Interaction of Radiation with Molecules

  • Hans Frauenfelder
Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)


We now discuss the most important features of the interactions. We only present the main ideas and results, without derivations. Derivations involve quantum electrodynamics—since the photon always moves with the velocity of light (it is light!), no nonrelativistic theory of light exists. The techniques and ideas used in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics thus must be extended and generalized—a task that leads too far astray here. For details of the aspects that we introduce here we therefore refer to the relevant texts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Frauenfelder
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  1. 1.Theory DivisionLos Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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