By V. Devanathan
A direction in angular momentum innovations is key for quantitative examine of difficulties in atomic physics, molecular physics, nuclear physics and stable country physics. This e-book has grown out of one of these path given to the scholars of the M. Sc. and M. Phil. measure classes on the collage of Madras. An easy wisdom of quantum mechanics is an important pre-requisite to adopt this path yet no wisdom of workforce concept is thought at the a part of the readers. even if the subject material has group-theoretic starting place, specified efforts were made to prevent the gro- theoretical language yet position emphasis at the algebraic formalism dev- oped by means of Racah (1942a, 1942b, 1943, 1951). How a long way i'm profitable during this venture is left to the discerning reader to pass judgement on. After the ebook of the 2 vintage books, one via Rose and the opposite through Edmonds in this topic within the 12 months 1957, the appliance of angular momentum concepts to resolve actual difficulties has develop into so universal that it's came across fascinating to arrange a separate path in this topic to the scholars of physics. it's to cater to the desires of such scholars and examine staff that this booklet is written. plenty of questions and difficulties given on the finish of every bankruptcy will let the reader to have a clearer figuring out of the topic.
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2 Write down the scalar product of two vectors in terms of their cartesian and spherical components. 3 If r is the position vector, express it in terms of its spherical components and hence show that where is a spherical harmonic of order 1 and r is the modulus of the vector r. 4 Given any two vectors A and B, construct a vector product and a tensor product of rank 1. How are their spherical components related? 5 If C = A x B , show that the spherical component of the vector C is given by where is a component of the spherical tensor of rank 1 formed by taking the tensor product of the two vectors A and B.
14) in Eq. 15) Once again, we can subject the operators in the coordinate system X1 Y1 Z1 to a unitary transformation and obtain the corresponding operators in the coordinate system XYZ. 17) for R( α,β,γ ) all the rotations are carried out in the original coordinate system and its usefulness will be seen in the next section. 2. The Matrix The rotation matrix has been defined in Eq. 1) of the previous chapter and now we can express its elements as the matrix elements of the rotation operator R ( α,β,γ ).
First let us make a rotation through an angle a about the Z axis as illustrated in Fig. 1. 4) To know how the spherical components transform, we need to express the spherical components in terms of the Cartesian components. The transfor- 36 CHAPTER 4 mation of the Cartesian components is already given in Eq. 4). 7) The transformation of the spherical components can now be conveniently written in a matrix form. 9) where MZ ( α ) is the transformation matrix for rotation about the Z axis through an angle α.