Theories of Electronic Energy Levels in Molecules and Solids

  • H. G. Drickamer
  • C. W. Frank
Part of the Studies in Chemical Physics book series (SCP)


The most comprehensive available treatment for the analysis of the electronic behavior of molecules is that of molecular orbital (MO) theory. The theory has been used to describe many aspects of molecular structure and such diverse molecular properties as optical absorption spectra, electronic dipole moments, and electron and nuclear magnetic resonance. Numerous texts exist on the treatment of molecular orbital theory at various levels of approximation. Streitweiser [1] considers Hückel’s π electron theory in detail. Later works by Salem [2] and Murrell [3] develop the self-consistent theory for π electron systems. Finally, Pople and Beveridge [4] consider more recent approximate molecular orbital theories which may be applied to all valence electrons of a general three-dimensional molecule.


Molecular Orbital Crystal Field Molecular Orbital Theory Electronic Energy Level Crystal Field Splitting 
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© H. G. Drickamer and C. W. Frank 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. G. Drickamer
    • 1
  • C. W. Frank
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Chemical Sciences and Materials Research LaboratoryUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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