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.
N.B. The part on quantum many-particle systems (second quantization) is extra compared to the course Quantum Theory a. This part is important as preparation for the courses “Theory of Condensed Matter“and “Quantum Field Theory”.
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, 2nd edition, 2012) – Quantum Mechanics – E. Merzbacher (Wiley, 1970) – Lectures on Quantum mechanics – G. Baym (Addison-Wesley, 1969)
Form of examination
Written exam, 17 January 2014
Lecturer: Dr. P.J.H. Denteneer (Peter)