Rutgers University Department of
Physics and Astronomy
PHYSICS 502 - QUANTUM MECHANICS
Principal (required) text
- Principles of Quantum
Mechanics (2nd Edition), by R. Shankar.
- Sorry, it's a heavy book, but I find it to be the best
Secondary (optional) text
- Modern Quantum Mechanics, by J.J. Sakurai.
- This has often been used as a text for this course in the past, but
I find it a bit too terse.
Other recommended books
- Quantum Mechanics, A Modern Development, by L.E. Ballentine.
- This is a slightly revised (1998) version of the original Ballentine
text published in 1990. It has a good discussion of some topics
related to the foundations of quantum mechanics such as
- Quantum Mechanics, by A.S. Davydov.
- The only text I know of that has a decent description of
linear-response theory (Ch. XII).
- Quantum Mechanics, by E. Merzbacher.
- On old standby.
- Quantum Mechanics, by A. Messiah.
- Seems quite old-fashioned nowadays, but still has some good stuff.
- A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics, by J.S. Townsend.
- Intersting text but with somewhat ideosyncratic order of
presentation of topics.
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