L and S orientation

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    Jannes
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    J=2 when L and S are parallel pointing in the same direction: the angular momenta then add up.

    J=1 when they are perpendicular: they both are 1 and both point in a totally different direction, so do not add up nor cancel.

    J=1 when parallel and in opposite directions: they cancel that way.

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