FKA080 Quantum Mechanics

(4 credit units)
0706 - Office of the School of Physics and Engineering Physics
(Kansli F
0703 - Department of Theoretical Physics
(Teoretisk fysik CTH/GU)
0708 - Dept of Microelectronics and Nanoscience
(Mikroelektronik och nanovetenskap CTH/GU)

Examiners: 3362 Professor Göran Wendin

Quantum Mechanics is one of the most successful and fundamental ingredients of modern physics, from Elementary particle physics to Atomic physics, Condensed matter physics and Chemistry. We actually do not know of any observed physical phenomena which cannot be incorporated within a quantum mechanical framework.


This course in non-relativistic quantum mechanics is aimed at a working knowledge of the theory as a basis for both advanced studies and applications. The course will deal with fundamental and general aspects. Several methods and applications will be treated in greater depth and detail in the course on Computational Physics and in various elective courses. Recent topics such as quantum computing and teleportation will be discussed.


Review of fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics. Operator formulation. Connections with classical physics. Quantum dynamics. Second quantization and the harmonic oscillator. Gauge transformations. Aharonov-Bohm effect. Angular momentum and spin. Symmetry. Static and time-dependent perturbations. Wave packet propagation and scattering. Aspects of quantum chaos. Introduction to quantum computing.


The course will be based on J.J. Sakurai, "Modern Quantum Mechanics" (Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1994, revised edition), on lecture notes, and on recent articles in scientific journals.


Weekly homework assignments (30%).
Mid-term written examination (20%).
Final written examination (30%).
Oral examination (20%).

Other compulsory courses in the Master's programme:

* Condensed Matter Physics
* Statistical Physics
* Computational Physics
* Advanced Experimental Physics