Using classical and quantum methods with a strong emphasis on symmetry principles, this book, a reissue of the 2004 second edition, develops the theory of a variety of optical activity and related phenomena from the perspective of molecular scattering of polarised light. In addition to the traditional topic of optical rotation and circular dichroism in the visible and near-ultraviolet associated with electronic transitions, the newer topic of optical activity associated with vibrational transitions, which may be studied using both infrared and Raman techniques, is also treated. Ranging from the physics of elementary particles to the structure of viruses, the subject matter of the book reflects the importance of optical activity and chirality in much of modern science and will be of interest to a wide range of physical and life scientists.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 468
Weight: 740 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 24 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
Review of the hardback: 'In many respects, some fundamental science has now been rethought, and this book is a perfect means of mastering new aspects of this exciting discipline. I applaud the clarity and accuracy of the writing which cuts no corners and is not afraid of listing outstanding problems yet to be solved ... Why the need for this book? Rigid self-disciplining and precise attention to detail (akin to perfecting Latin and Green in earlier times) must be trained into researchers, or else momentum is lost and the subject dies'. Chemistry and Industry
"An important book for any researcher or student interested in a solid physical grounding in chiral optical phenomena." Journal American Chemical Society, Bruce A. Garetz