MAS324 Quantum Theory
Semester 2, 2021/22 | 10 Credits | ||||
Lecturer: | Prof Carsten van de Bruck | Timetable | Reading List | ||
Aims | Outcomes | Teaching Methods | Assessment |
The development of quantum theory revolutionized both physics and mathematics during the 20th century. The theory has applications in many technological advances, including: lasers, super-conductors, modern medical imaging techniques, transistors and quantum computers. This course introduces the basics of the theory and brings together many aspects of mathematics: for example, probability, matrices and complex numbers. Only first year mechanics is assumed, and other mathematical concepts will be introduced as they are needed.
Prerequisites: MAS112 (Vectors and Mechanics)
Not with: PHY202 (Quantum Mechanics)
The following modules have this module as a prerequisite:
MAS415 | Topics in Mathematical Physics |
Outline syllabus
- Historical introduction: Brief introduction to the experiments leading to the development of quantum theory and motivation of Schrodinger's equation.
- Simple quantum systems: Particle in an infinite potential well, stationary states, expectation values, conservation of probability; simple scattering, potential step, potential barrier, finite potential well; 2-D potential well, degeneracy; finite-dimensional quantum systems.
- Mathematical aspects of quantum theory: Position and momentum operators; commutation relations; uncertainty principle; quantum simple harmonic oscillators
Aims
- To introduce the subject of quantum mechanics;
- To study simple quantum systems;
- To introduce some of the historical aspects of the subject.
Learning outcomes
Teaching methods
Lectures
20 lectures, no tutorials
Assessment
One formal 2 hour written examination.
Reading list
Type | Author(s) | Title | Library | Blackwells | Amazon |
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B | Bransden and Joachain | Introduction to Quantum Mechanics | 530.12 (B) | Blackwells | Amazon |
B | Davies | Quantum Mechanics | 530.12 (D) | Blackwells | Amazon |
B | Rae | Quantum Mechanics | 530.12 (R) | Blackwells | Amazon |
(A = essential, B = recommended, C = background.)
Most books on reading lists should also be available from the Blackwells shop at Jessop West.