Quantum Chemistry: Classic Scientific Papers

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Hinne Hettema
World Scientific, May 14, 2014 - SCIENCE - 520 pages
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Chemical physics is presently a very active field, where theoretical computation and accurate experimentation have led to a host of exciting new results. Among these are the possibility of state-to-state reactive scattering, the insights in non-adiabatic chemistry, and, from the computational perspective, the use of explicitly correlated functions in quantum chemistry. Many of these present-day developments use ideas, derivations and results that were obtained in the very early days of quantum theory, in the 1920s and 1930s. Much of this material is hard to study for readers not familiar with German. This volume presents English translations of some of the most important papers. The choice of material is made with the relevance to present-day researchers in mind. Included are seminal papers by M. Born and J.R. Oppenheimer, J. von Neurmann and E. Wigner, E.A. Hylleraas, F. London, F. Hund, H.A. Kramers, R. de L. Kronig and F. Huckel, among others.

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Nuclear and Electronic Motion
On the Behaviour of Eigenvalues in Adiabatic Processes
On the Theory of the Interaction Between Electronic
Theory of Atoms
A New Calculation of the Energy of Helium in the Ground
The lonisation Potentials of Atomic Configurations with
Theory of the Chemical Bond
On the Quantum Theory of Homopolar Valence Numbers
On the Interpretation of Molecular Spectra Ill
On the Interpretation of Band Spectra II
On the Structure of the Spectra of TwoAtomic Molecules
On the Structure of Multiplet 5States in Diatomic Molecules I
On the Spontaneous Decomposition of TwoAtomic Molecules
On the Theory and System of Molecular Forces
On Some Properties and Applications of Molecular Forces
On Simple Gas Reactions

On the Interpretation of Molecular Spectra I
Lifetimes from Resonance Phenomena
Z Phys Chem B12 279 1931

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Page xxxvi - A theoretical physicist in these days asks just one thing of his theories: if he uses them to calculate the outcome of an experiment, the theoretical prediction must agree, within limits, with the result of the experiment. He does not ordinarily argue about philosophical implications of his theory.
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