PHY 452– Quantum Mechanics: Techniques and Applications

Course Information

Professor: Dr. Leonard Kahn
Credits: 3
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.

Course Goals & Outcomes

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
Course Syllabus

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
  • Scattering

Grades are based on the following criteria:

  • Homework
  • Unit Exams (5)
  • Final Exam
About the Professor
Reasons To Take This Course

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.

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