Quantum Mechanics Vol. 2 – Claude Cohen-Tannoudji – 1st Edition


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 begins with a qualitative introduction to quantum mechanical ideas using simple optical analogies and continues with a systematic presentation of the mathematical tools and postulates of quantum mechanics as well as a discussion of their physical content. Applications follow, starting with the simplest ones (two-level systems, the harmonic oscillator, etc.), and becoming gradually more complicated (the hydrogen atom, approximation methods, etc.).

The complementary sections each expand this basic knowledge, supplying a wide range of applications and related topics which make use of the essential skills. Here the authors include carefully written, detailed expositions of a large number of special problems and more advanced topics—integrated as an essential portion of the text. These topics, however, are not interdependent; this allows professors to direct their quantum mechanics courses toward both physics and chemistry students.

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    1. An Elementary Approach to the Quantum Theory of Scattering by a Potential Electron Spin.

    2. Addition of Angular Momenta.

    3. Stationary Perturbation Theory.

    4. An Application of Perturbation Theory.

    5. The Fine and Hyperfine Structure of the Hydrogen Atom.

    6. Approximation Methods for Time-Dependent Problems.

    7. Systems of Identical Particles.

    APPENDIXES: Fourier Series and the Fourier Transform.
    The Dirac δ `` Function''.
    The Lagrangian and Hamiltonian in Classical Mechanics.
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