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Quantum Mechanics: v. 2: Vol 2 (A Wiley-Interscience Publication) [Paperback]

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji , Bernard Diu , Frank Laloe
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23 Jun 1977 0471164356 978-0471164357 Volume 2
Beginning students of quantum mechanics frequently have difficulty separating essential underlying principles from the specific examples to which these principles have historically been applied. This book is especially designed to eliminate that difficulty. Fourteen chapters, augmented by 14 "complementary sections," provide a clarity of organization, careful attention to pedagogical details, and a wealth of topics and examples that allow physics professors to tailor courses to meet students′ specific needs. Each chapter starts with a clear exposition of the problem to be treated and then logically develops the physical and mathematical concept. These chapters emphasize the underlying principles of the material, undiluted by extensive references to applications and practical examples. (Such applications and practical examples are contained in the complementary sections.) The book begins with a qualitative introduction to quantum mechanical ideas using simple optical analogies and continues with a systematic presentation of the mathematical tools and postulates of quantum mechanics as well as a discussion of their physical content. Applications follow, starting with the simplest ones (two–level systems, the harmonic oscillator, etc.), and becoming gradually more complicated (the hydrogen atom, approximation methods, etc.). The complementary sections each expand this basic knowledge, supplying a wide range of applications and related topics which make use of the essential skills. Here the authors include carefully written, detailed expositions of a large number of special problems and more advanced topics–integrated as an essential portion of the text. These topics, however, are not interdependent; this allows professors to direct their quantum mechanics courses toward both physics and chemistry students.

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley VCH; Volume 2 edition (23 Jun 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471164356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471164357
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 3.4 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Beginning students of quantum mechanics frequently have difficulty separating essential underlying principles from the specific examples to which these principles have historically been applied. This book is especially designed to eliminate that difficulty. Fourteen chapters, augmented by 14 "complementary sections," provide a clarity of organization, careful attention to pedagogical details, and a wealth of topics and examples that allow physics professors to tailor courses to meet students’ specific needs. Each chapter starts with a clear exposition of the problem to be treated and then logically develops the physical and mathematical concept. These chapters emphasize the underlying principles of the material, undiluted by extensive references to applications and practical examples. (Such applications and practical examples are contained in the complementary sections.) The book begins with a qualitative introduction to quantum mechanical ideas using simple optical analogies and continues with a systematic presentation of the mathematical tools and postulates of quantum mechanics as well as a discussion of their physical content. Applications follow, starting with the simplest ones (two–level systems, the harmonic oscillator, etc.), and becoming gradually more complicated (the hydrogen atom, approximation methods, etc.). The complementary sections each expand this basic knowledge, supplying a wide range of applications and related topics which make use of the essential skills. Here the authors include carefully written, detailed expositions of a large number of special problems and more advanced topics—integrated as an essential portion of the text. These topics, however, are not interdependent; this allows professors to direct their quantum mechanics courses toward both physics and chemistry students.

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Claude Cohen–Tannoudji, born in Constantine (Algeria) in 1933, studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where he received a postdoctoral lecture qualification in 1962. In 1973 he was accepted at the Collège de France, and in 1981 became a member of the Academy of Sciences. In 1997, Claude Cohen–Tannoudji was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his research on laser cooling of neutral atoms (together with Steven Chu and William D. Phillips). The method is relevant for the development of precise atomic clocks, which are used for positioning and navigation. His is currently affiliated to the Laboratoire de Physique at the École Normale Supérieure (Paris). His textbook on quantum mechanics, written together with Bernard Diu und Franck Laloë, is one of the best–known timeless standard references in this field and is recommended on a regular basis by lecturers of undergraduate courses.

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Many experiments in physics, especially in high energy physics, consist of directing a beam of particles (1) (produced for example, by an accelerator) onto a target composed of particles (2), and studying the resulting collisions : the various particles constituting the final state of the system - that is, the state after the collision (cf. fig. 1) - are detected and their characteristics (direction of emission, energy, etc.) are measured. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 31 Jan 1998
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If you are fed up with QM books that bury you under tons of formulas from page one to the end, and who are written by authors who seem to hide their own ignorance of QM behind the equations, get this book and its first volume. Without any doubts, one of the best AND clearest books on QM, with mathematics used wisely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars quantum mechanics by claude cohen-tannoudji, vols I and II 27 Nov 1999
By Rod HUg - Published on Amazon.com
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After years of searching for a really good book on non-relativistic quantum mechanics, I found it in this book. The beginning student can easily understand it and it's comprehensiveness will appeal to the more advanced student. It's use of the Dirac notation makes for a clean and concise treatment. The book is FAR better than most other quantum mechanics books found in university libraries, in my opinion.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the most didatic texbook in QM 11 Mar 1997
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Written by one of the most proeminent physicists in quantum optics, this book shows, besides his
competence, his very high level of didactic.
The problems are well-choosen and there are plenty of examples to make everything clear. It's worth to have it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 Jan 2014
By Angry Bear - Published on Amazon.com
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This is by far my favorite quantum mechanics textbook. I would not suggest it as a first exposure to quantum mechanics textbook. For those purposes I would suggest griffiths, he is excellent at progressively lying less to the reader as he/she progresses. This book however, presents that subject material in full form and in great detail. I constantly reference back to this book and the other volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 31 Jan 1998
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If you are fed up with QM books that bury you under tons of formulas from page one to the end, and who are written by authors who seem to hide their own ignorance of QM behind the equations, get this book and its first volume. Without any doubts, one of the best AND clearest books on QM, with mathematics used wisely.
5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive 14 Oct 2013
By rmrich00 - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this book, because it is very large. You don't want a thin quantum mechanics book, because its thinness means that the authors skipped a ton of details.
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