Quantum Mechanics

A Modern and Concise Introductory Course

  • Daniel R. Bes

Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series

About this book


Starting from basic principles, the book systematically covers both Heisenberg and Schrödinger realizations of quantum mechanics (in this order). The material traditionally presented in quantum textbooks is illustrated with applications which are (or will become) cornestones of future technologies. The emphasis in the matrix formulation focus the atention on the spin, the most important quantum observable, and paves the way to chapters on quantum information (including crytography, teleportation and computation), on recent tests of quantum physics and on decoherence. Additions and changes found in the second edition include; a more friendly presentation to Hilbert spaces; more practical applications e.g. scanning tunneling microscope (potential barrier); quantum dots (single-particle states in semiconductors); lasers and masers (induced emission); real experiments that have recently provided a qualitative change in the foundations of quantum physics; and an outline of the density matrix formalism as applied to a simple model of decoherence.

from reviews of the first edition:

"Daniel Bes clearly understands that accuracy, clarity and brevity … has therefore made a careful selection of the topics to make an accessible concise book on quantum mechanics for a modern introductory undergraduate course... The claims that this is a modern textbook are well justified by the inclusion of … the flow of the main ideas is not unbalanced by laborious detail." Contemporary Physics

"It is concise but covers an extraordinary range of topics, from those typically found in traditional quantum mechanics textbooks … All this is illustrated with examples that cover a wide range … provides a large amount of information per page and the selection, extension and balance of topics is adequate for an introductory course." Mathematical Reviews


Many-body quantum systems Matrix realization Potential Quantum information Schrodinger equations Spin quantum mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel R. Bes
    • 1
  1. 1.Phyiscs DepartmentCAC, CNEAProv. de Buenos AiresArgentina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-46215-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-46216-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1439-2674
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