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The Picture Book of Quantum Mechanics (4th Edition)

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The aim of this book is to explain the basic concepts and phenomena of quantum mechanics by means of visualisation. Computer-generated illustrations in color are used extensively throughout the text, helping to establish the...

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The aim of this book is to explain the basic concepts and phenomena of quantum mechanics by means of visualisation. Computer-generated illustrations in color are used extensively throughout the text, helping to establish the relation between quantum mechanics—wave functions, interference, atomic structure, and so forth—and classical physics—point mechanics, statistical mechanics, and wave optics. Even more important, by studying the pictures in parallel with the text, readers develop an intuition for such notoriously abstract phenomena as:

  • the tunnel effect 
  • excitation and decay of metastable states 
  • wave-packet motion within a well 
  • systems of distinguishable and indistinguishable particles 
  • free wave packets and scattering in 3 dimensions 
  • angular-momentum decomposition 
  • stationary bound states in various 3-dimensional potentials 
  • hybrid states 
  • Kepler motion of wave packets in the Coulomb field 
  • spin and magnetic resonance 
Illustrations from experiments in a variety of fields, including chemistry, and molecular, atomic, nuclear, and particle physics, underline the basic as well as the practical importance of quantum mechanics. In the present, fourth edition all computer graphics are presented in full colour. It also contains additional physics topics such as hybridisation.

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Extensively uses computer graphics and pictures to visualize the subject of quantum mechanics

Contains more than a hundred problems designed to help students extract the physics from the figures

Complements any standard textbook on quantum mechanics, providing insights into the dynamical structure of quantum theory

Presents all computer graphics in full color, and contains additional physics topics such as hybridization, bound states and scattering

Introduction
Light Waves
Probability Waves of Matter
Solution of the Schrödinger Equation in One Dimension
One-Dimensional Quantum Mechanics: Scattering by a Potential
One-Dimensional Quantum Mechanics: Motion within a Potential, Stationary Bound States
Quantile Motion in One Dimension
Coupled Harmonic Oscillators: Distinguishable Particles
Coupled Harmonic Oscillators: Indistinguishable Particles
Wave Packet in Three Dimensions
Solution of the Schrödinger Equation in Three Dimensions
Three-Dimensional Quantum Mechanics: Scattering by a Potential
Three-Dimensional Quantum Mechanics: Bound States
Hybridization
Three-Dimensional Quantum Mechanics: Resonance Scattering
Coulomb Scattering
Spin
Examples from Experiment
Simple Aspects of the Structure of Quantum Mechanics
Two-Level System
Analyzing Amplitude
Wigner Distribution
Gamma Function
Bessel Functions and Airy Functions
Poisson Distribution
Index.
From the reviews of the fourth edition:“This book is aimed at beginners in quantum mechanics who want to gain some insight into the various physical phenomena which happen at the (sub)atomic scale, and for which no daily experience is available. It will serve as a good complement to standard textbooks of quantum mechanics since it contains many carefully produced pictures to illustrate the fundamental concepts and ideas from quantum physics––highlighting in particular how the concepts and predictions of classical mechanics are altered and supplemented by wavelike behaviors.” (Gabriel Stoltz, Mathematical Reviews, May, 2013)
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Siegmund Brandt is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Siegen, Germany. 
Dr. Hans Dieter Dahmen is Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at the University of Siegen, Germany.

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Siegmund Brandt is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Siegen, Germany. 
Dr. Hans Dieter Dahmen is Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at the University of Siegen, Germany.

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