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Original published in 1926, this book presents a detailed account of quantum theory from its beginnings onwards. The text opens with a historical account of the quantum theory from its inception by Planck, and is followed by a full treatment of the dynamical theory evolved by Bohr and his school during the following ten years to explain the phenomena of line spectra. Some chapters are devoted to a general description of optical and X-ray spectra and their significance in the problem of the atomic structure of the elements. It closes with an account of work on the reaction of the atom to radiation fields. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in quantum theory and the history of science.
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- Date Published: January 2015
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107463912
- length: 250 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.37kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The origin of the quantum theory
Planck's radiation formula
2. The nuclear theory of the atom
Bohr's theory of the hydrogen spectrum
3. The correspondence principle
the photo-electric effect
Einstein's deduction of Planck's formula
4. The adiabatic principle of Ehrenfest
the stationary states of a periodic system
5. General dynamical theory
6. Contact transformations
the Hamilton–Jacobi differential equation
7. The use of angle variables
multiply periodic systems
8. The relativity theory of the fine structure of the hydrogen lines
electron in a central field
9. The Stark effect
10. The Zeeman effect
11. The series spectra of the elements
12. The multiple structure of series lines
theory of the Ritz formula
13. Arc and spark spectra
excitation of lines by electrons or radiation
14. X-ray spectra
15. Absorption spectra and absorption edges
Bohr's table of the atomic structures of the elements
17. Band spectra in the infra-red
18. Band spectra in the optical region
molecular rotation and specific heat
19. The Keplerian orbit
the Delaunay elements
20. The astronomical theory of perturbations and atom mechanics
21. General perturbation theory
22. The effect of electric and magnetic fields on the spectra of elements of higher atomic number. Recent developments of the quantum theory: the doublet theories of Sommerfield and Landé
the dispersion theory of Kramers
the quantum-kinematics of Heisenberg
Index of authors.
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