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Niels Bohr (1885–1962) was a Danish physicist who played a key role in the development of atomic theory and quantum mechanics, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1922. First published in 1924, this second edition of a 1922 original contains three essays by Bohr dealing with the application of quantum theory to problems of atomic structure: the first essay is on the spectrum of hydrogen; the second is on the series spectra of the elements; the third is on the structure of the atom and the physical and chemical properties of the elements. The essays do not aim at a comprehensive treatment of their subjects, instead providing the reader with a more accessible, generalised viewpoint. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in Bohr's contribution to physics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107669819
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. On the Spectrum of Hydrogen: 1. Empirical spectral laws; 2. Laws of temperature radiation; 3. The nuclear theory of the atom; 4. Quantum theory of spectra; 5. Hydrogen spectrum; 6. The Pickering lines; 7. Other spectra; Part II. On the Series Spectra of the Elements; Section 1. Introduction; Section 2. General Principles of the Quantum Theory of Spectra: 8. Hydrogen spectrum; 9. The correspondence principle; 10. General spectral laws; 11. Absorption and excitation of radiation; Section 3. Development of the Quantum Theory of Spectra: 12. Effect of external forces on the hydrogen spectrum; 13. The Stark effect; 14. The Zoeman effect; 15. Central pertubations; 16. Relativity effect of hydrogen lines; 17. Theory of series spectra; 18. Correspondence principle and conservation of angular momentum; 19. The spectra of helium and lithium; 20. Complex structure of series lines; Section 4. Conclusion; Part III. The Structure of the Atom and the Physical and Chemical Properties of the Elements; Section 5. Preliminary: 21. The nuclear atom; 22. The postulates of the quantum theory; 23. Hydrogen atom; 24. Hydrogen spectrum and x-ray spectra; 25. The fine structure of the hydrogen lines; 26. Periodic table; 27. Recent atomic models; Section 6. Series Spectra and the Capture of Electrons by Atoms: 28. Arc and spark spectra; 29. Series diagram; 30. Correspondence principle; Section 7. Formation of Atoms and the Periodic Table: 31. First period. Hydrogen-helium; 32. Second period. Lithium-neon; 33. Third period. Sodium-argon; 34. Fourth period. Potassium-Krypton; 35. Fifth period. Rubidium-xenon; 36. Sixth period. Caesium-niton; 37. Seventh period; 38. Survey of the periodic table; Section 8. Reorganization of Atoms and X-Ray SPectra: 39. Absorption and emission of x-rays and correspondence principle; 40. X-ray spectra and atomic structure; 41. Classification of x-ray spectra; 42. Conclusion; Appendix.

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