Rydberg constant

noun

variants or Rydberg unit
: a wave number characteristic of the atomic spectrum of each element equal to the constant factor in the wave-number formula for all the spectral series of the elements and having a value from 109,678 cm−1 for hydrogen to 109,737 cm−1 for the heaviest elements

Word History

Etymology

after Johannes R. Rydberg

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Rydberg constant was in 1900

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“Rydberg constant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Rydberg%20constant. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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