PH333: Quantum Physics
Text (reference only)
Modern Physics, from a to Zo,
James W. Rohlf, (Wiley, 1994)
Problem solving sessions.  We'll slot these in with the lecture times for the first few problems sheets and inherit time slots on Monday afternoons (34) later on in the semester if we need to (venue to be decided).
Syllabus

Introduction to Quantum Theory:
Blackbody radiation, experimental. Planck's approach, the ultraviolet catastrophe. Einstein and the quantisation of radiant energy, photons. DeBroglie waves, wave packets, uncertainty relationship.

Formal Structure of Quantum Mechanics:
The Schrodinger equation, wavefunctions, operators, eigenfunctions and eigenstates, Hamiltonian operator, Particle in a onedimensional potential well, Superposition of States, Operators and Commutation Relations, Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, The Finite Potential Well, Q. Mech. Tunnelling, Ground state of the H atom.

Identical Particles:
Twoelectron systems, particle exchange. The Pauli principle.

Quantum Statistics:
Introduction to the statistics of identical particles. MaxwellBoltzmann, BoseEinstein, FermiDirac statistical laws. Electrons in metals, Fermi level, effect of temperature.
Lecturer
Dr. Ger O'Connor
Office: 121
Phone: ext. 2513
email:
gerard.oconnornuigalway.ie