© 1986

Atoms in Unusual Situations

  • Jean Pierre Briand

Part of the Nato ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 143)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introductory Lectures

  3. Rydberg atoms

  4. Atoms or ions in dense plasmas or strong fields

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Richard M. More
      Pages 155-215
    3. K. Burnett
      Pages 217-224
    4. P. Agostini, A. L’Huillier, G. Petite
      Pages 241-247
  5. Quantum Electrodynamics and Relativity in elementary systems or highly stripped very heavy ions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Joseph Sucher
      Pages 251-300
    3. J.-P. Desclaux, P. Indelicato, Y.-K. Kim, A. W. Weiss, W. Sepp, I. Lindgren et al.
      Pages 309-311
    4. G. Soff, U. Müller, S. Schramm, T. de Reus, G. Mehler, J. Reinhardt et al.
      Pages 343-363

About this book


Atomic Physics is certainly the oldest field in which Quantum Mechanics has been used and has provided the most significant proofs of this new theory. Most of the basic concepts, except those more recently developed in field quantization, have been understood for quite a time. Atomic Physics began to serve as a basis for other fields such as molecu­ lar, solid state or nuclear physics. A renewal of interest in Atomic Physics began in the sixties, after the discovery of Quantum Electro­ dynamics, and later when it provided some basic tests of fundamental questions like parity violation, time reversal or Dirac theory. More recently the development of new technologies led to the ex­ ploration of very extreme cases in which the most secrete aspects of atoms have been observed. - Rydberg states where the atoms are so big that they can be described by classical theories; - Heavy or super-heavy ions or exotic atoms where unknown QED or relativistic effects can be observed (very heavy hydrogenlike or helium­ like ions, positron production in very violent collisions ••. ); - Huge external perturbations as those appearing in super-dense plasmas or ultra-high fields. The aim of this school was to gather atomic physicists from all over the world working in all these areas of Atomic Physics.


Plasma astrophysics collision dynamics electron electrons energy laser optics perturbation theory polarization relativity stability structure theory of relativity

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Pierre Briand
    • 1
  1. 1.Université Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Atoms in Unusual Situations
  • Authors Jean P. Briand
  • Series Title Nato ASI Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-42399-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4757-9339-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4757-9337-6
  • Series ISSN 0258-1221
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 440
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics
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