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Quantum Physics

An Introduction, 1st Edition

By J Manners

CRC Press

408 pages

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Quantum Physics: An Introduction guides you through the profound revolution in scientific thinking that overthrew classical physics in favor of quantum physics. The book discusses the basic ideas of quantum physics and explains its power in predicting the behavior of matter on the atomic scale, including the emission of light by atoms (spectra) and the operation of lasers. It also elucidates why the interpretation of quantum physics is still the subject of intense debate among scientists.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

THE ORIGINS OF QUANTUM PHYSICS

The Compton Effect-A Strange Dichotomy in the Nature of Electromagnetic Radiation

Five Problems for Classical Physics

Physics Saved by the Quantum

First Insights into Atomic Structure

Bohr's Semi-Classical Atomic Model

Toward a Quantum Model of the Atom

Closing Items

SCHRÖDINGER'S WAVE MECHANICS

Quantum Mechanics-A New Approach to Describing Atomic Matter

Toward Quantum Mechanics

Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

The Schrödinger Equation

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QUANTUM MECHANICS IN ATOMS

Lasers-A Modern Tool

Hydrogen-The Simplest Atom

Wave Functions and Transitions in Hydrogen

Electron Spin

The Structure of Heavy Atoms

Light from Atoms and Lasers

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THE INTERPRETATION OF QUANTUM MECHANICS

Formalism vs. Interpretation

Description and Prediction in Quantum Mechanics

Measurement in Quantum Mechanics

Nonlocality and Realism in Quantum Mechanics

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CONSOLIDATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Introduction

Overview of Chapters 1 to 4

How to Find Out More Physics

Basic Skills and Knowledge Test

Interactive Questions

Physica Problmes

ANSWERS AND COMMENTS

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING

ACKNOLEDGMENTS

INDEX

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI057000
SCIENCE / Quantum Theory