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Pauli exclusion principle

A rule, complementary to the aufbau principle, of building up the electronic configuration of atoms and molecules: a maximum of two electrons can occupy an orbital and then only providing that the spins of the electrons are paired, i.e. opposed. The principle demands that the wavefunction for a many-electron system must be asymmetric with respect to the permutation of the space-spin coordinates for every pair of electrons.
PAC, 1999, 71, 1919 (Glossary of terms used in theoretical organic chemistry) on page 1956
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: http://goldbook.iupac.org (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8. doi:10.1351/goldbook.
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