Astronomy-Inspired Atomic and Molecular Physics

  • A. R. P. Rau

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 271)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Pages 1-39
  3. Pages 135-168
  4. Pages 169-206
  5. Pages 207-227
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-243

About this book


Aimed at senior undergraduate and first-year graduate students in departments of physics and astronomy, this textbook gives a systematic treatment of atomic and molecular structure and spectra, together with the effect of weak and strong external electromagnetic fields.
Topics chosen are those of interest in astronomy, and indeed many were inspired by specific astronomical contexts. Examples include the negative ion of hydrogen and the effects of strong magnetic fields such as those occurring on certain white dwarfs and neutron stars. Adiabatic and non-adiabatic handling of electron correlations and application to processes such as dielectronic recombination are included. Astronomical examples are provided throughout, as well as end-of-the-chapter problems and exercises. Over seventy illustrative diagrams complete this unique and comprehensive volume.


astronomy diatomic molecule molecular physics molecule spectra stars

Authors and affiliations

  • A. R. P. Rau
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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