From the Contents: Introduction to Relativistic Quantum Chemistry -- Introduction to Quantum Electrodynamics -- Relativistic Hamiltonians -- Relativistic Wave Functions -- Relativistic Quantum Chemical Methods -- Applications of Relativistic Quantum Chemical Methods.
This handbook focuses on the foundations of relativistic quantum mechanics and addresses a number of fundamental issues never covered before in a book. For instance: How can many-body theory be combined with quantum electrodynamics? How can quantum electrodynamics be interfaced with relativistic quantum chemistry? What is the most appropriate relativistic many-electron Hamiltonian? How can we achieve relativistic explicit correlation? How can we formulate relativistic properties? – just to name a few. Since relativistic quantum chemistry is an integral component of computational chemistry, this handbook also supplements the “Handbook of Computational Chemistry”. Generally speaking, it aims to establish the ‘big picture’ of relativistic molecular quantum mechanics as the union of quantum electrodynamics and relativistic quantum chemistry. Accordingly, it provides an accessible introduction for readers new to the field, presents advanced methodologies for experts, and discusses possible future perspectives, helping readers understand when/how to apply/develop the methodologies..