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Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
With Applications in Condensed Matter and Atomic Physics


  • Date Published: September 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521565837

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  • This graduate text introduces relativistic quantum theory, emphasising its important applications in condensed matter physics. Basic theory, including special relativity, angular momentum and particles of spin zero are first reprised. The text then goes on to discuss the Dirac equation, symmetries and operators, and free particles. Physical consequences of solutions including hole theory and Klein's paradox are considered. Several model problems are solved. Important applications of quantum theory to condensed matter physics then follow. Relevant theory for the one electron atom is explored. The theory is then developed to describe the quantum mechanics of many electron systems, including Hartree-Fock and density functional methods. Scattering theory, band structures, magneto-optical effects and superconductivity are among other significant topics discussed. Many exercises and an extensive reference list are included. This clear account of relativistic quantum theory will be valuable to graduate students and researchers working in condensed matter physics and quantum physics.

    • One of very few books on relativistic quantum physics that is directed towards condensed matter physics (most other books lead on to particle physics or advanced quantum field theory)
    • Requires lower level of maths than most other books on this subject
    • Many exercises
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The book is very readable and could easily be used as background reading to an advanced relativistic quantum mechanics undergraduate course as well as the postgraduate audience for which it is intended … Any researcher desiring to pursue a career in relativistic condensed matter will find it invaluable.' Martin Long, The Times Higher Education Supplement

    '… a sparkling presentation of the more traditional aspects and quite numerous well-presented novel topics, especially within condensed matter and atomic physics… an outstanding and careful book… good value and highly recommended for any graduate student entering relativistic quantum mechanics but also researchers in the field of condensed matter and atomic physics'. C. Keitel, Contemporary Physics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521565837
    • length: 612 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.96kg
    • contains: 115 b/w illus. 17 tables 51 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The theory of special relativity
    2. Aspects of angular momentum
    3. Particles of spin zero
    4. The Dirac equation
    5. Free particles/antiparticles
    6. Symmetries and operators
    7. Separating particles from antiparticles
    8. One electron atoms
    9. Potential problems
    10. More than one electron
    11. Scattering theory
    12. Electrons and photons
    13. Superconductivity

  • Author

    Paul Strange, Keele University

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