Linearity, Symmetry, and Prediction in the Hydrogen Atom [electronic resource] / by Stephanie Frank Singer.
Contributor(s): SpringerLink (Online service)Material type: TextSeries: Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics: Publisher: New York, NY : Springer New York, 2005Description: XIV, 398 p. 50 illus. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780387263694Subject(s): Physics | Group theory | Applied mathematics | Engineering mathematics | Mechanics | Elementary particles (Physics) | Quantum field theory | Atoms | Physics | Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics | Elementary Particles, Quantum Field Theory | Group Theory and Generalizations | Mathematical Methods in Physics | Applications of Mathematics | MechanicsAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 539 LOC classification: QC170-197QC717.6-718.8Online resources: Click here to access online
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Setting the Stage -- Linear Algebra over the Complex Numbers -- Complex Scalar Product Spaces (a.k.a. Hilbert Spaces) -- Lie Groups and Lie Group Representations -- New Representations from Old -- Irreducible Representations and Invariant Integration -- Representations and the Hydrogen Atom -- The Algebra so(4) Symmetry of the Hydrogen Atom -- The Group SO(4) Symmetry of the Hydrogen Atom -- Projective Representations and Spin -- Independent Events and Tensor Products.
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