Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics : Classical Results, Modern Systems and Visualized Examples

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Many of the familiar aspects of non-relativistic quantum mechanics were developed almost three quarters of a century ago, but the central role played by quantum physics in determining the properties of matter guarantees that new applications of the basic principles will continue to appear. Because the phenomena described by quantum theory are often remote from our daily existence, our intuition about the nature of quantum systems must be built up from sources other than direct experience; and the visual display of quantitative information and qualitative ideas can play just as important a role in this learning process as do formal mathematical methods. "Quantum Mechanics: Classical Results, Modern Systems, and Visualized Examples" provides the student with a thorough background in the machinery of undergraduate quantum mechanics, with many examples taken from classic experiments in atomic, nuclear, and elementary particle physics. In addition, the use of visualization is heavily emphasized throughout. The text also includes several other valuable features: emphasis on the classical limit of quantum mechanics and wavepackets; enhanced presentation of momentum-space methods; increased emphasis on numerical and approximation techniques; separate chapters on classical wave phenomena and probability/statistics to provide needed background, as well as an appendix on classical Hamiltonian theory; a chapter devoted to two-dimensional quantum systems, designed to make contact with modern surface physics - this includes a brief discussion of classical and quantum chaos; and many problems as well as questions in which the student is asked to explore more conceptual aspects of the mind.show more

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  • Hardback | 600 pages
  • 182.9 x 254 x 33mm | 1,247.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • halftones, numerous line figures
  • 0195092023
  • 9780195092028

Table of contents

PART I: THE QUANTUM PARADIGM; 1. A first look at physics; 2. Classical Waves; 3. The Schrodinger wave equation; 4. Concepts of probability; 5. Interpreting the Schrodinger equation; 6. The infinite well: physical aspects; 7. The infinite well: Formal aspects; 8. Many particles in the infinite well: The role of spin and indistinguishability; 9. Other 1D potentials; 10. The simple harmonic oscillator; 11. Alternative methods of solution and approximation methods; 12. Scattering in one-dimension; 13. More formal topics; 14. Operator and factorization methods for the Schrodinger equation; 15. Multi-particle systems; PART II: THE QUANTUM WORLD; 16. Two-dimensional quantum mechanics; 17. The Schrodinger equation in three-dimensions; 18. The Hydrogen atom; 19. Gravity and electromagnetism in quantum mechanics; 20. Scattering in three dimensions; APPENDICESshow more

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