Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers

  • 11h 47m
  • David A. B. Miller
  • Cambridge University Press
  • 2008

If you need a book that relates the core principles of quantum mechanics to modern applications in engineering, physics, and nanotechnology, this is it. Students will appreciate the book's applied emphasis, which illustrates theoretical concepts with examples of nanostructured materials, optics, and semiconductor devices. The many worked examples and more than 160 homework problems help students to problem solve and to practice applications of theory. Without assuming a prior knowledge of high-level physics or classical mechanics, the text introduces Schrodinger's equation, operators, and approximation methods. Systems, including the hydrogen atom and crystalline materials, are analyzed in detail. More advanced subjects, such as density matrices, quantum optics, and quantum information, are also covered. Practical applications and algorithms for the computational analysis of simple structures make this an ideal introduction to quantum mechanics for students of engineering, physics, nanotechnology, and other disciplines.

About the Author

David A. B. Miller is the W. M. Keck Foundation Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, California, where he is also a professor of applied physics by courtesy, Director of the Solid State and Photonics Laboratory, and co-director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center. Before moving to Stanford, he was the head of advanced photonics research at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society, and he has received several awards for his work on the physics and applications of quantum-confined semiconductor structures.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • Waves and Quantum Mechanics — Schrödinger's Equation
  • The Time-Dependent Schrödinger Equation
  • Functions and Operators
  • Operators and Quantum Mechanics
  • Approximation Methods in Quantum Mechanics
  • Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory
  • Quantum Mechanics in Crystalline Materials
  • Angular Momentum
  • The Hydrogen Atom
  • Methods for One-Dimensional Problems
  • Spin
  • Identical Particles
  • The Density Matrix
  • Harmonic Oscillators and Photons
  • Fermion Operators
  • Interaction of Different Kinds of Particles
  • Quantum Information
  • Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
  • Bibliography
  • Memorization List