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Scattering and Structures

Essentials and Analogies in Quantum Physics


  • Teach the student how to use the essentials of quantum mechanics to understand the relation between seemingly different systems in atomic, nuclear and astrophysics

  • Obtain a good working knowledge of how to estimate orders of magnitude

  • Emerged from courses given to physics students preparing their exams at the advanced undergraduate level


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Pages 1-14
  3. Pages 15-26
  4. Pages 45-59
  5. Pages 61-73
  6. Pages 75-93
  7. Pages 103-116
  8. Pages 117-129
  9. Pages 139-147
  10. Pages 149-157
  11. Pages 159-176
  12. Pages 213-237
  13. Pages 239-253
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 255-264

About this book


Quantum physics may appear complicated, especially if one forgets the "big picture" and gets lost in the details. However, it can become clearer and less tangled if one applies a few fundamental concepts so that simplified approaches can emerge and estimated orders of magnitude become clear. Povh and Rosina’s "Scattering and Structures" presents the properties of quantum systems (elementary particles, nucleons, atoms, molecules, quantum gases, quantum liquids, stars, and early universe) with the help of elementary concepts and analogies between these seemingly different systems. The original German-language edition of this book was written for students preparing for their final oral examination in physics. By and large, the scope of the book in English has been essentially enlarged and thus will also be of interest for physicists in general.


Chemical Bonding Intermolecular Forces Lepton Scattering Nuclear Scattering Photon Scattering Quantum Gases hydrogen atom molecule particles quantum system scattering

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für KernphysikHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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