An Introduction to Quantum Physics: A First Course for Physicists, Chemists, Materials Scientists, and Engineers

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 20, 2018 - Science - 568 pages

This modern textbook offers an introduction to Quantum Mechanics as a theory that underlies the world around us, from atoms and molecules to materials, lasers, and other applications. The main features of the book are:

  • Emphasis on the key principles with minimal mathematical formalism
  • Demystifying discussions of the basic features of quantum systems, using dimensional analysis and order-of-magnitude estimates to develop intuition
  • Comprehensive overview of the key concepts of quantum chemistry and the electronic structure of solids
  • Extensive discussion of the basic processes and applications of light-matter interactions
  • Online supplement with advanced theory, multiple-choice quizzes, etc.
 

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Contents

The Schrödinger Equation and Its Statistical Interpretation
53
The Uncertainty Principle
107
Discrete SpectrumBound States
129
Continuous SpectrumScattering
149
The Harmonic Oscillator
167
Systematic Theory
191
Systematic Theory and Applications
192
Review Quiz
202
Identical Particles and the Pauli Principle
305
The Structure
323
Elementary Theory of the Chemical Bond
351
The Chemistry of Carbon
393
Conductors Semiconductors Insulators
439
The Interaction of Atoms with
469
Fermis Rule for Resonance Transitions
503
Appendix
519

Spherically Symmetric Solutions
207
Solutions with Angular
231
Atoms in a Magnetic Field and the Emergence of Spin
267

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Stefanos Trachanas is an educator, author, and publisher. For over 35 years he has taught most of the core undergraduate courses at the Physics Department of the University of Crete. His books on quantum mechanics and differential equations are used as primary textbooks in most Greek University Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Engineering. He is a cofounder of Crete University Press, which he led as Director from 1984 until his retirement in 2013.
His awards include an honorary doctorate from the University of Crete, the Xanthopoulos-Pnevmatikos national award for excellence in academic teaching, and the Knight Commander of the Order of Phoenix, bestowed by the President of Greece.

Manolis Antonoyiannakis is an Associate Editor and Bibliostatistics Analyst at the American Physical Society. He is also an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at the Department of Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics at Columbia University, USA. He received his Master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and his PhD from Imperial College London, UK.
His editorial experience in the Physical Review journals stimulated his interest in statistical, sociological, and historical aspects of peer review, but also in scientometrics and information science. He is currently developing data science tools to analyze scientific publishing and enhance research assessment.

Leonidas Tsetseris is an Associate Professor at the School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He obtained his Master's and PhD degrees in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
His research expertise is on computational condensed matter physics and materials science, particularly quantum-mechanical studies on emerging materials. He has taught a variety of university physics courses, including classical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, and solid state physics.

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