Modern Quantum Mechanics


Modern Quantum Mechanics, often called Sakurai or Sakurai and Napolitano, is a standard graduate-level quantum mechanics textbook written originally by J. J. Sakurai and edited by San Fu Tuan in 1985, with later editions coauthored by Jim Napolitano. Sakurai died in 1982 before he could finish the textbook and both the first edition of the book, published in 1985 by Benjamin Cummings, and the revised edition of 1994, published by Addison-Wesley, were edited and completed by Tuan posthumously.[1] The book was updated by Napolitano and released two later editions. The second edition was initially published by Addison-Wesley in 2010 and rereleased as an eBook by Cambridge University Press, who released a third edition in 2020.

Modern Quantum Mechanics
Modern Quantum Mechanics 3rd cover.jpg
Cover of the 3rd edition
AuthorJ. J. Sakurai and Jim Napolitano
CountryUnited States
SubjectQuantum mechanics
PublisherCambridge University Press
LC ClassQC174.12
Identifiers refer to the 2020 third edition eBook unless otherwise noted

Table of Contents (3rd edition)Edit

  • Prefaces
  • Chapter 1: Fundamental Concepts
  • Chapter 2: Quantum Dynamics
  • Chapter 3: Theory of Angular Momentum
  • Chapter 4: Symmetry in Quantum Mechanics
  • Chapter 5: Approximation Methods
  • Chapter 6: Scattering Theory
  • Chapter 7: Identical Particles
  • Chapter 8: Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
  • Appendix A: Electromagnetic Units
  • Appendix B: Elementary Solutions to Schrödinger's Wave Equation
  • Appendix C: Hamiltonian for a Charge in an Electromagnetic Field
  • Appendix D: Proof of the Angular-Momentum Rule (3.358)
  • Appendix E: Finding Clebsch-Gordan Coefficients
  • Appendix F: Notes on Complex Variables
  • Bibliography
  • Index


Early editions of the book have received several reviews.[1][2][3] It is a standard textbook on the subject and is recommended in other works on the subject,[4][5][6] it has inspired other textbooks on the subject,[7] and it is used as a point of comparison in book reviews.[8][9][10] Along with Griffith's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, the book was also analyzed in a review of the "Philosophical Standpoints of Textbooks in Quantum Mechanics" in June 2020.[11]

Publication historyEdit

  • Sakurai, J. J. (1985). Tuan, San Fu (ed.). Modern Quantum Mechanics (1st ed.). Menlo Park, Calif.: Benjamin Cummings. ISBN 0-8053-7501-5. OCLC 11518382.
  • Sakurai, J. J. (1994). Tuan, San Fu (ed.). Modern Quantum Mechanics (Rev. ed.). Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-201-53929-2. OCLC 28065703. (hardcover)
  • Sakurai, J. J.; Napolitano, Jim (2010). Modern quantum mechanics (2nd ed.). Boston: Addison-Wesley. ISBN 978-0-8053-8291-4. OCLC 641998678. (hardcover)
  • Sakurai, J. J.; Napolitano, Jim (2017). Modern Quantum Mechanics (2nd ed.). Cambridge. ISBN 978-1-108-49999-6. OCLC 1105708539. (eBook)
  • Sakurai, J. J.; Napolitano, Jim (2020). Modern Quantum Mechanics (3rd ed.). Cambridge. ISBN 978-1-108-47322-4. OCLC 1202949320. (hardcover)
  • Sakurai, J. J.; Napolitano, Jim (2020). Modern Quantum Mechanics (3rd ed.). Cambridge. ISBN 978-1-108-64592-8. OCLC 1202949320. (eBook)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Commins, Eugene D. (January 1995). Tuan, S. F. (ed.). "Modern Quantum Mechanics, Revised Edition". American Journal of Physics. 63 (1): 93–95. Bibcode:1995AmJPh..63...93S. doi:10.1119/1.17781. ISSN 0002-9505.
  2. ^ Liboff, Richard L. (July 1986). "Modern Quantum Mechanics". American Journal of Physics. 54 (7): 668. Bibcode:1986AmJPh..54..668S. doi:10.1119/1.14491. ISSN 0002-9505.
  3. ^ Newton, Roger G. (July 1986). "Modern Quantum Mechanics". Physics Today. 39 (7): 69–70. Bibcode:1986PhT....39g..69S. doi:10.1063/1.2815083. ISSN 0031-9228.
  4. ^ Walecka, John Dirk; Amore, Paolo (2014-09-11). Topics In Modern Physics: Solutions To Problems. World Scientific Publishing Company. ISBN 978-981-4618-97-7.
  5. ^ Hamada, Mitsuru (2019). "On Several Errors Regarding Mathematics for Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information Science" (PDF). Tamagawa University Quantum ICT Research Institute Bulletin. 9 (1): 29–31. ISSN 2186-6570. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  6. ^ Porter, C. D.; Heckler, A. F. (2019-06-11). "Graduate student misunderstandings of wave functions in an asymmetric well". Physical Review Physics Education Research. 15 (1): 010139. Bibcode:2019PRPER..15a0139P. doi:10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.15.010139.
  7. ^ Townsend, John S. (2000). A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics. University Science Books. p. xii. ISBN 978-1-891389-13-9.
  8. ^ Deshpande, N. G. (2003-08-01). "Quantum Physics: A Text for Graduate Students". Physics Today. 56 (8): 53–54. Bibcode:2003PhT....56h..53N. doi:10.1063/1.2409992. ISSN 0031-9228.
  9. ^ Fowler, Michael (2009-09-16). "Quantum Mechanics in a Nutshell". American Journal of Physics. 77 (10): 959. doi:10.1119/1.3147682. ISSN 0002-9505.
  10. ^ Lakshminarayanan, V. (2005-06-01). "Book Review:Quantum Mechanics: Theory and Applications. By Ajoy K. Ghatak and S. Lokanathan, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2004, xlviii+858 pp., $303.00/ $99.00 (hardcover/softcover). ISBN 1-4020-1850-9". Foundations of Physics. 35 (6): 1107–1109. Bibcode:2005FoPh...35.1107L. doi:10.1007/s10701-005-5831-3. ISSN 1572-9516. S2CID 119772607.
  11. ^ Mohan, Ashwin Krishnan (2020-06-01). "Philosophical Standpoints of Textbooks in Quantum Mechanics". Science & Education. 29 (3): 549–569. Bibcode:2020Sc&Ed..29..549M. doi:10.1007/s11191-020-00128-4. ISSN 1573-1901. S2CID 219734868.

External linksEdit

  • Publisher's website for the 2nd edition
  • Publisher's website for the 3rd edition
  • Book in the Internet Archive