Atoms, molecules and photons: An introduction to atomic-, by Wolfgang Demtröder

By Wolfgang Demtröder


This advent to Atomic and Molecular Physics explains how our current version of atoms and molecules has been constructed over the last centuries by way of many experimental discoveries and from the theoretical aspect by way of the advent of quantum physics to the sufficient description of micro-particles.

It illustrates the wave version of debris via many examples and indicates the bounds of classical description. The interplay of electromagnetic radiation with atoms and molecules and its power for spectroscopy is printed in additional aspect and specifically lasers as glossy spectroscopic instruments are mentioned extra thoroughly.

Many examples and issues of options may still set off the reader to an excessive lively cooperation.


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Observations of the influence of magnetic fields on the electric current in metals and semiconductors (Hall effect, Barlow’s wheel). The discovery that particles emitted from radioactive substances show different deflections in magnetic fields. They should therefore consist of positively charged heavy particles (called α particles) and negatively charged light particles (called β-particles, which are identical with electrons) (Fig. 35). 63c) where E pot (r0 ) = 0. For R < r0 the step increase of the repulsive part of the potential comes close to that of a rigid sphere.

61c) This shows that the face centered cubic crystal has the highest packing density. 61), where VE is determined by X-ray diffraction and NE from the crystal structure. 2. These differences have to do with the above-mentioned difficulty in defining an exact atomic radius as can be done for a rigid sphere. The real atoms experience long-range attractive forces and short-range repulsive forces when interacting with other atoms or molecules. 2. Atomic radii in units of 10−10 m = 1 Å for a hard sphere model as determined from a) the van der Waals equation, b) the collision cross section obtained from measured transport coefficients, c) X-ray diffraction in noble gas crystals at low temperatures a) b) Fig.

While tip transmitting through the sample, the electrons are deflected by elastic collisions or loose energy by inelastic collisions. The transmitted electrons are imaged again onto a fluorescent screen where a magnified image of First the absorption or scattering centers in the sample is pro- anode duced, which can be viewed either through an optical microscope or with a CCD camera and an electronic Second image converting system. anode The spatial resolution of the electron microscope increases with decreasing size of the electron source.

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