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Theoretical Atomic Physics

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  • © 2017
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  • Illustrates interaction between the descriptions of theory and experiment to indicate the successes and limitations of each
  • Teaches all important general ideas spiced by simple examples that exemplify them
  • Completely updated and expanded

Part of the book series: Graduate Texts in Physics (GTP)

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About this book

This expanded and updated well-established textbook contains an advanced presentation
of quantum mechanics adapted to the requirements of modern atomic physics. It
includes topics of current interest such as semiclassical theory, chaos, atom optics and
Bose-Einstein condensation in atomic gases. In order to facilitate the consolidation
of the material covered, various problems are included, together with complete
solutions. The emphasis on theory enables the reader to appreciate the fundamental
assumptions underlying standard theoretical constructs and to embark on independent
research projects.

The fourth edition of Theoretical Atomic Physics contains an
updated treatment of the sections involving scattering theory and near-thresholdphenomena manifest in the behaviour of cold atoms (and molecules). Special attention
is given to the quantization of weakly bound states just below the continuum threshold
and to low-energy scattering and quantum reflection just above. Particular emphasis
is laid on the fundamental differences between long-ranged Coulombic potentials
and shorter-ranged potentials falling off faster than 1/rat large distances r. The new
sections on tunable near-threshold Feshbach resonances and on scattering in two spatial
dimensions also address problems relevant for current and future research in the field
of cold (and ultra-cold) atoms. Graduate students and researchers will find this book a
valuable resource and comprehensive reference alike.


“The book represents a modern and extended course in Quantum mechanics with applications to some areas of recent scientific interest. … the book is very complete, competent and useful for a large circle of researchers in areas of actual theoretical physics, beginning from atomic optics, Bose-condensates and lasting with traditional atomic physics.” (Yuliya S. Mishura, zbMATH 1368.81003, 2017)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fachbereich Physik T 30, TU München, Garching, Germany

    Harald Friedrich

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Harald Friedrich
TU München

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