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72 Atomic and Molecular Physics

Includes atomic and molecular structure, electron properties, and atomic and molecular spectra. For elementary particle physics see 77 Physics of Elementary Particles and Fields; for nuclear physics see 73 Nuclear Physics.

Definition

Atomic Physics – The study of the structure and characteristics of atoms. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Molecular Physics – The study of the structure and characteristics of molecules. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : The basic theories and formulas of atomic and molecular physics as they relate to aeronautics, astronautics, and aerospace sciences. Those elements of atomic and molecular physics that have actual or potential application to the aerospace program.

Selective Interest : Those applications of atomic and molecular science that have potential use to the aerospace sciences.

Negative Interest : Basic theories and formulas of atomic and molecular physics that have no application to the aerospace sciences.

 

Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • absorption of radiation by atoms
  • activation analysis
  • atomic beam measurements
  • atomic collisions
  • atomic electron properties
  • atomic energy levels
  • atomic frequency standards
  • atomic fuels (space applications)
  • atomic nuclei
  • atomic physics
  • atomic reactions
  • atomic spectra
  • atomic structure
  • electron collisions
  • electron scattering
  • emission of radiation by atoms
  • fluorescence
  • intermolecular forces
  • ion beams (theory)
  • ion dynamics
  • ion exchange
  • luminescence (atomic physics)
  • molecular beams
  • molecular collision theory
  • molecular energy
  • molecular interactions
  • molecular physics
  • molecular properties
  • molecular spectra
  • molecular spectroscopy
  • molecular structure
  • photon interactions with atoms and molecules
  • radiation absorption by atoms
  • theories of atomic physics
  • theories of molecular physics