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Advanced Quantum Mechanics
The aim of this course is to provide a thorough understanding of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, with an emphasis on Dirac notation, time evolution, angular momentum theory, time-dependent perturbation theory and creation and annihilation operator techniques. Students will be able to: Manipulate expressions using Dirac’s notation.Calculate the time-evolution of simple quantum systems.Perform calculations using angular-momentum techniques, including the Wigner-Eckart theorem.Be able to explain the concept of quantum entanglement and how it might be used for quantum information applications. Calculate transition rates using time-dependent perturbation theory.(Probably not covered this year, but material will be available for those who are interested: Apply to use second-quantization techniques to simplify calculations involving systems of many fermions and/or bosons.)
Subject to approval of the Head of Department
20% Four Homework Assignments20% Test at end of Term 1. Thursday, 29 March. 60% Final Examination
J.J. Sakurai, Jim Napolitano;
Modern Quantum Mechanics,;
Addison-Wesley, 2011 ((I think that it is a very good book and worth owning.)).
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Domestic fee $1,054.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Physical & Chemical Sciences on the department and colleges page.