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Quantum Theory a + b



Advanced treatment of quantum theory, with an emphasis on the description and understanding of counterintuitive phenomena in quantum physics.
1. Basics: states and operators, unitary transformations, Heisenberg picture, equation of motion, uncertainty relation, pure states and mixtures, density matrix
2. Symmetry: conservation laws, unitary and anti-unitary symmetries, parity, time-reversal
3. Statistics: fermion and boson exchange, Fock space, second quantization, field operators
4. Variational principle: application to harmonic oscillator and helium, virial theorem
5. Semiclassics: Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization, WKB approximation, tunneling, level splitting
6. Time-dependent systems: evolution operator, time-ordering, adiabatic theorem, Landau-Zener transitions, Berry phase
7. Quantum particle in an electromagnetic field (a): gauge invariance, Aharonov-Bohm effect, flux quantization in superconductivity

Programme form

Lectures, exercises, computer-assisted problems (Mathematica)


The course will follow closely the book: Quantum Mechanics: A New Introduction, by K. Konishi and G. Paffuti (Oxford University Press, 2009) [including a CD with Mathematica exercises, estimated paperback price €33]


Physics Schedule

Form of examination

Written exam


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

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Lecturer: Prof.dr.C.Beenakker(Carlo)

Quantum Theory