PHY 452– Quantum Mechanics: Techniques and Applications
Professor: Dr. Leonard Kahn
Prerequisites: PHY 451 and MTH 461.
Catalog Description: Approximation techniques including time-dependent and time-independent perturbation theory, WKB, variational method, Born, Hartree, and computational techniques. Applications to atomic and molecular structure, model potentials, radiative transitions, and scattering.
Upon completion, successful students will be able to:
- Use a variety of approximation techniques to solve quantum mechanics problems, such as
- Perturbation theory (time-independent, time-independent, degenerate, and non-degenerate)
- Variational techniques
- WKB approximation
This course meets three times per week for lecture. Topics covered in this course include:
- Non-Relativistic Quantum Theory
- Identical Particles
- Time-Independent Perturbation Theory
- The Variational Principle
- The WKB Approximation
- Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory
Grades are based on the following criteria:
- Unit Exams (5)
- Final Exam
A second semester of quantum mechanics is necessary to cover more detailed techniques and applications. Once again, the concepts of quantum mechanics learned in this course will be needed to understand how laser beams and radiation equipment work. Quantum mechanics has many potential applications in analysis a medical physicist may encounter.