Timetable #2 for Quantum Physics, Spring 2008


It's amazing what young men get up to these days.

Remark attributed to Einstein (on hearing about Heisenberg's matrix mechanics).

Impressive as E & H were, you may wish to consult some more recent references for this half of the semester, as well as Quantum resources for visualization and computation.

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. 

The final exam is on Monday, May 5th from 12.20 - 2.10


Important dates: April 29, last day of classes; April 30, Reading Day; 
		 May 5, Final Exam; Thursday, May 8, Commencement.