The need to understand the behavior of colliding atoms and molecules is self-evident as we live in a world constructed from atomic building blocks. This is not a static construction of the type envisaged early in our history; rather, it is a dynamic construction of moving particles constrained by a few fundamental forces. It is also a world with large differences in density, temperature, and types of material. The combination of mobile, interactive atoms that are distributed nonuniformly provides the basis for the rich variety of phenomena observed in our universe, from exploding stars to the evolution of life.


Collision Frequency Population Inversion Argon Atom Planetary Atmosphere Molecular Collision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. E. Johnson
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  1. 1.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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