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The Theory of Groups and Quantum Mechanics
by Hermann Weyl




Overview -
This book is devoted to the consistent and systematic application of group theory to quantum mechanics. Beginning with a detailed introduction to the classical theory of groups, Dr. Weyl continues with an account of the fundamental results of quantum physics. There follows a rigorous investigation of the relations holding between the mathematical and physical theories.
Topics covered include: unitary geometry, quantum theory (Schr dinger's wave equation, transition probabilities, directional quantization, collision phenomena, Zeeman and Stark effects); groups and their representations (sub-groups and conjugate classes, linear transformations, rotation and Lorentz groups, closed continuous groups, invariants and covariants, Lie's theory); applications of group theory to quantum mechanics (simple state and term analysis, the spinning electron, multiplet structure, energy and momentum, Pauli exclusion principle, problem of several bodies, Maxwell-Dirac field equations, etc.); the symmetric permutation group; and algebra of symmetric transformation (invariant sub-spaces in group and tensor space, sub-groups, Young's symmetry operators, spin and valence, group theoretic classification of atomic spectra, branching laws, etc).
Throughout, Dr. Weyl emphasizes the "reciprocity" between representations of the symmetric permutation group and those of the complete linear group. His simplified treatment of "reciprocity," the Clebsch-Gordan series, and the Jordan-H lder theorem and its analogues, has helped to clarity these and other complex topics.

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Overview

This book is devoted to the consistent and systematic application of group theory to quantum mechanics. Beginning with a detailed introduction to the classical theory of groups, Dr. Weyl continues with an account of the fundamental results of quantum physics. There follows a rigorous investigation of the relations holding between the mathematical and physical theories.
Topics covered include: unitary geometry, quantum theory (Schr dinger's wave equation, transition probabilities, directional quantization, collision phenomena, Zeeman and Stark effects); groups and their representations (sub-groups and conjugate classes, linear transformations, rotation and Lorentz groups, closed continuous groups, invariants and covariants, Lie's theory); applications of group theory to quantum mechanics (simple state and term analysis, the spinning electron, multiplet structure, energy and momentum, Pauli exclusion principle, problem of several bodies, Maxwell-Dirac field equations, etc.); the symmetric permutation group; and algebra of symmetric transformation (invariant sub-spaces in group and tensor space, sub-groups, Young's symmetry operators, spin and valence, group theoretic classification of atomic spectra, branching laws, etc).
Throughout, Dr. Weyl emphasizes the "reciprocity" between representations of the symmetric permutation group and those of the complete linear group. His simplified treatment of "reciprocity," the Clebsch-Gordan series, and the Jordan-H lder theorem and its analogues, has helped to clarity these and other complex topics.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780486602691
  • ISBN-10: 0486602699
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publish Date: June 1950
  • Page Count: 464
  • Dimensions: 8.49 x 5.39 x 0.89 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.04 pounds

Series: Dover Books on Mathematics

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