By A.R. Rau
Aimed toward senior undergraduate and first-year graduate scholars in departments of physics and astronomy, this textbook supplies a scientific remedy of atomic and molecular constitution and spectra, including the influence of susceptible and robust exterior electromagnetic fields. issues selected are these of curiosity in astronomy, and certainly many have been encouraged through particular astronomical contexts. Examples comprise the adverse ion of hydrogen and the results of robust magnetic fields akin to these taking place on sure white dwarfs and neutron stars. Adiabatic and non-adiabatic dealing with of electron correlations and alertness to tactics resembling dielectronic recombination are integrated. Astronomical examples are supplied all through, in addition to end-of-the-chapter difficulties and workouts. Over seventy illustrative diagrams whole this specific and finished quantity.
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