Kindly recommend book or resource which links quantum physics experimental data with theory. Any suggestion will be highly appreciated.

  • $\begingroup$ Quantum physics is a wide field. You can find plenty of data in books on experimental atomic physics, nuclear physics, solid state physics, high energy physics etc. that use quantum mechanics to make their predictions. These are not quantum mechanics books, though. A quantum mechanics textbook will usually present the structure of the theory and the solution theory with little, if any guidance on how to translate the theory to actual physical predictions. $\endgroup$ Mar 29 at 14:16
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks FlatterMan but what i am trying to assert is how quantum mechanical equations are actually measured in experiment. For example for experiment there should be some formula to find out the wave function. Which book shares in a straight forward manner that this equation is tested in experiment using this method and for example wave function is experimentally determined by this formula and here is the experimental data for this $\endgroup$
    – manu
    Mar 29 at 15:47
  • $\begingroup$ The wave function can't be measured. Only projections of the wave function (Born rule) have physical meaning. Even a straight forward interpretation of the solution theory does not give the correct answers with regards to experiments. In atomic physics, for instance, we measure differences between energy levels (eigenvalues) rather than the eigenvalues themselves. The deeper reason for that won't be clear until we study quantum field theory, which deals with scattering problems of the kind that are actually being used in atomic, nuclear etc. spectroscopy. $\endgroup$ Mar 29 at 17:50
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks FlatterMann. It seems quantum physics is an institution wherein each lab has its own way to expeimentally measure. Still searching for physicsist who can explain theory and practice with equal ease. $\endgroup$
    – manu
    Mar 30 at 17:01
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know what you mean by that comment. I have been employed by several labs in my life which do quantum mechanical measurements. They were all doing the same thing, using different technological implementations of beam lines (in theory that is called a "source") and detectors to measure the scattering functions of physical systems, ranging from the vacuum (high energy physics) over solids (e.g. x-ray and neutron spectroscopy in solid state physics) to proteins (structure determination in biology). The physics of that process is always "the same"... it's quantum mechanics. $\endgroup$ Mar 30 at 18:18

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The New Quantum Universe by Tony Hey and Patrick Walters does a very good job of connecting experimental results with the theories that explain those results.


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