students in my class really appreciated the modern viewpoint with regard to both
theory and experiment. The insightful treatments of many theoretical concepts,
including semiclassical theory, wavepacket dynamics, and control theory are
unique to this text. The Tannor book is a real winner and should be considered a
standard text for graduate courses in physical chemistry."
—Robert Wyatt, University of Texas
"David Tannor has organized the basic concepts of time-dependent quantum mechanics in a form that will be accessible to beginning and established researchers in the general area of modern molecular physics and chemistry. This book will be a valuable resource to those seeking to understand chemical dynamics from the perspective of what actually happens."
—Jeffrey A. Cina, University of Oregon
a wealth of valuable material that is difficult to find elsewhere. It is
also well written."
—John C. Tully, Yale University
This brilliant new text, a completely original manifesto, covers quantum mechanics from a time-dependent perspective in a unified way from beginning to end. Intended for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in quantum mechanics, this text will change the way people think about and teach about quantum mechanics in chemistry and physics departments.
David Tannor is a Professor of Chemical Physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science . He received his BA from Columbia University in 1978, his PhD from UCLA in 1983, and worked as a Post-Doc with Professor Stuart Rice and David Oxtoby at the University of Chicago. His research interests currently include the design of specially tailored laser pulses to control breaking of chemical bonds and laser cooling of molecules; the calculation of chemical reaction probabilities and rate constants, using quantum mechanical and semiclassical methods; and the development of concepts and methods for simulating quantum mechanical motion of molecules in a solvent. In all three of these areas, Tannor uses time dependent quantum mechanics, where a moving wavepacket is the central dynamical object.