.) of orbital it is in.

Important

Slide 73

Recall the radial distribution functions .

Recall the radial distribution functions .

An e- in the 3s orbital spends more time close to the nucleus than an electron in 3p and is thus more tightly bound (lower energy).

nucleus

Important

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Ramifications

Ramifications

The energy of a given quantum state is now no longer simply a function of its principal quantum number but also of its penetration into the core region which depends on the orbital shape (and thus l).

i.e., E=En,l

In general the energies of sub-shells of the same principal quantum number n lie in the order

Important

Slide 75

Zeff  the effective nuclear charge

Zeff the effective nuclear charge

To account for the effects of penetration and shielding we use

Important

an effective nuclear charge Zeff such that

where s is the shielding parameter and Z is the charge of the nucleus.

Zeff is a function of n and l as electrons in different shells and subshells approach nucleus to different extents

Slide 76

Trends in Zeff

Trends in Zeff

Slide 77

The Grotrian diagram for Na

The Grotrian diagram for Na

Note:

Different l levels have different energy.

The H-atom levels are marked on the RHS

Note more rapid stabilisation of 4s with respect to 3d due to

H-Atom

energy

levels

Important

Slide 78

Radial Distribution Function 3d vs 4s

Radial Distribution Function 3d vs 4s

Slide 79

The Aufbau Principle and the Structure of the Periodic Table

The Aufbau Principle and the Structure of the Periodic Table

Slide 80

Electron Configurations

Electron Configurations

To obtain a ground state configuration for an atom we apply the Pauli exclusion and the Aufbau principle which states that electrons are added to orbitals in increasing order of energy.

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