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What is the Zeeman effect?

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At the atomic level, there are different energy levels available.

We know electrons can jump between these levels if they absorb or give out set amounts of energy.

However if there are magnetic fields in place, then there are more levels available and the associated spectral lines of the atom can be said to split.

The zeeman effect refers to just this - the splitting that occurs of the atomic energy levels in the presence of magnetic fields.

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