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Author Dick, Rainer, author.

Title Advanced quantum mechanics : materials and photons / Rainer Dick
Edition Second edition
Published Switzerland : Springer, 2016



Description 1 online resource (xix, 692 pages) : illustrations
Series Graduate texts in physics, 1868-4521
Graduate texts in physics. 1868-4513
Contents The Need for Quantum Mechanics -- Self-adjoint Operators and Eigenfunction Expansions -- Simple Model Systems -- Notions from Linear Algebra and Bra-Ket Formalism -- Formal Developments -- Harmonic Oscillators and Coherent States -- Central Forces in Quantum Mechanics -- Spin and Addition of Angular Momentum Type Operators -- Stationary Perturbations in Quantum Mechanics -- Quantum Aspects of Materials I -- Scattering Off Potentials -- The Density of States -- Time-Dependent Perturbations in Quantum Mechanics -- Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics -- Coupling to Electromagnetic Fields -- Principles of Lagrangian Field Theory -- Non-relativistic Quantum Field Theory -- Quantization of the Maxwell Field: Photons -- Quantum Aspects of Materials II -- Dimensional Effects in Low-dimensional Systems -- Relativistic Quantum Fields -- Applications of Spinor QED
Summary In this updated and expanded second edition of a well-received and invaluable textbook, Prof. Dick emphasizes the importance of advanced quantum mechanics for materials science and all experimental techniques which employ photon absorption, emission, or scattering. Important aspects of introductory quantum mechanics are covered in the first seven chapters to make the subject self-contained and accessible for a wide audience. Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Materials and Photons can therefore be used for advanced undergraduate courses and introductory graduate courses which are targeted towards students with diverse academic backgrounds from the Natural Sciences or Engineering. To enhance this inclusive aspect of making the subject as accessible as possible Appendices A and B also provide introductions to Lagrangian mechanics and the covariant formulation of electrodynamics. This second edition includes℗ℓan additional 62 new problems as well as expanded sections on℗ℓrelativistic quantum fields and applications of℗ℓquantum electrodynamics. Other special features include an introduction to Lagrangian field theory and an integrated discussion of transition amplitudes with discrete or continuous initial or final states. Once students have acquired an understanding of basic quantum mechanics and classical field theory, canonical field quantization is easy. Furthermore, the integrated discussion of transition amplitudes naturally leads to the notions of tr ansition probabilities, decay rates, absorption cross sections and scattering cross sections, which are important for all experimental techniques that use photon probes. Quantization is first discussed for the Schr©œdinger field before the relativistic Maxwell, Klein-Gordon and Dirac fields are quantized. Quantized Schr©œdinger field theory is not only important for condensed matter physics and materials science, but also provides the easiest avenue to general field quantization and is therefore also useful for students with an interest in nuclear and particle physics. The quantization of the Maxwell field is performed in Coulomb gauge. This is the appropriate and practically most useful quantization procedure in condensed matter physics, chemistry, and materials science because it naturally separates the effects of Coulomb interactions, exchange interactions, and photon scattering. The appendices contain additional material that is usually not found in standard quantum mechanics textbooks, including a completeness proof for Eigen functions of one-dimensional Sturm-Liouville problems, logarithms of matrices, and Greenℓ́ℓs functions in different dimensions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed July 7, 2016)
Subject Quantum theory.
Quantum theory.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3319256742