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What does the ground state of an atom represent?

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Interpretation:

The meaning of a ground state of an atom should be explained.

Concept information: An atom has a number of sub-particles. Out of these sub particles electrons are arranged in different energy levels.Transitions of electrons between the energy level spontaneously or by induction would result in lowering or increasing the energy of an atom. However, by nature atoms would like to achieve the most stable configuration by lowering the energy. There is a lower boundary for an energy which an atom could possess.That energy could be vital in estimating the atomic properties and stability.

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An atom is capable of absorbing energy. These absorbed energy is used for the transition of the electrons between the designated energy levels. Electrons would always like to achieve the most stable configuration by either emitting radiation after atoms would absorb energy to reach the excited states with higher energy...

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