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© 2012

Fundamentals of Quantum Physics

Textbook for Students of Science and Engineering

Benefits

  • A clearly written basic textbook with a good balance between basic explanations and applications

  • Supplies new views on eigenvalues and eigenfunctions in quantum mechanics

  • Gives background needed to understand quantum cryptography, teleportation and computation

  • Provides a clear and consistent understanding of quantum concepts and quantum phenomenology

Textbook

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Pedro Pereyra Padilla
    Pages 1-18
  3. Pedro Pereyra Padilla
    Pages 19-31
  4. Pedro Pereyra Padilla
    Pages 33-60
  5. Pedro Pereyra Padilla
    Pages 61-98
  6. Pedro Pereyra Padilla
    Pages 99-127
  7. Pedro Pereyra Padilla
    Pages 129-154
  8. Pedro Pereyra Padilla
    Pages 155-187
  9. Pedro Pereyra Padilla
    Pages 189-208
  10. Pedro Pereyra Padilla
    Pages 209-229
  11. Pedro Pereyra Padilla
    Pages 231-248
  12. Pedro Pereyra Padilla
    Pages 249-263
  13. Pedro Pereyra Padilla
    Pages 265-279
  14. Pedro Pereyra Padilla
    Pages 281-304
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 305-322

About this book

Introduction

This book presents a comprehensive course of quantum mechanics for undergraduate and graduate students. After a brief outline of the innovative ideas that lead up to the quantum theory, the book reviews properties of the Schrödinger equation, the quantization phenomena and the physical meaning of wave functions. The book discusses, in a direct and intelligible style, topics of the standard quantum formalism like the dynamical operators and their expected values, the Heisenberg and matrix representation, the approximate methods, the Dirac notation, harmonic oscillator, angular momentum and hydrogen atom, the spin-field and spin-orbit interactions, identical particles and Bose-Einstein condensation etc. Special emphasis is devoted to study the tunneling phenomena, transmission coefficients, phase coherence, energy levels splitting and related phenomena, of interest for quantum devices and heterostructures. The discussion of these problems and the WKB approximation is done using the transfer matrix method, introduced at a tutorial level. This book is a textbook for upper undergraduate physics and electronic engineering students.

Keywords

Heisenberg inequality Heisenberg´s principle of uncertainty Schrodinger equation dipole transitions eigenvalues and eigenfunctions hydrogen atom matrix representations of the angular momentum quantum mechanics quantum phenomena tests of quantum physics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Física Teórica y Materia CondensadaUniversidad Autónoma MetropolitanaMéxico D.F.Mexico

About the authors

Professor Pedro Pereyra P. works at the Department of Basic Sciences of the Autonomous Metropolitan University (campus Azcapotzalco, Mexico). Prof. Pereyra has taught in the order of 200 courses at undergraduate level with a great variety of subjects ranging from Mathematics and elementary Physics to advanced and specialized topics of current interest in Physics. His teaching experience has resulted in course notes and two textbooks. He co-authored and has been sole author of more that 60 research articles of theoretical and experimental physics in high impact journals and has served also as Referee of these journals. He has contributed in various areas of physics, among these, in the Theory of Nuclear Reactions, Theory of Two-Quantum Level Systems, High Temperature Superconductivity, Theory of Finite Periodic Systems and in the elusive and fundamental theme of "Tunneling Time". 

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Reviews

From the reviews:

“The book under review is a lecture on quantum physics for undergraduate students. It covers the most important basic notions and technics in this field with a reasonable degree of mathematical complexity. … this is a good introduction of the quantum theory for undergraduate students and a useful reference for graduate students or scientists from academic disciplines else than physics.” (Philosophy, Religion and Science Book Reviews, bookinspections.wordpress.com, October, 2013)

“The book under review is a lecture on quantum physics for undergraduate students. It covers the most important basic notions and technics in this field with a reasonable degree of mathematical complexity. … this is a good introduction of the quantum theory for undergraduate students and a useful reference for graduate students or scientists from academic disciplines else than physics.” (Thierry Jecko, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1264, 2013)