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The relationship between ionisation energy and emission spectra is complex You make the assumption (implicitly) that the colour you see in emission spectra is from the single complete ionisation of an electron from the highest energy electron orbital in lithium. But the colour you see is not that simple for two reasons. One is that you only see visible light ...


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I don't think it is a good idea to connect ionization energy with the color of flame emission, especially in a Bunsen burner. Ionization energy means that you have separated the electron out of the nucleus attractive field. However, electronic transitions, corresponding to visible wavelengths, take place while the electron is still bound to the nucleus. Thus ...


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