FIRST EDITION of the Gamow Factor as well as a paper by Max von Laue in response to Gamow's work. The first presentation of the Klein-Nishina formula is also included in this volume.
GAMOW: In 1928 and in the first application of quantum mechanics to the inner workings of the atom, Gamow provided the first successful explanation of the behavior of radioactive elements using quantum theory. His theory of the alpha decay of a nucleus via tunneling was the first successful explanation of the behavior of radioactive elements using quantum theory.
On the heels of that work and in the paper offered here, Gamow calculates the “Gamow factor,” the probability for two nuclear particles overcoming the Coulomb barrier in order to undergo a nuclear reaction. It is still widely used to explain the measured rates of certain radioactive decays, the nature of fission and fusion reactions, and to provide guidance in early development of particle accelerators.
ALSO INCLUDED: Max von Laue’s paper provides a few mathematical corrections to Gamow’s calculations.
ALSO INCLUDED: The Klein and Nishina paper is the first presentation of the Klein-Nishina formula. The formula gives the differential cross section of photons scattered from a single free electron in lowest order of quantum electrodynamics. Item #1515
CONDITION & DETAILS: Berlin: Julius Springer. 4to. (9 x 6.5 inches; 225 x 163mm). Complete. One library stamp on title page. Handsomely rebound in black cloth, gilt-lettered at the spine. Tightly and solid. Interior is pristine. Fine condition.