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Old 2008-11-08, 18:05   #8
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Originally Posted by akruppa View Post
There are infinitely many excitation states of the electron, right? However all but the couple of lowest ones are so close in energy that they will be impossible to distinguish.

Give that man a cigar.

The situation becomes slightly more tractable if you put the atom in a magnetic field. The states with the same n but differing l are no longer degenerate.

This storage mechanism is still hopelessly impractical for anything other than a few bits with current technology. Even then, spontaneous emission requires that the memory be refreshed every now and again.

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