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The Hanle Effect and Level-Crossing Spectroscopy

  • Giovanni Moruzzi
  • Franco Strumia

Part of the Physics of Atoms and Molecules book series (PAMO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Wojciech Gawlik, Danuta Gawlik, Herbert Walther
    Pages 47-85
  3. Giovanni Moruzzi, Franco Strumia, Nicolò Beverini
    Pages 123-235
  4. Jan Olof Stenflo
    Pages 237-281
  5. G. E. Pikus, A. N. Titkov
    Pages 283-339
  6. János A. Bergou, Marlan O. Scully
    Pages 341-367
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 369-371

About this book

Introduction

I am most pleased and, in a way, I feel honored to write the Foreword for the book The Hanle Effect and Level-Crossing Spectroscopy, which covers such a very wide range of applications not only in the initial areas of atomic and molecular physics, but also in solid state physics, solar physics, laser physics, and gravitational metrology. To link these fields together in a coherent way has been the merit of the editors of the book, who attracted most distinguished authors for writing the chapters. In retrospect to Hanle's discovery of quantum mechanical coherence between two quantum states about 65 years ago, this book demonstrates the enormous impact and central importance the effect has had, and most vividly still has, on modern physics. On the other hand, the concept of quantum mechanical coherence, which is an outgrowth of the linear super­ position principle of quantum states, has been evident through a consider­ able number of experimental methods beyond the original Hanle effect; some of these methods were only recently discovered or applied and they have indeed revolutionized research fields such as atomic collision physics.

Keywords

atomic collision collision molecular physics spectroscopy

Editors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Moruzzi
    • 1
  • Franco Strumia
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PisaPisaItaly

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