An Introduction to Quantum Theory

Hardcover | March 1, 1997

byKeith Hannabuss

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This book provides an introduction to quantum theory primarily for students of mathematics. Although the approach is mainly traditional the discussion exploits ideas of linear algebra, and points out some of the mathematical subtleties of the theory. Amongst the less traditional topics areBell's inequalities, coherent and squeezed states, and introductions to group representation theory. Later chapters discuss relativistic wave equations and elementary particle symmetries from a group theoretical standpoint rather than the customary Lie algebraic approach. This book is intended forthe later years of an undergraduate course or for graduates. It assumes a knowledge of basic linear algebra and elementary group theory, though for convenience these are also summarized in an appendix.

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This book provides an introduction to quantum theory primarily for students of mathematics. Although the approach is mainly traditional the discussion exploits ideas of linear algebra, and points out some of the mathematical subtleties of the theory. Amongst the less traditional topics areBell's inequalities, coherent and squeezed stat...

Keith Hannabuss is at Balliol College, Oxford.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:394 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:March 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198537948

ISBN - 13:9780198537946

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionWave mechanicsQuadratic and linear potentialsThe hydrogen atomScattering and tunnellingThe mathematical structure of quantum theoryThe commutation relationsAngular momentumSymmetry in quantum theoryMeasurements and paradoxesAlternative formulations of quantum theoryStationary perturbation theoryIterative perturbation theoryVariational methodsThe semi-classical approximationSystems of several particlesRelativistic wave equationDirac particles in electromagnetic fieldsSymmetries of elementary particlesA review of linear algebra and groupsOpen systems

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`Although the author claims that his treatment is less than rigorous, it is considerably more advanced than that taught to many undergraduates...........Students who master the contents of this book as undergraduates would have considerable advantages over many of their contemporaries if theymoved on to research in theoretical or mathematical physics'Nature