The Search for Parity Non-Conservation in Atoms

  • P. G. H. Sandars


In the traditional picture of an atom the only interaction of concern is the electromagnetic, acting between the nucleons and the electrons and among the electrons themselves. As every undergraduate knows this interaction is invariant under space inversion; the atomic Hamiltonian therefore commutes with the parity operator and in the absence of degeneracy the atomic eigenstates have definite parity. The well-known parity selection rules then follow directly.


Optical Rotation Wavelength Dependence Faraday Effect Static Electric Field Spurious Effect 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. G. H. Sandars
    • 1
  1. 1.Clarendon LaboratoryOxford UniversityUSA

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