Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction / Edition 4

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Quantum Mechanics - An Introduction lays the foundations for the rest of the course on advanced quantum mechanics and field theory. Starting from black-body radiation, the photoelectric effect, and wave-particl e duality, Greiner goes on to discuss the uncertainty relations, spin, and many-body systems; he includes applications to the hydrogen atom and the Stern-Gerlach and Einstein-de Haas experiments. The mathematic s of representation theory, S matrices, perturbation theory, eigenvalu e problems, and hypergeometric differential equations are presented in detail, with 84 fully and carefully worked examples and exercises to consolidate the material. This fourth edition has been revised and mak es the book up-to-date again.

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Editorial Reviews

Walter Greiner (Johann Wolfgang Goethe University/Frankfurt) has produced a multi-volume "Theoretical Physics" which has in successive editions provided the foundation of the graduate education of a generation of German-speaking physicists. Five of those volumes (Quantum mechanics--an introduction; Quantum mechanics--symmetries; Quantum mechanics--relativistic wave equations; Quantum electrodynamics; Gauge theory of weak interactions) are now being made available in English translation (from the 5th German edition). The present volume is in many ways redundant with some of the many fine introductory quantum texts already on the market; it treats standard topics in standard ways, but it is distinguished by the lively clarity of the exposition. Examples and exercises with detailed solutions punctuate the text. The figures are simple but adequate. The concluding chapter provides a brief review of some "conceptual and philosophical problems of quantum mechanics". Intrinsically useful, but likely to derive value mainly from its relationship to the series as a whole. (NW) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540674580
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 12/12/2000
  • Edition description: 4th ed. 2001
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 486
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

The Quantization of Physical Quantities.- The Radiation Laws.- Wave Aspects of Matter.- Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics I.- Mathematical Supplement.- The Schrödinger Equation.- The Harmonic Oscillator.- The Transition from Classical to Quantum Mechanics.- Charged Particles in Magnetic Fields.- The Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics II.- Perturbation Theory.- Spin.- A Nonrelativistic Wave Equation with Spin.- Elementary Aspects of the Quantum-Mechanical Man-Body Problem.- Identical Particles.- The Formal Framework of Quantum Mechanics.- Conceptual and Philosophical Problems of Quantum Mechanics.- Subject Index.

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