Description 
xx, 508 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references and index. 
Contents 
Mathematical Preliminaries  Classical Description of Polarization  Quantum States  Operators  Measurement  Spin1/2  Angular Momentum and Rotation  TwoParticle Systems and Entanglement  Time Evolution and the SchrÃ¶dinger Equation  Position and Momentum  Wave Mechanics and the SchrÃ¶dinger Equation  The Harmonic Oscillator  Wave Mechanics in Three Dimensions  TimeIndependent Perturbation Theory  TimeDependent Perturbation Theory  Quantum Fields  Quantum Information  Laboratories  Getting Started  Before Lab  Important Laboratory Safety Tips  Lab 1: Spontaneous Parametric Downconversion  Lab 2: 'Proof' of the Existence of Photons  Lab 3: Single Photon Interference  Lab 4: Quantum State Measurement  Lab 5: Testing Local Realism. 
Summary 
"This textbook presents quantum mechanics at the junior/senior undergraduate level. It is unique in that it describes not only quantum theory, but also presents five laboratories that explore truly modern aspects of quantum mechanics. These laboratories include "proving" that light contains photons, singlephoton interference, and tests of local realism. The text begins by presenting the classical theory of polarization, moving on to describe the quantum theory of polarization. Analogies between the two theories minimize conceptual difficulties that students typically have when first presented with quantum mechanics. Furthermore, because the laboratories involve studying photons, using photon polarization as a prototypical quantum system allows the laboratory work to be closely integrated with the coursework. Polarization represents a twodimensional quantum system, so the introduction to quantum mechanics uses twodimensional state vectors and operators. This allows students to become comfortable with the mathematics of a relatively simple system, before moving on to more complicated systems. After describing polarization, the text goes on to describe spin systems, time evolution, continuous variable systems (particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom, etc.), and perturbation theory. The book also includes chapters which describe material that is frequently absent from undergraduate texts: quantum measurement, entanglement, quantum field theory and quantum information. This material is connected not only to the laboratories described in the text, but also to other recent experiments. Other subjects covered that do not often make their way into undergraduate texts are coherence, complementarity, mixed states, the density operator and coherent states. Supplementary material includes further details about implementing the laboratories, including parts lists and software for running the experiments. Computer simulations of some of the experiments are available as well. A solutions manual for endofchapter problems is available to instructors."Publisher's website. 
Subject 
Quantum theory  Textbooks.


Mechanics  Textbooks.

ISBN 
9780199798124 (hardcover : alk. paper) 

0199798125 (hardcover : alk. paper) 
OCLC number 
757935851 
