By Alan Corney
This booklet discusses many advances in optical physic, and is aimed toward complicated undergraduates taking classes in atomic physics, or graduate scholars within the fields of lasers, astrophysics, and actual chemistry. The ebook is meant as a rule for experimentalists, and the interplay of electromagnetic radiation with unfastened atoms is brought utilizing classical or semi-classical calculations at any place attainable. issues mentioned contain the spontaneous emission of radiation, encouraged transitions and the homes of fuel and turnable dye lasers, and the physics and functions of resonance fluorescence, optical double resonance, optical pumping, and atomic beam magnetic resonance experiments.
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In atomic and molecular physics the applications of laser radiation were initially less rapid and spectacular. However, following the development of narrow-bandwidth tunable dye lasers in 1970, the interest in this field of research has experienced an explosive growth which as yet shows no signs of slowing down. 8. The present situation (1975) We now believe that quantum mechanics, extended where necessary by quantum electrodynamics, is able to explain satisfactorily all features of the energy-level structure of atoms and molecules.
11) we obtain We now make use of the vector identity div(E/H) and Faraday's = law, equation II. e. 42) into a surface'integral, we obtain The rate at which work is done by the field is now seen to equal the sum of two quite distinct terms. The first represents the rate at which energy flows into the closed volume across the bounding surface. The vector is called the Poynting vector. 5). The second term represents the decrease in the energy stored in the electromagnetic fields within the volume concerned.
We then introduce the scalar and vector potentials and discuss the radiation of electromagnetic waves by time-varying distributions of current and charge. This enables explicit expressions for the fields produced by oscillating electric and magnetic dipoles to be obtained. We derive expressions for the rate at which these dipoles radiate energy and angular momentum which will later be fundamental to our treatment of the spontaneous emission of radiation by excited atoms. Finally, we consider the radiation fields of electric quadrupole charge distributions and show how the angular distribution and rate of radiation differ from those of dipole sources.