Symmetry, group theory and quantum mechanics

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Authors:McMillan, Paul F.; Hess, Anthony C.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Ariz. State Univ., Dep. Chem., Tempe, AZ, United States
Volume Title:Spectroscopic methods in mineralogy and geology
Volume Authors:Hawthorne, Frank C., editor
Source:Spectroscopic methods in mineralogy and geology, edited by Frank C. Hawthorne. Reviews in Mineralogy, Vol.18, p.11-61. Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America, Washington, DC, United States. ISSN: 0275-0279
Publication Date:1988
Note:In English. 34 refs.; illus. incl. 6 tables
Summary:Quantum mechanics provides a framework for a detailed understanding of the structure and dynamics of atoms, molecules and solids, and forms a basis for interpretation of the transitions involved in the various atomic and molecular spectroscopies. In principle, quantum mechanical methods can be used to calculate the transition energies and intensities for any given spectroscopic experiment, if the initial and final wave functions for the system are known. In practice the process is laborious. It is however usually possible to reduce the magnitude of a problem by recognizing and exploiting the underlying symmetry of the system. The application of symmetry and group theory can be applied to provide qualitative information, such as the number and spectroscopic activity of expected absorption bands. The methods of symmetry and group theory are discussed. [R.E.S.]
Subjects:Applications; Crystal structure; Crystallography; Lattice; Methods; Principles; Spectroscopy; Symmetry
Abstract Numbers:89M/1490
Record ID:1988050027
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Mineralogical Abstracts, United Kingdom, Twickenham, United Kingdom
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