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).
Lecturer: Jens H. Bardarson Room A4:1049 in AlbaNova, Email: email@example.com
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