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Quantum Mechanics

A Modern and Concise Introductory Course


Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Daniel R. Bes
    Pages 1-3
  3. Daniel R. Bes
    Pages 5-23
  4. Daniel R. Bes
    Pages 63-77
  5. Daniel R. Bes
    Pages 79-93
  6. Daniel R. Bes
    Pages 95-118
  7. Daniel R. Bes
    Pages 119-136
  8. Daniel R. Bes
    Pages 137-152
  9. Daniel R. Bes
    Pages 173-184
  10. Daniel R. Bes
    Pages 185-193
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 195-206

About this book


By systematically covering both the Heisenberg and Schrödinger realizations, the book emphasizes the essential principles of quantum mechanics, which remain hidden within the usual derivations of the wave equation. Moreover, this presentation not only to covers the material which is traditionally presented in textbooks, but is also especially suitable for introducing the spin, i.e., the most important quantum observable. This emphasis on spin paves the way to a presentation of recent quantum-mechanical concepts such as entanglement and decoherence, and to recent applications including cryptography, teleportation and quantum computation.


Hamiltonian Many-body quantum systems Matrix realization Schrodinger equations angular momentum coherence decoherence many-body problem mechanics momentum quantum information quantum mechanics quantum system solution wave equation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Physics DepartmentCNEABuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Physics DepartmentUniversidad FavaloroBuenos AiresArgentina

About the authors

Daniel R. Bes made his undergraduate studies at the University of Buenos Aires, UBA, (1950-54), and performed the equivalent of graduate work at the Niels Bohr Institute, NBI, (1956-59), under the advice of A. Bohr and B. Mottelson (Nobel prizes, 1975), on the subject of vibrations in deformed nuclei. Later on Bes became a frequent visitor to the NBI.

Since 1962 he was part in the construction of a first rate Department of Physics at UBA, an experience drastically interrupted in 1966 for political reasons. Subsequently Bes held positions at Carnegie-Mellon University (1967-68) and at the University of Minnesota (1968-71), where he became Full Professor. In 1971 he returned to Argentina, to work at the Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, through an appointment from the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (an arrangement from which he presently benefits again). Between 1998-2003 he was Dean of the newly created Facultad de Ingeniería of the Universidad Favaloro. He has been cofounder of the magazine Ciencia Hoy (1989), and President of the Asociación Física Argentina (1994-1998).

Bes has been author/coauthor of more than 120 publications in international physics journals. He has also been interested on topics such as nuclear disarmament and the Latinoamerican debt.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Quantum Mechanics
  • Book Subtitle A Modern and Concise Introductory Course
  • Authors Daniel Bes
  • Series Title Advanced Texts in Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-20365-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-05384-3
  • Series ISSN 1439-2674
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 206
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Quantum Physics
    Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics
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From the reviews:

"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 book has several good features. 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." (Professor J. E. Carroll, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 46 (4), 2005)

"This book accomplishes all the goals implied by its title: it is ‘modern’, ‘concise’ and ‘introductory’. It is concise (just two hundred pages) 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 … . This book provides a large amount of information per page and the selection, extension and balance of topics is adequate for an introductory course." (Adán Cabello, Mathematical Reviews, 2005)

"The author has nicely made a systematic dual presentation of both the Heisenberg matrix mechanics and Schödinger wave mechanics … . This wonderful textbook will certainly be a valuable addition to the physics/chemistry library of a science college/university/institute." (Samir Saha, Indian Journal of Physics, Vol. 79 (12), 2005)

"This book is a very clear, comprehensive, concise, and updated introduction to quantum mechanics (QM). … Bes’ book has a great advantage over the other texts: it is updated with some of the most recent advances in quantum theory, including quantum computation and teleportation. The book is supposed to be suitable to undergraduate and first year graduate students. … The problems in the book are few but very stimulating. Besides, there are many figures, graphics, and tables, that really help the reader." (Adonai S. Sant’Anna, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1052, 2005)