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OpenStudy (anonymous):

What causes the quantization of the electron spin?

3 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Hm...it didn't, i'm talking about the quantum number of electron spin

3 years ago
OpenStudy (schrodingers_cat):

Well lets start of with what spin is. Spin is just a nice analogy used to describe the angular momentum of a particle that isn't accounted for in the actual orbital angular momentum of the particle around a nucleus. According to electromagnetism a moving charge will create a magnetic field. As such, you can think of electrons as little magnetic dipoles orbiting around in a cloud around a nucleus. So, as you might know already an electron has +1/2 or -1/2 state. So when subjected to a homogeneous magnetic filed an electron will either spin up or it will spin down, or the poles will be north-south or south-north and they will exist in no other state. This is what is known as spin. So, now you can see that either the poles are either aligned with the magnetic filed or reveresed to it and that is where the 1/2 integer spin value comes from. Hope this helps :)

3 years ago
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