Vibrations and Rotations of Diatomic Molecules

  • Robert L. Brooks
Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)


With the electronic part of the problem treated in the previous chapter, the nuclear motion shall occupy our attention in this one. In many ways the motion of two nuclei in a potential well formed by the electron cloud is among the simpler of all quantum mechanical problems. The reason is that it readily reduces to the motion of a single particle in a potential well. The derivation of how that comes about is given in detail in case some have not seen it before.


Wave Function Statistical Weight Nuclear Spin Diatomic Molecule Rotational Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Brooks
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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