Remark attributed to Einstein (on hearing about Heisenberg's matrix mechanics).
Week Lectures Topics/Assignments Mar M Spin and magnetism; time evolution of operators (Dr B. Perret) 17-21 W Module 4: Atomic and Molecular Phyiscs, Spin and Statistics The Pauli principle (Dr B. Perret), F two- and N- particle cases. Slater determinants. Mar M 3D boxes and degeneracy; Degeneracy in Solid State, 24-28 W Molecular and Nuclear Physics. F Atoms and Spectroscopy: Periodic table, Term schemes. Mar M Problem set #3 due at beginning of class. 31 Gross energy levels. Central and H-potential, - W Radial and angular functions. Apr 4 F Meet for private study on project work. Apr M Selection rules for electric dipole transitions; S.S, L.S and 7-11 W other forms of coupling. Atoms/ spectroscopy summary. F Module 5: Approximation methods in Nanoscience. Time-independent perturbation theory. Apr M Continue perturbation theory and examples. 14-18 W Workshop on perturbation theory and matrices. F Problem set #4 due at beginning of class. Variational principle for ground states. Apr M Spin-dependent and Exchange interactions in the helium atom, 21-25 W in nuclei, molecules, solids, LDA/DFT, etc. F Time-dependent perturbation theory and EM fields, Apr 28 M including Fermi's golden rule for transition rates. - W Reading Day May 2 F Problem set #5, Comps problems and/or project reports due at beginning of informal revision class in PSF 462.
Important dates: April 29, last day of classes; April 30, Reading Day; May 5, Final Exam; Thursday, May 8, Commencement.