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ERIC Number: EJ823784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Two Equivalent e[subscript g] Orbitals for the Discussion of Bonding in Octahedral Complexes
Brandhorst, Kai; Grunenberg, Jorg; Tamm, Matthias
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n12 p1692-1695 Dec 2008
A new set of d orbitals, constructed as a linear combination of the omnipresent set of d[subscript xy], d[subscript yz], d[subscript xz], d[subscript x[superscript 2]-y[superscript 2]], and d[subscript z[superscript 2]] orbitals, is suitable for the discussion of octahedral transition-metal complexes. The main feature of the newly derived set orbitals is the equivalence of the two e[subscript g] orbitals in terms of their spatial appearance, which may facilitate the understanding of degeneracy in terms of ligand field theory. Furthermore, the reader is reminded of the fundamental difference between canonical, complex solutions of the Schrodinger equation and the manifold real-valued linear combinations of them. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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