Atomic and Molecular Radiative Processes

With Applications to Modern Spectroscopy and the Greenhouse Effect

  • Vladimir Krainov
  • Boris M. Smirnov

Part of the Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics book series (SSAOPP, volume 108)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Vladimir Krainov, Boris M. Smirnov
    Pages 1-42
  3. Vladimir Krainov, Boris M. Smirnov
    Pages 43-75
  4. Vladimir Krainov, Boris M. Smirnov
    Pages 77-97
  5. Vladimir Krainov, Boris M. Smirnov
    Pages 99-132
  6. Vladimir Krainov, Boris M. Smirnov
    Pages 133-189
  7. Vladimir Krainov, Boris M. Smirnov
    Pages 191-225
  8. Vladimir Krainov, Boris M. Smirnov
    Pages 227-265
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 267-273

About this book


This book describes selected problems in contemporary spectroscopy in the context of quantum mechanics and statistical physics. It focuses on elementary radiative processes involving atomic particles (atoms, molecules, ions), which include radiative transitions between discrete atomic states, the photoionization of atoms, photorecombination of electrons and ions, bremsstrahlung, photodissociation of molecules, and photoattachment of electrons to atoms. In addition to these processes, the transport of resonant radiation in atomic gases and propagation of infrared radiation in molecular gases are also considered.

The book subsequently addresses applied problems such as optical pumping, cooling of gases via laser resonance radiation, light-induced drift of gas atoms, photoresonant plasma, reflection of radio waves from the ionosphere, and detection of submillimeter radiation using Rydberg atoms. Lastly, topical examples in atmospheric and climate change science are presented, such as lightning channel glowing, emission of the solar photosphere, and the greenhouse phenomenon in the atmospheres of the Earth and Venus.

Along with researchers, both graduate and undergraduate students in atomic, molecular and atmospheric physics will find this book a useful and timely guide.


Single-Photon Transitions of Atomic Particles Broadening of Spectral Lines Resonant Radiation in Atomic Gases Radiative Processes in Molecular Gases Photoprocesses Involving Rydberg States Photon Interaction with Clusters and Microparticles Greenhouse Effect in Atmospheres of Earth and Venus

Authors and affiliations

  • Vladimir Krainov
    • 1
  • Boris M. Smirnov
    • 2
  1. 1.Moscow Institute of Physics and TechnologyDolgoprudny, MoscowRussia
  2. 2.Joint Institute for High TemperaturesRussian Academy of SciencesIzhorskaya, MoscowRussia

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