The Quantum Mechanics Solver: How to Apply Quantum Theory to Modern Physics

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Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 17, 2013 - Science - 243 pages
Quantum mechanics is an endless source of new questions and fascinating observations. Examples can be found in fundamental physics and in applied physics, in mathematical questions as well as in the currently popular debates on the interpretation of quantum mechanics and its philosophical implica tions. Teaching quantum mechanics relies mostly on theoretical courses, which are illustrated by simple exercises often of a mathematical character. Reduc ing quantum physics to this type of problem is somewhat frustrating since very few, if any, experimental quantities are available to compare the results with. For a long time, however, from the 1950s to the 1970s, the only alterna tive to these basic exercises seemed to be restricted to questions originating from atomic and nuclear physics, which were transformed into exactly soluble problems and related to known higher transcendental functions. In the past ten or twenty years, things have changed radically. The devel opment of high technologies is a good example. The one-dimensional square well potential used to be a rather academic exercise for beginners. The emer gence of quantum dots and quantum wells in semiconductor technologies has changed things radically. Optronics and the associated developments in infra red semiconductor and laser technologies have considerably elevated the social rank of the square-well model. As a consequence, more and more emphasis is given to the physical aspects of the phenomena rather than to analytical or computational considerations.
 

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Contents

Colored Centers in Ionic Crystals
1
Unstable Diatomic Molecule
11
Colored Molecular Ions
21
Direct Observation of Field Quantization
39
Decay of a Tritium Atom
53
Exact Results for the ThreeBody Problem
61
References
68
Measuring the Electron Magnetic Moment Anomaly 79
78
References
91
Laser Cooling and Trapping
217
Quantum Motion in a Periodic Potential
227
Author Index
239
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