Introduction to the Physics of Highly Charged Ions

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Emphasizing a physical understanding with many illustrations, Introduction to the Physics of Highly Charged Ions covers the major areas of x-ray radiation and elementary atomic processes occurring with highly charged ions in hot laboratory and astrophysical plasmas. Topics include light and ion sources, spectroscopy, atomic structure, magnetic and QED effects, and a thorough look at atomic collisions, from elementary processes in plasmas to ion-surface interaction and hollow atoms. Avoiding unnecessary mathematical details, this book is accessible to a broad range of readers, including graduate students and researchers.

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..a big and beautifully produced volume that not only whets a reader's appetite for volumes 2 and 3, but also stands as a fine tribute to Forbes's scholarship.
We are left in a state of high anticipation for the next volume in this important series.
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The letters will be of interest to all who care for the history of astronomy, and certainly no astronomical library would be complete without a copy... The editors and publishers of this volume have rendered a truly great service to historians and are to be warmly congratulated.
This is a superb, scholarly book and a major addition to the collection of primary references required by the astronomical historian. It is beautifully produced, skillfully annotated, well indexed, and contains useful lossaries of astronomical terms and biographical details.
Insight into the life of the first Astronomer Royal (appointed in 1675 by Charles II, who authorized him to construct an observatory) and into the early development of telescopic measurement would in itself justify publication of Flamsteed's voluminous correspondence; further justification lies in the continuing debate concerning the interaction between Flamsteed, on the one hand, and Newton and Halley, on the other. Newton's correspondence has been published in full; this treatment of Flamsteed's correspondence allows for a balanced review of the protagonists. The letters were gathered from scattered sources by Forbes, and the project was completed by his wife and others after Forbes died. Approximately one-third of the 450 letters reproduced here have already appeared in print, but all transcriptions were made from the original documents. The number of projected volumes is not stated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

General remarks
Atomic masses, charges and sizes
Ions in nature
Ions in the laboratory
Visualization of single atoms

Light and radiation
The electromagnetic spectrum
The distribution of radiation
Diffraction and interference
The Doppler effect

Spectral lines
The quantum nature of radiation
The photoelectric effect
Compton scattering
Mossbauer spectroscopy
Spectral-line analysis
The inner concept of atoms

Basic Physical considerations
Synchrotron radiation
Ion accelerators
Ion cooler rings
Electron-cyclotron-resonance ion source
Electron-beam ion source and trap

Classification of spectral lines
Coupling schemes
Selection rules
Transition probabilities
Autoionizing states
One-electron systems
Relativistic effects and the fine structure
Magnetic effects and the hyperfine structure
QED effects and the Lamb shift
Multi-electron systems
Transition energies and x-ray spectra
External fields
Quantum theory of line shape
Absorption edges
Polarization of x-ray lines and continuum

Elementary processes in plasmas
The principle of detailed balance
Local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE)
Non-equilibrium plasma and the coronal limit
Emission and absorption
Excitation and de-excitation
Ionization and three-body recombination
Dielectronic recombination
Ion-ion collisions
Ion-surface interaction and hollow atoms

Conclusion and further reading
Atomic physics in chronological order

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