Group Theory

Group Theory

And its Application to the Quantum Mechanics of Atomic Spectra

1st Edition - January 1, 1959

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  • Author: Eugene Wigner
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323152785

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Group Theory: And Its Application To The Quantum Mechanics Of Atomic Spectra aims to describe the application of group theoretical methods to problems of quantum mechanics with specific reference to atomic spectra. Chapters 1 to 3 discuss the elements of linear vector theory, while Chapters 4 to 6 deal more specifically with the rudiments of quantum mechanics itself. Chapters 7 to 16 discuss the abstract group theory, invariant subgroups, and the general theory of representations. These chapters are mathematical, although much of the material covered should be familiar from an elementary course in quantum theory. Chapters 17 to 23 are specifically concerned with atomic spectra, as is Chapter 25. The remaining chapters discuss topics such as the recoupling (Racah) coefficients, the time inversion operation, and the classical interpretations of the coefficients. The text is recommended for physicists and mathematicians who are interested in the application of group theory to quantum mechanics. Those who are only interested in mathematics can choose to focus on the parts more devoted to that particular area of the subject.

Table of Contents

  • Contents

    Author's Preface

    Translator's Preface

    1. Vectors and Matrices

    Linear Transformations

    Linear Independence of Vectors

    2. Generalizations

    3. The Principal Axis Transformation

    Unitary Matrices and the Scalar Product

    The Principal Axis Transformation for Unitary and Hermitian Matrices

    Real Orthogonal and Symmetric Matrices

    4. The Elements of Quantum Mechanics

    5. Perturbation Theory

    6. Transformation Theory and the Bases for the Statistical Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

    7. Abstract Group Theory

    Theorems for Finite Groups

    Examples of Groups

    Conjugate Elements and Classes

    8. Invariant Subgroups

    The Factor Group

    Isomorphism and Homomorphism

    9. The General Theory of Representations

    10. Continuous Groups

    11. Representations and Eigenfunctions

    12. The Algebra of Representation Theory

    13. The Symmetric Group

    Appendix to Chapter 13. A Lemma Related to the Symmetric Group

    14. The Rotation Groups

    15. The Three-Dimensional Pure Rotation Group

    Spherical Harmonics

    The Homomorphism of the Two-Dimensional Unitary Group onto the Rotation Group

    The Representations of the Unitary Group

    The Representations of the Three-Dimensional Pure Rotation Group

    16. The Representations of the Direct Product

    17. The Characteristics of Atomic Spectra

    Eigenvalues and Quantum Numbers

    The Vector Addition Model

    Appendix to Chapter 17. A Relationship Among Binomial Coefficients

    18. Selection Rules and the Splitting of Spectral Lines

    19. Partial Determination of Eigenfunctions from Their Transformation Properties

    20. Electron Spin

    The Physical Basis for the Pauli Theory

    Invariance of the Description under Spatial Rotation

    Connection with Representation Theory

    Appendix to Chapter 20. Linearity and Unitarity of Rotation Operators

    21. The Total Angular Momentum Quantum Number

    22. The Fine Structure of Spectral Lines

    23. Selection and Intensity Rules with Spin

    The Hönl-Kronig Intensity Formulas

    The Lande g-Formula

    The Interval Rule

    24. Racah Coefficients

    Conjugate Complex Representations

    Symmetric Form of the Vector Coupling Coefficients

    Co variant and Contra variant Vector Coupling Coefficients

    Racah Coefficients

    Matrix Elements of Spin-Free Tensor Operators

    General Two-Sided Tensor Operators

    25. The Building-Up Principle

    26. Time Inversion

    Time Inversion and Antiunitary Operators

    Determination of the Time Inversion Operator

    Transformation of the Eigenfunctions under Antiunitary Operators

    Reduction of Corepresentations

    Determination of the Irreducible Corepresentations

    Consequences of Invariance under Time Inversion

    27. Physical Interpretation and Classical Limits of Representation

    Coefficients, Three- and Six-j Symbols

    Representation Coefficients

    Vector Coupling Coefficients

    Racah Coefficients

    Appendix A. Conventions

    Appendix B. Summary of Formulas

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 386
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1959
  • Published: January 1, 1959
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323152785

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