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Atomic orbitals: 1s radial distribution function

Schematic plot of the 1s radial distribution function 4πr2ψ1s2

For s-orbitals, the radial distribution function is given by multiplying the electron density by 4πr2. By definition, it is independent of direction. In the case of the hydrogen atom, the maximum value of the radial distribution function corresponds to r = 1 AU, 52.9 pm.

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