Raman Effect in Semiclassical Theory

  • M. D. Crisp
Conference paper


Semiclassical radiation theory describes the interaction of light with matter in terms of a classical electromagnetic field perturbing a quantum mechanical atom. In a recent paper[1], Nesbet claims to have demonstrated a clear disagreement between the semi-classical theory of the Raman effect and experimental data on Raman scattering. It will be shown here that, when properly applied, semiclassical theory does provide a completely adequate description of the Raman effect. This result eliminates the necessity of forming a “semiquantized theory” as described in reference 1.


Raman Effect Semiclassical Theory Dipole Moment Operator Raman Scattered Light Time Dependent Perturbation Theory 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. D. Crisp
    • 1
  1. 1.Owens-Illinois Technical CenterToledoUSA

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