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The Picture Book of Quantum Mechanics

  • Siegmund Brandt
  • Hans Dieter Dahmen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 1-10
  3. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 11-31
  4. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 32-55
  5. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 56-77
  6. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 78-110
  7. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 141-156
  8. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 157-169
  9. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 170-184
  10. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 185-224
  11. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 225-231
  12. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 232-250
  13. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 251-293
  14. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 294-310
  15. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 311-336
  16. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 337-352
  17. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 353-372
  18. Siegmund Brandt, Hans Dieter Dahmen
    Pages 373-412
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 413-472

About this book

Introduction

The aim of this book is to explain the basic concepts and phenomena of quantum mechanics by means of visualization. Computer-generated illustrations in color are used extensively throughout the text, helping to establish the relation between quantum mechanics—wave functions, interference, atomic structure, and so forth—and classical physics—point mechanics, statistical mechanics, and wave optics. Even more important, by studying the pictures in parallel with the text, readers develop an intuition for such notoriously abstract phenomena as
• the tunnel effect
• excitation and decay of metastable states
• wave-packet motion within a well
• systems of distinguishable and indistinguishable particles
• free wave packets and scattering in 3 dimensions
• angular-momentum decomposition
• stationary bound states in various 3-dimensional potentials
• hybrid states
• Kepler motion of wave packets in the Coulomb field
• spin and magnetic resonance

Illustrations from experiments in a variety of fields, including chemistry, and molecular, atomic, nuclear, and particle physics, underline the basic as well as the practical importance of quantum mechanics.

In the present, fourth edition all computer graphics are presented in full color. It also contains additional physics topics such as hybridization.

Praise for Previous Editions

"The book is highly recommended as a complement to any standard textbook in quantum mechanics, but it will also be valuable to all of us who studied quantum mechanics without the pictures." — International Journal of Quantum Chemistry

"This book would be an excellent basis for the study of special topics in a quantum physics course. Most serious students of physics and all of their teachers will want to consider having this orderly and graphic outline of introductory quantum theory at their fingertips." — American Journal of Physics

"Their aim is the presentation of the 'principal ideas of wave mechanics' in such a way that students can build a quantum intuition out of their graphics." — Scientific American

"This is a unique book. It does not provide a complete course in quantum theory, but as a companion work of reference it should be quite useful to students in providing insights into the dynamical structure of the theory." — Nature

Keywords

Quantum mechanics and computer graphics free-wave packers in three dimensions one-dimensional quantum mechanics three-dimensional quantum mechanics undergraduate textbook on quantum mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  • Siegmund Brandt
    • 1
  • Hans Dieter Dahmen
    • 2
  1. 1.FB 7 PhysikUniversität SiegenSiegenGermany
  2. 2.University of SiegenSiegenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3951-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-3950-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-3951-6
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