Atoms in Strong Fields

  • Cleanthes A. Nicolaides
  • Charles W. Clark
  • Munir H. Nayfeh

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 212)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Summary: Nice Problems in Atomic Physics

    1. J. P. Connerade
      Pages 1-13
  3. Atoms in Electric and Magnetic Fields

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. M. H. Nayfeh, D. Humm, K. Ng
      Pages 133-153
    3. Antoine Bommier, Dominique Delande, Jean-Claude Gay
      Pages 155-174
    4. A. Holle, J. Main, G. Wiebusch, H. Rottke, K. H. Welge
      Pages 175-187
    5. J. P. Connerade
      Pages 189-212
  4. Chaos

  5. Phenomena in very Strong Fields

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. K. Boyer, G. Gibson, H. Jara, T. S. Luk, I. A. McIntyre, A. McPherson et al.
      Pages 283-292
  6. Large-Order Perturbation Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293

About this book


This book collects the lectures given at the NATO Advanced Study Institute on "Atoms in Strong Fields", which took place on the island of Kos, Greece, during the two weeks of October 9-21,1988. The designation "strong field" applies here to an external electromagnetic field that is sufficiently strong to cause highly nonlinear alterations in atomic or molecular struc­ ture and dynamics. The specific topics treated in this volume fall into two general cater­ gories, which are those for which strong field effects can be studied in detail in terrestrial laboratories: the dynamics of excited states in static or quasi-static electric and magnetic fields; and the interaction of atoms and molecules with intense laser radiation. In both areas there exist promising opportunities for research of a fundamental nature. An electric field of even a few volts per centimeter can be very strong on the atom­ ic scale, if it acts upon a weakly bound state. The study of Rydberg states with high reso­ lution laser spectroscopic techniques has made it possible to follow the transition from weak-field to strong-field behavior in remarkable detail, using static fields of modest lab­ oratory strength; in the course of this transition the atomic system evolves from one which can be thoroughly understood in terms of field-free quantum numbers, to one which cannot be meaningfully associated at all with the zero-field states of the atom.


UV Zeeman effect excited atoms hydrogen atom molecule scattering spectroscopy

Editors and affiliations

  • Cleanthes A. Nicolaides
    • 1
  • Charles W. Clark
    • 2
  • Munir H. Nayfeh
    • 3
  1. 1.Theoretical and Physical Chemistry InstituteHellenic Research FoundationAthensGreece
  2. 2.National Institute of Standards and TechnologyGaithersburgUSA
  3. 3.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-9336-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-9334-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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