2nd Ed. — Springer International Publishing, 2016. — 692 p. — (Graduate Texts in Physics). — ISBN: 978-3-319-25675-7; 978-3-319-25674-0.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 an additional 62 new problems as well as expanded sections on relativistic quantum fields and applications of quantum 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 a mplitudes naturally leads to the notions of transition 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 Schrödinger field before the relativistic Maxwell, Klein-Gordon and Dirac fields are quantized. Quantized Schrödinger 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 eigenfunctions of one-dimensional Sturm-Liouville problems, logarithms of matrices, and Green’s functions in different dimensions.The Need for Quantum Mechanics Self-adjoint Operators and Eigenfunction Expansions Simple Model Systems Notions from Linear Algebra and Bra-Ket Notation 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
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Springer International Publishing, 2016 — 2nd Ed. — 501p. — (Graduate Texts in Physics) — ISBN: 978-3-319-43479-7 (eBook), 978-3-319-43478-0 (Hardcover).
The new edition of this remarkable text offers the reader a conceptually strong introduction to quantum mechanics, but goes beyond this to present a fascinating tour of modern theoretical physics. Beautifully illustrated and...