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Quantum Principles and Particles, Second Edition

2nd Edition

By Walter Wilcox

CRC Press

456 pages

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This textbook offers a unique introduction to quantum mechanics progressing gradually from elementary quantum mechanics to aspects of particle physics. It presents the microscopic world by analysis of the simplest possible quantum mechanical system (spin 1/2). A special feature is the author’s use of visual aids known as process diagrams, which show how amplitudes for quantum mechanical processes are computed. The second edition include a new chapter on time-dependent processes, in addition to many new problems and improved illustrations.

Table of Contents


1 Perspective and Principles

2 Particle Motion in One Dimension

3 Some One-Dimensional Solutions to the Schrödinger Equation

4 Hilbert Space and Unitary Transformations

5 Three Static Approximation Methods

6 Generalization to Three Dimensions


7 The Three-Dimensional Radial Equation

8 Addition of Angular Momenta

9 Spin and Statistics

10 Quantum Particle Scattering

11 Connecting to the Standard Model


A Notation Comments and Comparisons

B Lattice Models

C 2-D Harmonic Oscillator Wave Function Normalization

D Allowed Standard Model Interactions

E The Ising Model and More

F Weak Flavor Mixing

About the Author

Walter Wilcox is professor of physics and graduate program director for the Baylor University Physics Department. He earned a PhD in elementary particle physics from UCLA in 1981 under the guidance of Dr. Julian Schwinger. He has also taught and conducted research at Oklahoma State University (1981–1983), TRIUMF Laboratory (1983–1985), and the University of Kentucky (1985–1986). He has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation in theoretical physics, and, in collaboration with Ron Morgan, in applied mathematics. His research focuses on the development and use of numerical methods in the field of theoretical physics known as "lattice QCD." He lives in Waco, Texas, and loves to go hiking and camping.

About the Series

Textbook Series in Physical Sciences

This textbook series offers pedagogical resources for the physical sciences. It publishes high-quality, high-impact texts to improve understanding of fundamental and cutting edge topics, as well as to facilitate instruction. The authors are encouraged to incorporate numerous problems and worked examples, as well as making available solutions manuals for undergraduate and graduate level course adoptions. The format makes these texts useful as professional self-study and refresher guides as well. Subject areas covered in this series include condensed matter physics, quantum sciences, atomic, molecular, and plasma physics, energy science, nanoscience, spectroscopy, mathematical physics, geophysics, environmental physics, and so on, in terms of both theory and experiment.

New books in the series are commissioned by invitation. Authors are also welcome to contact the publisher (Lou Chosen, Executive Editor: lou.chosen@taylorandfrancis.com) to discuss new title ideas.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Physics
SCIENCE / Quantum Theory