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Quantum Physics

A Text for Graduate Students

  • Roger G. Newton

Part of the Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (GTCP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Physics

  3. Mathematical Appendices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Pages 311-313
    3. Pages 315-332
    4. Pages 341-353
    5. Pages 355-397
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 399-411

About this book

Introduction

The combination of quantum mechanics and quantum ?eld theory cons- tutesthemostrevolutionaryandin?uentialphysicaltheoryofthetwentieth century. Itsimpactisfeltnotonlyinalmostallothersciences,butthefruits of its application are ubiquitous in everyday life. This textbook is designed to teach graduate students the underlying quantum-physical ideas, their mathematical formulations, and the basic problem-solving techniques of the discipline. It assumes they have taken at least one introductory course in quantum mechanics as undergraduates and are familiar with the history of the subject and the basic experimental evidence that led to its adoption, as well as with many of its fundamental notions. In contrast to most other authors, I am therefore not introducing the quantum theory via an hist- ical survey of its early successes. Instead, following the models of books on classsical mechanics or electromagnetism, I develop the theory from its basic assumptions, beginning with statics, followed by the dynamics and details of its speci?c areas of use as well as the needed mathematical te- niques. Although this book, inevitably, deals largely with the behavior of point particles under various conditions, I do not regard particles as the fun- mental entities of the universe: the most basic object is the quantum ?eld, with theobserved particlesarising from the?eld asitsquanta. For thisr- son I introduce quantum ?elds right from the beginning and demonstrate, in the ?rst chapter, how particles originate.

Keywords

particles quantum field theory quantum mechanics quantum physics quantum theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Roger G. Newton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b98873
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-95473-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-22741-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0938-037X
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