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Angular Momentum: An Illustrated Guide to Rotational Symmetries for Physical Systems

Angular Momentum: An Illustrated Guide to Rotational Symmetries for Physical Systems

William J. Thompson

ISBN: 978-3-527-61783-8

Sep 2008

475 pages

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$128.99

Description

Develops angular momentum theory in a pedagogically consistent way, starting from the geometrical concept of rotational invariance. Uses modern notation and terminology in an algebraic approach to derivations. Each chapter includes examples of applications of angular momentum theory to subjects of current interest and to demonstrate the connections between various scientific fields which are provided through rotations. Includes Mathematica and C language programs.
Symmetry in Physical Systems.

Mathematical and Quantal Preliminaries.

Rotational Invariance and Angular Momentum.

Angular Momentum Eigenstates.

Angular Momentum in Quantum Systems.

Finite Rotations of Angular Momentum Eigenstates.

Combining Two Angular Momentum Eigenstates.

Irreducible Spherical Tensors and Spin.

Recombining Several Angular Momentum Eigenstates.

Epilogue.

Appendices.

References.

Index.