Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics

Polarization, Alignment, and Orientation in Atomic Collisions

Authors: Andersen, Nils, Bartschat, Klaus

  • A comprehensive introduction to the field with key examples to illustrate the concepts
  • Includes end-of chapter exercises
  • Accompanied by animations to visualize the basic ideas
  • Online collection of historical papers
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About this book

This book covers polarization, alignment, and orientation effects in atomic collisions induced by electron, heavy particle, or photon impact. The first part of the book presents introductory chapters on light and particle polarization, experimental and computational methods, and the density matrix and state multipole formalism. Examples and exercises are included. The second part of the book deals with case studies of electron impact and heavy particle excitation, electron transfer, impact ionization, and autoionization. A separate chapter on photo-induced processes by new-generation light sources has been added. The last chapter discusses related topics and applications. Part III includes examples of charge clouds and introductory summaries of selected seminal papers of tutorial value from the early history of the field (1925 – 1975).

The book is a significant update to the previous (first) edition, particularly in experimental and computational methods, the inclusion of key results obtained during the past 15 years, and the extended coverage of photo-induced processes. It is intended as an introductory text for both experimental and theoretical students and researchers. It can be used as a textbook for graduate courses, as a primary source for special topics and seminar courses, and as a standard reference.

The book is accompanied by electronically available copies of the full text of the key papers in Part III, as well as animations of theoretically predicted electron charge clouds and currents for some of the cases discussed in Part II.

About the authors

Nils Andersen is Professor of Physics at the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen. His main activities include experimental and theoretical studies of atomic collisions involving optically prepared states. Recent research interests include cold and ultracold collisions.

Klaus Bartschat is the Ellis & Nelle Levitt distinguished Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Drake University. His research in theoretical and computational atomic physics focuses on combining the general theory of measurement with highly accurate numerical calculations. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has published 2 books, 50 book chapters, 12 review articles, and more than 300 papers on electron and photon collisions with atoms and ions.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Andersen, Nils (et al.)

    Pages 3-9

  • Polarized Light

    Andersen, Nils (et al.)

    Pages 11-35

  • Polarized Electrons

    Andersen, Nils (et al.)

    Pages 37-43

  • Experimental Geometries and Approaches

    Andersen, Nils (et al.)

    Pages 45-70

  • Density Matrices: Connection Between Experiment and Theory

    Andersen, Nils (et al.)

    Pages 71-95

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55216-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55214-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Polarization, Alignment, and Orientation in Atomic Collisions
Authors
Series Title
Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics
Series Volume
96
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55216-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55216-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55214-9
Series ISSN
1615-5653
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXIII, 404
Number of Illustrations and Tables
198 b/w illustrations, 39 illustrations in colour
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