Density Matrix Theory and Applications

  • Karl Blum

Part of the Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics book series (SSAOPP, volume 64)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 313-343

About this book


Written in a clear pedagogic style, this book deals with the application of density matrix theory to atomic and molecular physics. The aim is to precisely characterize sates by a vector and to construct general formulas and proofs of general theorems. The basic concepts and quantum mechanical fundamentals (reduced density matrices, entanglement, quantum correlations) are discussed in a comprehensive way. The discussion leads up to applications like coherence and orientation effects in atoms and molecules, decoherence and relaxation processes.

This third edition has been updated and extended throughout and contains a completely new chapter exploring nonseparability and entanglement in two-particle spin-1/2 systems. The text discusses recent studies in atomic and molecular reactions. A new chapter explores nonseparability and entanglement in two-particle spin-1/2 systems.


angular momentum theory coupled systems density matrix theory nonseparability and entanglement in two-particle orientation and alignment in molecular processes. quantum beats quantum theory of relaxation radiation from polarized atoms scattering and transition operators spin-1/2 systems theoretical atomic physics

Authors and affiliations

  • Karl Blum
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  1. 1., Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität MünsterMünsterGermany

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