Module PY4P01 Quantum Mechanics
Cohort: SS Physics, SS Physics and Astrophysics
Lecturer: Professor Paul Eastham
Duration: Michaelmas Term, Hilary Term, 24 lectures
Assesment: End of Year Exam.
Description: States and probability amplitudes, successive Stern-Gerlach experiments. Matrix-vector form of quantum mechanics, Dirac notation. Two level systems, Spin 1/2 particle in a static and time-varying B-field, time evolution of a matrix element. Time-dependent perturbation theory, interaction of an atom with a time-varying electric field. Scattering and many-particle systems, Born approximation, symmetrisation postulate, wave functions for fermions and bosons.