By Charles E. Burkhardt
The significance of the ?eld of atomic physics to fashionable know-how can't be overemphasized. Atomic physics served as a massive impetus to the advance of the quantum idea of topic within the early a part of the 20 th century and, because of the availability of the laser as a laboratory software, it has taken us into the twen- ?rst century with an abundance of latest and interesting phenomena to appreciate. Our goal in scripting this booklet is to supply a origin for college students to start researchinmodernatomicphysics. Asthetitleimplies,itisnot,norwasitintended to be, an all-inclusive tome protecting each element of atomic physics. Any really good textbook unavoidably re?ects the predilection of the authors towards definite points of the topic. This one isn't any exception. It re?ects our - lief thorough figuring out of the original homes of the hydrogen atom is key to an figuring out of atomic physics. It additionally re?ects our fasci- tion with the celebrated place that mom Nature has bestowed at the natural Coulomb and Newtonian potentials, and therefore hydrogen atoms and Keplerian - bits. for that reason, now we have committed a wide component of this publication to the hydrogen atom toemphasizethisdistinctiveness. Weattempttostresstheuniquenessoftheattr- tive 1/r capability with out delving into team idea. it truly is our trust that, as soon as an realizing of the hydrogen atom is completed, the houses of multielectron atoms will be understood as departures from hydrogenic houses.
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