The Shapes Of Hydrogen - Poster
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Beauty can be found anywhere in nature. Alluring forms and shapes linger even in the deepest of depths.

This is something fairly spontaneous I did last night for all your geeky pleasures. I wrote a program to plot the volumes in which electrons can be found in a hydrogen atom, according to the laws of quantum mechanics. Brighter areas represent higher probability of the electron being there. These volumes are the orbitals or electron shells of the atom, which have beautiful shapes in the form of spherical harmonics.
What a fine excuse to show a complicated equation in a deviation :D

(n, l, m) are the quantum numbers of the orbitals, where n is the principal number associated with its order and energy, while l and m are associated with angular momentum and spin of the electron. So the number n=1,2,3,4,5... is basically what used to be the number of the electron shell in Bohr's old model of the atom, which is probably what you've learned in school.

By the way, there is no category on dA fitting this kind of illustration. Shame on you, dA! :D
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GrowLegends's avatar
GrowLegends|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't understand a thing about those s,p,d,f...orbiatals things help!!!
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lsuess's avatar
Hi, may I use your illustration (with proper credits & non-commercially)
on my wiki about "atomically precise manufacturing"?
This wiki here: www.apm.bplaced.net
I think your version has nicer order and lacks the not so pretty boxes that are present in the public domain version of PoorLeno on wikimedia commons: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fil…
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LaoHuBZBS's avatar
the solution to the schrödinger equation is it?
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LaoHuBZBS's avatar
for hydrogen like atoms?
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Molecular-Art's avatar
I had a poster up on my wall when I was kid, showing the formulae of hydrogen's electronic states calculations. This is absolutely lovely. I give you my first fav.
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SHLEEMO's avatar
SHLEEMO|Professional General Artist
These are sweet...
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SadisticLoser's avatar
That's actually quite beautiful, yet another reason to love hydrogen.
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kasia-lis's avatar
kasia-lis|Professional
Love it. Yes, shame on DA for not having science category.
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DarkSilverflame|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also a good one :)
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LordKatama's avatar
Nice. I'm learning about quantum mechanics at university now, and our lecturer viewed this image during a lecture. Gives a nice depiction of how these electron wave function look, making the whole quantum-fuzzyness more tangible, I'd say. Thanks.
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DarkSilverflame|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did he actually show my poster, or just a plot of the orbitals? :)
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LordKatama's avatar
No, your actual poster. It had your deviantart-id on it.
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Sciencelover5|Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me so happy! :D Chemistry is awesome!
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tudiestudio's avatar
tudiestudio|Professional Digital Artist
Precise and beautiful. Nobody can ask for more. Wonderful work!
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DarkSilverflame|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Alexander-Musset's avatar
I don't understand the maths at all, but this really is amazing. Maybe Mind Wanderers, should have it's own Nobel Prize of the month or something. I would definitely vote for this one!
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DarkSilverflame|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Doesntknowanybetter's avatar
I may not know chemistry or physics of any type but this is still fascinating to me :D 
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DarkOverord| Digital Artist
Goodness I recall that equation briefly in QM Lectures haha. This is also one of the sharpest (in the most probabilistic way allowable ;) ) examples I've seen of it too. A year late to the party but I've only just seen this haha!
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theshsx71|Hobbyist Interface Designer
amazing
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randomkeystone's avatar
A brilliant and thorough execution. I have often wondered what exists in the space where the electrons are not found...
R.K.
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wavesandbreakers88's avatar
I know this is an old deviation, but I just saw it...It's pretty cool. :D It's a fun learning tool, but would also be good as a fun wall decoration for us nerdy folks. Kudos to you!
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