Quantum Mechanics / Edition 1by Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Bernard Diu, Frank Laloe
Pub. Date: 01/28/1996
This didactically unrivalled textbook and timeless reference by Nobel Prize Laureate Claude Cohen-Tannoudji separates essential underlying principles of quantum mechanics from specific applications and practical examples and deals with each of them in a different section. Chapters emphasize principles; complementary sections supply applications. The book provides a… See more details below
This didactically unrivalled textbook and timeless reference by Nobel Prize Laureate Claude Cohen-Tannoudji separates essential underlying principles of quantum mechanics from specific applications and practical examples and deals with each of them in a different section. Chapters emphasize principles; complementary sections supply applications. The book provides a qualitative introduction to quantum mechanical ideas; a systematic, complete and elaborate presentation of all the mathematical tools and postulates needed, including a discussion of their physical content and applications.
The book is recommended on a regular basis by lecturers of undergraduate courses.
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Table of Contents
Waves and Particles.
Introduction to the Fundamental Concepts of Quantum Mechanics.
The Mathematical Tools of Quantum Mechanics.
The Postulates of Quantum Mechanics.
Application of the Postulates to Simple Cases: Two Level Systems and Spin 1/2 Systems.
The One Dimensional Harmonic Oscillator.
General Properties of Angular Momentum in Quantum Mechanics.
Particles in a Central Potential.
The Hydrogen Atom.
An Elementary Approach to the Quantum Theory of Scattering by a Potential Electron Spin.
Addition of Angular Momenta.
Stationary Perturbation Theory.
An Application of Perturbation Theory.
The Fine and Hyperfine Structure of the Hydrogen Atom.
Approximation Methods for Time-Dependent Problems.
Systems of Identical Particles.
Fourier Series and the Fourier Transform.
The Dirac "Function."
The Lagrangian and Hamiltonian in Classical Mechanics.
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I used Cohen-Tannoudji as a complement to a Quantum course using Merzbacher's text, and it was very helpful. Everything is thoroughly explained in clear language and derivations are rigorous, complete, and numerous. A great addition to the library of advanced undergraduates and up.
This is the best text yet that shows how quantum mechanics really applies in actual, physical problems. It is a great book that is not directed to only one discipline of physics as Shankar's book is to High Energy, or too oversimplified like Griffiths or Liboff. This book is a must for any aspiring physicist.
The book is written in simple language. The mathematical parts are systematic. The book can't be the first book in the subject, but after a simple introduction book (such as Feynman - Lectures on Physics II), this book can give the appropriate methodological overview.
While this book remains to be undermined by any other text in terms of its completeness, it fails to be an appropriate for beginning students of this subject matter. The exercises, while challenging, are not adequately developed in the chapters to be useful as conceptual reinforcements. This result is the likelihood of poor organization of the text. Perhaps a new edition is necessary, one which is re-edited and reorganized by a professional who has the ability to restructure the material in a developmentally nurturing and logical fashion