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Polarization, Alignment, and Orientation in Atomic Collisions

  • A comprehensive introduction to the field with key examples to illustrate the concepts

  • Includes end-of chapter exercises

  • Accompanied by animations to visualize the basic ideas

  • Online collection of historical papers

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics (SSAOPP, volume 96)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Basic Concepts

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction

      • Nils Andersen, Klaus Bartschat
      Pages 3-9
    3. Polarized Light

      • Nils Andersen, Klaus Bartschat
      Pages 11-35
    4. Polarized Electrons

      • Nils Andersen, Klaus Bartschat
      Pages 37-43
    5. Experimental Geometries and Approaches

      • Nils Andersen, Klaus Bartschat
      Pages 45-70
    6. Density Matrices: Connection Between Experiment and Theory

      • Nils Andersen, Klaus Bartschat
      Pages 71-95
    7. Computational Methods

      • Nils Andersen, Klaus Bartschat
      Pages 97-124
  3. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 125-125
    2. Electron Impact Excitation

      • Nils Andersen, Klaus Bartschat
      Pages 127-211
    3. Ion and Atom Impact Excitation

      • Nils Andersen, Klaus Bartschat
      Pages 213-283
    4. Propensity Rules

      • Nils Andersen, Klaus Bartschat
      Pages 285-310
    5. Impact Ionization

      • Nils Andersen, Klaus Bartschat
      Pages 311-335
    6. Photo-Driven Processes

      • Nils Andersen, Klaus Bartschat
      Pages 337-349
    7. Related Topics and Applications

      • Nils Andersen, Klaus Bartschat
      Pages 351-390
  4. Selection of Historical Papers (1925–1976)

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 391-391
    2. Introductory Summaries

      • Nils Andersen, Klaus Bartschat
      Pages 393-400
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 401-404

About this book

This book covers polarization, alignment, and orientation effects in atomic collisions induced by electron, heavy particle, or photon impact. The first part of the book presents introductory chapters on light and particle polarization, experimental and computational methods, and the density matrix and state multipole formalism. Examples and exercises are included. The second part of the book deals with case studies of electron impact and heavy particle excitation, electron transfer, impact ionization, and autoionization. A separate chapter on photo-induced processes by new-generation light sources has been added. The last chapter discusses related topics and applications. Part III includes examples of charge clouds and introductory summaries of selected seminal papers of tutorial value from the early history of the field (1925 – 1975).

The book is a significant update to the previous (first) edition, particularly in experimental and computational methods, the inclusion of key results obtained during the past 15 years, and the extended coverage of photo-induced processes. It is intended as an introductory text for both experimental and theoretical students and researchers. It can be used as a textbook for graduate courses, as a primary source for special topics and seminar courses, and as a standard reference.

The book is accompanied by electronically available copies of the full text of the key papers in Part III, as well as animations of theoretically predicted electron charge clouds and currents for some of the cases discussed in Part II.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Nils Andersen

  • Department of Physics and Astronomy, Drake University, Des Moines, USA

    Klaus Bartschat

About the authors

Nils Andersen is Professor of Physics at the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen. His main activities include experimental and theoretical studies of atomic collisions involving optically prepared states. Recent research interests include cold and ultracold collisions.

Klaus Bartschat is the Ellis & Nelle Levitt distinguished Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Drake University. His research in theoretical and computational atomic physics focuses on combining the general theory of measurement with highly accurate numerical calculations. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has published 2 books, 50 book chapters, 12 review articles, and more than 300 papers on electron and photon collisions with atoms and ions.

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Softcover Book USD 179.99
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