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An accessible introduction to advanced quantum theory, this graduate-level textbook focuses on its practical applications rather than mathematical technicalities. It treats real-life examples, from topics ranging from quantum transport to nanotechnology, to equip students with a toolbox of theoretical techniques. Beginning with second quantization, the authors illustrate its use with different condensed matter physics examples. They then explain how to quantize classical fields, with a focus on the electromagnetic field, taking students from Maxwell's equations to photons, coherent states and absorption and emission of photons. Following this is a unique master-level presentation on dissipative quantum mechanics, before the textbook concludes with a short introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics, covering the Dirac equation and a relativistic second quantization formalism. The textbook includes 70 end-of-chapter problems. Solutions to some problems are given at the end of the chapter and full solutions to all problems are available for instructors at www.cambridge.org/9780521761505.Read more
- Presents the theory at an operational level, with numerous examples taken from a range of different fields, so students can see how the theory is applied
- Focuses on modern device applications of quantum mechanics
- Includes unique, master-level treatment of dissipative quantum mechanics to introduce this accessible field to students
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"This is a clear and concise graduate-level textbook with an emphasis on applications. It is ideal for readers wishing to apply quantum mechanics to construct quantum dots, qubits and nanodevices. The authors use a fresh approach to discuss the quantization of fields, the interaction of radiation and matter and coherent states, which I found to be very helpful. This unique presentation ends with a brief introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics."
Barry R. Masters, Optics and Photonics News
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- Date Published: February 2013
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521761505
- length: 368 pages
- dimensions: 253 x 192 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.94kg
- contains: 79 b/w illus. 70 exercises
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Second Quantization:
1. Elementary quantum mechanics
2. Identical particles
3. Second quantization
Part II. Examples:
Part III. Fields and Radiation:
7. Classical fields
8. Quantization of fields
9. Radiation and matter
10. Coherent states
Part IV. Dissipative Quantum Mechanics:
11. Dissipative quantum mechanics
12. Transitions and dissipation
Part V. Relativistic Quantum Mechanics:
13. Relativistic quantum mechanics
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