Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

April 1982


Published in Science, New Series 216:4542 (April 9, 1982), pp. 169-170. Copyright © 1982 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Used by permission.


The field of atomic spectroscopy is currently experiencing a resurgence of interest owing on the one hand to its applications in astrophysics, plasma physics, and other fields and on the other hand to the development of new experimental tools to probe atomic structures. One example of the latter is the use of tunable lasers to study highly excited atoms in the presence of strong external electric and magnetic fields. Another is the use of synchrotron radiation to probe with increasing detail the inner shell structure of rare earth, actinide, and other heavy atoms.

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