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The Quantum Theory of the Atom

  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107463912


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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.

  • Author

    George Birtwistle

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