Quantum mechanics has evolved from a subject of study in pure physics to one with a wide range of applications in many diverse fields. The basic concepts of quantum mechanics are explained in this book in a concise and easy-to-read manner, leading toward applications in solid-state electronics and optics. Following a logical sequence, the book focuses on key ideas and is conceptually and mathematically self-contained.
The fundamental principles of quantum mechanics are illustrated by showing their application to systems such as the hydrogen atom, multi-electron ions and atoms, the formation of simple organic molecules and crystalline solids of practical importance. It leads on from these basic concepts to discuss some of the most significant applications in semiconductor electronics and optics.
1. Classical mechanics vs. quantum mechanics
2. Basic postulates and mathematical tools
3. Wave/particle duality and de Borglie waves
4. Particles at boundaries, potential steps, barriers and in quantum wells
5. The harmonic oscillator and photons
6. The hydrogen atom
7. Multi-electron ions and the periodic table
8. Interaction of atoms with electromagnetic radiation
9. Simple molecular orbitals and crystalline structures
10. Electronic properties of semiconductors and the p-n junction
11. The density matrix and the quantum mechanic Boltzmann equation
C. L. Tang
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