This textbook offers a unique introduction to quantum mechanics progressing gradually from elementary quantum mechanics to aspects of particle physics. It presents the microscopic world by analysis of the simplest possible quantum mechanical system (spin 1/2). A special feature is the author’s use of visual aids known as process diagrams, which show how amplitudes for quantum mechanical processes are computed. The second edition include a new chapter on time-dependent processes, in addition to many new problems and improved illustrations.
SECTION I QUANTUM PRINCIPLES 1 Perspective and Principles 2 Particle Motion in One Dimension 3 Some One-Dimensional Solutions to the Schrödinger Equation 4 Hilbert Space and Unitary Transformations 5 Three Static Approximation Methods 6 Generalization to Three Dimensions SECTION II QUANTUM PARTICLES 7 The Three-Dimensional Radial Equation 8 Addition of Angular Momenta 9 Spin and Statistics 10 Quantum Particle Scattering 11 Connecting to the Standard Model Appendices A Notation Comments and Comparisons B Lattice Models C 2-D Harmonic Oscillator Wave Function Normalization D Allowed Standard Model Interactions E The Ising Model and More F Weak Flavor Mixing
Walter Wilcox is professor of physics and graduate program director for the Baylor University Physics Department. He earned a PhD in elementary particle physics from UCLA in 1981 under the guidance of Dr. Julian Schwinger. He has also taught and conducted research at Oklahoma State University (1981–1983), TRIUMF Laboratory (1983–1985), and the University of Kentucky (1985–1986). He has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation in theoretical physics, and, in collaboration with Ron Morgan, in applied mathematics. His research focuses on the development and use of numerical methods in the field of theoretical physics known as "lattice QCD." He lives in Waco, Texas, and loves to go hiking and camping.
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