Advanced Quantum Mechanics
- Credits: 7.5 ECTS points.
- Course format: The course consists of 15 lectures (30 h) and 15 tutorials (30 h).
- Examination: See the schedule.
- Course book:
Quantum Mechanics: A Modern Development, L. E. Ballentine, World Scientific 2nd edition (2014).
- To master the notation and formalism of QM
- Ability to formulate and apply the basic rules of QM
- Ability to formulate and solve the QM problems treated in the course
- To develop ability to analyze complex problems
Quantum mechanics gives an accurate description of microscopic phenomena, that both overcomes the limited applicability of classical mechanics, and also clarifies when the classical approximation applies. Quantum mechanics gives a basic microscopic description of how nature works, and formulates fundamental rules for describing the outcome of experiments. Quantum effects are of basic importance for various technological applications. The course gives a deepened understanding of the formalism and computational tools of QM. Topics such as Dirac notation, quantum spin systems, path integrals, various approximation methods, field quantization, etc., are treated. The course also contains various important applications of QM. An integral part of the course is to learn about and practice on various problems that can be solved with QM, and we will also discuss some outstanding unsolved problems. The course bridges the gap from introductory quantum physics courses to graduate level courses and to modern applications of QM. The course should be valuable for advanced undergraduate and masters students and beginning PhD students in physics and related areas.
Introductory quantum mechanics and classical mechanics is assumed. For example Gasiorowicz chapter 1-14, Griffiths chapter 1-5, or equivalent.
Quantum Mechanics: A Modern Development,
L. E. Ballentine, World Scientific 2nd edition (2014).
Basic quantum mechanics: (This should all be known.)
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, D. Griffiths, Benjamin Cummings; 2nd edition (April 10, 2004).
Quantum Physics, Stephen Gasiorowicz, 3rd edition, Wiley 2003.
Excellent intermediate book:
Quantum Mechanics, Jean-Louis Basdevant, Jean Dalibard, Springer Berlin Heidelberg (2005).
Intermediate level: (Used to be the course book)
Modern Quantum Mechanics, J. J. Sakurai, Jim Napolitano 2nd edition, Addison-Wesley (Pearson), (2007).
ISBN 0321503368, 9780321503367
Principles of Quantum Mechanics, R. Shankar, Publisher: Plenum US; 2nd edition (September 1, 1994)
Lecturer: Jack Lidmar, Room A4:1081 in AlbaNova, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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