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# Syllabus Physics 55200 General Syllabus

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
Syllabus
Physics 55200
Quantum Physics II
Designation:
Required
Catalog description:
Review of Schrodinger equation, Uncertainty principle. Formalism: observables, operators, etc., Application to simple cases: 2 level systems, electron in a magnetic field; angular momentum – Bohr model revisited; magnetic properties of solids; time independent perturbation theory and applications; time dependent perturbation theory; lasers, masers, etc., Adiabatic processes: Berry’s phase, when does phase matter?, Bell’s theorem and recent experiments. 4 Hr./WK.;4 CR.
Prerequisites:
Prereq: Physics 55100, Mathematics 39100, 39200.
Textbook and other suggested material:
Eisberg, R. and Resnick, R., Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles, Second Edition, John Wiley and Sons (required).
Griffiths, D. J., Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Second Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall (required).
Course Objectives:
After successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
1.
Solve the Schrodinger equation for simple dynamical systems, including three-dimensional problems;
2.
Understand and apply the quantum mechanical formalism to make predictions as to the outcome of experiments;
3.
Solve problems involving two level systems including electrons or protons in a magnetic field and laser operation;
4.
Solve problems involving angular momentum;
5.
Extend the range of problems that may be studied by using time independent perturbation theory;
6.
Extend the range of problems that may be studied by using time dependent perturbation theory;
7.
Understand the application of the adiabatic theorem to quantum mechanical systems, including the role played by the Berry phase;
8.
Understand the role quantum mechanics plays in selected areas of atomic, molecular, optical, solid-state, nuclear and particle physics;
9.
Understand the implications of quantum mechanics for the measurement process as it relates to such topics as the uncertainty principle, the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, Schrodinger’s cat, Bell’s theorem, Aspect’s experiment and other recent experiments.
Topics Covered:
1.
The Schrodinger equation for the hydrogen atom
2.
Formalism of quantum mechanics: Hilbert space, observables, Hermitian operators, eigenfunctions, eigenvalues, expectation values, the Copenhagen interpretation, uncertainty relation, and bra-ket notation.
3.
The two-level system
4.
Quantization of angular momentum
5.
Time-independent perturbation theory
6.
Time-dependent perturbation theory
7.
8.
Applications to atomic physics
9.
Applications to molecular physics
10.
Applications to laser physics
11.
Applications to solid state physics
12.
Applications to nuclear physics
13.
Applications to particle physics
14.
The measurement process
Class schedule:
4 LECT HR./WK. (55200, 4 CR.)
Relationship of course to program outcomes:
The outcomes of this course contribute to the following departmental outcome:
a.
Learn laws of physics and solve problems.
Assessment tools:
1.
Midterm examination;
2.
Final examination;
3.
Homework assignments.
4.
Class participation.
Person who prepared this description and date of preparation:
J. I. Gersten