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Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

  • Hartmut M. Pilkuhn

Part of the Texts and Monographs in Physics book series (TMP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 253-278

About this book

Introduction

In this book, quantum mechanics is developed from the outset on a relativistic basis, using the superposition principle, Lorentz invariance and gauge invariance. Nonrelativistic quantum mechanics as well as classical relativistic mechanics appear as special cases. They are the sources of familiar names such as "orbital angular momentum", "spin-orbit coupling" and "magnetic moment" for operators of the relativistic quantum formalism. The theory of binaries, in terms of differential equations, is treated for the first time in this book. These have the mathematical structure of the corresponding one-body equations (Klein-Gordon for two spinless particles, Dirac for two spinor particles) with a relativistically reduced mass. They allow the calculation of radiative corrections via the vector potential operator. This second edition of the successful textbook adds various new sections on relativistic quantum chemistry and on the relativistic treatment of the proton in hydrogen. Others chapters have been expanded, e.g. on hyperfinite interactions, or carefully revisited.

Keywords

Breit Operator Dirac Equation Dirac-Breit Equation Electroweak Interactions Hyperfine Interactions Quark Relativistic Quantum Chemistry Relativistic Two-Body Equations Relativstic Two-Body Equations particles quantum mechanics scattering

Authors and affiliations

  • Hartmut M. Pilkuhn
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für theoretische TeilchenphysikUniversität KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-28522-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-25502-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-28522-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-5998
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