Waves and Wave Functions
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Bohr’s model of the hydrogen atom was successful in that it gave us a radically new way to look at atoms. However, it has serious shortcomings. It could not be used to explain the spectra of He or any multielectron atom. It could not predict the intensities of the H absorption and emission lines. With de Broglie’s hypothesis that matter was also wavelike,1 there arose a question at the 1925 Solvey conference: What is the wave equation? De Broglie could not answer this; however, over the next year Erwin Schro¨dinger, working in Vienna, published a series of papers in which he deduced the general form of the equation that bears his name and applied it successfully to the hydrogen atom.2,3 What emerged was a new set of postulates, much like Newton’s, that laid the foundations of quantum theory.