PHYS411-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020

Description

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.)

Pre-requisites

Subject to approval of the Head of Department

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 - (23/3, 20/4, 4/5-25/5)
Jack Erskine 121 (17/2-16/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 - (22/4-27/5)
Jack Erskine 121 (19/2-25/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 - (24/4-29/5)
Jack Erskine 121 (21/2-20/3)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 20:00 Online Delivery 27 Apr - 3 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mike Reid

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 60%
Five Homework Assignments 20%
Test at end of Term 1 20%


20% Four Homework Assignments
20% Test at end of Term 1. Thursday, 29 March.
60% Final Examination

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

J.J. Sakurai, Jim Napolitano; Modern Quantum Mechanics,; 2nd ed; Addison-Wesley, 2011 ((I think that it is a very good book and worth owning.)).

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,054.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST 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.

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