Ideas of Quantum Chemistry

2nd Edition

Authors: Lucjan Piela
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444594365
eBook ISBN: 9780444594570
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 12th November 2013
Page Count: 1078
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Description

Ideas of Quantum Chemistry shows how quantum mechanics is applied to chemistry to give it a theoretical foundation. From the Schroedinger equation to electronic and nuclear motion to intermolecular interactions, this book covers the primary quantum underpinnings of chemical systems. The structure of the book (a TREE-form) emphasizes the logical relationships among various topics, facts and methods. It shows the reader which parts of the text are needed for understanding specific aspects of the subject matter. Interspersed throughout the text are short biographies of key scientists and their contributions to the development of the field.

Ideas of Quantum Chemistry has both textbook and reference work aspects. Like a textbook, the material is organized into digestible sections with each chapter following the same structure. It answers frequently asked questions and highlights the most important conclusions and the essential mathematical formulae in the text. In its reference aspects, it has a broader range than traditional quantum chemistry books and reviews virtually all of the pertinent literature. It is useful both for beginners as well as specialists in advanced topics of quantum chemistry. An appendix on the Internet supplements this book.

Key Features

  • Presents the widest range of quantum chemical problems covered in one book
  • Unique structure allows material to be tailored to the specific needs of the reader
  • Informal language facilitates the understanding of difficult topics

Readership

For chemistry undergraduates and graduates, professors, researchers and in particular those studying quantum chemistry - from beginners to professionals. Also beneficial to those involved in biology, biotechnology, physics, astronomy, material sciences.

Table of Contents

Dedication

Sources of Photographs and Figures

Introduction

We and the Universe A Potent Interaction

What Do We Know?

Narrow Temperature Range

An Unusual Mission of Chemistry

Book Guidelines

Chapter Organization

Chapter 1. The Magic of Quantum Mechanics

Abstract

Where Are We?

An Example

What Is It All About?

Why Is This Important?

What Is Needed?

Classical Works

1.1 History of a Revolution

1.2 Postulates of Quantum Mechanics

1.3 The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

1.4 The Copenhagen Interpretation of the World

1.5 Disproving the Heisenberg Principle–Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen’s Recipe

1.6 Schrödinger’s Cat

1.7 Bilocation

1.8 The Magic of Erasing the Past

1.9 A Test for a Common Sense: The Bell Inequality

1.10 Photons Violate the Bell Inequality

1.11 Teleportation

1.12 Quantum Computing

Summary

Main Concepts, New Terms

From the Research Front

Ad Futurum

Additional Literature

Questions

Answers

Chapter 2. Schrödinger Equation

Abstract

Where Are We?

An Example

What Is It All About?

Why Is This Important?

What Is Needed?

Classical Works

2.1 Symmetry of the Hamiltonian and Its Consequences

2.2 Schrödinger Equation for Stationary States

2.3 The Time-Dependent Schrödinger Equation

2.4 Evolution After Switching a Perturbation

Summary

From the Research Front

Ad Futurum

Additional Literature

Questions

Answers

Chapter 3. Beyond the Schrödinger Equation

Abstract

Where Are We?

An Example

What Is It All About?

Why Is This Important?

What Is Needed?

Classical

Details

No. of pages:
1078
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Elsevier 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier
eBook ISBN:
9780444594570
Hardcover ISBN:
9780444594365

About the Author

Lucjan Piela

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland Email: piela@chem.uw.edu.pl

Reviews

Ideas of Quantum Chemistry shows how quantum mechanics is applied to chemistry to give it a theoretical foundation. From the Schroedinger equation to electronic and nuclear motion to intermolecular interactions, this book covers the primary quantum underpinnings of chemical systems. The structure of the book (a TREE-form) emphasizes the logical relationships among various topics, facts and methods. It shows the reader which parts of the text are needed for understanding specific aspects of the subject matter. Interspersed throughout the text are short biographies of key scientists and their contributions to the development of the field.

Ideas of Quantum Chemistry has both textbook and reference work aspects. Like a textbook, the material is organized into digestible sections with each chapter following the same structure. It answers frequently asked questions and highlights the most important conclusions and the essential mathematical formulae in the text. In its reference aspects, it has a broader range than traditional quantum chemistry books and reviews virtually all of the pertinent literature. It is useful both for beginners as well as specialists in advanced topics of quantum chemistry. An appendix on the Internet supplements this book.