The book Modern Optical Spectroscopy: With Examples from Biophysics and Biochemistry explains the theory of optical spectroscopic phenomena and demonstrates how the ideas are used in molecular and cellular biophysics and biochemistry. Explanations are based on time-dependent quantum mechanics. Chapters cover light, including linear and circular polarization; electronic and vibrational absorption; single-molecule fluorescence and high-resolution fluorescence microscopy; resonance energy transfer; circular dichroism of proteins and nucleic acids; coherence and dephasing; pump-probe spectroscopy, photon echoes and vibrational wave packets; and Raman scattering and other multiphoton processes. William W. Parson; Springer, New York, 2007; $199.
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