Oscillations in Finite Quantum Systems

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 21, 1994 - Science - 212 pages
This book surveys the physics of small clusters of particles undergoing oscillations and vibrations. These oscillations occur in nuclear physics and the physics and chemistry of atomic clusters. First, the authors survey experimental information on collective vibrations in atoms, metal clusters and nuclei, then they develop theoretical tools to understand these findings. Finally, they discuss important vibrational modes observed in the different systems and mechanisms for the damping of vibrational modes and the effects of excitation energy on the modes.
 

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Contents

Preface page xi
1
Basic concepts
33
Theoretical tools
46
RPA
63
Dipole oscillations
81
Compressional modes
127
Spin modes
137
Line broadening and the decay of oscillations
148
Thermal effects
171
Mean field theory
187
Specification of deformations
193
Nuclear surface reactions
199
References
205
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