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What happens when a ray of light passes through an atom?

Is it effected by the atom in some quantum way (ie in a way that can only be described using quantum theory) or is it like light passing though air and explicable using classical theory.

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  1. It is know that when light passes near massive planets(star),it bends to the planet slightly.When a beam of light passes thru
    an atom nothing happens,because of so small mass of it.

  2. In quantum Theory there is nothing about Light. Light (light rays like alfa,beta,gamma) are not capable to make any difference.
    If u want precise answer please check The experiment Named: Alfa Atoms Deflection(gold foil experiment) by: Rutherford

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