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AuthorChruล{155}ciล{132}ski, Dariusz. author
TitleGeometric Phases in Classical and Quantum Mechanics [electronic resource] / by Dariusz Chruล{155}ciล{132}ski, Andrzej Jamioล{130}kowski
ImprintBoston, MA : Birkhรคuser Boston : Imprint: Birkhรคuser, 2004
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Descript XIII, 337 p. online resource


This work examines the beautiful and important physical concept known as the 'geometric phase,' bringing together different physical phenomena under a unified mathematical and physical scheme. Several well-established geometric and topological methods underscore the mathematical treatment of the subject, emphasizing a coherent perspective at a rather sophisticated level. What is unique in this text is that both the quantum and classical phases are studied from a geometric point of view, providing valuable insights into their relationship that have not been previously emphasized at the textbook level. Key Topics and Features: โ{128}ข Background material presents basic mathematical tools on manifolds and differential forms. โ{128}ข Topological invariants (Chern classes and homotopy theory) are explained in simple and concrete language, with emphasis on physical applications. โ{128}ข Berry's adiabatic phase and its generalization are introduced. โ{128}ข Systematic exposition treats different geometries (e.g., symplectic and metric structures) living on a quantum phase space, in connection with both abelian and nonabelian phases. โ{128}ข Quantum mechanics is presented as classical Hamiltonian dynamics on a projective Hilbert space. โ{128}ข Hannay's classical adiabatic phase and angles are explained. โ{128}ข Review of Berry and Robbins' revolutionary approach to spin-statistics. โ{128}ข A chapter on Examples and Applications paves the way for ongoing studies of geometric phases. โ{128}ข Problems at the end of each chapter. โ{128}ข Extended bibliography and index. Graduate students in mathematics with some prior knowledge of quantum mechanics will learn about a class of applications of differential geometry and geometric methods in quantum theory. Physicists and graduate students in physics will learn techniques of differential geometry in an applied context.


1 Mathematical Background -- 2 Adiabatic Phases in Quantum Mechanics -- 3 Adiabatic Phases in Classical Mechanics -- 4 Geometric Approach to Classical Phases -- 5 Geometry of Quantum Evolution -- 6 Geometric Phases in Action -- A Classical Matrix Lie Groups and Algebras -- B Quaternions

Mathematics Topological groups Lie groups Applied mathematics Engineering mathematics Differential geometry Physics Quantum physics Mechanics Mathematics Applications of Mathematics Topological Groups Lie Groups Differential Geometry Quantum Physics Mathematical Methods in Physics Mechanics


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