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Foundations of Quantum Mechanics: From Photons to Quantum Computers

Book Foundations of Quantum Mechanics: From Photons to Quantum Computers

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- By: Reinhold Blumel(Author)
- Language: English
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:331
- Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 1 edition (August 11, 2009)
- Bestsellers rank: 1
- Category: Science & Math
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Quantum computers are the proposed centerpieces of a revolutionary, 21st century quantum information technology. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in modern quantum physics, Foundations of Quantum Mechanics: From Photons to Quantum Computers takes the reader into the fascinating world of quantum mechanics and continues on an in-depth study of quantum information and quantum computing, including an entire chapter on the future of quantum technology. This accessible text with modern applications focuses on what is "quantum" about quantum mechanics; topics discussed include the EPR paradox, entanglement, teleportation, Bell's Theorem, quantum computing, and code-breaking with quantum computers.

Charlotte Augusta Ayres Professor of Physics, Wesleyan University, Connecticut


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  • By John A. Shaw on September 19, 2010

    This is a nice introduction to quantum mechanics that focuses on modern applications to correlated photon experiments, the EPR paradox, and quantum computing. The strength of the text is the clear pedagogical examples which are really much better than most books and get to the experimental basis of the subject quickly. The most annoying feature (or lack) is the total absence of endnotes or footnotes or references so the reader has no guide to the literature or further suggestions for reading. This is the reason for the lack of a 5 star rating. It really cuts the usefulness of the text down and is a puzzling omission in a book designed for undergraduates. Even citations to review articles in AJP would be welcome. References to original experiments would be better, but there is absolutely nothing cited (Aargh). The index is rather sketchy too and omits Alain Aspect for example even though the first chapter has an entire section explaining how important his experiments were for proving the existence of photon. I would love to love this book, but have to give it an above average instead of an excellent for the reasons cited.

  • By Ulfilas on April 19, 2012

    The author has set before himself an ambitious objective: that of providing a wide-ranging introduction to current quantum issues and principles suitable for advanced undergraduates or first year graduate students. He largely succeeds in this quest, especially for students who have already taken a two-semester junior level introduction to modern physics suitable for undergraduate physics majors, or better yet, a graduate-level quantum physics course.This is an actual textbook complete with homework problems rather than a literature review or series of review articles. In addition to providing a short introduction to quantum mechanics, the author explains and illustrates the current understanding of quantum measurement, non-locality, and computing. That said, I feel that many readers would do better to read two shorter books dedicated to the separate topics of non-locality and the interpretation of quantum mechanics, and quantum computing. For the the first topic I prefer Greenstein and Zajonc's The Quantum Challenge, Second Edition : Modern Research on the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (Physics and Astronomy), for the second, Doolen's Introduction to Quantum Computers.There is also the problem with this book, as another reviewer has pointed out, that the author does not provide the reader with references. Although such an oversight might be considered acceptable in a book targeted at undergraduates, the lack of references limits its utility for graduate students or researchers looking for an overview of current quantum issues.

  • By John Matlock on March 21, 2011

    Although this book starts out with a discussion on photons, its real subject is to explore the present state of the art (or perhaps that should be the state of research) in applying quantum theory to devices that have applicability in the macro or real world. Quantum theories began to be developed at the start of the twentieths century, but they remained almost a philosophical curiosity until some time around the early 1980's when new theories and lab experiments began to explore potentially new ways to develop ways to do computing that would be orders of magnitude faster than present concepts.The book is aimed at the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level student. It does require some understanding in multi-variable calculus, linear algebra and it is suggested that the student have an introductory course in traditional quantum mechanics. Dr. Blümel is Professor of Physics at Wesleyan University. He has also written Advanced Quantum Mechanics.


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