Emphasizing the use of quantum mechanics to describe actual quantum systems such as atoms and solids, and rich with interesting applications, the book proceeds from solving for the properties of a single particle in potential; to solving for two particles (the helium atom); to addressing many-particle systems. Applications include electron gas, magnetism, and Bose-Einstein Condensation; examples are carefully chosen and worked; and each chapter has numerous homework problems, many of them original.

*Quantum Mechanics in a Nutshell* expertly addresses traditional and modern topics, including perturbation theory, WKBJ, variational methods, angular momentum, the Dirac equation, many-particle wave functions, Casimir Force, and Bell's Theorem. And it treats many topics--such as the interactions between photons and electrons, scattering theory, and density functional theory--in exceptional depth.

A valuable addition to the teaching literature, *Quantum Mechanics in a Nutshell* is ideally suited for a two-semester course.

- The most concise, up-to-date, and accessible graduate textbook on the subject
- Contains the ideal amount of material for a two-semester course
- Focuses on the description of actual quantum systems, including a range of applications
- Covers traditional topics, as well as those at the frontiers of research
- Treats in unprecedented detail topics such as photon-electron interaction, scattering theory, and density functional theory
- Includes numerous homework problems at the end of each chapter

Publisher

Princeton University Press

Published on

Dec 29, 2008

Pages

416

ISBN

9781400833382

Features

Best For

Language

English

Genres

Science / Physics / Atomic & Molecular

Science / Physics / Condensed Matter

Science / Physics / General

Science / Physics / Quantum Theory

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