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A First Introduction to Quantum Physics

  • Pieter┬áKok

Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 225-243

About this book

Introduction

In this undergraduate textbook, the author develops the quantum theory from first principles based on very simple experiments: a photon travelling through beam splitters to detectors, an electron moving through a Stern-Gerlach machine, and an atom emitting radiation. From the physical description of these experiments follows a natural mathematical description in terms of matrices and complex numbers. 

The first part of the book examines how experimental facts force us to let go of some deeply held preconceptions and develops this idea into a mathematical description of states, probabilities, observables, and time evolution using physical applications. The second part of the book explores more advanced topics, including the concept of entanglement, the process of decoherence, and extension of the quantum theory to the situation of a particle in a one-dimensional box. Here, the text makes contact with more traditional treatments of quantum mechanics. The remaining chapters delve deeply into the idea of uncertainty relations and explore what the quantum theory says about the nature of reality. 

The book is an ideal and accessible introduction to quantum physics, with modern examples and helpful end-of-chapter exercises.

Keywords

quantum physics textbook for undergraduates quantum mechanics textbook for undergraduates Mach-Zehnder interferometer NMR and magnetic resonance imaging Gravitational wave detection energy spectrum of atoms quantum information quantum computer quantum teleportation uncertainly relations Operational approach to quantum physics Quantum physics for first year students

Authors and affiliations

  • Pieter┬áKok
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92207-2
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-92206-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-92207-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
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