Theory of Quanta

Theory of Quanta

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This up-to-date text for advanced physics undergraduates and first year graduate students focuses on that portion of quantum theory which is based on the Schrodinger wave equation. Key topics rarely found in quantum mechanics texts are included, such as chapters on the hydrodynamic formulation of wave mechanics, and the Wigner function. The work also discusses properties of quantum theory in terms of classical concepts. The first two chapters concentrate on the development of quantum theory, including the various pathways which led to the discovery of quantum mechanics and the human factors involved. Then, building upon this firm historical foundation, the authors discuss the solutions of the Schrodinger equation, the most basic tool for the quantum approach to almost all of the problems of the physical states of atoms and molecules. The hydrodynamic interpretation is elaborated and the text concludes with physical and mathematical appendices, and a comprehensive bibliography with references to both historically significant and contemporary review articles.show more

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  • Hardback | 505 pages
  • 162.3 x 243.8 x 43.9mm | 1,015.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195071573
  • 9780195071573

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1: The Birth of Quantum Theory. 1.1: The radiation of an ideal black body. 1.2: Line spectra and Bohr's model of the atom. 1.3: The quantum conditions of Bohr-Sommerfield. 1.4: Waves of matters. Comments. Problems. 2: Classical Physics - Quantum Physics. 2.1: The difficulties of classical theory. 2.2: The successes of quantum theory. 2.3: Problems with interpretation of quantum theory. 2.4: Quantum theory (1930. Problems. II: Schrodinger's Equation and the Interpretation of its Solutions. 3: Schrodinger's Equation. 3.1: The Schrodinger equation with time. 3.2: The time-dependent Schrodinger equation. Comments. Problems. 4: The Probabilistic Interpretation of the Wavefunction. Comments. Problems. 5: The Motion of a Free Particle in Wave Mechanics. 5.1: The spreading of wave packets. 5.2: The initial problem for Schrodinger's free particle equation. 5.3: The Gaussian wave packet. Comments. Problems. 6: The Momentum of a Particle and the Fourier Transformation of the Wavefunction. Comments. Problems. 7: Description of Experiments in Wave Mechanics and the Heinsberg Uncertainty Principle. 7.1: Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. 7.2: The entropic uncertainty principle. Comments. Problems. 8: A Charged Particle in an Electromagnetic Field. Comments. Problems. 9: The Hydrodynamic Formulation of Wave Mechanics. 9.1: The motion of the probability fluid in an electromagnetic field. Comments. Problems. 10: The Spin of the Elctron and Pauli's Equation. 10.1: The magnetic moment vector. 10.2: Pauli's equation. 10.3: The Stern-Gerlach experiments. Comments. Problems. 11: The Hydrodynamic Picture of Wave Mechanics of a Particle with Spin. Comments. Problems. 12: Ehrenfest's Equations. 12.1: A particle with spin in the electromagnetic field. Problems. 13: Descriptiopn of Particle Motion in Phase Space -- Wigner's Function. Comments. Problems. 14: Mixed States. 14.1: An unpolarized beam as a mixed state. Comments. Problems. III: Solutions of Schrodinger's Equation. 15: Classification of Solutions to Schrodinger's Equation. 15.1: Scattering states. 15.2: The completeness of the set of bound and scattering state wavefunctions. 15.3: Orthogonality of the wavefunctions. 15.4: Development of the system in time. 15.5: Bound and scattered states. Problems. 16: Bound States and Energy. 16.1: The three-dimensional spherically symmetric potential well. Comments. Problems. 17: Scattering States and Collision Cross-sections. 17.1: One-dimensional scattering. 17.2: The method of integral equations. 17.3: Three-dimensional scattering. 17.4: The scattering amplitude. 17.5: The S matrix. 17.6: Collision cross-section. 17.7: The optical theorem. Comments. Problems. 18: Partial Waves and Wave Effects in Scattering. 18.1: Phase shifts. 18.2: The spherical potential hump. 18.3: The Ramsauer-Townsend effect. 18.4: The extinction paradox. Comments. Problems. 19: Resonance States. Problems. 20: The Coulomb Potential. 20.1: Bound states. 20.2: Scattering states. Comments. Problems. 21show more

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