Synopses & Reviews
This two-volume set can be naturally divided into two semester courses, and contains a full modern graduate course in quantum physics. The idea is to teach graduate students how to practically use quantum physics and theory, presenting the fundamental knowledge, and gradually moving on to applications, including atomic, nuclear and solid state physics, as well as modern subfields, such as quantum chaos and quantum entanglement. The book starts with basic quantum problems, which do not require full quantum formalism but allow the student to gain the necessary experience and elements of quantum thinking. Only then does the fundamental Schrödinger equation appear. The author has included topics that are not usually covered in standard textbooks and has written the book in such a way that every topic contains varying layers of difficulty, so that the instructor can decide where to stop. Although supplementary sources are not required, "Further reading" is given for each chapter, including references to scientific journals and publications, and a glossary is also provided.
Problems and solutions are integrated throughout the text.
About the Author
Vladimir Zelevinsky is Professor at the Department of Physica and Astronomy and National Superconducting Cyclotron laboratory at Michigan State University, USA. He graduated from Moscow University and worked for many years at the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics in Novosibirsk where he got his Candidate of Science and highest Doctor of Science degrees (equivalent to a PhD). In the eighties he was Head of Theory Division at the Budker Institute and Head of Theoretical Physics at Novosibirsk University. He spent three years as a visiting professor at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. He is the author of over 200 scientific publications, co-editor of the EPL journal and Associate Editor of the Nuclear Physics journal. He has also received many awards as the best teacher at MSU.
Table of Contents
Quantum Physics: Volume 1 - From Basics to Symmetries and PerturbationsPreface xiii
1 Origin of Main Quantum Concepts 1
2 Wave Function and the Simplest Problems 25
3 Bound States 43
4 Dynamical Variables 67
5 Uncertainty Relations 85
6 Hilbert Space and Operators 119
7 Quantum Dynamics 153
8 Discrete Symmetries 187
9 One-Dimensional Motion: Continuum 217
10 Variational Approach and Diagonalization 247
11 Discrete Spectrum and Harmonic Oscillator 267
12 Coherent and Squeezed States 293
13 Introducing Magnetic Field 315
14 Macroscopic Quantum Coherence 339
15 Semiclassical (WKB) Approximation 357
16 Angular Momentum and Spherical Functions 387
17 Motion in a Central Field 417
18 Hydrogen Atom 445
19 Stationary Perturbations 469
20 Spin 1/2 489
21 Finite Rotations and Tensor Operators 509
22 Angular Momentum Coupling 523
23 Fine and Hyperfine structure 545
24 Atom in a Static Field 567
References 587
Further Readings 591
Index 597
Quantum Physics: Volume 2 - From Time-Dependent Dynamics to Many-Body Physics and Quantum Chaos
Preface xiii
1 Nonstationary Perturbations 1
2 Periodic Perturbations 23
3 Scattering of Fast Charged Particles 47
4 Photons 63
5 Photoabsorption and Photoemission 87
6 Dispersion and the Scattering of Light 107
7 Basics of Quantum Scattering 129
8 Method of Partial Waves 153
9 More on Scattering 179
10 Reactions, Decays and Resonance 199
11 Towards Relativistic Quantum Mechanics 225
12 Dirac Equation: Formalism 249
13 Dirac Equation: Solutions 265
14 Discrete Symmetries, Neutrino and Kaons 285
15 Identical Particles 307
16 Isospin 331
17 Secondary Quantization 345
18 Atomic and Nuclear Configurations 363
19 Fermions 383
20 Collective Excitations 409
21 Bosons 433
22 Fermion Pairing and Superconductivity 453
23 Density Matrix 481
24 Quantum Chaos 505
25 Quantum Entanglement 535
References 551
Further Readings 555
Index 563