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Quantum Mechanics
An Experimentalist's Approach


  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107063990

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  • Eugene D. Commins takes an experimentalist's approach to quantum mechanics, preferring to use concrete physical explanations over formal, abstract descriptions to address the needs and interests of a diverse group of students. Keeping physics at the foreground and explaining difficult concepts in straightforward language, Commins examines the many modern developments in quantum physics, including Bell's inequalities, locality, photon polarization correlations, the stability of matter, Casimir forces, geometric phases, Aharonov–Bohm and Aharonov–Casher effects, magnetic monopoles, neutrino oscillations, neutron interferometry, the Higgs mechanism, and the electroweak standard model. The text is self-contained, covering the necessary background on atomic and molecular structure in addition to the traditional topics. Developed from the author's well-regarded course notes for his popular first-year graduate course at the University of California, Berkeley, instruction is supported by over 160 challenging problems to illustrate concepts and provide students with ample opportunity to test their knowledge and understanding.

    • Features numerous topics of contemporary interest in quantum physics
    • Includes 160 end-of-chapter problems, with solutions available online for instructors at
    • Concrete physical explanations are used over formal, abstract descriptions
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    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107063990
    • length: 720 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 210 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.82kg
    • contains: 181 b/w illus. 18 tables 294 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Mathematical preliminaries
    3. The rules of quantum mechanics
    4. The connection between the fundamental rules and wave mechanics
    5. Further illustrations of the rules of quantum mechanics
    6. Further developments in one-dimensional wave mechanics
    7. The theory of angular momentum
    8. Wave mechanics in three dimensions: hydrogenic atoms
    9. Time-independent approximations for bound state problems
    10. Applications of static perturbation theory
    11. Identical particles
    12. Atomic structure
    13. Molecules
    14. The stability of matter
    15. Photons
    16. Interaction of non-relativistic charged particles and radiation
    17. Further topics in perturbation theory
    18. Scattering
    19. Special relativity and quantum mechanics: the Klein–Gordon equation
    20. The Dirac equation
    21. Interaction of a relativistic spin ½ particle with an external electromagnetic field
    22. The Dirac field
    23. Interaction between relativistic electrons, positrons, and photons
    24. The quantum mechanics of weak interactions
    25. The quantum measurement problem
    Appendix A: useful inequalities for quantum mechanics
    Appendix B: Bell's inequality
    Appendix C: spin of the photon: vector spherical waves
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    Eugene D. Commins, University of California, Berkeley
    Eugene D. Commins is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, where he has been a faculty member since 1960. His main area of research is experimental atomic physics. He is a member of the National Academy of Science and a Fellow of the AAAS, and he has been awarded several prizes for his teaching, including the AAPT's Ørsted Medal in 2005, its most prestigious award for notable contributions to physics teaching. He is the author (with Philip H. Bucksbaum) of the monograph Weak Interactions of Leptons and Quarks (Cambridge University Press, 1983).

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