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Quantum 20/20

Fundamentals, Entanglement, Gauge Fields, Condensates and Topology

Ian R. Kenyon

September 2019

ISBN: 9780198808350

432 pages
Hardback
246x189mm

In Stock

Price: £63.00

This textbook for upper-level undergraduates covers the fundamentals and incorporates key themes of quantum physics. Major themes include boson condensation and fermion exclusivity, entanglement, quantum field theory, measurement precision set by quantum mechanics, and topology.

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This textbook for upper-level undergraduates covers the fundamentals and incorporates key themes of quantum physics. Major themes include boson condensation and fermion exclusivity, entanglement, quantum field theory, measurement precision set by quantum mechanics, and topology.

  • Covers key themes of quantum physics
  • Maintains a level of presentation accessible to undergraduates
  • Well illustrated, with simple layout and clear explanations
  • Well balanced between theory and experiment, equipping students with essential knowledge in both aspects of physics
  • Includes useful exercises in each chapter, lending it perfectly to use as a course book

About the Author(s)

Ian R. Kenyon, Professor, Birmingham University

Ian Kenyon is an elementary particle physicist in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham, UK. He took part in the discovery of the carriers of the weak force, working at CERN for three years on the design, construction, data-taking and analysis of the UA1 experiment. Earlier he designed and constructed the optics for the Northwestern University 50cm liquid helium bubble chamber. More recently he worked at the HERA electron-proton collider on the H1 experiment. He is the author of three advanced textbooks for physics undergraduates: Elementary Particle Physics, General Relativity (also translated into Japanese) and The Light Fantastic - A Modern Introduction to Classical and Quantum Optics.

Table of Contents

    1:Review of basic quantum physics
    2:Solutions to Schrodinger's equations
    3:Quantum statistics
    4:Phonons
    5:Electrons in solids
    6:Semiconductors
    7:Transitions
    8:Field quantization
    9:Entanglement
    10:EPR and Bell's theorem, and quantum algorithms
    11:Quantum measurement
    12:Cavity quantum physics
    13:Symmetry and topology
    14:Superfluid 4He
    15:Superconductivity
    16:Gaseous Bose-Einstein condensates
    17:Quantum Hall effects
    18:Particle physics I
    19:Particle physics II
    Appendices
    A Vector calculus
    B Mode densities
    C Density matrix
    D The Bloch sphere, spin-1/2, and qubits
    E Perturbation theory
    F RSA encryption
    G The Dirac equation
    H Higgs Lagrangian
    I Entangled beauty and CP violation
    J The Gross-Pitaevskii equation
    K Kubo's Hall conductance formula

Reviews

"A highly recommended textbook for advanced university physics students. The problem sets require thinking that evolves from the chapter's content and serve as both a learning experience and an assessment of the reader's understanding of the material. I found the mathematical description and the physical insights of the text well matched and tightly linked in a synergistic manner. The text is augmented with figures (some in colour) of actual experimental data, instruments, and Feynman diagrams. I commend the author on his comprehensive and extensive development of these modern aspects of quantum mechanics." - Barry R. Masters, Formerly Visiting Scientist, MIT

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