The Rudolf Mössbauer Story

His Scientific Work and Its Impact on Science and History

  • Michael Kalvius
  • Paul Kienle

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Discovery and Early Period of the Mössbauer Effect

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. G. M. Kalvius, P. Kienle
      Pages 19-35
    3. Rudolf L. Mössbauer
      Pages 37-48
    4. Stanley S. Hanna
      Pages 69-81
    5. Richard L. Cohen
      Pages 93-109
    6. G. Michael Kalvius
      Pages 111-141
  3. Highlights of Applications of the Mössbauer Effect

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. F. E. Wagner, L. Stievano
      Pages 175-197
    3. F. Jochen Litterst
      Pages 221-242
    4. Eckard Münck, Emile L. Bominaar
      Pages 243-261
    5. Göstar Klingelhöfer
      Pages 293-316
    6. G. V. Smirnov
      Pages 317-338
    7. E. Ercan Alp, Wolfgang Sturhahn, Thomas S. Toellner, Jiyong Zhao, Bogdan M. Leu
      Pages 339-356
  4. Future Developments of the Mössbauer effect

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357
    2. G. K. Shenoy
      Pages 359-372
    3. W. Potzel, F. E. Wagner
      Pages 373-389
  5. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 391-391
    2. F. von Feilitzsch, L. Oberauer
      Pages 393-415
    3. Paul Kienle
      Pages 417-423
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 425-434

About this book


The “Rudolf Mössbauer Story” recounts the history of the discovery of the “Mössbauer Effect” in 1958 by Rudolf Mössbauer as a graduate student of Heinz Maier-Leibnitz for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1961 when he was 32 years old. The development of numerous applications of the Mössbauer Effect in many fields of sciences , such as physics, chemistry, biology and medicine is reviewed by experts who contributed to this wide spread research. In 1978 Mössbauer focused his research interest on a new field “Neutrino Oscillations” and later on the study of the properties of the neutrinos emitted by the sun.


History of a Nobel laureate Hyperfine Interactions in the Moessbauer Spectra Moessbauer effect with neutrinos Moessbauer effect with synchrotron radiation Moessbauer-Effect Mössbauer Transitions Recoil Free Resonance Absorption of Gamma-Rays isomer shifts in solid state chemistry medical and biology applications of the Moessbauer effect nuclear parameters of many Moessbauer-transitions time dependant Moessbauer effect

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Kalvius
    • 1
  • Paul Kienle
    • 2
  1. 1.Technische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany
  2. 2.Technische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

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