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SI1151 Quantum Physics 6.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus SI1151 (Autumn 2015–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The basis of quantum mechanics and its postulates. The solution of the Schrödinger equation with simple potentials using analytical and numerical methods. The harmonic oscillator. The bracket notation of Dirac. Operator formalism and commutators. Angular momentum and spin. Matrix representation of quantum mechanics. The Pauli principle. Addition of angular momentum. None-degenerate and degenererad time independent perturbation treatment with applications. Coupling of spinn and angular momentum. The Zeeman effect. Hyperfine structure. Introduction to time dependent perturbation calculations and the Fermis golden rule. Charged particles in elektromagnetic fields. Introduction to scattering theory and the Born approximation. The hydrogen and helium atoms. Simple molecules.

Intended learning outcomes

After finished course the student should be able to:

  • Describe the scientific basis for quantum physics.
  • Apply quantum mechanical formalism to physical problems.
  • Have a good insight into important application of quantum physics.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites: Physics corresponding to modern physics (SH1009), mathematical methods of physics (SI1140).

Recommended prerequisites

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D.J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd ed., Pearson (2005).

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboration, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written Examination, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination (TEN1, 5 university credits) and laboration (LAB1, 1 hp)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web SI1151

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Education cycle

First cycle

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Mats Wallin (