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Spectra of Atoms and Molecules / Edition 3

Spectra of Atoms and Molecules / Edition 3

by Peter F. Bernath


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Spectra of Atoms and Molecules / Edition 3

This third edition of Peter Bernath's successful Spectra of Atoms and Molecules is designed to provide advanced undergraduates and graduate students a working knowledge of the vast field of spectroscopy. Also of interest to chemists, physicists, astronomers, atmospheric scientists, and engineers, this volume emphasizes the fundamental principles of spectroscopy with the primary goal of teaching the interpretation of spectra. Features include a presentation of group theory needed to understand spectroscopy, detailed worked examples and a large number of excellent problems at the end of each chapter. Prof. Bernath provides a large number of diagrams and spectra which have been specifically recorded for this book. Molecular symmetry, matrix representation of groups, quantum mechanics, and group theory are among the topics covered; atomic, rotational, vibrational, electronic and Raman spectra are analyzed. Bernath's clear treatment of the confusing topic of line strengths as needed for quantitative applications is featured.
This much-needed new edition has been updated to include the 2010 CODATA revision of physical constants, and a large number of corrections and clarifications. Responding to student requests, the main new feature is the addition of detailed worked examples in each chapter. Spectra of Atoms and Molecules, 3e will help demystify spectroscopy by showing readers the necessary steps in a derivation, as well as the final result.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199382576
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Peter F. Bernath is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Table of Contents


1.1 Waves, Particles, and Units
1.2 The Electromagnetic Spectrum
1.3 Interaction of Radiation with Matter

Molecular Symmetry

2.1 Symmetry Operations
2.2 Groups
2.3 Notation for Point Groups

3 Matrix Representation of Groups

3.1 Vectors and Matrices
3.2 Symmetry Operations and Position Vector Basis
3.3 Symmetry Operators and Atomic Basis Vectors
3.4 Symmetry Operators and Basis Functions
3.5 Equivalent, Reducible, and Irreducible Representations
3.6 Great Orthogonality Theorem
3.7 Character Tables

Quantum Mechanics and Group Theory

4.1 Matrix Representation of the Schr¨odinger Equation
4.2 Born-Oppenheimer Approximation
4.3 Symmetry of the Hamiltonian Operator
4.4 Projection Operators
4.5 Direct Product Representations
4.6 Integrals and Selection Rules

Atomic Spectroscopy

5.1 Background
5.2 Angular Momentum
5.3 The Hydrogen Atom and One-Electron Spectra
5.4 Many-Electron Atoms
5.5 Selection Rules
5.6 Atomic Spectra
5.7 Intensity of Atomic Lines
5.8 Zeeman Effect
5.9 Stark Effect

Rotational Spectroscopy

6.1 Rotation of Rigid Bodies
6.2 Diatomic and Linear Molecules
6.3 Rotational Line Intensities for Diatomic and Linear Molecules
6.4 Symmetric Tops
6.5 Asymmetric Tops
6.6 Structure Determination

Vibrational Spectroscopy

7.1 Diatomic Molecules
7.2 Vibrational Motion of Polyatomic Molecules
7.3 Selection Rules for Vibrational Transitions
7.4 Vibrational Spectra of Polyatomic Linear Molecules
7.5 Vibrational Spectra of Symmetric Tops
7.6 Vibrational Spectra of Spherical Tops
7.7 Vibrational Spectra of Asymmetric Tops
7.8 Vibration-Rotation Line Intensities
7.9 Fermi and Coriolis Perturbations
7.10 Inversion Doubling and Fluxional Behavior

Light Scattering and the Raman Effect
8.1 Background
8.2 Rotational Raman Effect
8.3 Vibration-Rotation Raman Spectroscopy
8.4 Rayleigh and Raman Intensities

Electronic Spectroscopy of Diatomics

9.1 Orbitals and States
9.2 Vibrational Structure
9.3 Rotational Structure of Diatomic Molecules
9.4 The Symmetry of Diatomic Energy Levels: Parity
9.5 Rotational Line Intensities
9.6 Dissociation, Photodissociation, and Predissociation

Electronic Spectroscopy of Polyatomics

10.1 Orbitals and States
10.2 Vibrational Structure of Electronic Transitions
10.3 Vibronic Coupling: The Herzberg-Teller Effect
10.4 Jahn-Teller Effect and Conical Intersections
10.5 Renner-Teller Effect
10.6 Nonradiative Transitions: Jablonski Diagram
10.7 Photoelectron Spectroscopy
10.8 Rotational Structure: H2CO and HCN
10.9 Intensity of Transitions

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