Advanced Molecular Quantum Mechanics

An Introduction to Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and the Quantum Theory of Radiation

  • R. E. Moss

Part of the Studies in Chemical Physics book series (SCP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages iii-xvi
  2. R. E. Moss
    Pages 1-12
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    Pages 13-36
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    Pages 37-47
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    Pages 48-62
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    Pages 104-110
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    Pages 111-154
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    Pages 155-178
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    Pages 179-193
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 265-300

About this book

Introduction

This book is primarily intended for graduate chemists and chemical physicists. Indeed, it is based on a graduate course that I give in the Chemistry Depart­ ment of Southampton University. Nowadays undergraduate chemistry courses usually include an introduction to quantum mechanics with particular reference to molecular properties and there are a number of excellent textbooks aimed specifically at undergraduate chemists. In valence theory and molecular spectroscopy physical concepts are often encountered that are normally taken on trust. For example, electron spin and the anomalous magnetic moment of the electron are usually accepted as postulates, although they are well understood by physicists. In addition, the advent of new techniques has led to experimental situations that can only be accounted for adequately by relatively sophisticated physical theory. Relativis­ tic corrections to molecular orbital energies are needed to explain X-ray photo­ electron spectra, while the use oflasers can give rise to multiphoton transitions, which are not easy to understand using the classical theory of radiation. Of course, the relevant equations may be extracted from the literature, but, if the underlying physics is not understood, this is a practice that is at best dissatisfy­ ing and at worst dangerous. One instance where great care must be taken is in the use of spectroscopically determined parameters to test the accuracy of elec­ tronic wave functions.

Keywords

mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  • R. E. Moss
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-5688-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1973
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-5690-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5688-9
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