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Quantum Theory

Vak
2012-2013

Description

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.

Programme form

Lectures, problem sessions, home work.

Literature

  • 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)

Schedule

Physics Schedule

Form of examination

Written exam, 18 January 2013

Prerequisites

Quantum Mechanics, Bachelor of Physics (Quantummechanica 1 and Quantummechanica 2).

Notes

Compulsory for Theoretical Physics and Cosmology streams, recommended for Experimental Physics stream.

More information

Lecturer: Dr. P.J.H. Denteneer (Peter)