Configurational Coordinates

  • Jordan J. Markham
Part of the Optical Physics and Engineering book series (OPEG)


In these chapters, attempts were made to develop the basic concepts of configurational coordinates, using simple models which give most of the features found in more realistic cases. A configurational coordinate diagram is a plot of the system’s energy as a function of the displacements of the nuclei (atoms or ions) which make up the system. The displacements are described by normal modes. For a diatomic molecule, the displacement is the change in the distance between the two nuclei.


Normal Mode Equilibrium Position Visible Spectrum Radial Displacement Diatomic Molecule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jordan J. Markham
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  1. 1.Physics DepartmentIllinois Institute of TechnologyChicagoUSA

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