Rydberg constant

variants: or Rydberg unit

Definition of Rydberg constant

: 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

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First Known Use of Rydberg constant

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Rydberg constant

after Johannes R. Rydberg

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“Rydberg constant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Rydberg%20constant. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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