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delta bonding


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Chemical bonding involving delta (δ) orbitals. A δ orbital is so called because it resembles a d-orbital when viewed along the axis of a molecule and has two units of orbital angular momentum around the internuclear axis. The formation of δ bonds originates in the overlap of d-orbitals on different atoms. Delta orbitals contribute to the bonding of cluster compounds of transition metals.

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