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This is a classic, which should be in the library of anyone who works in the field of atomic spectroscopy. The Theory of Atomic Spectra. Edward Uhler Condon , E. Condon , G. Condon and Shortley has become the standard comprehensive work on the theory of atomic spectra. The first two chapters contain a brief historical introduction and an exposition of quantum mechanics along the lines formulated by Dirac.
Then follow sixteen chapters devoted to a unified, logical deduction of the structure of the spectra of atoms from quantum mechanical principles. The theory is given in full detail and the results are amply documented with comparisons with experimental observations. When first published, a reviewer in Nature said that 'Its power and thoroughness leave the general impression of a work of the first rank, which successfully unifies the existing state of our knowledge, and will prove for many years a starting point for further researches and an inspiration to those who may undertake them'.
Subsequent reviewers have amply confirmed these views. Science in commented that it 'has served half a generation and as a guide in further detailed research', and Reviews of Modern Physics in that this 'monumental book The Theory of Atomic Spectra E. Physics of Atoms and Molecules B.
This is a classic, which should be in the library of anyone who works in the field of atomic spectroscopy. The Theory of Atomic Spectra. Edward Uhler Condon , E. Condon , G.
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Spherical polar coordinates are convenient for the description of 3-dimensional physical systems that posses spherical or near-spherical symmetry; for such systems they are preferred over other coordinate systems such as Cartesian or cylinder coordinates. Spherical harmonics are ubiquitous in atomic and molecular physics. In quantum mechanics they appear as eigenfunctions of squared orbital angular momentum. Further, they are important in the representation of the gravitational and magnetic fields of planetary bodies, the characterization of the cosmic microwave background radiation, the rotation-invariant description of 3D shapes in computer graphics, the description of electrical potentials due to charge distributions, and in certain types of fluid motion.