By Charles E. Burkhardt
The significance of the ?eld of atomic physics to fashionable know-how can't be overemphasized. Atomic physics served as an immense impetus to the improvement of the quantum thought of subject within the early a part of the 20 th century and, as a result of the availability of the laser as a laboratory software, it has taken us into the twen- ?rst century with an abundance of recent and fascinating phenomena to appreciate. Our goal in scripting this ebook is to supply a origin for college kids to start researchinmodernatomicphysics. Asthetitleimplies,itisnot,norwasitintended to be, an all-inclusive tome overlaying each element of atomic physics. Any really expert textbook unavoidably re?ects the predilection of the authors towards definite elements of the topic. This one isn't any exception. It re?ects our - lief thorough figuring out of the original homes of the hydrogen atom is vital to an knowing of atomic physics. It additionally re?ects our fasci- tion with the celebrated place that mom Nature has bestowed at the natural Coulomb and Newtonian potentials, and hence hydrogen atoms and Keplerian - bits. as a result, we have now committed a wide part of this booklet to the hydrogen atom toemphasizethisdistinctiveness. Weattempttostresstheuniquenessoftheattr- tive 1/r power with out delving into workforce thought. it's our trust that, as soon as an figuring out of the hydrogen atom is completed, the homes of multielectron atoms will be understood as departures from hydrogenic houses.
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