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Essential Quantum Physics

Essential Quantum Physics


  • Date Published: December 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521629935

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  • This book provides 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 revision quiz with which readers may test their understanding. 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 edition (first edition entitled Simple Quantum Physics) has been expanded to include 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.

    • Previous edition (entitled Simple Quantum Physics) sold over 6000 copies
    • Introduction to core subject in all physics and maths undergraduate courses
    • Contains many exercises, examples and hints
    • Course-tested at Cambridge University
    • New author for 2nd edition: Gareth Rees, author of Physics by Example/Cambridge University Press/1994
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521629935
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 65 b/w illus. 91 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Constants of quantum physics
    1. Preliminaries
    2. The Schrödinger equation
    3. Special solutions
    4. The superposition principle
    5. The hydrogen atom
    Revision quiz
    6. The hydrogen molecule
    7. Introduction to perturbation theory
    8. Radiative transitions
    9. Masers and lasers
    10. Band structure of crystals
    11. Electron motion in crystals
    12. Transistors
    Hints for the problems

  • Authors

    Peter V. Landshoff, University of Cambridge

    Allen Metherell, University of Central Florida

    W. Gareth Rees, University of Cambridge

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