Atomic Spectroscopy and Radiative Processes

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Springer, Jun 24, 2014 - Science - 430 pages

This book describes the basic physical principles of atomic spectroscopy and the absorption and emission of radiation in astrophysical and laboratory plasmas. It summarizes the basics of electromagnetism and thermodynamics and then describes in detail the theory of atomic spectra for complex atoms, with emphasis on astrophysical applications. Both equilibrium and non-equilibrium phenomena in plasmas are considered. The interaction between radiation and matter is described, together with various types of radiation (e.g., cyclotron, synchrotron, bremsstrahlung, Compton). The basic theory of polarization is explained, as is the theory of radiative transfer for astrophysical applications. Atomic Spectroscopy and Radiative Processes bridges the gap between basic books on atomic spectroscopy and the very specialized publications for the advanced researcher: it will provide under- and postgraduates with a clear in-depth description of theoretical aspects, supported by practical examples of applications.

 

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Contents

General Laws of the Electromagnetic Field
1
Spectrum and Polarisation
15
Radiation from Moving Charges
41
Quantisation of the Electromagnetic Field
85
Relativistic Wave Equations
99
Atoms with a Single Valence Electron
119
Atoms with Multiple Valence Electrons
149
Term Energies
191
Interaction Between Matter and Radiation
261
Selection Rules and Line Strengths
291
Nonequilibrium Plasmas
307
Radiative Transfer
315
Second Order Processes
337
Appendix
369
References
420
Index
423

More Details on Atomic Spectra
207
Laws of Thermodynamic Equilibrium
237

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