Quantum Mechanics 2 (F3225)
15 credits, Level 6
This module on quantum mechanics employing Dirac notation and algebraic methods. Topics covered include:
- Dirac's formulation of quantum mechanics - bras&kets, observables, algebraic treatment of harmonic oscillator, x&p representation, compatibility, uncertainty
- Symmetries and conservation laws - generators of translations&rotations, parity, time evolution, Heisenberg picture
- Angular momentum - algebraic treatment, spin, "addition" of angular momenta, explicit form of rotation operators
- Approximation methods - time-independent perturbation theory: first and second orders, degeneracies; WKB approximation & tunneling
- Interaction picture and time-dependent perturbation theory
- Basics of field quantisation - creation and annihilation operators, EM transitions
- Basic scattering theory
- Mixed states and quantum measurement - density matrix, Bell's inequality
- Elements of relativistic QM and antiparticles
Teaching and assessment
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Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.