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Physics Education Department of Physics LTH
Lund University

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Quantum Mechanics
FYSN17/FMFN01
(7.5 HP)



General information

The course will be given in English.

Aim of the course

The course shall deepen previous  knowledge in quantum mechanics and teach the student to handle typical problems in different fields such as atomic, nuclear, solid-state, or elementary particle physics.

Content
Syllabus (preliminary!):
week 1 repetition; fundamentals, bra-ket notation, bases, operators
week 2-3 matrix representation, subspaces, continuous state spaces, eigenvalues, diagonalization
week 3 harmonic oscillator, step operators, shell structure
week 4 angular momentum
week 5 spin
START PROJECT WORK
week 6 perturbation theory
week 7 summary and going through old exams

Expected previous knowledge

Basic knowledge (about 5-7 points) in quantum mechanics from different introductory courses

Course structure
The basic material is studied by a combination of lectures,
self-study, and exercises.
There will be exercise lessons  (with possibility for individual help and instruction) twice per week.

The project work will be performed in small groups of up to four students.
Towards the end of the course, each group shall present their project to their fellow students,  giving a short talk at a common workshop.

Attendance to the whole workshop, and active participation in the project presentation, is mandatory. There is a written exam at the end of the course.

Schedule and dates HT 2019

  • Introduction meeting during the first lecture, Wednesday 4 sept 2019, 10:15 in K404. In the introduction meeting, we discuss some of the practical matters, also regarding the project work. A short overview of the course material is given. We then begin directly with the first lecture.
  • See TimeEdit for the exact schedule with dates, lecture halls, exam etc.  PROJECT WORKSHOPS Wednesday Oct. 16, 10-12, and Friday Oct.18, 8-10 and 10-12, in C368!!! Groups as assigned (you only come to the Workshop assigned to you).
    All relevant information for the course is provided on this web page.

Requirements - project workshop and exam 

  • Passing the written exam. The student shall demonstrate that he/she can apply the material discussed in the lecture to solve the exercise problems.
  • Project (in groups of up to max. four students) with oral presentation (in English!) by each student. Assignments will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis after the project introduction in week 3 of the course. Participation in the project workshop is mandatory.
    INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROJECTS here.
    Lists in front of Stephanie's office, you MUST register.


Literature and Exercises


LECTURE NOTES  can be downloaded here.

SUMMARY SLIDES  can be downloaded here.

EXERCISES

WARM-UP EXERCISES for the first week and Solutions
Exercises for
WEEK 2 and Solutions
WEEK 3 and Solutions
WEEK 4 and Solutions
WEEK 5 and Solutions
WEEK 6 and Solutions
WEEK 7 and Solutions
Formula sheet
- Note: You'll get a fresh copy of this formula sheet in the exam, you're not allowed to bring your own.
 
OLD EXAMPLE EXAM from 2014 and SOLUTIONS
OLD EXAMPLE EXAM from 2012 and SOLUTIONS


In addition, the following books are recommended as a primary source to read up on the material:
  •  "Quantum Mechanics" by B. H. Bransden & C. J. Joachain, 2nd Edition, (Longman, New Jersey, 2000) ISBN 0582356911. 
  •  "Modern Quantum Mechanics" by J. J. Sakurai, Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, 2010, ISBN 9781292024103
    (older edition from 1994 is equally fine).

Teachers

Stephanie M. Reimann (Lectures and project supervision)
Exercises - Mikael Nilsson-Tengstrand

For questions on the lectures, you can come to Stephanie's office, B303, in the first hour after the friday lecture.

Questions on the exercises are discussed in the exercise hours!


Publisher: Stephanie Reimann
Last Updated August 22, 2019  by SMR