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Advanced Quantum Mechanics

Materials and Photons

Dick, Rainer

2012, XX, 552 p.

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  • Introduces quantum mechanics with a unique focus on examples and applications in materials science and photon-matter interactions
  • Presents advanced quantum mechanics clearly enough to make it accessible to graduate students in physics, chemistry and engineering
  • Includes over 150 problems to aid in student's comprehension
Advanced Quantum Mechanics: Materials and Photons is a textbook which 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. The textbook 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. 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 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 of eigenfunctions of one-dimensional Sturm-Liouville problems, logarithms of matrices, and Green's functions in different dimensions. 

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » BCH formula - Lagrangian Field Theory - Mehler’s formula - Noether theorem - Sturm-Liouville eigenfunctions - capture cross sections - completeness of Sturm-Liouville eigenfunctions - degenerate perturbation theory - graduate textbook in quantum physics - logarithms of matrices - quantum aspects of materials - quantum mechanics

Related subjects » Nanotechnology - Optical & Electronic Materials - Quantum Physics

Table of 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.- Klein-Gordon and Dirac Fields.

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Distribution rights for India: CBS Publishers, New Delhi, India

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