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Atomic Spectroscopy



William C. Martin, Wolfgang L. Wiese, Alexander Kramida


This chapter outlines the main concepts of atomic structure, with some emphasis on terminology and notation. Atomic radiation is discussed, in particular the wavelengths, intensities, and shapes of spectral lines, and a few remarks are made regarding continuous spectra. We include tabulations of ionization energies for the neutral atoms and transition probabilities for persistent lines of selected neutral atoms and provide references to sources of atomic spectroscopic data. Experimental techniques and the details of atomic theoretical methods are not covered in this chapter; these and a number of other subjects pertinent to atomic spectroscopy are treated in one or more of at least fifteen other chapters in this book.
Springer Handbook of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 2019 edition
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Springer, Heidelberg,


Martin, W. , Wiese, W. and Kramida, A. (2022), Atomic Spectroscopy, Springer Handbook of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 2019 edition, Springer, Heidelberg, (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created June 25, 2022, Updated July 18, 2023