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The Physics of Atoms and Quanta: Introduction to Experiments and Theory (Advanced Texts in Physics) [Hardcover]

Hermann Haken , Hans C. Wolf , W.D. Brewer
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October 2, 2000 3540672745 978-3540672746 6th rev. and enlarged ed.
The Physics of Atoms and Quanta is a thorough introduction to experiments and theory in this field. Every classical and modern aspect is covered and discussed in detail. As this text ends with the fundamentals of classical bonding, it leads into the second and more advanced book by the same authors entitled "Molecular Physics and Elements of Quantum Chemistry". This 6th edition includes new developments, such as new experiments on quantum entanglement, the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradoxon, Bell's inequality, Schrödinger's cat, and decoherence; the quantum computer, quantum information, Bose-Einstein-Condensation, and the atom laser are also discussed. Here, the student will find 170 problems and their solutions, which make this book a real study text.

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From the reviews: "This book gives a coherent presentation of both the experimental and the theoretical aspects of these subjects. Since 1984, when it was first published, it is now in its 6th edition which is a clear indication that this volume has gained already a large hearing in the scientific world. A characteristic feature of this book is that the authors take the opportunity of each new edition to include the latest development in this very active field. In the 6th edition, in particular, they have added an entire new chapter dealing with entangled wave-functions, the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, Bells inequalities, the paradox of Schrodinger's cat the concept of decohrence, Bose-Einstein condensation, quantum computers and quantum information theory. ...I recommend this book unreservedly for its high pedagogical value, more specially to the students starting their Master degree (Lere licence)."
F.Bion, Physicalia, 2001, 36, 2
. This volume gives a coherent presentation of both the experimental and the theoretical aspects of atomic and quantum physics and can serve as an excellent advanced book for students of physics and also for students of neighboring disciplines such as chemistry and electrical engineering. K. ß. Salikhov
Appl. Magnetic Resonance, 2001,20,1

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Advanced Texts in Physics
  • Hardcover: 503 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 6th rev. and enlarged ed. edition (October 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3540672745
  • ISBN-13: 978-3540672746
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 8.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,013,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare work July 4, 2007
This book is indeed clear and easy to read and undoubtedly useful for advanced undergraduates and I imagine it would be a good review for would-be postgraduates. It also introduces more advanced topics, such as the Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations and introduces many topical issues. Very good at conveying the mathematical 'tricks of the trade' but unlike so many texts on quantum physics, this book is actually a physics book! Not only does it deal with the mathematical structure of the theory, but it has a satisfying and detailed presentation of the experiments! It is also superbly illustrated (as all text books should be!). I find that too many authours these days seem to care more for the maths than the physics - let us not forget what physics is for! In my mind this is one of the best advanced undergraduate quantum physics texts that I have seen. It is also a great educational work - solutions to problems are provided which is essential for self-study, which this book is admirably suited for (in addition to being quite suitable for directly supporting a taught course). This book is very student friendly, a rare thing these days, and far more readable and entertaining than many other books on quantum physics.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OK book on Atom Physics August 17, 2000
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This book is very readable and very clear. It can be used in advanced undergrad courses on atom physics. It treats the development of Atom Physics theory and experiments (Rutherford, Bohr etc.). It provides explanations to many practical quantum problems in the field of atom physics, so it can also be used to clarify problems in a Quantum Physics course. Some example problems briefly discussed in books like Gasiorowicz or David Griffiths on QF were very well explained here. Quite complete on the subject of Atom Physics. Exercises with (brief) solutions. German authors seem to have done a thorough job. Negative points: heavy, expensive, limited subject, published some time ago. I consider it a good buy afterall.
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Text is clearly written and covers relevant topics for advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate students. Problems have been relevant to text material and at a level appropriate to the written text. Beginning chapters are clearly redundant with most Modern Physics texts, but still appropriate for setting up the Atomic Physics chapters in the text. My current knowledge of the book is overwhelmingly positive and it would encourage me to recommend it to others looking for this material.

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