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Atomic physics book?

  1. Nov 15, 2011 #1
    What is a good intro to atomic physics book that gives a good physical picture of whats going on.
     
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  3. Nov 15, 2011 #2

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    Atomic (what happens primarily with the electrons or between atoms) or nuclear (what happens with the nucleus, e.g., radioactivity)?

    If the former, then try Atomic Physics (Oxford Master Series in Atomic, Optical and Laser Physics) [Paperback] by Christopher J. Foot
    https://www.amazon.com/Atomic-Physics-Oxford-Master-Optical/dp/0198506961

    If the latter, then Introductory Nuclear Physics [Hardcover] by Kenneth S. Krane
    https://www.amazon.com/Introductory-Nuclear-Physics-Kenneth-Krane/dp/047180553X

    There are several other texts.

    Search here for Nuclear Physics
     
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  4. Nov 15, 2011 #3
    I don't think there's a book on atomic physics that gives any physical picture of what's going on written since 1926.
     
  5. Nov 15, 2011 #4

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    Thank you very much Astronuc. I was also looking for an atomic physics book (not nuclear yet).
     
  6. Nov 15, 2011 #5

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    If one is actually interested in Atomic physics, which is primarily concerned with the atomic electrons, moreso than the physics within the nucleus, then perhaps in addition to searching for 'Atomic Physics', one should consider 'Solid State Physics' or 'Condensed Matter Physics'.

    Introduction to Solid State Physics [Hardcover] by Charles Kittel (1995, 2005)
    https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Solid-Physics-Charles-Kittel/dp/0471111813
    http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-EHEP000803.html (2005)

    See also some course notes - http://www.physics.udel.edu/~bnikolic/teaching/phys624/lectures.html (unrelated to text)


    Condensed Matter Physics [Hardcover] by Michael P. Marder
    https://www.amazon.com/Condensed-Matter-Physics-Michael-Marder/dp/0470617985/
    http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Wiley...5,descCd-tableOfContents.html?filter=TEXTBOOK
    http://140.110.201.35/djhuang/lectures_2009.html (uses text as reference)

    See also - http://web.mit.edu/redingtn/www/netadv/biblio2.html
     
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  7. Nov 15, 2011 #6
    thanks for your posts
     
  8. Nov 16, 2011 #7
    The common theme and requirement for all that stuff is mathematics and quantum mechanics. The best introduction to quantum physics of which I am aware is Max Born's, "Atomic Physics": It doesn't get too much into the mathematics (although it has quite a lot), and gets into a lot of detail about the actual phenomena, which gives a more concrete feel for what is going on.
    Any area of atomic/nuclear/elementary-particle physics will rely on this material, so it's a good start.
     
  9. Nov 16, 2011 #8

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    I second the reccomendation on Max Born. The book he wrote is very good and not too strict with the mathematical prerequisites. The appendices make up for the sometimes lack of rigor/proofs.
     
  10. Nov 16, 2011 #9
    The classic book is Bransden and Joachain, Physics of Atoms and Molecules.
     
  11. Nov 16, 2011 #10

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    Bransden should go after Born, because Born has insights and elementary examples, while Bransden has a lot of examples, more like an encyclopedia. If only one book is an option, then either should do it.
     
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