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Introduction to Cluster Dynamics

Introduction to Cluster Dynamics

Paul-Gerhard Reinhard, Eric Suraud

ISBN: 978-3-527-60252-0

Jan 2008

341 pages


Clusters as mesoscopic particles represent an intermediate state of matter between single atoms and solid material. The tendency to miniaturise technical objects requires knowledge about systems which contain a ""small"" number of atoms or molecules only. This is all the more true for dynamical aspects, particularly in relation to the qick development of laser technology and femtosecond spectroscopy.
Here, for the first time is a highly qualitative introduction to cluster physics. With its emphasis on cluster dynamics, this will be vital to everyone involved in this interdisciplinary subject. The authors cover the dynamics of clusters on a broad level, including recent developments of femtosecond laser spectroscopy on the one hand and time-dependent density functional theory calculations on the other.
1. Basic features
2. Experimental access
3. Theoretical description
4. Gross properties and trends
5. More on Dynamics in the non-linear regime
6. Conclusion
7. Appendices
""...the book can be recommended for all beginners and researchers in the world of clusters and their dynamics, as an excellent combination of smooth entry and broad overview.""
Bernd Hartke, Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Kiel
Angewandte Chemie + IE 2004 - 116 / 24

""A competent concept combined with an interesting style and numerous helpful figures makes this book a pleasure to read. ... ""Introduction to Cluster Dynamics"" has certainly the potential to become a classical source for the education of graduate and PhD students providing teachers with a consistent and compact curriculum as well as giving the freshmen a quick access to the basic ideas and relevant literature.""
Dr. Michael Moseler, Fraunhofer Institut für Werkstoffmechanik, Freiburg, ChemPhysChem, 2004