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Physics - Quantum Physics | The Picture Book of Quantum Mechanics

The Picture Book of Quantum Mechanics

Brandt, Siegmund, Dahmen, Hans Dieter

4th ed. 2012, XVI, 472 p. 236 illus. in color.

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  • Extensively uses computer graphics and pictures to visualize the subject of quantum mechanics
  • Contains more than a hundred problems designed to help students extract the physics from the figures
  • Complements any standard textbook on quantum mechanics, providing insights into the dynamical structure of quantum theory
  • Presents all computer graphics in full color, and contains additional physics topics such as hybridization, bound states and scattering

The aim of this book is to explain the basic concepts and phenomena of quantum mechanics by means of visualization. Computer-generated illustrations in color are used extensively throughout the text, helping to establish the relation between quantum mechanics—wave functions, interference, atomic structure, and so forth—and classical physics—point mechanics, statistical mechanics, and wave optics. Even more important, by studying the pictures in parallel with the text, readers develop an intuition for such notoriously abstract phenomena as
• the tunnel effect
• excitation and decay of metastable states
• wave-packet motion within a well
• systems of distinguishable and indistinguishable particles
• free wave packets and scattering in 3 dimensions
• angular-momentum decomposition
• stationary bound states in various 3-dimensional potentials
• hybrid states
• Kepler motion of wave packets in the Coulomb field
• spin and magnetic resonance

Illustrations from experiments in a variety of fields, including chemistry, and molecular, atomic, nuclear, and particle physics, underline the basic as well as the practical importance of quantum mechanics.

In the present, fourth edition all computer graphics are presented in full color. It also contains additional physics topics such as hybridization.

Praise for Previous Editions

"The book is highly recommended as a complement to any standard textbook in quantum mechanics, but it will also be valuable to all of us who studied quantum mechanics without the pictures." — International Journal of Quantum Chemistry

"This book would be an excellent basis for the study of special topics in a quantum physics course. Most serious students of physics and all of their teachers will want to consider having this orderly and graphic outline of introductory quantum theory at their fingertips." — American Journal of Physics

"Their aim is the presentation of the 'principal ideas of wave mechanics' in such a way that students can build a quantum intuition out of their graphics." — Scientific American

"This is a unique book. It does not provide a complete course in quantum theory, but as a companion work of reference it should be quite useful to students in providing insights into the dynamical structure of the theory." — Nature

Content Level » Upper undergraduate

Keywords » Quantum mechanics and computer graphics - free-wave packers in three dimensions - one-dimensional quantum mechanics - three-dimensional quantum mechanics - undergraduate textbook on quantum mechanics

Related subjects » Applied & Technical Physics - Quantum Physics - Theoretical, Mathematical & Computational Physics

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