CALL NO QC174.12 E63q 2024
IMPRINT Chichester, West Sussex, UK : Wiley, 2024
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QUANTUM MECHANICSFrom classical analytical mechanics to quantum mechanics, simulation, foundations & engineering
Quantum mechanics is a fundamental and conceptually challenging area of physics. It is usually assumed that students are unfamiliar with Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of classical mechanics and the role played by probability. As a result, quantum physics is typically introduced using heuristic arguments, obscuring synergies with classical mechanics.
This book takes an alternative approach by leveraging classical analytical mechanics to facilitate a natural transition to quantum physics. By doing so, a solid foundation for understanding quantum phenomena is provided.
Key features of this textbook include:
- Mathematics and Classical Analytical Mechanics: The necessary mathematical background and classical analytical mechanics are introduced gradually, allowing readers to focus on one conceptual challenge at a time.
- Deductive Approach: Quantum mechanics is presented on the firm foundation of classical analytical mechanics, ensuring a logical progression of concepts.
- Pedagogical Features: This book includes helpful notes, worked examples, problems, computational challenges, and problem-solving approaches to enhance understanding.
- Comprehensive Coverage: Including advanced topics such as open quantum systems, phase-space methods, and computational methods for quantum physics including good programming practice and code design. Much of the code needed to reproduce figures throughout this book is included.
- Consideration of Foundations: The measurement problem and correspondence principle are addressed, including an open and critical discussion of their interpretation and consequences.
- Introduction to Quantum Systems Engineering: This is the first book to introduce Quantum Systems Engineering approaches for applied quantum technologies development.
This textbook is suitable for undergraduate students in physics and graduate students in mathematics, chemistry, engineering, and materials science.