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Introductory Quantum Physics

Schedule

Wednesday, 4 September 2019 to Friday, 31 January 2020
Total hours: 40
Hours of lectures: 30
Hours of supplementary teaching: 10

Examination procedure

  • oral exam

Prerequisites

For biophysics graduate students (the first 24 hours of lectures are the same as for the class Introductory quantum physics). Prerequisistes are courses in calculus based university physics.

Syllabus

1. Introduction to quantum mechanics

Waves and particles. Wave-particle duality and uncertainty principle. Wave function. Schroedinger equation and stationary states. Expectation values. Examples: potential well and harmonic oscillator. Transition probability and selection rules.

2. Atomic physics

First atomic models and their shortcomings. Hydrogen atom: energy spectrum, angular momentum and eigenfunctions. Electron spin. Pauli exclusion principle. Helium atom, singlet and triplet states. Many-electron atoms, periodic system of  elements. Atomic spectroscopy.

3.Molecular physics

The ionized hydrogen molecule. The hydrogen molecule. Homonuclear and heteronuclear diatomic molecules. Polyatomic molecules. Molecular vibrations. Molecular Spectroscopy.

 

Educational goals:

Become familiar with the basic concepts of quantum mechanics and learn how to make use of the Schroedinger equation. Use these tools for an elementary microscopic description of the properties of atoms and molecules.

Bibliographical references

Alonso-Finn: “Fundamental university physics, vol. 3: quantum and statistical physics”