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Spin-orbit coupling
28.02.08 at 10:19:46
SOC: Spin-Orbit Coupling
In light atoms (generally Z<30), electron spins si interact among themselves so they combine to form a total spin angular momentum S. The same happens with orbital angular momenta li, forming a single orbital angular momentum L.  
The interaction between the quantum numbers L and S is called Russell-Saunders coupling or LS coupling or Spin-Orbit coupling (SOC). Then S and L add together and form a total angular momentum J.  
J = L+S ... |L-S|
Spin-orbit coupling is a relativistic effect.
In heavier atoms the situation is different. The total angular momentum j=l+s couple to form J. This is called jj coupling.
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