Radiation and Scattering Processes

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After the brief survey of atomic and molecular energy structures in Chaps. 2 and 3 we will now consider radiation and scattering processes by which atoms and molecules change their energy state. The processes are accompanied by the absorption or release of radiation, giving rise to spectra. These spectra can be used to clarify the structure of atoms and molecules and for a wealth of analytical purposes. We will first consider the case of transitions at a frequency corresponding to given energy separations (resonance radiation) and then discuss Rayleigh, Raman and Mie scattering. A detailed presentation of the theory of radiation and scattering processes can be found in [4.14.13]. Several of the books on atomic, molecular and quantum mechanics, cited earlier, also discuss this topic in more detail.


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