Classical and Quantum Dynamics: From Classical Paths to Path Integrals / Edition 3

Classical and Quantum Dynamics: From Classical Paths to Path Integrals / Edition 3

by Walter Dittrich, Martin Reuter
     
 

Graduate students who want to become familiar with advanced computational strategies in classical and quantum dynamics will find here both the fundamentals of a standard course and a detailed treatment of the time-dependent oscillator, Chern-Simons mechanics, the Maslov anomaly and the Berry phase, together with many worked examples throughout the text.
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Graduate students who want to become familiar with advanced computational strategies in classical and quantum dynamics will find here both the fundamentals of a standard course and a detailed treatment of the time-dependent oscillator, Chern-Simons mechanics, the Maslov anomaly and the Berry phase, together with many worked examples throughout the text.
This new edition has been revised and enlarged with chapters on the action principle in classical electrodynamics, on the functional derivative approach, and on computing traces.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783540420668
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
08/09/2001
Series:
Advanced Texts in Physics Series
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 3rd ed. 2001
Pages:
385
Product dimensions:
0.82(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

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Table of Contents

1. The Action Principles in Mechanics.- 2. The Action Principle in Classical Electrodynamics.- 3. Application of the Action Principles.- 4. Jacobi Fields, Conjugate Points.- 5. Canonical Transformations.- 6. The Hamilton—Jacobi Equation.- 7. Action-Angle Variables.- 8. The Adiabatic Invariance of the Action Variables.- 9. Time-Independent Canonical Perturbation Theory.- 10. Canonical Perturbation Theory with Several Degrees of Freedom.- 11. Canonical Adiabatic Theory.- 12. Removal of Resonances.- 13. Superconvergent Perturbation Theory, KAM Theorem (Introduction).- 14. Poincaré Surface of Sections, Mappings.- 15. The KAM Theorem.- 16. Fundamental Principles of Quantum Mechanics.- 17. Functional Derivative Approach.- 18. Examples for Calculating Path Integrals.- 19. Direct Evaluation of Path Integrals.- 20. Linear Oscillator with Time-Dependent Frequency.- 21. Propagators for Particles in an External Magnetic Field.- 22. Simple Applications of Propagator Functions.- 23. The WKB Approximation.- 24. Computing the trace.- 25. Partition Function for the Harmonic Oscillator.- 26. Introduction to Homotopy Theory.- 27. Classical Chern—Simons Mechanics.- 28. Semiclassical Quantization.- 29. The “Maslov Anomaly” for the Harmonic Oscillator.- 30. Maslov Anomaly and the Morse Index Theorem.- 31. Berry’s Phase.- 32. Classical Analogues to Berry’s Phase.- 33. Berry Phase and Parametric Harmonie Oscillator.- 34. Topological Phases in Planar Electrodynamics.- References.

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