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Conceptual Basis of Quantum Mechanics


  • Supports learning and teaching with many exercises with solutions

  • Displays clarity and precision of the used mathematics - therefore also interesting for math students

  • Contains a very well illustrated presentation with simple examples

  • Delivers a detailed discussion of the interpretation issues which make QM such a fascinating topic

  • Helps students to relax with this difficult subject with cartoons and a casual humorous writing style


Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Formalism and Interpretation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jan-Markus Schwindt
      Pages 3-8
    3. Jan-Markus Schwindt
      Pages 9-70
    4. Jan-Markus Schwindt
      Pages 71-125
    5. Jan-Markus Schwindt
      Pages 127-145
  3. A Single Scalar Particle in an External Potential

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Jan-Markus Schwindt
      Pages 149-170
    3. Jan-Markus Schwindt
      Pages 171-180
    4. Jan-Markus Schwindt
      Pages 181-213
    5. Jan-Markus Schwindt
      Pages 215-229
  4. Advanced Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Jan-Markus Schwindt
      Pages 233-252
    3. Jan-Markus Schwindt
      Pages 253-266
    4. Jan-Markus Schwindt
      Pages 267-283
    5. Jan-Markus Schwindt
      Pages 285-299
    6. Jan-Markus Schwindt
      Pages 301-305
    7. Jan-Markus Schwindt
      Pages 307-312
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 313-348

About this book


The book covers the content of a typical higher undergraduate course of the theory of Quantum Mechanics. The focus is on the general principles of quantum mechanics and the clarification of its terminology: What exactly is a Hilbert space? What is a hermitean operator? A tensor product? An entangled state? In what sense does a wave function constitute a vector? A separate chapter discusses the many open questions regarding the interpretation of the postulates.


Dirac Equation Electromagnetic Quantum Interaction Hilbert Space Measurement Problem Perturbation Theory Quantum Mechanics Quantum Theory Scattering Theory Single Scalar Particle in an External Potential

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany

About the authors

Jan-Markus Schwindt studied physics and mathematics in Heidelberg and Cambridge.

He obtained his PhD in 2004 at the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Heidelberg.

Subsequently, he spent four years doing research and teaching as a postdoc at the

Universities of Mainz and Heidelberg. The focus of his research was on Cosmology

and Quantum Gravity. During this time, he often acted as a tutor.

Now, he brought his teaching experience into this book.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Conceptual Basis of Quantum Mechanics
  • Authors Jan-Markus Schwindt
  • Series Title Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Undergraduate Lect. Notes Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-24524-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-24526-3
  • Series ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-4805
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 348
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Quantum Physics
    Mathematical Applications in the Physical Sciences
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