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Quantum mechanics : new approaches to selected topics

Author: Harry J Lipkin
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2007.
Series: Dover books on physics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Dover editionView all editions and formats
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Acclaimed as excellent (Nature) and very original and refreshing (Physics Today), this collection of self-contained studies is geared toward advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Its broad selection of topics includes the Mössbauer effect, many-body quantum mechanics, scattering theory, Feynman diagrams, and relativistic quantum mechanics. Author Harry J. Lipkin, a well-known teacher at Israel's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Lipkin, Harry J.
Quantum mechanics.
(DLC) 2006102941
(OCoLC)77522725
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Harry J Lipkin
ISBN: 9780486151854 0486151859 1322065233 9781322065236
OCLC Number: 889221757
Notes: Originally published: Amsterdam : North-Holland Pub. Co., 1973.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 465 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Preface; Acknowledgement; Contents; Polarized photons for pedestrians; Ch. 1 Polarized photons and quantum theory; 1.1 Polarization measurement for a classical beam; 1.2 A matrix representation of light polarization; 1.3 Matrix transformations; 1.4 Unpolarized and partially polarized light; 1.5 Introduction of quanta; 1.6 The interaction of the observer with the system; 1.7 States which are not changed by measurement; 1.8 Measurements with single photons; 1.9 Matrices and measurements in quantum theory; Problems. Momentum transfer to bound systems and the Mossbauer effectCh. 2 The Mossbauer effect; 2.1 Momentum conservation and nuclear resonance absorption; 2.2 The quantum-mechanical description for a free nucleus; 2.3 Emission from a bound nucleus. The Mossbauer effect; 2.4 Explicit calculation of the gamma-ray spectrum; 2.5 Various expressions for the Debye-Waller factor and their interpretation; 2.6 Sum rules and moments of the energy spectrum; 2.7 Review of the original Mossbauer experiments; 2.8 The thermal shift; Problems; Ch. 3 The Mossbauer effect in a solid; 3.1 General formulation. 3.2 The Mossbauer effect in a harmonic crystal3.3 The Debye-Waller factor and Mossbauer intensity for a harmonic crystal; 3.4 Statistical mixtures vs. pure states; 3.5 The Mossbauer effect for a system in thermal equilibrium; 3.6 Radiation from a classical moving oscillator; 3.7 The Mossbauer effect for a harmonic crystal in thermal equilibrium; 3.8 The thermal shift and relaxation effects; Ch. 4 The Mossbauer effect and momentum transfer to bound systems; 4.1 The Mossbauer radiation process for a free nucleus; 4.2 Radiation from a bound nucleus; 4.3 Scattering of photons by bound atoms. 4.4 Nuclear beta decay4.5 Electron scattering by complex nuclei; Many-particle quantum mechanics for pedestrians (Part1); Ch. 5 Identical particles and second quantization; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 The vacuum and one-particle states; 5.3 Two-particle and many-particle states. Operator commutation relations; 5.4 Linear single-particle operators in the second-quantized notation; 5.5 Number operators; 5.6 Two-particle operators in the second-quantized notation; 5.7 Spin, other degrees of freedom and different kinds of particles; 5.8 The relevant vacuum; Problems. Ch. 6 Identical composite particles and bound systems6.1 Introduction. Description in second quantization; 6.2 Properties of overlapping fermion pairs; 6.3 A simple model for overlapping bound fermion pairs; 6.4 Superconductivity and seniority, ; Kaon decay for pedestrians; Ch. 7 Kaon decay; 7.1 A simplified model with a single-charge state; 7.2 Time-dependent perturbation theory in the simplified model; 7.3 The decay of neutral kaons; 7.4 Neutral kaons and polarized photons; 7.5 Systems of two neutral kaons; 7.6 The Einstein-Rosen-Podolsky paradox in two-kaon systems; 7.7 The kaon mass shift.
Series Title: Dover books on physics.
Responsibility: Harry J. Lipkin.
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Acclaimed as excellent (Nature) and very original and refreshing (Physics Today), this collection of self-contained studies is geared toward advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Its broad selection of topics includes the Mössbauer effect, many-body quantum mechanics, scattering theory, Feynman diagrams, and relativistic quantum mechanics. Author Harry J. Lipkin, a well-known teacher at Israel's Weizmann Institute, takes an unusual approach by introducing many interesting physical problems and mathematical techniques at a much earlier point than in conventional texts. This method enables students to observe the physical implications and useful applications of quantum theory before mastering the formalism in detail, and it provides them with new mathematical tools at an earlier stage for use in subsequent problems.

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