Quantum Dynamics: Applications in Biological and Materials Systems

Eric R. Bittner

© 2009 - CRC Press
Published July 21, 2009
Textbook - 334 Pages - 119 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420080537 - CAT# 80539

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Features

  • Covers cutting edge material rarely found in textbooks
  • Provides required background and theoretical material to understand the concepts
  • Discusses applications of current interest, as well as many theoretical topics not presented well in other books
  • Offers Mathematica® applications and codes on an accompanying website to illustrate the theoretical methods presented

Summary

Even though time-dependent spectroscopic techniques continue to push the frontier of chemical physics, they receive scant mention in introductory courses and are poorly covered in standard texts. Quantum Dynamics: Applications in Biological and Materials Systems bridges the gap between what is traditionally taught in a one-semester quantum chemistry course and the modern field of chemical dynamics, presenting the quantum theory of charge and energy transport in biological systems and optical-electronic materials from a dynamic perspective.

Reviews the basics

Taking a pedagogical approach, the book begins by reviewing the concepts of classical mechanics that are necessary for studying quantum mechanics. It discusses waves and wave functions and then moves on to an exploration of semiclassical quantum mechanics methods, an important part of the development and utilization of quantum theory.

Time-independent and time-dependent perspectives

The main focus of the book is the chapter on quantum dynamics, which begins with a brief review of the bound states of a coupled two-level system. This is discussed with a time-independent as well as a time-dependent perspective. The book also explores what happens when the two-level system has an additional harmonic degree of freedom that couples the transitions between the two states.

The book reviews different ways in which one can represent the evolution of a quantum state, explores the quantum density matrix, and examines the basis for excitation energy transfer between molecules. Later chapters describe the pi electronic structure of conjugated organic systems and discuss electron-phonon coupling in conjugated systems and transport and dynamics in extended systems.

Includes Mathematica® downloads

On an accompanying website, Mathematica® applications and codes can be downloaded to illustrate the theoretical methods presented, and the book offers ample references for further study. The book and website combine to provide students with a clear understanding of the theory and its applications.