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May 5, 2014

PHYS 334 Quantum Physics 2

Lecture: T Th 11:00-12:20 PHY 313
Tutorial (if needed): Th 4:30-5:20

Formalism of quantum mechanics. Operator approach to the harmonic oscillator. Quantum mechanics in
three dimensions: Hydrogen atom, angular momentum and spin. Time-independent perturbation theory.
Fine structure of hydrogen. Zeeman effect. Identical particles. The variational principle. Ground state of
the helium atom. Applications in atomic and molecular physics. [Offered: F,S]

Prereq: PHYS 234 or CHEM 256/356; MATH 228 or AMATH 250; MATH 227 or 237 or 247.
Antireq: AMATH 373

INSTRUCTOR: W-K. Liu, PHY 371, ext. 36280

References: B.H. Bransden and C.J. Joachain, QUANTUM MECHANICS (2nd ed).


Final Grade = (50% Final Exam + 30% Midterm + 20% Homework) or (70% Final Exam + 10%
Midterm + 20% Homework), whichever is higher.

Homework assignments will be posted in LEARN, and are generally due in one week.

Wk Days Topics (tentative) DG
1 5/5-9 Back-of-the-envelope calculation. Interpretation of wave function. Time-dependent
and time-independent Schrdinger equation.
Ch 1
2 5/12-16 Free particles and wave packets. Postulates of QM. 2.4
3 5/19-23 Expectation values and operators, dynamical variables and operators. Eigenvalues
and eigenfunctions, probability amplitude, completeness and closure.
4 5/26-30 Dirac state vectors. Position and momentum representations. Commutators and
compactible observables, generalized uncertainty principle.
5 6/2-6 Operator approach to simple harmonic oscillator. Separation of varibles for the H-
6 6/9-13 Angular momentum. Operator derivation of the spherical harmonics. 4.3
7 6/16-20 Radial equation for Coulomb potential. Non-degenerate perturbation theory.
(Midterm: Thursday June 19, 4:30-6:00 p.m.; tentative)
8 6/23-27 Degenerate perturbation theory. Stark effect in hydrogen atom.

9 6/30-
Variational principle. He atom ground state. 7.1-7.2
10 7/7-11 Molecular hydrogen ion. Spin. 7.3,4.4
11 7/14-18 Spin-orbit coupling and fine structure of hydrogen atom. Zeeman effect. 6.3-6.4
12 7/21-25 2 spin-1/2. Identical particles. 5.1-2
13 7/29 Review
Midterm: Thursday June 19, 4:30-6:00 p.m. (tentative)

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