Chapter 11. Molecular Structure

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

Published Online: 29 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527618170.ch11

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics

How to Cite

Rybicki, G. B. and Lightman, A. P. (1985) Molecular Structure, in Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527618170.ch11

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



  • electronic energies;
  • angular momentum;
  • moment of inertia;
  • molecular potential;
  • kinetic energy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Born-Oppenheimer Approximation: An Order of Magnitude Estimate of Energy Levels

  • Electronic Binding of Nuclei

  • Pure Rotation Spectra

  • Rotation-Vibration Spectra

  • Electronic-Rotational-Vibrational Spectra