Latest Edition: Fractional Calculus: An Introduction for Physicists (3rd Edition)The book presents a concise introduction to the basic methods and strategies in fractional calculus and enables the reader to catch up with the state of the art in this field as well as to participate and contribute in the development of this exciting research area.The contents are devoted to the application of fractional calculus to physical problems. The fractional concept is applied to subjects in classical mechanics, group theory, quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, hadron spectroscopy and quantum field theory and it will surprise the reader with new intriguing insights.This new, extended edition now also covers additional chapters about image processing, folded potentials in cluster physics, infrared spectroscopy and local aspects of fractional calculus. A new feature is exercises with elaborated solutions, which significantly supports a deeper understanding of general aspects of the theory. As a result, this book should also be useful as a supporting medium for teachers and courses devoted to this subject.
Introduction; Functions; The Fractional Derivative; Friction Forces; Fractional Calculus; The Fractional Harmonic Oscillator; Wave Equations and Parity; Nonlocality and Memory Effects; The Generalized Fractional Derivative; Fractional Calculus in Multidimensional Space - 3D-Folded Potentials; Quantum Mechanics; The Fractional Schrodinger Equation with the Infinite Well Potential; Uniqueness of a Fractional Derivative; Fractional Spin - A Property of Particles Described with the Fractional Schrodinger Equation; Factorization; Symmetries; The Fractional Symmetric Rigid Rotor; Q-Deformed Lie Algebras and Fractional Calculus; Infrared Spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules; Fractional Spectroscopy of Hadrons; Magic Numbers in Atomic Nuclei; Magic Numbers in Metal Clusters; Fractors - Fractional Tensor Calculus; Fractional Fields; Gauge Invariance in Fractional Field Theories; On the Origin of Space; Outlook.