Uncommon Paths in Quantum Physics

Uncommon Paths in Quantum Physics

1st Edition - June 26, 2014

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  • Author: Konstantin Kazakov
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128015889
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128015988

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Quantum mechanics is one of the most fascinating, and at the same time most controversial, branches of contemporary science. Disputes have accompanied this science since its birth and have not ceased to this day. Uncommon Paths in Quantum Physics allows the reader to contemplate deeply some ideas and methods that are seldom met in the contemporary literature. Instead of widespread recipes of mathematical physics, based on the solutions of integro-differential equations, the book follows logical and partly intuitional derivations of non-commutative algebra. Readers can directly penetrate the abstract world of quantum mechanics.

Key Features

  • First book in the market that treats this newly developed area of theoretical physics; the book will thus provide a fascinating overview of the prospective applications of this area, strongly founded on the theories and methods that it describes.
  • Provides a solid foundation for the application of quantum theory to current physical problems arising in the interpretation of molecular spectra and important effects in quantum field theory.
  • New insight into the physics of anharmonic vibrations, more feasible calculations with improved precision.


Researchers in quantum mechanics and molecular spectroscopy, students and post-graduates of both physics and chemistry.

Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • 1. Ideas and principles
      • Quantum world
      • Noncommutative physics
      • Factorization
      • Quantum numbers
    • 2. Physics of the electron
      • Hydrogen atom
      • Dirac’s equation
      • Spin one-half
      • Elementary consequences
      • Fine structure
      • Magnetic interaction
    • 3. Theory of anharmonicity
      • Model Hamiltonian
      • Perturbation method
      • Polynomial formalism
      • Physical interpretation
      • Other anharmonic models
    • 4. Quantum fields
      • Creation and destruction operators
      • Free scalar field
      • Quantization of electromagnetic field
      • Electron–positron Dirac field
      • Interaction picture
      • Solution according to perturbation theory
      • Ultraviolet divergences
    • 5. Radiative corrections
      • Renormalization of mass
      • Anomalous magnetic moment of the electron
      • On the history of radiative corrections
      • Electromagnetic shift of atomic levels
      • Vacuum polarization
      • Dirac’s ideas and quantum field theory
    • Bibliography

Product details

  • No. of pages: 206
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2014
  • Published: June 26, 2014
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128015889
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128015988

About the Author

Konstantin Kazakov

Konstantin Kazakov
Konstantin V. Kazakov obtained a Dr. Sc. in Physics and Mathematics at the St. Petersburg State University.He published papers in internationally scientific journals, communications at scientific symposia and congresses, and 3 books. His previous book was published with Elsevier: “Quantum theory of anharmonic effects in molecules”, Elsevier, 2012.

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