Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lviii
  2. Units and Constants

    1. William Baylis, Gordon Drake
      Pages 1-6
  3. Mathematical Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-171
    2. James Louck
      Pages 9-74
    3. Brian Judd
      Pages 75-85
    4. Josef Paldus
      Pages 87-100
    5. Josef Paldus
      Pages 101-114
    6. Brian Judd
      Pages 115-121
    7. Klaus Bartschat
      Pages 123-133
    8. David Schultz, Michael Strayer
      Pages 135-152
    9. Robert Hill
      Pages 153-171
  4. Atoms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-463
    2. William Martin, Wolfgang Wiese
      Pages 175-198
    3. Gordon Drake
      Pages 199-219
    4. William Baylis
      Pages 221-226
    5. S. Goldman, Mark Cassar
      Pages 227-234
    6. Thomas Gallagher
      Pages 235-245
    7. Thomas Bartsch, Turgay Uzer
      Pages 247-252
    8. Guy Emery
      Pages 253-260

About this book


This Springer Handbook of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics comprises a comprehensive reference source that unifies the entire fields of atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics, assembling the principal ideas, techniques and results of the field from atomic spectroscopy to applications in comets. Its 92 chapters are written by over 100 authors, all leaders in their respective disciplines.

Carefully edited to ensure uniform coverage and style, with extensive cross references, and acting as a guide to the primary research literature, it is both a source of information and an inspiration for graduate students and other researchers new to the field. Relevant diagrams, graphs, and tables of data are provided throughout the text.

Substantially updated and expanded since the 1996 edition and published in conjunction with the 2005 World Year of Physics (commemorating Einstein’s 1905 "miracle year"), it contains several entirely new chapters covering current areas of great research interest, such as Bose – Einstein condensation, quantum information, and cosmological variations of the fundamental constants. A fully searchable CD-ROM version of the contents accompanies the handbook.

Key Topics

Physical Units and Constants

Mathematical Methods



Scattering Theory and Experiment

Quantum Optics



Covers basic theory, methods, and techniques

Contains most frequently used formulae
and relationships

Incorporates the latest CODATA values for
fundamental physical constants

Contains 288 two-color illustrations and
over 100 comprehensive tables

Up-to-date approved references
Parts and chapters with summaries, detailed index and fully searchable CD-ROM guarantee quick access to data and links to other sources


AMOP Atomic Physics Condensed Matter KLTcatalog Molecular Physics Optics Quantum Optics dgao 2007

Editors and affiliations

  • Gordon Drake
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-20802-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-26308-3
  • About this book