Using Mathematica for Quantum Mechanics: A Student's Manual
Abstract
This book is an attempt to help students transform all of the concepts of quantum mechanics into concrete computer representations, which can be constructed, evaluated, analyzed, and hopefully understood at a deeper level than what is possible with more abstract representations. It was written for a Master's and PhD lecture given yearly at the University of Basel, Switzerland. The goal is to give a language to the student in which to speak about quantum physics in more detail, and to start the student on a path of fluency in this language. On our journey we approach questions such as:  You already know how to calculate the energy eigenstates of a single particle in a simple onedimensional potential. How can such calculations be generalized to nontrivial potentials, higher dimensions, and interacting particles?  You have heard that quantum mechanics describes our everyday world just as well as classical mechanics does, but have you ever seen an example where such behavior is calculated in detail and where the transition from classical to quantum physics is evident?  How can we describe the internal spin structure of particles? How does this internal structure couple to the particles' motion?  What are qubits and quantum circuits, and how can they be assembled to simulate a future quantum computer?
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 March 2014
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1403.7050
 Bibcode:
 2014arXiv1403.7050S
 Keywords:

 Quantum Physics;
 Physics  Physics Education
 EPrint:
 164 pages, 5 chapters