Applied Bohmian Mechanics - From Nanoscale Systems to Cosmology
by Xavier Oriols (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain), Jordi Mompart (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain)
Hardback 600 pages 2012-06-29 Print ISBN: 9789814316392 eBook ISBN: 9789814364102 DOI: 10.4032/9789814364102
List price : $149.95
“Bohmian mechanics, a version of quantum mechanics that is far simpler and much more understandable than the standard textbook theory, has been widely ignored by physicists. Ironically, one of the reasons for this is that since it makes precisely the same predictions for the results of experiments as the standard theory, many believe it to be of little practical value. This book makes the case that this is not so — that the additional resources provided by Bohmian mechanics lead not only to enhanced understanding but also to new tools for dealing with difficult practical quantum problems.”
Prof. Sheldon Goldstein - Rutgers University, USA
“The flow lines associated with quantum matter waves may be helpful for computational or interpretational purposes as demonstrated in this stimulating book, which shows in great detail how the widespread prejudices against Bohmian mechanics should not preclude the use of the underlying formalism for solving practical problems in chemistry and physics.”
Prof. Juan Gonzalo Muga - Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain
After a lengthy and useful introduction to Bohmian mechanics by the editors, eight sections on the use of Bohmian mechanics in specific fields of physics and chemistry are presented. Each is by a different set of authors – mainly from Barcelona or Madrid – and covers an area ranging from hydrogen photoionisation to quantum cosmology. Some are very practical: quantum control of atomic states, quantum electron transport in nanostructures; some didactic: relativistic Bohmian mechanics, classical wave propagation and the eikonol approximation (making explicit Schrödinger’s curious influence) and some calculational: quantum chemistry and quantum Monte Carlo exploitation of Bohmian mechanics. The format leads to a degree of repetition and overlap, but this has been kept to an acceptable minimum. However, the work is definitely a series of connected monographs, some at a rather advanced level, rather than a unified textbook.
P. T. Greenland - University College London, UK
For many years, Bohmian mechanics, the interpretation of the quantum theory pioneered by Louis de Broglie and David Bohm, was perceived as an interesting philosophical explanation of quantum mechanics, but was unable to help researchers in their everyday practical activity. In recent times, however, this initial view has changed and there is a renewed interest in Bohm’s theory because of its ability to make progress in several forefront research fields ranging from nanoscale systems to cosmology.
This book provides the first comprehensive explanation of the practical application of Bohm’s ideas to generate new knowledge. The book contains nine chapters devoted to different topics of research written by worldwide reputed experts in each of these topics with an elaborated discussion of the advantage of using Bohm’s ideas in their fields and an extensive updated bibliography. This material can be highly useful for both theoretical and experimental researchers who seek new computational tools or an intuitive understanding of the quantum theory.
|15||Chapter 1: Overview of Bohmian Mechanics|
Xavier Oriols and Jordi Mompart
|149||Chapter 2: Hydrogen Photoionization with Strong Lasers|
Albert Benseny, Antonio Picon, Jordi Mompart, Luis Plaja, and Luis Roso
|189||Chapter 3: Atomtronics: Coherent Control of Atomic Flow via Adiabatic Passage|
Albert Benseny, Joan Baguda, Xavier Oriols, Gerhard Birkl, and Jordi Mompart
|235||Chapter 4: The Role of Trajectories in Quantum Chemistry and Chemical Physics|
Angel S. Sanz and Salvador Miret-Artes
|303||Chapter 5: Adaptive Quantum Monte Carlo Approach States for High-Dimensional Systems|
Eric R. Bittner, Donald J. Kouri, Sean Derrickson, and Jeremy B. Maddox
|375||Chapter 6: Nanoelectronics: Quantum Electron Transport|
Alfonso Alarcon, Guillem Albareda, Fabio Lorenzo Traversa, and Xavier Oriols
|425||Chapter 7: Beyond the Eikonal Approximation in Classical Optics and Quantum Physics|
Adriano Orefice, Raffaele Giovanelli, and Domenico Ditto
|455||Chapter 8: Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory|
|507||Chapter 9: Subquantum Accelerating Universe|
Pedro F. Gonzalez-Diaz and Alberto Rozas-Fernandez
Students in physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, nanotechnology, as well as both theoretical and experimental researchers who seek an intuitive understanding of the quantum world and new computational tools for their everyday research activity
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