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Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory


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I. INTRODUCTORY 1. Theory and Experiment 2. The Fundamental Concepts of Quantum Theory a) Wilson Photographs b) "Diffraction of Matter Waves (Davisson and Germer, Thomson, Rupp)" c) The Diffraction of X-Rays d) The Compton-Simon Experiment e) The Collision Experiments of Franck and Hertz II. CRITIQUE OF THE PHYSICAL CONCEPTS OF THE CORPUSCULAR THEORY 1. The Uncertainty Relations 2. Illustrations of the Uncertainty Relations a) Determination of the Position of a Free Particle b) Measurement of the Velocity or Momentum of a Free Particle c) Bound Electrons d) Energy Measurements III. CRITIQUE OF THE PHYSICAL CONCEPTS OF THE WAVE THEORY 1. The Uncertainty Relations for Waves 2. Discussion of an Actual Measurement of the Electromagnetic Field IV. THE STATISTICAL INTERPRETATION OF QUANTUM THEORY 1. Mathematical Considerations 2. Interference of Probabilities 3. Bohr's Concept of Complementarity V. DISCUSSION OF IMPORTANT EXPERIMENTS 1. The C. T. R. Wilson Experiments 2. Diffraction Experiments 3. The Experiment of Einstein and Rupp 4. "Emission, Absorption, and Dispersion of Radiation" a) Application of the Conservation Laws b) Correspondence Principle and the Method of Virtual Charges c) The Complete Treatment of Radiation and Matter 5. Interference and the Conservation Laws 6. The Compton Effect and the Compton-Simon Experiment 7. Radiation Fluctuation Phenomena 8. Relativistic Formulation of the Quantum Theory APPENDIX: THE MATHEMATICAL APPARATUS OF THE QUANTUM THEORY 1. The Corpuscular Concept of Matter 2. The Transformation Theory 3. The Schrsdinger Equation 4. The Perturbation Method 5. Resonance between Two Atoms: the Physical Interpretation of the Transformation Matrices 6. The Corpuscular Concept for Radiation 7. Quantum Statistics 8. The Wave Concept for Matter and Radiation: Classical Theory 9. Quantum Theory of Wave Fields 10. Application to Waves of Negative Charge 11. Proof of the Mathematical Equivalence of the Quantum Theory of Particles and of Waves 12. Application to the Theory of Radiation INDEX

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