Quantum Mechanics I

Quantum Mechanics I (Spring '09)

Text and reference books: A. Beiser, Perspectives of Modern Physics; J. Sakurai, Modern Quantum Mechanics; C. Cohen-Tannoudji, Quantum Mechanics; Landau and Lifshitz, Quantum Mechanics (Course of Theoretical Physics, Vol.3), Schiff; and so on. Two classics are Dirac's monograph and the Feynman lectures (vol.3).

Course outline: Aspects of modern physics -- blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, de Broglie waves, interference experiments, Bohr atomic model. Quantum mechanics -- Stern-Gerlach experiments, double slit experiments, interference of amplitudes, Dirac kets/bras/operators, matrix representations, uncertainty relations, position/momentum operators, time evolution and the Schrodinger equation, Schrodinger/Heisenberg pictures, harmonic oscillator (creation-annihilation operators etc), position space representations and Schrodinger's equation, potential wells (reflection/transmission, tunnelling), the harmonic oscillator and Hermite polynomials, angular momentum.

Midsem exam, 35%,

Short quiz, 15%,

Endsem exam, 50%.

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