Hyperfine Structure

  • Hermann Haken
  • Hans Christoph Wolf


The atomic nucleus generates the central field in which the electrons of the atom move. The nuclear charge number (atomic number) therefore appears in all the equations for spectral energy terms of atoms. In addition, there are other influences of the nucleus on the electronic spectra, the measurement of which generally requires an especially high spectral resolution. Therefore, one refers to a hyperfine structure of the spectral hnes. By contrast, the effects of the interactions of the electrons among themselves as well as those of electronic spins with the orbital moments, which we have treated in the preceding chapters, are referred to as fine structure.


Angular Momentum Electron Spin Resonance Atomic Nucleus Nuclear Spin Hyperfine Structure 
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  2. H. Kopfermann: Nuclear Moments (Academic, New York 1958)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Haken
    • 1
  • Hans Christoph Wolf
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität StuttgartStuttgart 80Fed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.Physikalisches InstitutUniversität StuttgartStuttgart 80Fed. Rep. of Germany

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