The Fundamentals of Atomic and Molecular Physics
The Fundamentals of Atomic and Molecular Physics is intended as an introduction to the field for advanced undergraduates who have taken quantum mechanics. Each chapter builds upon the previous, using the same tools and methods throughout. As the students progress through the book, their ability to use these tools will steadily increase, along with their confidence in their efficacy. The book treats the two-electron atom as the simplest example of the many-electron atom—as opposed to using techniques that are not applicable to many-electron atoms—so that it is unnecessary to develop additional equations when turning to multielectron atoms, such as carbon. External fields are treated using both perturbation theory and direct diagonalization and spontaneous emission is developed from first principles. Only diatomic molecules are considered with the hydrogen molecular ion and neutral molecule treated in some detail. This comprehensive coverage of the quantum mechanics of complex atoms and simple diatomic molecules, developed from the very basic components, is extremely useful for students considering graduate studies in any area of physics.
Treats complex atoms in detail The quantum mechanics of multi-electron atomic structure is developed in a manner that is clear and accessible for senior physics majors Each chapter contains practice problems at key points to emphasize and reinforce important concepts Includes several appendices containing reference constants and in-depth discussions of selected topics Concise developments of fundamental concepts in atomic and molecular physics, including molecular orbital theory as developed and applied to the hydrogen molecular ion and neutral molecule Includes quantum mechanical analysis using prolate spheroidal coordinates