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Quantum Principles and Particles, Second Edition

2nd Edition

By Walter Wilcox

CRC Press

582 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 includes a new chapter and problems on time-dependent processes, in addition to new material on quantum computing and improved illustrations.

Key Features:

  • Provides a completely updated text with expanded contents.
  • Includes a brand new chapter on time-dependent processes and expanded coverage of recent developments in particle physics.
  • Emphasizes a visual approach employing process diagrams and utilizing new figures.
  • Incorporates quantum information theory in a new appendix, with other helpful supplements on notation, lattice models, weak flavor mixing, and numerical simulations.



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 at Baylor University in Waco, TX, USA, and presently serves as Secretary/Treasurer in the Texas Section of the American Physical Society. 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: [email protected]) to discuss new title ideas.

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Subject Categories

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