School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Faculty of Natural Sciences

For academic year: 2019/20 Last Updated: 21 January 2020

PHY-30029 - Quantum Mechanics II

Astrophysics Minor (Level 6)

Physics Major (Level 6)

Physics Minor (Level 6)

None

Successful completion of level 2 Physics/Astrophysics undergraduate programme

PHY-30009 Quantum Physics of Atoms and Molecules

This module will give the students an introduction to exciting applications of quantum mechanics at the cutting-edge of modern physics such as quantum computing and quantum cryptography. The module will also look at the quantum mechanics behind powerful investigative techniques used in laboratories and in astrophysics such as Raman spectroscopy. Fundamental results related to the interpretation of quantum mechanics such as the Aspect experiment will also be discussed.

- extend the students' ability to apply the formalism of quantum mechanics gained in year 2 (PHY-20006) to predict and understand the behaviour of physical systems such as multi-electron atoms, molecules and quantum dots.

- introduce students to notation and concepts that will enable them to appreciate some of the recent results published on the interpretation and application of modern quantum physics.

- introduce students to notation and concepts that will enable them to appreciate some of the recent results published on the interpretation and application of modern quantum physics.

http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-30029/lists

describe and apply standard approximation techniques used in quantum mechanics: 1,3

analyse the rotation-vibration spectrum or Raman spectrum of a diatomic molecule: 1,3

describe and explain phenomena such as quantum entanglement and quantum teleportation: 1,2,3

discuss the merits of and problems with different proposed interpretations of quantum mechanics in the light of experimental results: 1,2,3

describe applications of quantum mechanics such as quantum dots and quantum cryptography and quantum computing: 1,2,3

interpret and apply Dirac bra-ket notation: 1,2,3

calculate the results of simple physical processes involving electrons using Pauli spin matrices: 1,3

describe the main concepts and results in a recent peer-reviewed journal article the application or interpretration of quantum physics: 2

analyse the rotation-vibration spectrum or Raman spectrum of a diatomic molecule: 1,3

describe and explain phenomena such as quantum entanglement and quantum teleportation: 1,2,3

discuss the merits of and problems with different proposed interpretations of quantum mechanics in the light of experimental results: 1,2,3

describe applications of quantum mechanics such as quantum dots and quantum cryptography and quantum computing: 1,2,3

interpret and apply Dirac bra-ket notation: 1,2,3

calculate the results of simple physical processes involving electrons using Pauli spin matrices: 1,3

describe the main concepts and results in a recent peer-reviewed journal article the application or interpretration of quantum physics: 2

24 hours of lectures

20 hours work on problems sheets

100 hours directed reading/private study

6 hours tutorials

20 hours work on problems sheets

100 hours directed reading/private study

6 hours tutorials

None

2 PROBLEM SHEETS

Two problem sheets.

Summary at year 3 level of a recent journal article

The students will select a recent journal article related to the interpretation or application of quantum mechanics and write a summary article of up to 1000 words suitable for year 3 Keele physics students.

Unseen Exam

Students to answer 3 questions out of 5.