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.
SECTION I QUANTUM PRINCIPLES
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
SECTION II QUANTUM PARTICLES
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
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