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Quantum Mechanics For Engineering: Materials Science and Applied Physics [Paperback]

Herbert Kroemer
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March 17, 1994 0137470983 978-0137470983

This widely anticipated book by a leading expert in the field, is designed to meet the changing quantum mechanics needs of general and applied physicists involved in such areas as solid state research, quantum electronics, materials science, etc. This book uses new and less abstract ways to present formal concepts. For electrical engineers in the semiconductor areas.


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This book is designed to meet the changing quantum mechanics needs of general and applied physicists in such areas as solid state research, quantum electronics, materials science, etc. It recognizes that these needs go significantly beyond most elementary texts, and at the same time have become sufficiently distinct from the traditional advanced treatment of quantum mechanics.

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This widely anticipated book by a leading expert in the field, is designed to meet the changing quantum mechanics needs of general and applied physicists involved in such areas as solid state research, quantum electronics, materials science, etc.This book uses new and less abstract ways to present formal concepts.For electrical engineers in the semiconductor areas.


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  • Paperback: 639 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (March 17, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137470983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137470983
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 7.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for anyone studying quamtum mechanics August 28, 2002
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This book is fantastic. It is the only book of its kind in that it *explains* quantum theory as well as introducing the full mathematical bra-ket formalism. It also gives the best explanation of multiparticle hamiltonians that I have seen. Most lower level books skip these topics, and upper level books introduce them without much explanation. It covers potential wells and how they apply to electrons in solids (solid state physics) as well as the harmonic potential and many applications in solid state. Most QM books cover this stuff too, but this book actually explains clearly why you should learn this stuff. It has a true physics feel to it, rather than the mathematical treatment of most senior level and 1st year grad texts on QM. It is the perfect book for someone in engineering who is taking quantum mechanics. I also think physics major who takes QM using Liboff, Shankar, or other similar books would benifit greatly using this a companion.
If you have no quantum background you may want to start with Eisberg and Resnick's book, which I also rec'd highly. It is at a slightly less mathematical level, but is a great physics book and covers a very broad range of modern physics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice blend of theory and practice May 3, 2004
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This is the only quantum mechanics book I've ever seen which doesn't skimp on theory and yet which treats the subject from the perspective of somebody who might actually have to use it to solve problems. Many books of this depth would simply present the abstract theory, but Kroemer always maintains a connection to the application of whatever he's explaining. What's remarkable is that he does so without having to water things down much. It's a shame this book didn't get more attention: it really should've become a classic for anybody in applied physics (i.e. the vast majority of physicists and electrical engineers).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good QM text December 27, 2006
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It is one of the finest books you will see on QM and if you are from the electrical engineering stream with semiconductor physics as your major,no text perhaps shall serve you better.The striking aspect of the book is the physical insight it gives into highly abstract theories of QM and the illustration of that theory with a relevant example from the engineering/physical world. Mathematical results we take for granted just as another interplay of the numbers are attributed to some very definite law of nature,for eg the unobservability of absolute frequencies in the probability density function of linearly superposed states is a case in point.Rather than leaving the mathematical expression as a difference of two frequencies he goes onto explain it and also draws an analogy between Electromagnetic waves and the point where the classical limit and the analogy breaks down.This is just one example out of the many scattered throughout the text.Any one with a working knowledge of QM and some introduction to semiconductor physics will immensely benefit from it, though physicists alike, I think can draw much information from the material presented.I hope this book has greater circulation.No wonder the author was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for his seminal work on semiconductor heterostructures.
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I feel it is an ideal book to be used by guys who want to USE quantum theory in their research. I have found the presentation ideal for someone with an undergraduate course in quantum mechanics. The concepts are built solidly, with physical insight. The language is crisp and there is an air of authority in the explanation of many concepts.
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