American Institute of Physics, 1957. 1st Edition. Bound full volume. FIRST EDITIONS OF 3 IMPORTANT PAPERS: (1) Bardeen, Cooper, & Schrieffer first announced their ‘BCS theory of superconductivity’ in a letter included in this volume; the letter presents many of their key ideas. Their theory describes superconductivity as a microscopic effect caused by a quantum mechanical “condensation” of pairs of electrons into a boson-like state. In 1972 they received the Nobel Prize for their theory. (2 and 3) Gell-Mann and Brueckner show that random phase approximation is derivable from summing a series of Feynman diagrams. Though debated upon publication, this work proved “ a seminal result… [and] is often considered to be the first major accomplishment of modern quantum many-particle theory and has been an inspiration for the entire field” (Wikipedia).
BARDEEN, COOPER, SCHRIEFFER: The ‘BCS theory of superconductivity’ provided the first theoretical framework that “explained the known phenomena of superconductivity” (Brandt, 364). In describing superconductivity on the microscopic scale., Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer “accounted for more than 30 years of experimental results that had stymied some of the greatest theorists in physics” (Wikipedia).
“BCS theory explains most of the phenomena associated with superconductivity in a natural manner. This theory involves the electron interaction through phonon as mediators. The main idea behind the BCS theory is the experimental results of the two effects, namely, isotope effect and variation of specific heat with temperature” (Rajendran, Materials Science, 12.4).
Increasingly, quantum and condensed matter physicists work together on a spectrum of quantum information processing, quantum statistical mechanics, and condensed matter physics. This new frontier takes into account not simply understanding how systems work, but also how to design and control physical systems to function as desired. Common threads run through both experimental and theoretical research including: coherent control and many-body dynamics of complex quantum systems; dynamics of open quantum systems, quantum decoherence and quantum measurements; and hybrid quantum device architectures.
GELL-MANN & BRUECKNER: 1st edition of a “famous paper” in which Gell-Mann and Brueckner applied new techniques to high density gases, publishing “their calculation of the ground-state energy of the interacting electron gas in the high-density limit” in this paper (Joas, Quantum History). Presenting a detailed calculation for the ground state energy of the interacting electron gas in the high density limit, this work (and another by Goldstone) represents “the earliest example…of the application of Feynman-type diagrammatic methods in condensed-matter theory” (ibid). “The consistency in [Gell-Mann & Brueckner’s] results became an important justification and motivated a very strong growth in theoretical physics in the late 50's and 60's” (IPFS, RPA).
GELL-MANN: 1st edition by Gell-Mann alone generalizes the methods he and Brueckner developed “so that not only the ground state but also the low excited states of an electron gas can be discussed”; he also applies the new quantum field theoretical methods and calculates the specific heat of the high-density homogeneous electron gas” (Gell-Mann, 1957). NOTE: We separately offer the Gell-Mann & Brueckner paper, and the second paper by Gell-Mann alone in a single issue in original wraps. Item #1520
CONDITION & DETAILS: Complete volume 4to. 10.5 x 8 inches. Small repair at the foot of the title page, front and back, difficult to spot. Very solidly bound in black cloth, gilt-lettered at the spine. Bright and clean inside and out. Near fine condition.