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Theories of Matter, Space and Time, Volume 2

Quantum Theories
Nick Evans, Steve King F


This book and its prequel, Theories of Matter Space and Time: Classical theories, Volume 1, grew out of courses that are taught by the authors on the undergraduate degree program in physics at Southampton University, UK. The authors aim to guide the full MPhys undergraduate cohort through some of the trickier areas of theoretical physics that undergraduates are expected to master. To move beyond the initial courses in classical mechanics, special relativity, electromagnetism and quantum theory, to more sophisticated views of these subjects and their interdependence. This approach keeps the analysis as concise and physical as possible, while revealing the key elegance in each subject discussed.

This second volume looks at ideas to the arena of quantum mechanics. First, quickly reviewing the basics of quantum mechanics that should be familiar to the reader from a first course. It then links the Schrödinger equation to the Principle of Least Action introducing Feynman's path integral methods. Next, it presents the relativistic wave equations of Klein, Gordon and Dirac. Finally, Maxwell's equations of electromagnetism are converted to a wave equation for photons and make contact with quantum electrodynamics (QED) at a first quantized level. Between the two volumes, the authors hope to move a student's understanding from their first courses to a place where they are ready to embark on graduate-level courses on quantum field theory.

About Editors

Nick Evans completed his PhD in collider phenomenology in 1993 at the University of Southampton, UK. He performed his early research work at Yale and Boston universities in the US before returning to Southampton in 1999 on a UK government five-year fellowship. He is now a Professor at the University of Southampton and the Director of the Faculty of Physical Science and Engineering Graduate School.

Steve King completed his PhD in QCD perturbation theory in 1980 at The University of Manchester, UK. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford, where he worked on composite models, before moving to Harvard and Boston universities in the US, where he worked on technicolour and collider phenomenology. Returning to Southampton in 1987, he won a five-year fellowship to work on lattice QCD and top quark condensates. He is now Professor and First Year Director of Studies in Physics and Astronomy at Southampton.

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Paperback ISBN: 9780750329194

Ebook ISBN: 9781681749822

DOI: 10.1088/978-1-6817-4983-9

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


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