6h radial distribution function

Schematic plot of the 6h radial distribution function r2R6h2 (R6h = radial wave function).

Schematic plot of the 6h orbitals radial distribution function.

For 6h-orbitals, the radial distribution function is related to the product obtained by multiplying the square of the radial wave function R6h by r2. By definition, it is independent of direction.

In addition to planar and conical nodes, h-orbitals (n > 6) display a number of radial nodes that separate the largest, outer, component from the inner components. The number of nodes is related to the principal quantum number, n. In general, the nh orbital has (n - 6) radial nodes, so the 6h-orbitals have (6 - 6) = 0 radial nodes, as shown in the above plot. Radial nodes do become evident, however, in the higher h-orbitals ( 7h).


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