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Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics

A First Introduction to Quantum Physics

Authors: Kok, Pieter

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  • Explores key concepts in quantum theory using the simplest physical systems
  • Advances quantum theory with only simple mathematics that is developed as it is needed
  • Illustrates each key concept with modern examples such as gravitational wave detection, atomic clocks, magnetic resonance imaging, and the scanning tunneling microscope
  • Contains a complete set of end-of-chapter exercises
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In this undergraduate textbook, the author develops the quantum theory from first principles based on very simple experiments: a photon travelling through beam splitters to detectors, an electron moving through a Stern-Gerlach machine, and an atom emitting radiation. From the physical description of these experiments follows a natural mathematical description in terms of matrices and complex numbers. The first part of the book examines how experimental facts force us to let go of some deeply held preconceptions and develops this idea into a mathematical description of states, probabilities, observables, and time evolution using physical applications. The second part of the book explores more advanced topics, including the concept of entanglement, the process of decoherence, and extension of the quantum theory to the situation of a particle in a one-dimensional box. Here, the text makes contact with more traditional treatments of quantum mechanics. The remaining chapters delve deeply into the idea of uncertainty relations and explore what the quantum theory says about the nature of reality. The book is an ideal and accessible introduction to quantum physics, with modern examples and helpful end-of-chapter exercises.

About the authors

Pieter Kok is a Reader in Quantum Information Theory at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. His research interests include quantum information theory and quantum precision measurements. He studied physics at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and received his PhD in quantum teleportation from the University of Wales in 2001. He has contributed to practical architectures for quantum computing, and Heisenberg-limited quantum metrology and imaging.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $29.99
$39.99 (listprice)
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-92207-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $39.99
$54.99 (listprice)
price for USA in USD
valid through February 29, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-319-92206-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A First Introduction to Quantum Physics
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-92207-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92207-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-92206-5
Series ISSN
2192-4791
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 243
Number of Illustrations
61 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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