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7.7: Appendix - Magnetic Dipole and Electric Quadrupole Transitions

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    The second term in the expansion in eq. (6.39) leads to magnetic dipole and electric quadrupole transitions, which we will describe here. The interaction potential is

    \(V^{(2)}(t)=-\frac{q}{m}\left[i A_{0}(\hat{\varepsilon} \cdot \bar{p})(\bar{k} \cdot \bar{r}) e^{-i \omega t}-i A_{0}^{*}(\hat{\varepsilon} \cdot \bar{p})(\bar{k} \cdot \bar{r}) e^{i \omega t}\right]\)

    We can use the identity

    (\hat{\varepsilon} \cdot \bar{p})(\bar{k} \cdot \bar{r}) &=\hat{\varepsilon} \cdot(\overline{p r}) \cdot \bar{k} \\
    &=\frac{1}{2} \hat{\varepsilon}(\overline{p r}-\overline{r p}) \bar{k}+\frac{1}{2} \hat{\varepsilon}(\overline{p r}+\overline{r p}) \bar{k}

    to separate V(t) into two distinct light–matter interaction terms:

    \[V^{(2)}(t)=V_{m a g}^{(2)}(t)+V_{Q}^{(2)}(t) \label{6.112} \]

    \[V_{m a g}^{(2)}(t)=\frac{-i q}{2 m} \hat{\varepsilon} \cdot(\overline{p r}-\overline{r p}) \cdot \bar{k}\left(A_{0} e^{-i \omega t}+A_{0}^{*} e^{i \omega t}\right) \label{6.113} \]

    \[V_{Q}^{(2)}(t)=\frac{-i q}{2 m} \hat{\varepsilon} \cdot(\overline{p r}+\overline{r p}) \cdot \bar{k}\left(A_{0} e^{-i \omega t}+A_{0}^{*} e^{i \omega t}\right) \label{6.114} \]

    where the first \(V_{\operatorname{mag}}^{(2)}\) gives rise to magnetic dipole transitions, and the second \(V_{Q}^{(2)}\) leads to electric quadrupole transitions.

    For the notation above, \(\overline{p r}\) represents an outer product (tensor product \(\bar{p}: \bar{r}\)), so that

    \[\hat{\varepsilon} \cdot(\overline{p r}) \cdot \bar{k}=\left(\begin{array}{lll}
    \varepsilon_{x} & \varepsilon_{y} & \varepsilon_{z}
    p_{x} r_{x} & p_{x} r_{y} & p_{x} r_{z} \\
    p_{y} r_{x} & p_{y} r_{y} & p_{y} r_{z} \\
    p_{z} r_{x} & p_{z} r_{y} & p_{z} r_{z}
    k_{x} \\
    k_{y} \\

    This expression is meant to imply that the component of r that lies along k can influence the magnitude of p along \(\varepsilon\). Alternatively this term could be written \(\sum_{a, b=x, y, z} \varepsilon_{a}\left(p_{a} r_{b}\right) k_{b}\). These interaction potentials can be simplified and made more intuitive. Considering first eq. \ref{6.113}, we can use the vector identity \((\bar{A} \times \bar{B}) \cdot(\bar{C} \times \bar{D})=(\bar{A} \times \bar{C})(\bar{B} \times \bar{D})-(\bar{A} \times \bar{D})(\bar{B} \times \bar{C})\) to show

    \frac{1}{2} \hat{\varepsilon} \cdot(\overline{p r}-\overline{r p}) \cdot \bar{k} &=\frac{1}{2}[(\hat{\varepsilon} \cdot \bar{p})(\bar{r} \cdot \bar{k})-(\hat{\varepsilon} \cdot \bar{r})(\bar{p} \cdot \bar{k})]=\frac{1}{2}[(\bar{k} \cdot \hat{\varepsilon}) \cdot(\bar{r} \times \bar{p})] \\
    &=\frac{1}{2}(\bar{k} \times \hat{\varepsilon}) \cdot \bar{L}
    \end{aligned} \label{6.116}\]

    For electronic spectroscopy, \(\bar{L}\) is the orbital angular momentum. Since the vector \(\bar{k} \times \hat{\varepsilon}\) describes the direction of the magnetic field \(\bar{B}, \text {and since} A_{0}=B_{0} / 2 i k\)

    \[V_{m d}^{(2)}(t)=\frac{-q}{2 m} \bar{B}(t) \cdot \bar{L} \quad \bar{B}(t)=\bar{B}_{0} \cos \omega t\]

    \(\bar{B} \cdot \bar{L} \text {more generally is} \bar{B} \cdot(\bar{L}+2 \bar{S})\) when considering the spin degrees of freedom. In the case of an electron,

    \[\frac{q \bar{L}}{m}=\frac{2 c}{\hbar} \beta \bar{L}=\frac{2 c}{\hbar} \bar{\mu}_{m a g}\]

    where the Bohr magneton \[\beta=\sum_{i} e \hbar / 2 m_{i} c, \text {and} \bar{\mu}_{m a g}=\beta \bar{L}\] is the magnetic dipole operator. So we have the form for the magnetic dipole interaction

    \[V_{m a g}^{(2)}(t)=-\frac{c}{\hbar} \bar{B}(t) \cdot \bar{\mu}_{m a g}\]

    For electric quadrupole transitions, once can simplify eq. \ref{6.114} by evaluating matrix elements for the operator \((\overline{p r}+\overline{r p})\).

    \[\overline{p r}+\overline{r p}=\frac{i m}{\hbar}\left[\left[H_{0}, \bar{r}\right] \bar{r}-\bar{r}\left[\bar{r}, H_{0}\right]\right]=\frac{-i m}{\hbar}\left[\bar{r} \bar{r}, H_{0}\right]\]


    \[V_{Q}^{(2)}(t)=\frac{-q}{2 \hbar} \hat{\varepsilon} \cdot\left[\bar{r} \bar{r}, H_{0}\right] \cdot \bar{k}\left(A_{0} e^{-i \omega t}+A_{0}^{*} e^{i \omega t}\right) \label{6.121}\]

    Here \(\bar{r} \bar{r}\) is an outer product of vectors. For a system of many charges (i), we define the quadrupole moment, a traceless second rank tensor

    \bar{Q}=\sum_{i} q_{i} \bar{r} \otimes \bar{r} \\
    Q_{m n}=\sum_{i} q_{i}\left(3 r_{m i} \cdot r_{n i}-r_{i}^{2} \delta_{m n}\right) \quad m, n=x, y, z

    Now, using \(A_{0}=E_{0} / 2 i \omega\) eq. (\ref{6.121}) becomes

    \[V(t)=-\frac{1}{2 i \hbar \omega} \bar{E}(t) \cdot\left[\overline{\bar{Q}}, H_{0}\right] \cdot \hat{k} \quad \bar{E}(t)=\bar{E}_{0} \cos \omega t \label{6.123}\]

    Since the matrix element \(\left\langle k\left|\left[Q, H_{0}\right]\right| \ell\right\rangle=\hbar \omega_{k \ell} \overline{\bar{Q}}_{k \ell}\), we can write the electric quadrupole transition moment as

    V_{k \ell} &=\frac{i E_{0} \omega_{k \ell}}{2 \omega}\langle k|\hat{\varepsilon} \cdot \overline{\bar{Q}} \cdot \hat{k}| \ell\rangle \\
    &=\frac{i E_{0} \omega_{k \ell}}{2 \omega} \overline{\bar{Q}}_{k \ell}

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