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Advanced Quantum Mechanics

Materials and Photons

  • Introduces quantum mechanics with a unique focus on examples and applications in materials science and photon-matter interactions

  • Presents advanced quantum mechanics clearly enough to make it accessible to graduate students in physics, chemistry and engineering

  • New and updated edition includes an additional 62 new problems to aid in student's comprehension

  • Includes new and expanded sections on relativistic quantum fields and applications of quantum electrodynamics

  • Includes in the appendixes very essential elements of analytical mechanics, special relativity and covariant electrodynamics


Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Rainer Dick
    Pages 1-24
  3. Rainer Dick
    Pages 37-61
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About this book


In this updated and expanded second edition of a well-received and invaluable textbook, Prof. Dick emphasizes the importance of advanced quantum mechanics for materials science and all experimental techniques which employ photon absorption, emission, or scattering. Important aspects of introductory quantum mechanics are covered in the first seven chapters to make the subject self-contained and accessible for a wide audience. Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Materials and Photons can therefore be used for advanced undergraduate courses and introductory graduate courses which are targeted towards students with diverse academic backgrounds from the Natural Sciences or Engineering. To enhance this inclusive aspect of making the subject as accessible as possible Appendices A and B also provide introductions to Lagrangian mechanics and the covariant formulation of electrodynamics.

This second edition includes an additional 62 new problems as well as expanded sections on relativistic quantum fields and applications of quantum electrodynamics. Other special features include an introduction to Lagrangian field theory and an integrated discussion of transition amplitudes with discrete or continuous initial or final states. Once students have acquired an understanding of basic quantum mechanics and classical field theory, canonical field quantization is easy. Furthermore, the integrated discussion of transition amplitudes naturally leads to the notions of tr

ansition probabilities, decay rates, absorption cross sections and scattering cross sections, which are important for all experimental techniques that use photon probes.

Quantization is first discussed for the Schrödinger field before the relativistic Maxwell, Klein-Gordon and Dirac fields are quantized. Quantized Schrödinger field theory is not only important for condensed matter physics and materials science, but also provides the easiest avenue to general field quantization and is therefore also useful for students with an interest in nuclear and particle physics. The quantization of the Maxwell field is performed in Coulomb gauge. This is the appropriate and practically most useful quantization procedure in condensed matter physics, chemistry, and materials science because it naturally separates the effects of Coulomb interactions, exchange interactions, and photon scattering. The appendices contain additional material that is usually not found in standard quantum mechanics textbooks, including a completeness proof for Eigen functions of one-dimensional Sturm-Liouville problems, logarithms of matrices, and Green’s functions in different dimensions.


quantum aspects of materials BCH formula Lagrangian Field Theory Mehler’s formula Noether theorem Sturm-Liouville eigenfunctions capture cross sections degenerate perturbation theory Klein-Nishina cross section of Compton scattering Möller electron-electron scattering Bloch’s theorem Wannier states QED via quantization of classical fields

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept of Physics & Engineering PhysicsUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

About the authors

Rainer Dick was educated in Stuttgart and Hamburg, and worked at the University of Munich and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton before accepting a faculty position at the University of Saskatchewan. He has served at the Canadian national level as Chair of the Division of Theoretical Physics of the Canadian Association of Physicists and on several national committees. He is also currently serving as Secretary of the Commission for Mathematical Physics of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. Dick's research interests are influenced by the versatility of quantum theory and the ubiquity of quantum effects, and span a wide array of topics from materials research to astroparticle physics and brane cosmology.  

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