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Astronomy, Physics - Concordia University Libraries Recent Acquisitions

Titles in the call number range QB - QC (Astronomy, Physics) that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 60 days.

  • Four pillars of radio astronomy : Mills, Christiansen, Wild, Bracewell / R.H. Frater, W.M. Goss, H.W. Wendt

  • Quantization, geometry and noncommutative structures in mathematics and physics / Alexander Cardona, Pedro Morales, Hernán Ocampo, Sylvie Paycha, Andres F. Reyes Lega, editors

  • Quantum sense and nonsense / Jean Bricmont

  • Sensory motor and behavioral research in space Reinhard Hilbig... [et al.]

  • Quantum symmetries : Metabief, France 2014 / Guillaume Aubrun, Adam Skalski, Roland Speicher ; edited by Uwe Franz

  • Statistical methods for data analysis in particle physics / Luca Lista

  • Skyrmions in condensed matter / Jung Hoon Han

  • Giovanni Domenico Cassini a modern astromomer in the 17th Century / Gabriella Bernardi

  • Generalized dynamics of soft-matter quasicrystals : mathematical models and solutions / Tian-You Fan

  • Secular evolution of self-gravitating systems over cosmic age Jean-Baptiste Fouvry

  • The science of time 2016 : time in astronomy & society, past, present and future / Elisa Felicitas Arias, Ludwig Combrinck, Pavel Gabor, Catherine Hohenkerk, P. Kenneth Seidelmann, editors

  • Lattice QCD study for the relation between confinement and chiral symmetry breaking / Takahiro Doi

  • Formulation of statistical mechanics based on thermal pure quantum states Sho Sugiura

    This thesis introduces the concept of "thermal pure quantum (TPQ) states", which are pure quantum states in equilibrium. The author establishes a new formulation of statistical mechanics based on the TPQ states. This formulation allows us to obtain not only mechanical variables but also thermodynamic variables such as entropy and free energy from a single TPQ state. Furthermore, the formulation provides a new physical description in which all fluctuations including thermally driven ones are uniquely identified to be quantum fluctuations.

    The use of TPQ formulation has practical advantages in its application to numerical computations and allows for significant reduction in computation cost in numerics. For demonstration purposes, a numerical computation based on TPQ formulation is applied to a frustrated two-dimensional quantum spin model, and the result is also included in this book. 

  • Circuit cavity QED with macroscopic solid-state spin ensembles Stefan Putz

  • Searching for new physics in b --> sl⁺l⁻ transitions at the LHCb experiment Luca Pescatore

  • Aspects of WIMP dark matter searches at colliders and other probes Enrico Morgante

  • Plasma science and technology for emerging economies an AAAPT experience / Rajdeep Singh Rawat, editor

  • The nature of dusty star-forming galaxies William Cowley

  • Building and using binoscopes / Norman Butler

  • Electromagnetic wave propagation, radiation, and scattering / Akira Ishimaru

    One of the most methodical treatments of electromagnetic wave propagation, radiation, and scattering--including new applications and ideas

    Presented in two parts, this book takes an analytical approach on the subject and emphasizes new ideas and applications used today. Part one covers fundamentals of electromagnetic wave propagation, radiation, and scattering. It provides ample end-of-chapter problems and offers a 90-page solution manual to help readers check and comprehend their work. The second part of the book explores up-to-date applications of electromagnetic waves--including radiometry, geophysical remote sensing and imaging, and biomedical and signal processing applications.

    Written by a world renowned authority in the field of electromagnetic research, this new edition of Electromagnetic Wave Propagation, Radiation, and Scattering: From Fundamentals to Applications presents detailed applications with useful appendices, including mathematical formulas, Airy function, Abel's equation, Hilbert transform, and Riemann surfaces. The book also features newly revised material that focuses on the following topics:

    Statistical wave theories--which have been extensively applied to topics such as geophysical remote sensing, bio-electromagnetics, bio-optics, and bio-ultrasound imaging Integration of several distinct yet related disciplines, such as statistical wave theories, communications, signal processing, and time reversal imaging New phenomena of multiple scattering, such as coherent scattering and memory effects Multiphysics applications that combine theories for different physical phenomena, such as seismic coda waves, stochastic wave theory, heat diffusion, and temperature rise in biological and other media Metamaterials and solitons in optical fibers, nonlinear phenomena, and porous media

    Primarily a textbook for graduate courses in electrical engineering, Electromagnetic Wave Propagation, Radiation, and Scattering is also ideal for graduate students in bioengineering, geophysics, ocean engineering, and geophysical remote sensing. The book is also a useful reference for engineers and scientists working in fields such as geophysical remote sensing, bio-medical engineering in optics and ultrasound, and new materials and integration with signal processing.

  • Electromagnetic bandgap (EBG) structures : common mode filters for high speed digital systems / Antonio Orlandi, Bruce Archambeault, Francesco De Paulis, Samuel Connor

    An essential guide to the background, design , and application of common-mode filtering structures in modern high-speed differential communication links

    Written by a team of experts in the field, Electromagnetic Bandgap (EBG) Structures explores the practical electromagnetic bandgap based common mode filters for power integrity applications and covers the theoretical and practical design approaches for common mode filtering in high-speed printed circuit boards, especially for boards in high data-rate systems. The authors describe the classic applications of electromagnetic bandgap (EBG) structures and the phenomena of common mode generation in high speed digital boards.

    The text also explores the fundamental electromagnetic mechanisms of the functioning of planar EBGs and considers the impact of planar EBGs on the digital signal propagation of single ended and differential interconnects routed on top or between EBGs. The authors examine the concept, design, and modeling of EBG common mode filters in their two forms: on-board and removable.  They also provide several comparisons between measurement and electromagnetic simulations that validate the proposed EBG filters' design approach. This important resource:

    *     Presents information on planar EBG based common mode filters for high speed differential digital systems

    *     Provides systematic analysis of the fundamental mechanisms of planar EBG structures

    *     Offers detailed design methodology to create EBG filters without the need for repeated full-wave electromagnetic analysis

    *     Demonstrates techniques for use in practical real-world designs

    Electromagnetic Bandgap (EBG) Structures: Common Mode Filters for High Speed Digital Systems offers an introduction to the background, design, and application of common-mode filtering structures in modern high-speed differential communication links, a critical issue in high-speed and high-performance systems.

  • Theoretical physics 7 : quantum mechanics -- methods and applications / Wolfgang Nolting

  • Advanced multipoles for accelerator magnets theoretical analysis and their measurement / Pierre Schnizer

  • Hadamard states from light-like hypersurfaces Claudio Dappiaggi, Valter Moretti, Nicola Pinamonti

  • The H Boson Costas Bachas, Bertrand Duplantier, Vincent Rivasseau, editors

  • Lewis Swift : celebrated comet hunter and the people's Astronomer / Gary W. Kronk

  • The problem of time quantum mechanics versus general relativity / Edward Anderson

  • Not-so-simple stellar populations in star clusters / Chengyuan Li

  • Using Imperfect Semiconductor Systems for Unique Identification

  • Space charge physics for particle accelerators / Ingo Hofmann

  • Investigating the origin of the asteroids and early findings on Vesta : historical studies in asteroid research / Clifford J. Cunningham

  • Post-2020 climate action : global and Asian perspectives / Shinichiro Fujimori, Mikiko Kainuma, Toshihiko Masui, editors

  • First measurement of neutrino and antineutrino oscillation at T2K Kristy Elizabeth Duffy

  • Meghnad Saha his life in science and politics / Pramod V. Naik

  • Computational physics : simulation of classical and quantum systems / Philipp O.J. Scherer

  • Plasma physics : an introduction to laboratory, space, and fusion plasmas / Alexander Piel

  • The development of elementary quantum theory / Herbert Capellmann

  • Tim Peake and Britain's road to space / Erik Seedhouse

  • Amplitude modulation of pulsation modes in Delta Scuti stars Dominic M. Bowman

  • Molecular symmetry, super-rotation, and semiclassical motion : new ideas for solving old problems / Hanno Schmiedt

  • Numerical methods for time-resolved quantum nanoelectronics Joseph Weston

  • Special relativity : a heuristic approach / Sadri Hassani
    QC 173.65 H37 2017eb

    Special Relativity: A Heuristic Approach provides a qualitative exposition of relativity theory on the basis of the constancy of the speed of light. Using Einstein's signal velocity as the defining idea for the notion of simultaneity and the fact that the speed of light is independent of the motion of its source, chapters delve into a qualitative exposition of the relativity of time and length, discuss the time dilation formula using the standard light clock, explore the Minkowski four-dimensional space-time distance based on how the time dilation formula is derived, and define the components of the two-dimensional space-time velocity, amongst other topics.

    Provides a heuristic derivation of the Minkowski distance formula Uses relativistic photography to see Lorentz transformation and vector algebra manipulation in action Includes worked examples to elucidate and complement the topic being discussed Written in a very accessible style

  • Ultracondensed matter by dynamic compression / William Nellis, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    QC 173.454 N45 2017eb

  • Quantum weirdness / William J. Mullin, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    QC 174.12 M835 2017
    Quantum mechanics allows a remarkably accurate description of nature and powerful predictive capabilities. The analyses of quantum systems and their interpretation lead to many surprises, for example, the ability to detect the characteristics of an object without ever touching it in any way,via "interaction-free measurement," or the teleportation of an atomic state over large distances. The results can become downright bizarre. Quantum mechanics is a subtle subject that usually involves complicated mathematics -- calculus, partial differential equations, etc., for complete understanding. Most texts for general audiences avoid all mathematics. The result is that the reader misses almost all deep understanding of thesubject, much of which can be probed with just high-school level algebra and trigonometry. Thus, readers with that level of mathematics can learn so much more about this fundamental science.The book starts with a discussion of the basic physics of waves (an appendix reviews some necessary classical physics concepts) and then introduces the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, including the wave function, superposition, entanglement, Bell's theorem, etc., and applications to Bose-Einsteincondensation, quantum computing, and much more. The interpretation of the mathematics of quantum mechanics into a world view has been the subject of much controversy. The result is a variety of conflicting interpretations, from the famous Copenhagen view of Bohr to the multiple universes of Everett.We discuss these interpretations in the chapter "What is a wave function?" and include some very recent advances, for example, quantum Bayesianism, and measurements of the reality of the wave function.

  • Quantum theory from first principles : an informational approach / Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy, Giulio Chiribella, The University of Hong Kong, Paolo Perinotti, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy
    QC 174.12 C475 2017
    Quantum theory is the soul of theoretical physics. It is not just a theory of specific physical systems, but rather a new framework with universal applicability. This book shows how we can reconstruct the theory from six information-theoretical principles, by rebuilding the quantum rules from the bottom up. Step by step, the reader will learn how to master the counterintuitive aspects of the quantum world, and how to efficiently reconstruct quantum information protocols from first principles. Using intuitive graphical notation to represent equations, and with shorter and more efficient derivations, the theory can be understood and assimilated with exceptional ease. Offering a radically new perspective on the field, the book contains an efficient course of quantum theory and quantum information for undergraduates. The book is aimed at researchers, professionals, and students in physics, computer science and philosophy, as well as the curious outsider seeking a deeper understanding of the theory.

  • Quantum physics : what everyone needs to know / Michael G. Raymer
    QC 174.12 R387 2017
    Around 1900, physicists started to discover particles like electrons, protons, and neutrons, and with these discoveries they believed they could predict the internal behavior of the atom. However, once their predictions were compared to the results of experiments in the real world, it becameclear that the principles of classical physics and mechanics were far from capable of explaining phenomena on the atomic scale. With this realization came the advent of quantum physics, one of the most important intellectual movements in human history.Today, quantum physics is everywhere: it explains how our computers work, how radios transmit sound, and allows scientists to predict accurately the behavior of nearly every particle in nature. Its application led to the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson, and continues to be fundamental in theinvestigation of the broadest and most expansive questions related to our world and the universe. However, while the field and principles of quantum physics are known to have nearly limitless applications, the reasons why this is the case are far less understood. In Quantum Physics: What EveryoneNeeds to Know, Michael Raymer distills the basic principles of such an abstract field, and addresses the many ways quantum physics is a key factor in today's scientific climate and beyond. The book tackles questions as broad as the definition of a quantum state and as specific and timely as why theBritish government plans to spend 270 million GBP on quantum technology research in the next five years. Raymer's list of topics is diverse, and showcases the sheer range of questions and ideas in which quantum physics is involved. From applications like data encryption and micro-circuitry toprinciples and concepts like Absolute Zero and Heisenberg's Uncertainty principle, Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know is wide-reaching introduction to a nearly ubiquitous scientific topic.

  • Gravity : a very short introduction / Timothy Clifton
    QC 178 C554 2017
    Gravity is one of the four fundamental interactions that exist in nature. It also has the distinction of being the oldest, weakest, and most difficult force to quantize. Understanding gravity is not only essential for understanding the motion of objects on Earth, but also the motion of allcelestial objects, and even the expansion of the Universe itself. It was the study of gravity that led Einstein to his profound realisations about the nature of space and time. Gravity is not only universal, it is also essential for understanding the behaviour of the Universe, and all astrophysicalbodies within it. In this Very Short Introduction Timothy Clifton looks at the development of our understanding of gravity since the early observations of Kepler and Newtonian theory. He discusses Einstein's theory of gravity, which now supplants Newton's, showing how it allows us to understand why the frequency oflight changes as it passes through a gravitational field, why GPS satellites need their clocks corrected as they orbit the Earth, and why the orbits of distant neutron stars speed up. Today, almost 100 years after Einstein published his theory of gravity, we have even detected the waves ofgravitational radiation that he predicted. Clifton concludes by considering the testing and application of general relativity in astrophysics and cosmology, and looks at dark energy and efforts such as string theory to combine gravity with quantum mechanics.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

  • Time of nature and the nature of time : philosophical perspectives of time in natural sciences / Christophe Bouton, Philippe Huneman, editors
    QC 173.59 S65 T56 2017eb

  • Single and multicomponent digital optical signal analysis : estimation of phase and its derivatives / Rishikesh Kulkarni, Pramod Rastogi
    QC 367 K857 2017eb

  • Charged beam dynamics, particle accelerators and free electron lasers / Giuseppe Dattoli, Andrea Doria, Elio Sabia and Marcello Artioli
    QC 793.3 B4D383 2017eb

  • Radiative properties of semiconductors / N.M. Ravindra, Sita Rajyalaxmi Marthi, Asahel Ba{tilde}nobre
    QC 611.6 T4R387 2017eb
    Optical properties, particularly in the infrared range of wavelengths, continue to be of enormous interest to both material scientists and device engineers. The need for the development of standards for data of optical properties in the infrared range of wavelengths is very timely considering the on-going transition of nano-technology from fundamental R&D to manufacturing. Radiative properties play a critical role in the processing, process control and manufacturing of semiconductor materials, devices, circuits and systems. The design and implementation of real-time process control methods in manufacturing requires the knowledge of the radiative properties of materials. Sensors and imagers operate on the basis of the radiative properties of materials. This book reviews the optical properties of various semiconductors in the infrared range of wavelengths. Theoretical and experimental studies of the radiative properties of semiconductors are presented. Previous studies, potential applications and future developments are outlined. In Chapter 1, an introduction to the radiative properties is presented. Examples of instrumentation for measurements of the radiative properties is described in Chapter 2. In Chapters 3-11, case studies of the radiative properties of several semiconductors are elucidated. The modeling and applications of these properties are explained in Chapters 12 and 13, respectively. In Chapter 14, examples of the global infrastructure for these measurements are illustrated.

  • Lectures on general relativity, cosmology and quantum black holes / Badis Ydri
    QC 173.6 Y475 2017eb

  • Beyond Curie : four women in physics and their remarkable discoveries, 1903 to 1963 / Scott Calvi
    QC 774 A2C353 2017eb
    In the 116 year history of the Nobel Prize in Physics, only two women have won the award; Marie Curie (1903) and Maria Mayer (1963). During the 60 years between those awards, several women did work of similar calibre. This book focuses on those women, providing biographies for each that discuss both how they made their discoveries and the gender-specific reception of those discoveries. It also discusses the Nobel process and how society and the scientific community's treatment of them were influenced by their gender.

  • Spiral structure in galaxies / Marc S. Seigar
    QB 858.42 S457 2017eb
    How does it happen that billions of stars can cooperate to produce the beautiful spirals that characterize so many galaxies, including ours? This book reviews the history behind the discovery of spiral galaxies and the problems faced when trying to explain the existence of spiral structure within them. In the book, subjects such as galaxy morphology and structure are addressed as well as several models for spiral structure. The evidence in favor or against these models is discussed. The book ends by discussing how spiral structure can be used as a proxy for other properties of spiral galaxies, such as their dark matter content and their central supermassive black hole masses, and why this is important.

  • The electric dipole moment challenge / Richard Talman
    QC 585 T354 2017eb
    The electric dipole moment (EDM) challenge measures a non-zero proton EDM value and this book suggests how the challenge can be met. Any measurably large proton EDM would violate the standard model. The method to be employed uses an intense beam of 'frozen spin' protons circulating for hour-long times in a storage ring 'trap'. The smallness of EDMs allows them to test existing theories, but also makes them hard to measure. Such EDM experiments are inexpensive, at least compared to building accelerators of ever-greater energy.

  • Physics and the environment / Kyle Forinash III
    QC 173.75 T5F677 2017eb

    Physics and the Environment directly connects the physical world to environmental issues that the world is facing today and will face in the future. It shows how the first and second laws of thermodynamics limit the efficiencies of fossil fuel energy conversions to less than 100%, while also discussing how clever technologies can enhance overall performance. It also extensively discusses renewable forms of energy, their physical constraints and how we must use science and engineering as tools to solve problems instead of opinion and politics.

    Dr. Kyle Forinash takes you on a journey of understanding our mature and well developed technologies for using fossil fuel resources and how we are unlikely to see huge gains in their efficiency as well as why their role in climate change ought to be an argument for their replacement sooner rather than later. He also discusses the newest technologies in employing renewable resources and how it is important to understand their physical constrains in order to make a smooth transition to them. An entire chapter is dedicated to energy storage, a core question in renewable energy as well as another chapter on the technical issues of nuclear energy. The book ends with a discussion on how no environmental solution, no matter how clever from a technical aspect, will succeed if there are cheaper alternative, even if those alternatives have undesirable features associated with them.

  • The Manhattan Project : a very brief introduction to the physics of nuclear weapons / B. Cameron Reed
    QC 790 R446 2017eb

    The development of nuclear weapons by the Manhattan Project during World War II was one of the most dramatic scientific/technological episodes in human history. This book, prepared by a recognized expert on the Manhattan Project, offers a concise survey of the essential physics concepts underlying fission weapons.

    The text describes the energetics and timescales of fast-neutron chain reactions, why only certain isotopes of uranium and plutonium are suitable for use in fission weapons, how critical mass and bomb yield can be estimated, how the efficiency of nuclear weapons can be enhanced, how the fissile forms of uranium and plutonium were obtained, some of the design details of the 'Little Boy' and 'Fat Man' bombs, and some of the thermal, shock, and radiation effects of nuclear weapons. Calculation exercises are provided, and a Bibliography lists authoritative print and online sources of information for readers who wish to pursue more detailed study of this fascinating topic.

  • The ringed planet : Cassini's voyage of discovery at Saturn / Joshua Colwell
    QB 671 C657 2017eb
    In September 2017, the Cassini spacecraft will point itself toward the atmoshpere of Saturn and end its 13-year mission of solving many of the mysteries of the ringed planet's system with a crash. This book is a dramatic, beautifully illustrated journey of discovery through the Saturn system. Cassini's instruments have revealed never seen before details including the only extraterrestrial lakes known in the solar system and have provided unprecedented views of the rings. It is a non-technical book for everyone who loves astronomy.

  • Lectures on selected topics in mathematical physics : introduction to lie theory with applications / William A. Schwalm
    QC 20.7 L54S385 2017eb
    This book provides an introduction to Lie Theory for first year graduate students and professional physicists who may not have across the theory in their studies. In particular, it is a summary overview of the theory of finite groups, a brief description of a manifold, and then an informal development of the theory of one-parameter Lie groups, especially as they apply to ordinary differential equations. The treatment is informal, but systematic and reasonably self-contained, as it assumes a familiarity with basic physics and applied calculus, but it does not assume additional mathematical training. Interested readers should have a fair chance of finding symmetries of a second order differential equation and should be able to use it to reduce the order of the differential equation.

  • The physics of thermoelectric energy conversion / H. Julian Goldsmid
    QC 621 G657 2017eb
    This book outlines the principles of thermoelectric generation and refrigeration from the discovery of the Seebeck and Peltier effects in the nineteenth century through the introduction of semiconductor thermoelements in the mid-twentieth century to the more recent development of nanostructured materials. It is shown that the efficiency of a thermoelectric generator and the coefficient of performance of a thermoelectric refrigerator can be related to a quantity known as the figure of merit. The figure of merit depends on the Seebeck coefficient and the ratio of the electrical to thermal conductivity. It is shown that expressions for these parameters can be derived from the band theory of solids. The conditions for favourable electronic properties are discussed. The methods for selecting materials with a low lattice thermal conductivity are outlined and the ways in which the scattering of phonons can be enhanced are described. The application of these principles is demonstrated for specific materials including the bismuth telluride alloys, bismuth antimony, alloys based on lead telluride, silicon-germanium and materials described as phonon-glass electron-crystals. It is shown that there can be advantages in using the less familiar transverse thermoelectric effects and the transverse thermomagnetic effects. Finally, practical aspects of thermoelectric generation and refrigeration are discussed. The book is aimed at readers who do not have a specialised knowledge of solid state physics.

  • The universe untangled : modern physics for everyone / Abigail Pillitter
    QC 24.5 P558 2017eb

    Space curves around you, time slows down, particles are waves, a cat is both alive and dead. What's going on? It all starts to make sense when we untangle the universe with this clear and enlightening book. Day-dreamers and deep-thinkers, these are the concepts that will send your mind wandering to new places with a deeper understanding of the natural world.

    Physics has always been a tricky subject for the general public. Millions are fascinated by the laws of the physical world, but there has been a lack of books written specifically for general readers. The Universe Untangled is for those who are curious; yet do not have an extensive mathematical background. It uses images, analogies and comprehensible language to cover popular topics of interest including the evolution of the universe, fundamental forces and particle interactions, the nature of space and time according to Special and General Relativity, the ideas of Quantum Mechanics and the quest for knowing the unknown.

    The Universe Untangled is a unique book because it is written by an author whose career has been built on making science accessible to all. She has contributed to the design and content production of educational games, professional development courses, and science workbooks. In essence, this is not a book written by a physicist for other physicists. It is written by an educator who cares only about sharing her passion for science with others.

  • Sterile neutrino dark matter / Alexander Merle
    QB 791.3 M477 2017eb
    This book is a new look at one of the hottest topics in contemporary science, Dark Matter. It is the pioneering text dedicated to sterile neutrinos as candidate particles for Dark Matter, challenging some of the standard assumptions which may be true for some Dark Matter candidates but not for all. So, this can be seen either as an introduction to a specialized topic or an out-of-the-box introduction to the field of Dark Matter in general. No matter if you are a theoretical particle physicist, an observational astronomer, or a ground based experimentalist, no matter if you are a grad student or an active researcher, you can benefit from this text, for a simple reason: a non-standard candidate for Dark Matter can teach you a lot about what we truly know about our standard picture of how the Universe works.

  • String theory and the real world / Gordon Kane
    QC 794.6 S85K367 2017eb
    This book attempts to explain why 'string theory' may provide the comprehensive underlying theory that describes and explains our world. It is an enthusiastic view of how compactified string/M-theories (plus data that may be reachable) seem to have the possibilities of leading to a comprehensive underlying theory of particle physics and cosmology, perhaps soon. We are living in a hugely exciting era for science, one during which it may be possible to achieve a real and true understanding of our physical world.

  • Electrostatic phenomena on planetary surfaces / Carlos I. Calle
    QB 603 A85C354 2017eb

    The diverse planetary environments in the solar system react in somewhat different ways to the encompassing influence of the Sun. These different interactions define the electrostatic phenomena that take place on and near planetary surfaces. The desire to understand the electrostatic environments of planetary surfaces goes beyond scientific inquiry. These environments have enormous implications for both human and robotic exploration of the solar system.

    This book describes in some detail what is known about the electrostatic environment of the solar system from early and current experiments on Earth as well as what is being learned from the instrumentation on the space exploration missions (NASA, European Space Agency, and the Japanese Space Agency) of the last few decades. It begins with a brief review of the basic principles of electrostatics.

  • An introduction to quantum theory / Jeff Greensite
    QC 174.12 G745 2017eb
    An Introduction to Quantum Theory delivers not just the standard topics of a two-semester course in undergraduate quantum mechanics, but encompasses advanced topics, including a treatment of atoms and light, leading to computation of the Einstein B coefficient, more formal developments (operators in bra-ket notation, canonical quantization), aspects of entanglement (Bell's theorem, the no-cloning theorem, quantum teleportation, quantum computation), Landau levels, the Feynman path integral and Aharonov-Bohm effect, and the quantization of the electromagnetic field. The mathematical aspects of quantum theory necessary for a film grasp of the subject are developed in the early chapters, but an effort is made to motivate that formalism on physical grounds. The connection between symmetry and degeneracy is treated at an elementary level but in some detail, and there is also a brief exposition, following the chapter on entanglement, of competing interpretations of quantum mechanics. Written in a lucid and engaging style, the author takes readers from an overview of classical mechanics and the historical development of quantum theory through to advanced topics. Including animated figures and their respective Mathematica® codes, this book provides a complete and comprehensive text for students in physics, maths, chemistry and engineering needing an accessible introduction to quantum mechanics. Book jacket.

  • Outside the research lab. Sharon Ann Holgate
    QC 24.5 H656 2017eb
    This book is written for students and other interested readers as a look inside the diverse range of applications for physics outside of the scientific research environment. This first volume covers several different areas of the arts and design ranging from stage lighting to sculpting. The author has interviewed experts in each area to explain how physics and technology impact their work. These are all useful examples of how physics encountered in taught courses relates to the real world.

  • Complex light / Dr. Jeff Secor, Prof. Robert Alfano, Dr. Solyman Ashrafi
    QC 446.2 S433 2017eb

  • Understanding sonoluminescence / Thomas Brennan
    QC 480.2 B748 2016eb
    Sonoluminescence is the transformation of sound into light. To most who know how to do sonoluminescence, it's just a little glowing bubble levitating in a flask of water. But it holds some surprises that have been overlooked. This book looks to reform our scientific understanding of sonoluminescence and explore the practical applications as an energy source.

  • A tour of the subatomic zoo : a guide to particle physics / Cindy Schwarz ; introduction by Sheldon Glashow
    QC 793.24 S34 2016eb

    A Tour of the Subatomic Zoo: A guide to particle physics is a brief and ambitious expedition into the remarkably simple ingredients of all the wonders of nature. With hardly a mathematical formula, Professor Cindy Schwarz clearly explains the language and much of the substance of elementary particle physics for the 99% of students who do not aspire to a career in physics. Views of matter from the atom to the quark are discussed in a form that an interested person with no physics background can easily understand.

    College and university courses can be developed around this book and it can be used alone or in conjunction with other material. Even college physics majors would enjoy reading this book as an introduction to particle physics. High-school, and even middle-school, teachers could also use this book to introduce this material to their students. It will also be beneficial for high-school teachers who have not been formally exposed to high-energy physics, have forgotten what they once knew, or are no longer up to date with recent developments.

  • Physics is... : The Physicist explores attributes of physics / F. Todd Baker
    QC 24.5 B357 2016eb

    He's back! The physicist returns with an entirely new compilation of questions and answers from his long-lived website where laypeople can ask questions about anything physics related. This book focuses on adjectives (practical, beautiful, surprising, cool, frivolous) instead of nouns like the first two books (atoms, photons, quanta, mechanics, relativity). The answers within 'Physics Is' are responses to people looking for answers to fascinating (and often uninformed) questions. It covers topics such as sports, electromagnetism, gravitational theory, special relativity, superheroes, videogames, and science fiction.

    These books are designed for laypeople and rely heavily on concepts rather than formalism. That said, they keep the physics correct and don't water down, so expert physicists will find this book and its two companion titles fun reads. They may actually recognize similar questions posed to them by friends and family. As with the first two books, 'Physics Is' ends with a chapter with questions from people who think that 'The physicist' is a psychic and from people who think they have the answers to life, the universe and everything.

  • Principles of lightning physics / Vladislav Mazur
    QC 966 M397 2016eb
    The quality of new lightning observations and measurements has greatly improved during the past thirty 30 years, due to newly-developed tools, technology and techniques. Significant progress has also been achieved in the physical understanding of lightning processes during this same period. This book presents and discusses the most up-to-date physical concepts that govern many lightning events in nature, as well as lightning interactions with man-made structures. The author's approach to the understanding of lightning --- #65533;- to seek out, and to show what is common to all lightning flashes ---- are illustrated by an analysis of each type of lightning and the multitude of lightning-related features. Using this approach, the book examines the work that has gone into the development of new physical concepts, and provides critical evaluations of the existing knowledge of the physics of lightning and the lexicon of terms and definitions used in lightning research.

  • Sound-power flow : a practitioner's handbook for sound intensity / Robert Hickling
    QC 243.3 E5H537 2016eb

    Sound-Power Flow: A practitioner's handbook for sound intensity is a guide for practitioners and research scientists in different areas of acoustical science. There are three fundamental quantities in acoustics: sound pressure, sound particle velocity, and sound intensity. This book is about sound intensity and demonstrates the advantages and uses of acoustical sensing compared with other forms of sensing. It describes applications such as: measuring total sound power; directional hearing of humans and mammals; echolocation; measuring sound-power flow in ducts; and uses of non-contact, focused, high-frequency, pulse-echo ultrasonic probes.

    This book presents computational approaches using standard mathematics, and relates these to the measurement of sound-power flow in air and water. It also uses linear units rather than logarithmic units - this making computation in acoustics simpler and more accessible to advanced mathematics and computing. The book is based on work by the author and his associates at General Motors, the University of Mississippi, and Sonometrics.

  • Plasma modeling : methods and applications / Gianpiero Colonna, Antonio D'Angola
    QC 718 C657 2016eb

  • Excel® VBA for physicists : a primer / Bernard V. Liengme
    QC 52 L544 2016eb
    This book is both an introduction and a demonstration of how Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) can greatly enhance Microsoft Excel#65533; by giving users the ability to create their own functions within a worksheet and to create subroutines to perform repetitive actions. The book is written so readers are encouraged to experiment with VBA programming with examples using fairly simple physics or non-complicated mathematics such as root finding and numerical integration. Tested Excel#65533; workbooks are available for each chapter and there is nothing to buy or install.

  • A guided tour of light beams : from lasers to optical knots / David S. Simon
    QC 688 S564 2016eb
    From science fiction death rays to supermarket scanners, lasers have become deeply embedded in our daily lives and our culture. But in recent decades the standard laser beam has evolved into an array of more specialized light beams with a variety of strange and counterintuitive properties. Some of them have the ability to reconstruct themselves after disruption by an obstacle, while others can bend in complicated shapes or rotate like a corkscrew. These unusual optical effects open new and exciting possibilities for science and technology. For example, they make possible microscopic tractor beams that pull objects toward the source of the light, and they allow the trapping and manipulation of individual molecules to construct specially-tailored nanostructures for engineering or medical use. It has even been found that beams of light can produce lines of darkness that can be tied in knots. This book is an introductory survey of these specialized light beams and their scientific applications, at a level suitable for undergraduates with a basic knowledge of optics and quantum mechanics. It provides a unified treatment of the subject, collecting together in textbook form for the first time many topics currently found only in the original research literature.

  • Low frequency waves and turbulence in magnetized laboratory plasmas and in the ionosphere / Hans Pécseli
    QC 718 P435 2016eb

  • Electromagnetism : problems and solutions / Carolina C. Ilie, Zachariah S. Schrecengost
    QC 760.52 I454 2016eb
    Electromagnetism: Problems and solutions is an ideal companion book for the undergraduate student--sophomore, junior, or senior--who may want to work on more problems and receive immediate feedback while studying. Each chapter contains brief theoretical notes followed by the problem text with the solution and ends with a brief bibliography. Also presented are problems more general in nature, which may be a bit more challenging.

  • Advanced numerical and theoretical methods for photonic crystals and metamaterials / Didier Felbacq
    QC 793.5 P427F453 2016eb
    This book provides a set of theoretical and numerical tools useful for the study of wave propagation in metamaterials and photonic crystals. While concentrating on electromagnetic waves, most of the material can be used for acoustic (or quantum) waves. For each presented numerical method, numerical code written in MATLAB#65533; is presented. The codes are limited to 2D problems and can be easily translated in Python or Scilab, and used directly with Octave as well.

  • A pedagogical introduction to electroweak baryogenesis / Graham Albert White
    QC 793.5 B32W557 2016eb
    This is an in-depth look at baryon number violation in the Standard Model including the necessary background in finite temperature field theory, plasma dynamics and how to calculate the out of equilibrium evolution of particle number densities throughout a phase transition. It is a self-contained pedagogical review of the theoretical background to electroweak baryogenesis as well as a summary of the other prevailing mechanisms for producing the asymmetry between matter and antimatter using the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model as a pedagogical tool whenever appropriate.

  • Quantifying measurement : the tyranny of numbers / Jeffrey H. Williams
    QC 39 W557 2016eb
    Measurements and experiments are made each and every day, in fields as disparate as particle physics, chemistry, economics and medicine, but have you ever wondered why it is that a particular experiment has been designed to be the way it is. Indeed, how do you design an experiment to measure something whose value is unknown, and what should your considerations be on deciding whether an experiment has yielded the sought after, or indeed any useful result? These are old questions, and they are the reason behind this volume. We will explore the origins of the methods of data analysis that are today routinely applied to all measurements, but which were unknown before the mid-19th Century. Anyone who is interested in the relationship between the precision and accuracy of measurements will find this volume useful. Whether you are a physicist, a chemist, a social scientist, or a student studying one of these subjects, you will discover that the basis of measurement is the struggle to identify the needle of useful data hidden in the haystack of obscuring background noise.
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