Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS 532)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Physics(PHYS)
3
10.00
Mehmet Zafer Gedik gedik@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Doctoral, Master
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Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,One-to-one tutorial
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CONTENT

Symmetry in quantum mechanics, perturbation theory, identical particles, scattering theory, second quantization.

OBJECTIVE

Teach fundamentals of quantum mechanics at an advanced level (such that the student is able to follow simple research papers)

LEARNING OUTCOME

Upon completion of this course, students will be able:

Solve the Schrödinger equation in two or three dimensions approximately for a range of more realistic problems (such as the Hydrogen atom in weak electromagnetic field) where the system is perturbed weakly.

Use these solutions to predict outcomes of measurements done on more realistic quantum systems by calculating transition rates, scattering cross-sections.
Be able to use existing symmetries of the system under question, to simplify calculations. Such as finding out whether a certain transition is forbidden etc.
Calculate expectation values and probabilities for various observables
Describe how a general initial state will evolve with time under various perturbations,
Calculate how a simple initial state will evolve with time under specific perturbations.

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Final 50
Midterm 30
Presentation 20

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Textbook

Sakurai, Modern Quantum Mechanics
Shankar, Principles of Quantum Mechanics
Baym, Quantum Mechanics