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Atomic and Laser Spectroscopy$
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Alan Corney

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199211456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211456.001.0001

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Review of classical electrodynamics

Review of classical electrodynamics

(p.17) 2 Review of classical electrodynamics
Atomic and Laser Spectroscopy

Alan Corney

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces material relevant to the interaction of atoms and radiation. Maxwell's equations and the electromagnetic wave equation are introduced. The electric and magnetic fields produced by oscillating electric and magnetic dipoles are derived, and the rate at which these dipoles radiate energy and angular-momentum are derived. Multiple fields are considered briefly.

Keywords:   Maxwell's equations, plane electromagnetic waves, electric dipole radiation, magnetic dipole radiation, angular momentum, multiple fields

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