Some Applications

  • Karl Blum
Part of the Physics of Atoms and Molecules book series (PAMO)


The fundamental equations (5.2.6), (5.2.7), and (5.4.2) can be applied to a variety of experimental situations and in this chapter we will give some instructive examples of their utility. As the first example, we will show how information on the excitation process can be obtained from a determination of the Stokes parameters. In particular, we will consider the case of excitation of atoms by electron impact under the conditions described in Sections 3.5 and 4.6.


Excited Atom Stokes Parameter Larmor Frequency Excitation Process Quantization Axis 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl Blum
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  1. 1.University of MünsterMünsterGermany

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