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Please suggest alternatives to this Atomic Physics book

  1. Dec 8, 2014 #1
    Hi, I am currently taking a course on Atomic and Molecular Physics, and the book for the course is https://www.amazon.com/Atoms-Molecules-Photons-Introduction-Molecular/dp/3642102972. The course is based on this book. The Amazon link will allow one to preview the table of contents.

    The school library only has copies of the book in the original German, and I'd appreciate if you could suggest some alternatives based on that. Maybe I'd be able to find them in the library.

    Also, I like learning from more than one book.

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  3. Dec 8, 2014 #2
    The following books would be reasonable alternatives.
    • Bransden B H and Joachain C J, "Physics of atoms and molecules" (Prentice Hall)
    • Haken H and Wolf H C, "The physics of atoms and quanta " (Springer-Verlag)
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  4. Dec 8, 2014 #3


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    I concur to Bransden & Joachain, both of their texts (general QM and QM for atoms and molecules) are well-written.
  5. Dec 9, 2014 #4
    Ah, Bransden & Joachain is only available for 1 day loans (or to be read in the library). I will certainly take a look at it.

    I have, however, found an English version of Haken & Wolf, and have already loaned it.

    Thanks all!
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