Introduction to the Quantum World of Atoms and Molecules

Introduction to the Quantum World of Atoms and Molecules

By: Jens P. Dahl (author)Hardback

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This invaluable book provides a balanced and integrated introduction to the quantum world of atoms and molecules. The underlying basis of quantum mechanics is carefully developed, with respect for the historical tradition and from a molecular angle. The fundamental concepts in the theory of atomic and molecular structure are thoroughly discussed, as are the central techniques needed in quantum-chemical applications. Special attention is paid to exposing and clarifying the common ground of Hartree-Fock theory and density-functional theory. Throughout the text, the discussion is pedagogically obliging and aims at simplicity and mathematical clarity, while avoiding the use of advanced mathematics. End-of-chapter problems supplement the main text.

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The rise of atomic theory; the birth of quantum mechanics; wave mechanics; particle in a box; quantum-mechanical operators; the free particle; the harmonic oscillator; the central-field problem; the hydrogen atom; the spinning electron; the periodic table by electron counting; the variational method; diatomic molecules; vibration and rotation of diatomic molecules; atomic term symbols; atomic terms, wavefunctions and energies; electronic terms of diatomic molecules; the Hartree-Fock method; density-functional theory.

Product Details

  • publication date: 18/06/2001
  • ISBN13: 9789810245658
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 476
  • ID: 9789810245658
  • weight: 739
  • ISBN10: 9810245653

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