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Course module: 191411291
Applied Quantum Mechanics
Course infoSchedule
Course module191411291
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. L. Leppert
Contactperson for the course
dr. L. Leppert
dr. L. Leppert
dr. J.W.J. Verschuur
Academic year2021
Starting block
RemarksMaster course
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
In this course, we ask the question: How can we apply the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics to systems beyond the hydrogen atom and to systems that interact with electromagnetic radiation? We start by recapping the structure of the solution of the hydrogen atom and define the ingredients that are needed to describe systems that consist of more than one electron and proton: coupling of angular momenta, symmetries, and particle-particle interactions. The latter are neglected in this course and will be introduced elsewhere. The former two and their intimate relationship with each other will be discussed in detail. This will then allow us to gain an approximate understanding of the periodic table of elements and even of the electronic structure of some molecules.
We will then use the concept of perturbation theory (time-independent and time-dependent) to understand effects like the fine structure of the hydrogen atom and how matter interacts with electromagnetic radiation, deriving Fermi’s famous Golden Rule. Finally, we will look at scattering problems and approximate ways for solving them with many important applications in diverse areas such as X-rays and particle physics.

The course will be assessed by a written test.
The homework for Applied Quantum Mechanics will be graded. The final grade for the course will be calculated via G = H+ E(10-H)/10 where G is the course grade, H is the grade for the homework (maximum 2 points) and E is the grade for the exam (maximum 10 points).
Assumed previous knowledge
Required: Quantum Mechanics TN Module 06. Mandatory: first year’s math courses B-TN
Participating study
Master Applied Physics
Participating study
Master Electrical Engineering
Required materials
Recommended materials
"Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" 3rd ed., D.J. Griffiths & D.F. Schroeter, Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-18963-8.
In addition "Quantum Mechanics, Volume II: Angular Momentum, Spin, and Approximation Methods" 2nd ed., Cohen-Tannoudji, Diu, Laloe, Wiley-VCH, is recommended
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes



Applied Quantum Mechanics

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