Chapter 10. Radiative Transitions

  1. George B. Rybicki and
  2. Alan P. Lightman

Published Online: 29 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527618170.ch10

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics

How to Cite

Rybicki, G. B. and Lightman, A. P. (1985) Radiative Transitions, in Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527618170.ch10

Author Information

  1. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 DEC 2007
  2. Published Print: 15 MAY 1985

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471827597

Online ISBN: 9783527618170



  • ionization potentials;
  • statistical mechanics;
  • selection rules;
  • semi-classical theory;
  • Einstein coefficients


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Semi-Classical Theory of Radiative Transitions

  • The Dipole Approximation

  • Einstein Coefficients and Oscillator Strengths

  • Selection Rules

  • Transition Rates

  • Line Broadening Mechanisms