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Module PY3P01 Quantum Mechanics

Cohort: JS Physics, JS Physics and Astrophysics, JS Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials

Credits: 5

Lecturer: Professor M. Ferreira

Duration: Michaelmas Term, 30 lectures

Assesment: End of Year Exam.

Description: Mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics: description of quantum states and dynamical variables, eigenvalue equations, superposition principle, expectation values. Solution of Schrödinger equation for 1-dimensional systems: SHO using ladder operators, Kronig-Penney model. Angular momentum: calculation of spectrum using ladder operators, orbital angular momentum and parity, spin, addition of angular momenta. Solution of Schrödinger equation in 3 dimensions: the hydrogen spectrum, relativistic corrections and spin-orbit coupling. Time independent perturbation theory.