Quantum Mechanics with Applications to Nanotechnology and Information Science


  • Yehuda Band
  • Yshai Avishai, Department of Physics, Ben Gurion Universitym Beer Sheva, Israel

Quantum mechanics transcends and supplants classical mechanics at the atomic and subatomic levels. It provides the underlying framework for many subfields of physics, chemistry and materials science, including condensed matter physics, atomic physics, molecular physics, quantum chemistry, particle physics, and nuclear physics. It is the only way we can understand the structure of materials, from the semiconductors in our computers to the metal in our automobiles. It is also the scaffolding supporting much of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The purpose of this book is to present the fundamentals of quantum theory within a modern perspective, with emphasis on applications to nanoscience and nanotechnology, and information-technology. As the frontiers of science have advanced, the sort of curriculum adequate for students in the sciences and engineering twenty years ago is no longer satisfactory today. Hence, the emphasis on new topics that are not included in older reference texts, such as quantum information theory, decoherence and dissipation, and on applications to nanotechnology, including quantum dots, wires and wells.
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Primary Market: For teaching and research faculty, upper-undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Engineering, Electrical Engineering.


Book information

  • Published: November 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-53786-7


"...a grandiose project creating a unified source of all important information related to modern Quantum Mechanics…has a very good balance between verbal explanations and math in the text and between the text itself, problems and illustrations."--Zentralblatt MATH, 1303.81001_15

"...will be of greatest interest to physics students who already have some exposure to quantum mechanics. It would work well as the textbook for a more specialized survey of topics in modern quantum physics alongside established texts dedicated to the fundamentals."--Physics Today, July 1 2014