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Quantum Mechanics for Pedestrians 2 (2nd Edition)

Applications and Extensions

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Pages: 586
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17 December 2018

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This book, the second in a two-volume set, provides an introduction to the basics of (mainly) non-relativistic quantum mechanics. While the first volume addresses the basic principles, this second volume discusses...

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This book, the second in a two-volume set, provides an introduction to the basics of (mainly) non-relativistic quantum mechanics. While the first volume addresses the basic principles, this second volume discusses applications and extensions to more complex problems. In addition to topics dealt with in traditional quantum mechanics texts, such as symmetries or many-body problems, it also treats issues of current interest such as entanglement, Bell’s inequality, decoherence and various aspects of quantum information in detail. Furthermore, questions concerning the basis of quantum mechanics and epistemological issues which are relevant e.g. to the realism debate are discussed explicitly. A chapter on the interpretations of quantum mechanics rounds out the book.

Readers are introduced to the requisite mathematical tools step by step. In the appendix, the most relevant mathematics is compiled in compact form, and more advanced topics such as the Lenz vector, Hardy’s experiment and Shor’s algorithm are treated in more detail. As an essential aid to learning and teaching, 130 exercises are included, most of them with solutions.

This revised second edition is expanded by an introduction into some ideas and problems of relativistic quantum mechanics. In this second volume, an overview of quantum field theory is given and basic conceptions of quantum electrodynamics are treated in some detail.

Originally written as a course for students of science education, the book addresses all those science students and others who are looking for a reasonably simple, fresh and modern introduction to the field.

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Written by an experienced lecturer with a sound understanding of quantum mechanics, and a gift for explaining it

Combines standard topics with new findings and developments, such as quantum information and neutrino oscillation

Discusses more advanced topics in the appendix, and includes many exercises with solutions

Will also be of interest to readers not specialized in theoretical physics, e.g. teachers and other physical scientists

One-Dimensional Piecewise-Constant Potentials
Angular Momentum
The Hydrogen Atom
The Harmonic Oscillator
Perturbation Theory
Entanglement, EPR, Bell
Symmetries and Conservation Laws
The Density Operator
Identical Particles
Decoherence
Scattering
Quantum Information
Is Quantum Mechanics Complete?
Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics.

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Jochen Pade studied Physics in Freiburg, Germany, where he received his PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1978. Since 1980, he has been a lecturer at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany. His main research interests are in theoretical physics, the didactics and popularization of science.

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Jochen Pade studied Physics in Freiburg, Germany, where he received his PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1978. Since 1980, he has been a lecturer at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany. His main research interests are in theoretical physics, the didactics and popularization of science.

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