By Charles E. Burkhardt
The significance of the ?eld of atomic physics to fashionable know-how can't be overemphasized. Atomic physics served as an important impetus to the improvement of the quantum thought of topic within the early a part of the 20th century and, end result of the availability of the laser as a laboratory device, it has taken us into the twen- ?rst century with an abundance of latest and fascinating phenomena to appreciate. Our goal in scripting this publication is to supply a origin for college kids to start researchinmodernatomicphysics. Asthetitleimplies,itisnot,norwasitintended to be, an all-inclusive tome masking each element of atomic physics. Any really good textbook unavoidably re?ects the predilection of the authors towards convinced facets of the topic. This one is not any exception. It re?ects our - lief thorough figuring out of the original houses of the hydrogen atom is key to an realizing 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 hence hydrogen atoms and Keplerian - bits. for this reason, we've got committed a wide component to this publication to the hydrogen atom toemphasizethisdistinctiveness. Weattempttostresstheuniquenessoftheattr- tive 1/r power with no delving into workforce concept. it truly is our trust that, as soon as an knowing of the hydrogen atom is completed, the homes of multielectron atoms should be understood as departures from hydrogenic houses.
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