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Quantum Physics
An Introduction




ISBN 9780750307208
Published June 1, 2000 by 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
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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

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