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What is the initial state n1 for the Balmer series?


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The initial state n1for the Balmer series.

  1. The Balmer series refers to a set of spectral emission lines of the hydrogen atom caused via electron transitions between higher energy levels to the energy level having the main quantum number 2.
  2. Balmer determined that its lightest atom, hydrogen, was most likely to exhibit simple spectrum patterns.
  3. The wavelengths of the four visible spectral lines were measured by Angstrom to be656.21,486.07,434.01, and 410.12 nm.

RH141n22

Hence, in the Balmer series, the initial state n1is 2, and n2 =3,4,


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