Formal and advanced treatment of quantum mechanics allowing for a description of complex and counterintuitive quantum phenomena. The course presents the basic repertoire needed in courses “Theory of Condensed Matter“and “Quantum Field Theory”. Topics are: operators on Hilbert spaces, representations, Heisenberg inequalities, quantum dynamics (Schrödinger, Heisenberg and interaction pictures), entanglement, Bell inequalities, Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, symmetries in quantum physics, introduction to field theory, quantization of the electromagnetic field, formalism for quantum many-particle systems (second quantization), Feynman path integrals.
Lectures, problem sessions, home work.
- Quantum Physics by M. LeBellac (Cambridge UP, 2006) is the guide of the course and strongly recommended to buy.
Other useful textbooks for the course:
Modern Quantum Mechanics- J.J. Sakurai( Addison-Wesley, revised edition, 1993)
A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics – J.S. Townsend (McGraw-Hill, 1992)
Quantum Mechanics – E. Merzbacher (Wiley, 1970)
Lectures on Quantum mechanics – G. Baym (Addison-Wesley, 1969)
Form of examination
Written exam, 18 January 2013
Compulsory for Theoretical Physics and Cosmology streams, recommended for Experimental Physics stream.
Lecturer: Dr. P.J.H. Denteneer (Peter)