Atomic Spectra

Paperback | August 1, 1994

byT. P. Softley

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This primer provides a systematic and rigorous introduction to the spectra and electronic structure of atoms in the gas phase. Throughout the book, the author explains observed spectra in terms of underlying quantum mechanical principles while at the same time illustrating experimental aspectsand chemical applications. The book begins with a review of elementary quantum mechanics as applied to spherically symmetric problems and a discussion of electromagnetic radiation properties. It goes on to detail the spectra of hydrogenic atoms, the alkali metals, the helium atoms, andmany-electron atoms at all stages. Topics such as spin-orbit coupling, the Zeeman effect, spin-correlation and the Pauli Principle, Russel-Saunders, and jj-coupling are included. Modern applications and techniques such as lasers and cooling of atoms are briefly discussed. Many topics are coveredat two levels in separate sections, so that a newcomer can gain qualitative understanding by omitting some sections and then return

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This primer provides a systematic and rigorous introduction to the spectra and electronic structure of atoms in the gas phase. Throughout the book, the author explains observed spectra in terms of underlying quantum mechanical principles while at the same time illustrating experimental aspectsand chemical applications. The book begins ...

T. P. Softley is at Oxford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:August 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198556888

ISBN - 13:9780198556886

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1. Quantum mechanics and light2. The structure and spectrum of the hydrogen atom3. The spectra of the alkali metals4. The spectrum of the helium atom5. The spectra of many-electron atomsIndex

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`It was a pleasure to see this short book arrive for review. With less than 100 well laid-out pages, it is not too daunting for undrgraduates. It is well written, with good explanations and a large number of clearly-drawn diagrams. It is also very down to earth ... an excellent little bookwith much to recommend it for introductory atomic physics courses ... I have no hesitation in recommending it for physics undergraduates.'Dr R.C. Thompson, Contemporary Physics, 1994, Volume 35, number 6