Quantum mechanics - FYSN17/FMFN01 (7.5 HP)
- Office hours: Friday April 29 12-14:00, Wednesday May 4 12-14:00, Tuesday May 10, 12-14:00.
- Monday May 2nd, 12:00-14:00, recitation session in room H421, preparation for the re-take exam.
- Wednesday April 13th, 15:30-16:30 exam consultation, Matfys division (corridor B, 3rd floor).
- This week (Mar. 14-18) office hours: Mon. 16-17:00, Wed. 15-16:00, Thu. 16-17:00.
- Extended office hours (B317): Thursday 15-17:00 and Friday 13-15:00.
- Extra recitation: Thursday March 10, 10:00-12:00 in K262.
- QMs exam preparation lecture: Wednesday March 9, 15:00-17:00 in sal F (K404).
- Project presentations start Monday 09:00 in the MatFys Library (C368).
- Updated project presentation program: Program and About the presentation.
- This Friday (Mar. 4) office houres between 13:00-15:00 (B317).
- Monday Feb. 29: Extra recitation in room H322(!).
- This week (Feb. 22-26) recitation on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
- Check your email; don't forget to choose a timeslot for the project run-through next week.
- Complete compendium available now, see below.
- This week (Feb. 15-19) there's an extra lecture on Friday (10-12) in room H421(!), instead of recitation.
- Project list is out, see below.
- This week (Feb. 1-5) recitation will be on Wednesday (Rydberg) and Friday (K262) and the second lecture will be given on Thursday (Sal F - K404).
The course will be given in English.
Aim of the course
The course shall deepen previous knowledge in quantum mechanics and teach the student to handle typical problems in different fields such as atomic, nuclear, solid-state, or elementary particle physics.
- Formulation of quantum mechanics in term of general state vectors and operators
- Algebraic treatment of harmonic oscillator
- Angular momentum and spin
- Perturbation theory
- Identical particles
- Outlook on many-body quantum physics
Expected previous knowledge
Basic knowledge (about 5-7 points) in quantum mechanics from different introductory courses
The basic material is studied by a combination of lectures, self-study, and exercises.
There will be exercise lessons on Thursdays (individual help) and Fridays (solutions on white board) at 10-12.
On the exercise sheet some problems are indicated as being homework, they have to be handed in at the latest on the date indicated on the exercise sheet.
The project work will be performed in small groups of up to four students.
Towards the end of the course, each group shall present their project to their fellow students, giving a short talk at a common workshop.
Attendance to the whole workshop, and active participation in the project presentation, is mandatory.
There is a written exam at the end of the course.
Schedule and dates VT 2016
- Introduction meeting on January 18th 10:15, in lecture hall FYS:H221. In the introduction meeting, we discuss some of the practical matters and a short overview of the course material is given. We then begin directly with the first lecture.
- See TimeEdit for the exact schedule with dates, lecture halls, exam etc.
All relevant information for the course is provided on this web page,
which is regularly updated (usually during weekends) and should be checked by you every week!
- Lectures are on Monday 10-12 (H221) and Wednesday 15-17 (Rydbergsalen).
Excercices are on Thursday and Friday 10-12 (K262).
- The project reporting takes place on March 7th, with two time slots 9-12 and 13-16. Assignments will be on first-come-first-serve after the project introduction in week 3 of the course.
Here's the list of proposed projects: List of projects
The following books are recommended as a primary source to read up on the material:
I was asked for a list of chapters to read. So here it is: Reading list. This list just gives you an indication of what I cover during the lectures; you're welcome to work in any other book you like better.
- Quantum Mechanics, by B. H. Bransden & C. J. Joachain, 2nd Edition, (Longman, New Jersey, 2000) ISBN 0582356911.
- Modern Quantum Mechanics, by J. J. Sakurai, Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, 2010, ISBN 9781292024103
(older edition from 1994 is equally fine).
Updated Feb. 23.
Here's a file containing a few old exams: old exams
Tineke van den Berg, tineke.vandenberg ATSIGN teorfys.lu.se, office B317 (Lectures and project supervision).
Johannes Bjerlin, exercise sessions.
For questions on the lectures, you can come Fridays between 14-15 to Tineke's office.
Questions on the exercises are best and preferably discussed in the exercise hours!
Please attend the exercises, as they are essential for your understanding of the course material.