Careful and detailed explanations of challenging concepts, and comprehensive and up-to-date coverage in this best-selling quantum mechanics text, continue to set the standard in physics education. In this new edition, a new chapter on the revolutionary topic of quantum computing (not currently covered in any other text at this level) and thorough updates to the rest of the text bring it up to date.
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I. ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS TO PROBLEMS IN ONE DIMENSION.
1. Review of Concepts of Classical Mechanics.
2. Historical Review: Experiments and Theories.
3. The Postulates of Quantum Mechanics: Operators, Eigenfunctions, and Eigenvalues.
4. Preparatory Concepts: Function Spaces and Hermitian Operators.
5. Time Development, Conservation Theorems, and Parity.
6. Time Development, Conservation Theorems, and Parity.
7. Additional One-Dimensional Problems: Bound and Unbound States.
8. Finite Potential Well, Periodic Lattice, and Some Simple Problems with Two Degrees of Freedom.
II. FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE THEORY AND APPLICATIONS TO PROBLEMS IN THREE DIMENSIONS.
9. Angular Momentum.
10. Problems in Three Dimensions.
11. Elements of Matrix Mechanics: Spin Wavefunctions.
12. Application to Atomic, Molecular, Solid-State, and Nuclear Physics: Elements of Quantum Statistics.
13. Perturbation Theory.
14. Scattering in Three Dimensions.
15. Relativistic Quantum Mechanics.
16. Quantum Computing.
List of Symbols.
List of Tables.
Dr. Richard Liboff received his Ph.D. in Physics from New York University in 1961 and was appointed to the Physics department at the same university upon graduation. He came to Cornell University in 1964, where he is presently a Full Professor of Applied Physics, Applied Math, and Electrical Engineering. He has served as visiting professor at numerous universities and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1984 in support of a Visiting Professorship of Physics at Tel Aviv University.
He has written over 100 scientific articles and has authored four textbooks. His research specialties include condensed-matter theory, kinetic theory, applied math, and elements of astrophysics.