By V. Devanathan

A path in angular momentum recommendations is vital for quantitative examine of difficulties in atomic physics, molecular physics, nuclear physics and strong kingdom physics. This e-book has grown out of any such direction given to the scholars of the M. Sc. and M. Phil. measure classes on the collage of Madras. An undemanding wisdom of quantum mechanics is a vital pre-requisite to adopt this path yet no wisdom of team conception is believed at the a part of the readers. even though the subject material has group-theoretic beginning, exact efforts were made to prevent the gro- theoretical language yet position emphasis at the algebraic formalism dev- oped through Racah (1942a, 1942b, 1943, 1951). How a long way i'm winning during this venture is left to the discerning reader to pass judgement on. After the e-book of the 2 vintage books, one via Rose and the opposite via Edmonds in this topic within the yr 1957, the appliance of angular momentum innovations to unravel actual difficulties has turn into so universal that it's stumbled on fascinating to arrange a separate direction in this topic to the scholars of physics. it really is to cater to the wishes of such scholars and study employees that this ebook is written. numerous questions and difficulties given on the finish of every bankruptcy will let the reader to have a clearer realizing of the topic.

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9) where MZ ( α ) is the transformation matrix for rotation about the Z axis through an angle α. Next let us consider a rotation through an angle β about the Y1 axis. 10) This transformation can be expressed more elegantly in the matrix form as follows. 11) ROTATION MATRICES - I 37 The equations for transformation of the spherical components can be obtained following the same procedure as before. 17) Lastly, we have to perform a rotation through an angle γ about the Z2 axis. The resulting transformation matrix is the product of the three transformation matrices obtained for rotations through the three Euler angles.

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.

M(β ) = The rotation matrix is the transpose of the transformation matrix M ( β ). 4 The rotation matrix D2 ( α,β, γ ) is the transpose of the transformation matrix M(α,β, γ ). 3). 1. The Rotation Operator Let us consider an infinitesimal rotation δα about the Z-axis of a righthanded coordinate system and investigate how the wave function transforms. 1) where RZ (δα ) is the rotation operator which causes a rotation of the coordinate system S S' through an infinitesimal angle δα about the Z-axis.

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