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Atomic orbitals: 6f wave functions
This page addresses the 6fxz2 and 6fyz2 wave functions, both of which are only in the general set of 6f orbitals. See below for links to images of the wave functions of the other 6f wave functions.
Schematic plot of the 6fx(5z2-r2) (abbreviated as 6fxz2) wave function ψ6fxz2. Blue represents negative values for the wave function and red represents positive values.
The line graph on the left is a plot of values along the x-axis, which is through the "flattened" minor zones. The surface plot on the right shows values of ψ6fxz2 on a slice drawn through the xz plane (y = 0). The red zone at centre left and the blue zone at centre right are the "flattened" more minor zones evident here. The x-direction is the same for both plots.
The 6fxz2 and 6fxz2 orbitals are identical in appearance and differ only in direction. One can be mapped to the other by a 90° rotation about the z-axis. This is best seen when viewing both together.
Links to 6f wave functions
The Orbitron is a gallery of orbitals on the WWWThe OrbitronTM, a gallery of orbitals on the WWW, URL: http://winter.group.shef.ac.uk/orbitron/
Copyright 2002-2006 Mark Winter [The University of Sheffield]. All rights reserved.
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