Graduate Course:
Quantum Physics
Book and Reference List
John A. Venables
Dept of Physics and Astronomy, Arizona State
University, Tempe, Arizona
This is one of several files containing lists of, and links to, webbased
resources for use in connection with my graduate courses, webbased articles
and talks. This file is a book and reference list for this ASUbased
course in the Spring Semester 20062008.
Latest version of this document 8th April 2008.
The main books for the course are:

Quantum Physics, 3rd Edition by Stephen Gasiorowicz, a 2003 book
published by John Wiley (ISBN 0471057002). This new edition has an associated
web page, which contains
extra information and more detailed derivations of particular topics. The previous
1996 2nd edition (ISBN 0471857378) is still useful, and there may be some
secondhand copies available. A picture of the said author, and a list
of corrections for the 2nd edition, with of course suitable disclaimers, can be found
here. We are beginning to assemble
a list of errors in the 3rd edition here; you win some, you lose some.
Optional books are:

Introductory Quantum Mechanics, 3rd Edition by Richard L. Liboff,
a 1998 book published by AddisonWesley (ISBN 020187879). The 4th edition (2003,
ISBN 0805387145) has removed some errors and added the topic of quantum computation.

Students with an EEE background should consider Anthony Levi's book, or Liboff's new edition
described above. Applied Quantum Mechanics by A.J.F. Levi, a 2003 book published
by Cambridge (ISBN 052152086X, paperback), which also contains a CD of MatLab programs.

Quantum Mechanics Simulations (ISBN 0471548847), which I use for demonstrations
and optional problems. We have had some problems this last few years, since the disc supplied
with the book will not run on PC's with speeds in excess of 233MHz without a patch. I can send
you a zipped file to run on your machine, but we are still having problems with printing.
 Students with a chemistry background may wish to have access to
Molecular Quantum Mechanics, 3rd Edition by P.W. Atkins and R.S. Friedman, a
1997 book published by Oxford in both hardback (ISBN 019855948) and paperback
(ISBN 019855947X) editions; the 4th edition is available in 2003, but is not required.
Students can understand the formal course material on the basis of Gasiorowicz (either
edition) alone, and indeed these books contain much more material than can
be covered in a one semester course with a survey character. But some
examples have been taken from other books to give the flavor of the history of
Quantum Physics, of subfields within Quantum Physics, and of other topics.
These books are listed below, with the sections referred to in the course.
The first topic where we went beyond the above books was
Atomic Spectroscopy

Most modern spectroscopy books typically don't give much feel for how the data
was originally obtained, or indeed, for what a spectrum looks like. For this, we used the
classic book Atomic spectra and atomic structure by G. Herzberg. This
book was originally published in Germany in 1936, but the translation we used came out
in 1937 and in a Dover paperback in 1944. Herzberg is renowned in Canada as the founder
of the strong 'school' of Spectroscopy he set up, first in Saskatchewan and then in Toronto.
 We also used Einführung in die Spektroscopie der Atomhülle by P.H. Heckmann and
E. Träbert, a 1980 book published by Vieweg (ISBN 35280353838). Apart from convincing
ourselves that science, and the lot of graduate students trying to follow this stuff,
is the same worldwide, this book provides several tables containing accurate
values of term energies for particular types of atomic and ionic spectra. Actually, this book
was translated into English in 1989, as Introduction to the Spectroscopy of Atoms
and the library has a copy (NorthHolland, ISBN 0444873252).
 We can note that the data described by Herzberg was all obtained before the laser
was invented in the '60's, whereas the more accurate data we used from Heckmann and
Träbert was almost all obtained with laserbased techniques.
The next topic was
The Variational Principle

The variational principle was illustrated by Helium, by Nuclear matter, and by
Density Functional Theory (DFT). These three examples are best served by different books
and web pages. An additional book, giving details of the application to helium, and
heliumlike atoms is Quantum Mechanics by R.W. Robinett, a 1997 book published by
Oxford (ISBN 0195092023).
 Nuclear matter is discussed at the relevant level in Nuclear and Particle Physics
by W.S.C. Williams, a 1990 book, updated in 2001, published by Oxford University Press (ISBN
0198520460). The relevant sections from chapters 4 and 8 are available as handouts. More
details are included in PHY 462/561/562, courses which use this book as a main text.
 Density Functional Theory (DFT), as applied to clusters and solids, is discussed in
outline in this course, and in more detail in other courses. These include PHY 581 at ASU,
and my Sussex QMMS course, that also has its own
booklist and references. The handouts and references used
here are from that course, and in particular from my own book Introduction to Surfaces and
Thin Films, published in 2000 by Cambridge University Press (ISBN 0521785006), with
contents and updates on this website.
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