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Module PY4P01 Quantum Mechanics

Cohort: SS Physics, SS Physics and Astrophysics

Credits: 5

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.