Nato Science Series B:

Atoms in Strong Fields

Editors: Nicolaidis, Efthymios, Clark, Charles W., Nayfeh, Munir H. (Eds.)

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This book collects the lectures given at the NATO Advanced Study Institute on "Atoms in Strong Fields", which took place on the island of Kos, Greece, during the two weeks of October 9-21,1988. The designation "strong field" applies here to an external electromagnetic field that is sufficiently strong to cause highly nonlinear alterations in atomic or molecular struc­ ture and dynamics. The specific topics treated in this volume fall into two general cater­ gories, which are those for which strong field effects can be studied in detail in terrestrial laboratories: the dynamics of excited states in static or quasi-static electric and magnetic fields; and the interaction of atoms and molecules with intense laser radiation. In both areas there exist promising opportunities for research of a fundamental nature. An electric field of even a few volts per centimeter can be very strong on the atom­ ic scale, if it acts upon a weakly bound state. The study of Rydberg states with high reso­ lution laser spectroscopic techniques has made it possible to follow the transition from weak-field to strong-field behavior in remarkable detail, using static fields of modest lab­ oratory strength; in the course of this transition the atomic system evolves from one which can be thoroughly understood in terms of field-free quantum numbers, to one which cannot be meaningfully associated at all with the zero-field states of the atom.

Table of contents (31 chapters)

  • Summary: Nice Problems in Atomic Physics

    Connerade, J. P.

    Pages 1-13

  • Atoms in Static Electric and Magnetic Fields: The Experimental Aspect

    Pinard, J.

    Pages 17-42

  • Theory of the Zeeman Effect in Highly Excited Atoms

    Taylor, K. T.

    Pages 43-60

  • Theory of the Stark Effect in Highly Excited Atoms

    Harmin, David A.

    Pages 61-106

  • Hydrogen Atom in a Strong Uniform Electric Field

    Damburg, R.

    Pages 107-132

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Atoms in Strong Fields
Editors
  • Efthymios Nicolaidis
  • Charles W. Clark
  • Munir H. Nayfeh
Series Title
Nato Science Series B:
Series Volume
212
Copyright
1990
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-9334-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-9334-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-43414-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4757-9336-9
Series ISSN
0258-1221
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 540
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