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Atomic orbitals: 3d electron density
This page addresses the 3dz2 electron density. See the 3dxy, 3dxz, 3dyz, and 3dx2-y2 page for information about their electron densities.
Schematic plot of the 3dz2 electron density function ψ3dz22. The blue zones are where the wave function has negative values and the red zones denote positive values.
The "surface" of the orbital represents points for which the electron density for that orbital is the same - an isosurface. By choosing different values of electron density, denoted by the bar moving up and down on the line plot or by the moving plane on the surface plot, then the size of the three-dimensional plot changes.
The plot above is for the 3dz2 orbital - see the 3dxy, 3dxz, 3dyz, and 3dx2-y2 page for comparable information about their electron densities.
All values are of necessity not negative since the square of any real number cannot be less than zero.
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/
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