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Physics 55100

55100: Quantum Physics I
Introductory material: 2-slit experiment, matter waves and addition of amplitudes – superposition principle; Uncertainty principle, properties of matter waves: Boundary conditions and energy level quantization and Schrödinger interpretation – wave equation, application to one dimensional problems, barrier penetration, Bloch states in solids and how bands form in solids; The universality of the Harmonic potential – Simple Harmonic oscillator and applications; One electron atoms, spin, transition rates; Identical particles and quantum statistics; Beyond the Schrödinger equation: Variational methods and WKB. Prereq.: Math 39100 and Math 39200.

Pre- or coreq.: Physics 35100, Physics 35400 (required for Physics majors).

4 hr./wk.; 4 cr.