Three-dimensional rotational averages in radiation-molecule interactions: an irreducible cartesian tensor formulation

David L. Andrews, Nick P. Blake

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The authors present a new method for the calculation of the rotational averages which arise in the theory of spectroscopic radiation-molecule interactions in fluid media. Based upon the principles of irreducible cartesian tensor analysis, the method presented allows them to express results either in the usual reducible form, or directly in terms of linearly independent sets of irreducible tensor products. For interactions up to and including rank 3 in the molecular response (or non-linear susceptibility) tensor, the rotational averages cast in terms of irreducible tensor products are considerably simpler in structure than the corresponding results expressed in reducible form.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-60
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 1989

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