A list of terms and definitions:

  • Ground State – The lowest energy configuration of a molecule
  • Excited State – Any stable configuration of a molecule that exists at an energy above the ground state.
  • Configuration – A certain geometric arrangement of atoms in a molecule, or an arrangement of electrons.
  • Photon – Another name for light. Can be thought of as a packet of energy.
  • Recombination – When an excited state system returns to the ground state, the stored energy is lost. This process is called recombination because the electron recombines with the “hole” it left behind.

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