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The Shapes Of Hydrogen - Poster by DarkSilverflame The Shapes Of Hydrogen - Poster by DarkSilverflame
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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LordKatama Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
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.
DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did he actually show my poster, or just a plot of the orbitals? :)
LordKatama Featured By Owner 5 days ago
No, your actual poster. It had your deviantart-id on it.
Sciencelover5 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me so happy! :D Chemistry is awesome!
tudiestudio Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Precise and beautiful. Nobody can ask for more. Wonderful work!
DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
Alexander-Musset Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
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!
DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
Doesntknowanybetter Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I may not know chemistry or physics of any type but this is still fascinating to me :D 
DarkOverord Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist 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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