Atomic Symmetry Groups, being continuous groups, are just a fallout of the Lie Groups and Lie Algebras. Atoms are structurally simpler than molecules but atomic symmetry is more complex than molecular symmetry. In quantum mechanics we study atoms first and then the molecules. In symmetry studies, we do just the reverse. In this book, apart from theories, the description of both the symmetry groups – atomic and molecular, are attended with adequate applications.
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Table of Contents
1. Symmetry Elements and Symmetry Operations 2. Groups and Molecular Point Groups 3. Vector Spaces, Matrices and Transformations 4. Representation of Groups, Equivalent Representations and Reducible Representations 5. Reducible Representations, Irreducible Representations and Characters – Theorems and Properties 6. Representation Theory and Quantum Mechanics 7. Qualitative Applications and Assignment of Symmetry to Wave Functions 8. Molecular Vibrations, Normal Co-Ordinates, Selection Rules-Infra Red and Raman Spectra 9. Hybrid Orbitals, Symmetry Orbitals and Molecular Orbitals 10. Symmetry Principles and Transition Metal Complexes 11. Atomic Symmetry and Quantum Mechanical Problems. R(2), R(3) SU(2) and R(4) Lie Groups 12. Applications of Lie Groups in Quantamechanical Problems 13. Symmetry and Stereochemistry of Reactions
S.C. Rakshit, Ph. D., was Professor of Chemistry at Burdwan University, India for more than three decades, where he taught various disciplines of Physical Chemistry at the postgraduate level, which included quantum mechanics, group theory, atomic spectra, crystallography and theoretical kinetics.