Probing the Atom
Interactions of Coupled States, Fast Beams and Loose Electrons
By (author) Mark P. Silverman
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Probing the Atom by Mark P. Silverman
Book DescriptionThe many-faceted efforts to understand the structure and interactions of atoms over the past hundred years have contributed decisively and dramatically to the explosive development of physics. There is hardly a branch of modern physical science that does not in some seminal way rely on the fundamental principles and mathematical and experimental insights that derive from these studies. In particular, the drive to understand the singular features of the hydrogen atom--simultaneously the archetype of all atoms and the least typical atom--spurred many of the twentieth century's advances in physics and chemistry. This book gives an in-depth account of the author's own penetrating experimental and theoretical investigations of the hydrogen atom, while simultaneously providing broad lessons in the application of quantum mechanics to atomic structure and interactions. A pioneer in the combined use of atomic accelerators and radiofrequency spectroscopy for probing the internal structure of the hydrogen atom, Mark Silverman examines the general principles behind this far-reaching experimental approach. Fast-moving protons are directed into gas or foil targets from which they capture electrons to become hydrogen atoms moving uniformly at very high speeds. During their rapid passage through the spectroscopy chamber of the atomic accelerator, these atoms reveal by the light they emit fascinating details of their internal configuration and the interactions that created them. Silverman examines the effects of radiofrequency fields on the hydrogen atom clearly and systematically, explaining the details of these interactions at different levels of complexity and refinement, each level illuminating the physical processes involved from different and complementary perspectives. Readers interested in diverse areas of physics and physical chemistry will appreciate both the theoretical and practical implications of Silverman's studies and the personal style with which he relays them. This is a work of not only an outstanding research physicist, but a fine teacher who understands how curiosity underlies all science.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691009629
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 17-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United States
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More Than One Mystery, Paperback (December 1994)
Er erforscht Details anhand einfacher Modelle, wie des Zweiatom-Modells oder des Doppelspalt-Interferometers. Silverman, dessen experimentelle und theoretische Arbeiten weltweit anerkannt sind, kommt zu dem Schluss: Es gibt mehr als nur ein Geheimnis in der fesselnden Welt der Quantenmechanik.
And Yet It Moves, Paperback (June 1993)» View all books by Mark P. Silverman
Originally published in 1993, this book is a largely nonmathematical account of some of the strange behaviour exhibited by moving particles, fluids and waves.
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