Quantum Mechanics: A New Introduction

Paperback | March 5, 2009

byKenichi Konishi, Giampiero Paffuti

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This book provides the reader with a contemporary and comprehensive introduction to Quantum Mechanics. It is suitable for beginners as well as for more advanced university students. Quantum mechanics is presented in a pedagogical fashion, with a clear logical organization. The various conceptsand methods are introduced first in elementary terms, and later developed into more precise formulations. Systematic studies of approximation methods and the discussion of a wide class of physical applications follow.Part I of the book, together with the opening sections of Part II, provide adequate material for an introductory course of one semester at most universities. The rest of the book might be used in an advanced course on Quantum Mechanics. The basic material is fairly standard, even though some discussions such as those on general systems with time - dependent Hamiltonians, on metastable systems, as well as the discussions in some of the Complement sections, may not be found in other textbooks. The book also contains many originalobservations or new ways of illustrating even well-known subjects. In fact, the authors wish to convey in this book the sense of wonder in the logical simplicity and at the same time the beauty of subtle and far-reaching consequences of Quantum Mechanics, to young physics students in particular. Problem sets are provided at the end of each chapter, to be solved either analytically or by numerical methods. The solutions to both types of problems are given as separate pdf files or as Mathematica notebooks (there are 88 of them), all together on a CD accompanying the textbook. The presence ofsuch a collection of numerical analyses enriches the main text and is one of the characteristic features of the book. With the many interesting systems discussed, the book will also be a useful reference for researchers and teachers. It provides the reader with a unique, enjoyable and rather complete textbook of Quantum Mechanics, destined to set a new standard for many years to come.

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This book provides the reader with a contemporary and comprehensive introduction to Quantum Mechanics. It is suitable for beginners as well as for more advanced university students. Quantum mechanics is presented in a pedagogical fashion, with a clear logical organization. The various conceptsand methods are introduced first in element...

K. Konishi obtained his first degree at the Kyoto University, Kyoto, in 1969; and successively attended the graduate course at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, 1971-1974, obtaining the "Diploma di Perfezionamento" (Ph D) in 1974. He was awarded Ph D from the Kyoto University, in 1975. After a long term position at INFN, Pisa, he g...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:March 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199560277

ISBN - 13:9780199560271

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Table of Contents

Part I: Basic Quantum Mechanics1. Introduction2. Quantum mechanical laws3. The Schroedinger equation4. Angular momentum5. Symmetry and statistics6. Three-dimensional problems7. Finer points of quantum mechanics8. Path-integralsPart II: Approximation Methods9. Perturbation Theory10. Variational Methods11. Semi-classical approximationPart III: Applications12. Time Evolution13. Meta-stable states14. Electromagnetic interactions15. Atoms16. Elastic scattering theory17. From atomic nuclei to elementary particlesPart IV: Entanglement and Measurement18. Quantum entanglement19. Probability and measurementPart V: Complements20. Complements for Part I21. Complements for Part II22. Complements for Part III23. Complements for Part IV24. Mathematical Appendices and Tables