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The effect which now bears his name, was discovered in 1958 by Rudolf M ssbauer at the Technical University of Munich.
At first, this appeared to be a phenomenon related to nuclear energy levels that provided some information about excited state lifetimes and quantum properties. However, it soon became apparent that M ssbauer spectroscopy had applications in such diverse fields as general relativity, solid state physics, chemistry, materials science, biology, medical physics, archeology and art. It is the extreme sensitivity of the effect to the atomic environment around the probe atom as well as the ability to apply the technique to some interesting and important elements, most notably iron, that is responsible for the M ssbauer effect's extensive use. The present volume reviews the historical development of the M ssbauer effect, the experimental details, the basic physics of hyperfine interactions and some of the numerous applications of M ssbauer effect spectroscopy.
Richard A Dunlap received a BS in Physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1974, an AM in Physics from Dartmouth College in 1976, and a PhD in Physics from Clark University in 1981. Since receiving his PhD, he has been on the Faculty at Dalhousie University. He was appointed Faculty of Science Killam Research Professor in Physics from 2001 to 2006 and served as Director of the Dalhousie University Institute for Research in Materials from 2009 to 2015. In 2005 he was elected a member of the Mössbauer Century Club. He currently holds an appointment as Research Professor in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science. Professor Dunlap has published more than 300 refereed research papers and his research interests have included magnetic materials, amorphous alloys, critical phenomena, hydrogen storage, quasicrystals, superconductivity and materials for advanced batteries. Much of his work involves the application of nuclear spectroscopic techniques to the investigation of solid state properties. He is the author of six previous books: Experimental Physics: Modern Methods (Oxford 1988), The Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Numbers (World Scientific 1997), An Introduction to the Physics of Nuclei and Particles (Brooks/Cole 2004), Sustainable Energy (Cengage, 1st edn 2015, 2nd edn 2019), Novel Microstructures for Solids (Morgan & Claypool 2018) and Particle Physics (Morgan & Claypool 2018).