Quantum Mechanics

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Princeton University Press, Sep 15, 2020 - Science - 432 pages

The classic textbook on quantum mechanics from Nobel Prize–winning physicist P. J. E. Peebles

This book explains the often counterintuitive physics of quantum mechanics, unlocking this key area of physics for students by enabling them to work through detailed applications of general concepts and ideas. P. J. E. Peebles states general principles first in terms of wave mechanics and then in the standard abstract linear space formalism. He offers a detailed discussion of measurement theory—an essential feature of quantum mechanics—and emphasizes the art of numerical estimates. Along the way, Peebles provides a wealth of physical examples together with numerous problems, some easy, some challenging, but all of them selected because they are physically interesting. Quantum Mechanics is an essential resource for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students in physics.

 

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Contents

Historical Development
3
Wave Mechanics
91
Parity
115
Linear Momentum
120
Orbital Angular Momentum
123
Single Particle in a Central Potential
139
Particle in an Electromagnetic Field
146
Problems
159
Quantum Measurement Theory
232
Paradoxes of Quantum Physics
242
Hidden Variables
252
Summary
255
Perturbation Theory
259
Zeeman Effect
264
Quadratic Stark Effect
266
Degenerate Perturbation Theory
271

Abstract Linear Space of State Vectors
175
Principles of Quantum Mechanics
188
Recovering Wave Mechanics
192
Spin
196
Single Spin 12 System
204
Two Spin 12 Particles
214
Problems
223
Measurement Theory
231
Hyperfine Structure in Atomic Hydrogen
273
TimeDependent Perturbation Theory
283
Induced Transitions between the Hyperfine Levels in Atomic Hydrogen
288
Atomic and Molecular Structure
323
Scattering Theory
359
Dirac Theory of the Electron
401
Index
417
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P. J. E. Peebles is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose books include Cosmology's Century, Principles of Physical Cosmology, and The Large-Scale Structure of the Universe (all Princeton). He is the Albert Einstein Professor of Science Emeritus in the Department of Physics at Princeton University.

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