Semiclassical mechanics relates Newton's classical theory to modern quantum mechanics in a manner designed for the interpretation of the most recent experimental evidence. The theory is physically intuitive and computationally accurate, and is particularly powerful for large quantum numbers - hence it has special reference to atomic, nuclear, and molecular physics. It also proves to be remarkably accurate even for the lowest quantum states. This book gives a comprehensive account of the application of the theory to molecular systems, with particular attention paid to the problems of non-separability. Spectroscopy is addressed in addition to collision theory. Although it is primarily a research monograph, the inclusion of problems at the end of each chapter makes this book equally applicable as a graduate text.
M. S. Child, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Oxford
Cambridge: BA, PhD (1956-62). Glasgow: Lecturer (1963-66). Oxford: Lecturer (1966-89), Reader (1989-94), Coulson Professor of Theoretical Chemistry (1994-2004). Fellow of Royal Society (1989). Visiting professorships: Jerusalem, Paris, Grenoble, Colorado. Invited lectureships: William Draper Harkins (Chicago), Condon (Colorado), Tilden (Royal Society of Chemistry), Boys-Rahman (Royal Society of Chemistry). Conference Chairman: NATO ASI (1977, 1979), Royal Society Discussion (1996), Faraday Discussion (2004).