This didactically unrivalled textbook and timeless reference by Nobel Prize Laureate Claude Cohen-Tannoudji separates essential underlying principles of quantum mechanics from specific applications and practical examples and deals with each of them in a different section. Chapters emphasize principles; complementary sections supply applications.
The book provides a qualitative introduction to quantum mechanical ideas; a systematic, complete and elaborate presentation of all the mathematical tools and postulates needed, including a discussion of their physical content and applications.
The book is recommended on a regular basis by lecturers of undergraduate courses.
- Waves and Particles.
- Introduction to the Fundamental Concepts of Quantum Mechanics.
- The Mathematical Tools of Quantum Mechanics.
- The Postulates of Quantum Mechanics.
- Application of the Postulates to Simple Cases: Two Level Systems and Spin 1/2 Systems.
- The One Dimensional Harmonic Oscillator.
- General Properties of Angular Momentum in Quantum Mechanics.
- Particles in a Central Potential.
- The Hydrogen Atom.
- An Elementary Approach to the Quantum Theory of Scattering by a Potential Electron Spin.
- Addition of Angular Momenta.
- Stationary Perturbation Theory.
- An Application of Perturbation Theory.
- The Fine and Hyperfine Structure of the Hydrogen Atom.
- Approximation Methods for Time-Dependent Problems.
- Systems of Identical Particles.
Fourier Series and the Fourier Transform.
The Dirac “Function.
The Lagrangian and Hamiltonian in Classical Mechanics.
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji / Bernard Diu/ Frank Laloe