Synopses & Reviews
Quantum behavior encompasses a large fraction of modern science and technology, including the laws of chemistry and the properties of crystals, semiconductors, and superfluids. This graduate-level text presents the basic principles of quantum mechanics using modern mathematical techniques and theoretical concepts, such as hermitian operators, Hilbert space, Dirac notation, and ladder operators. The first two chapters serve as an introduction to quantum theory with a discussion of wave motion and Schrödinger's wave mechanics. Coverage then details the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics. Throughout, basic theory is clearly illustrated and applied to the harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, the hydrogen atom, the variation method, perturbation theory, and nuclear motion. This volume is the ideal textbook for beginning graduate students in chemistry, chemical physics, molecular physics and materials science.
Review
"Whoever is looking for a solid, pedagogically very well constructed, and easy to read introduction to quantum mechanics for chemists, chemical physicists, and molecular physicists will find it here. The good readability with simultaneous mathematical rigor... the book is an excellent textbook, from which students of chemistry and chemical physics can acquire necessary quantum-mechanical understanding and rigor. Also can be highly recommended to instructors for preparation of lectures." /s Zeitschrift fur Physikalische Chemie, vol 214, issue #9, 2000
Synopsis
Graduate-level text in quantum mechanics for chemists and chemical physicists.
Table of Contents
1. The wave function; 2. Schrödinger wave mechanics; 3. General principles of quantum theory; 4. Harmonic oscillator; 5. Angular momentum; 6. Hydrogen atom; 7. Spin; 8. Systems of identical particles; 9. Approximation methods; 10. Molecular structure; Appendix A. Mathematical formulas; Appendix B. Fourier series and Fourier integral; Appendix C. Dirac delta function; Appendix D. Mermite polynomials; Appendix E. Legendre and associated Legendre polynomials; Appendix F. Laguerre and associated Laguerre polnomials; Appendix G Series solutions of differential equations; Appendix H. Recurrence relation for hydrogen-atom expectation values; Appendix I. Matrices; Appendix J. Evaluation of two-electron interaction integral.