Raman Effect in Semiclassical Theory
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, 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.
KeywordsRaman Effect Semiclassical Theory Dipole Moment Operator Raman Scattered Light Time Dependent Perturbation Theory
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