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Interatomic Forces in Condensed Matter$
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Mike Finnis

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198509776

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198509776.001.0001

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Essential Quantum Mechanics

Essential Quantum Mechanics

Interatomic Forces in Condensed Matter

Mike Finnis

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the general concepts in quantum mechanics that are essential for the purpose of deriving models of interatomic forces in condensed matter. It assumes a familiarity with the usual material of a first course in quantum mechanics such as the Hamiltonian in operator notation, and the form of a time-independent Schrödinger equation. The chapter may serve as a guide to most of the notation used in the book, including Dirac notation. There are introductions to periodic boundary conditions, single particle Green functions, densities of states and pseudopotentials, which will be used later in the book.

Keywords:   quantum mechanics, dirac notation, periodic boundary conditions, Green functions, pseudopotentials

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