Review of Advances in Physics

  • S. L. Ruby
Conference paper


“In the beginning, things were without form and void.” This semi-Biblical quote is not really pertinent to the Mössbauer effect. After a brief period of surprise (“You mean that, despite thermal vibrations of approximately 105 cm/sec, you expect me to believe gamma-ray absorption can be changed by applying 10−2 mm/sec to the source??!!” circa Fall 1959), the phenomenon quickly found a lawful, natural, and secure place. In fact, one could feel a great deal of pride in the structure of physics that, despite the advent of a new observation technique which extended some measurements two orders of magnitude and which made possible several kinds of new measurements, nothing unexpected happened. In its essentials, our earlier picture was adequate to the new and sharper view.


Isomer Shift Quadrupole Splitting Secure Place Electron Spin Density Early Picture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. L. Ruby
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  1. 1.Argonne National LaboratoryArgonneUSA

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