Simple Quantum Physics

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This is a first course on quantum mechanics and describes simple applications to physical phenomena that are of immediate and everyday interest. The first five chapters introduce the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and are followed by a quiz so readers can test themselves. The remaining chapters describe applications, including the physics of lasers, molecular binding, simple properties of crystalline solids arising from their band structure, and the operation of junction transistors. This new expanded edition ...
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Overview

This is a first course on quantum mechanics and describes simple applications to physical phenomena that are of immediate and everyday interest. The first five chapters introduce the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and are followed by a quiz so readers can test themselves. The remaining chapters describe applications, including the physics of lasers, molecular binding, simple properties of crystalline solids arising from their band structure, and the operation of junction transistors. This new expanded edition now includes a chapter on the theory of spin and its application to magnetic resonance imaging, as well as a description of the WKB approximation and its application to alpha decay. Ideal either as a course text or a self-study text, the book contains nearly 100 exercises and hints to their solution.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521224987
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/1979
  • Pages: 186

Table of Contents

Constants of quantum physics
1 Preliminaries 1
2 The Schrodinger equation 8
3 Special solutions 19
4 The superposition principle 36
5 The hydrogen atom 49
Revision quiz 62
6 The hydrogen molecule 63
7 Introduction to perturbation theory 70
8 Spin 82
9 Masers and lasers 93
10 Band structure of crystals 112
11 Electron motion in crystals 126
12 Transistors 141
App. A Power-series solutions 158
App. B The delta function and Fourier transforms 162
App. C Orbital-angular-momentum operators 173
App. D Electrodynamics 175
App. E Bloch waves 178
Hints for the problems 180
Index 201
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