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Quantum Mechanics for Pedestrians 1: Fundamentals

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Original German edition Quantenmechanik zu Fuß 1 published by Springer-Verlag, 2012

2014, XXIII, 452 p. 51 illus., 28 illus. in color.

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  • Provides fresh access to quantum mechanics through the combination of standard topics with new understanding
  • Gives a reasonably easy and modern introduction into quantum mechanics
  • Contains many additional explanations which are not contained in other textbooks
  • Addresses recent developments and applications of quantum mechanics
  • Discusses further leading topics and additional basic knowledge in the appendix
  • Displays in parallel the analytic and algebraic formulation of quantum mechanics
  • Supports learning with exercises and problems with solutions
This book provides an introduction into the fundamentals of non-relativistic quantum mechanics. In Part 1, the essential principles are developed. Applications and extensions of the formalism can be found in Part 2. The book includes not only material that is presented in traditional textbooks on quantum mechanics, but also discusses in detail current issues such as interaction-free quantum measurements, neutrino oscillations, various topics in the field of quantum information as well as fundamental problems and epistemological questions, such as the measurement problem, entanglement, Bell's inequality, decoherence, and the realism debate. A chapter on current interpretations of quantum mechanics concludes the book. To develop quickly and clearly the main principles of quantum mechanics and its mathematical formulation, there is a systematic change between wave mechanics and algebraic representation in the first chapters. The required mathematical tools are introduced step by step. Moreover, the appendix collects compactly the most important mathematical tools that supplementary literature can be largely dispensed. In addition, the appendix contains advanced topics, such as Quantum- Zeno effect, time-delay experiments, Lenz vector and the Shor algorithm. About 250 exercises, most of them with solutions, help to deepen the understanding of the topics. Target groups of the book are student teachers and all students of physics, as minor or major, looking for a reasonably easy and modern introduction into quantum mechanics.

Content Level » Upper undergraduate

Keywords » Complex Vector Space - Decoherence - Density Operator - Neutrino Oscillation - Postulates of Quantum Mechanics - Quantum Cryptography - Quantum Information - Quantum Mechanics Undergraduate Textbook - Schrödinger Equation

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

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