CERTAIN AREAS OF RESEARCH that used to be actively pursued by people called physicists in physics laboratories have now to a large extent, although not entirely, migrated to chemistry laboratories. Among the most prominent of the areas that have moved from physics toward chemistry are molecular spectroscopy, the theory of molecular structure and spectra and certain related areas, for example molecular mass spectroscopy. All these various areas are usually called “molecular physics” if carried on in physics departments or “chemical physics” if in chemistry departments.
Spectroscopy, quantum chemistry and molecular physics
Robert S. Mulliken; Spectroscopy, quantum chemistry and molecular physics. Physics Today 1 April 1968; 21 (4): 52–57. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3034921
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