Graduate Course: Quantum Physics

John Venables, Dept of Physics and Astronomy, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 

Individual Projects

These projects are due Friday 6th May at the beginning of the revision class. Each project can substitute for 3 problems on either problem sheet 4 and/or 5. Do not do more than one project for credit, and see me before starting, to discuss it. Latest version of this document: 5th March 2005.

Write short notes and/or create a web-page, including relevant equations and references, on one of the following projects:

  • The ideas leading to the density matrix.
  • Matrix solutions to the band structure of silicon and germanium.
  • The radial wave equation and models of the fullerene molecule.
  • Small molecules containing hydrogen: what are hydrogen bonds?
  • Parity and the ground state of the deuteron.
  • How does Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) actually work?
  • Laser cooling and Lorentzian spectral lineshapes.
  • What was John Bell on about, and what is entanglement?
  • Does quantum computing make any sense to you?
  • The A to Z of particle diffraction: How does Anton Zeilinger make it work?
  • The role of the exchange interaction in the term scheme of helium.
  • White dwarfs and neutron stars: degeneracy in astrophysics.
  • Collisions and atomic transitions in interstellar space.
  • Where do the negative energy states in the Dirac equation come from?
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