Density Matrix Theory and Applications

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The Second Edition of this highly regarded text continues to provide a systematic treatment of density matrix techniques. The text discusses basic principles and recent studies in atomic and molecular reactions. A new chapter explores the role of orientation and alignment in molecular physics.

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In the first three chapters, the basic concepts and methods of density matrix theory are introduced, with discussion of some of the fundamental ideas of quantum mechanics and statistics. The second part of the book (chapters 4-6) is devoted to the application of the irreducible tensor method in density matrix theory. In the last chapter is discussed the density matrix approach to irreversible processes relating reversible and irreversible dynamics via generalized Master equations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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'[The author's] clear pedagogic style makes this a very useful reference work for readers who want to learn density matrix theory. ... Highly recommended, particularly for graduate school physics libraries.'
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Meet the Author

Karl Blum is Professor ath the University of M√ľnster, Germany.

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Table of Contents

1 Basic Concepts 1
2 General Density Matrix Theory 39
3 Coupled Systems 67
4 Irreducible Components of the Density Matrix 91
5 Radiation from Polarized Atoms. Quantum Beats 143
6 Some Applications 161
7 The Role of Orientation and Alignment in Molecular Processes 189
8 Quantum Theory of Relaxation 261
App. A The Direct Product 303
App. B State Multipoles for Coupled Systems 306
App. C Formulas from Angular Momentum Theory 308
App. D The Efficiency of a Measuring Device 312
App. E The Scattering and Transition Operators 314
References 317
Index 321
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