Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Faculteit  Science and Engineering 
Jaar  2020/21 
Vakcode  WMPH03205 
Vaknaam  Advanced Quantum Mechanics 
Niveau(s)  master 
Voertaal  Engels 
Periode  semester II b 
ECTS  5 
Rooster  rooster.rug.nl 
Uitgebreide vaknaam  Advanced Quantum Mechanics  
Leerdoelen  At the end of the course, the student is able to: 1. use and interpret the principles of quantum mechanics and quantummechanical concepts; 2. apply the Dirac formalism in quantummechanical theory development and problems; 3. explain and apply the Feynman pathintegral formulation of quantum mechanics; 4. solve problems that illustrate or develop the theoretical concepts and formalism by using exact methods or various approximation schemes; 5. judge the applicability of the various calculational and approximation methods in quantum mechanics; 6. read, analyze, and discuss research papers about quantummechanical topics treated in the course. 

Omschrijving  The course treats the general principles and applications of quantum mechanics at an advanced level, based on the Dirac formalism and the Feynman pathintegral formulation. The course involves weekly theory development, problem solving, and studying and analyzing research papers about specific topics in quantum mechanics. Applications are chosen that connect to modern research in atomic and molecular, condensed matter, and subatomic physics. Examples of topics that could be covered are: the WignerEckart theorem, the spinstatistics connection, the Berry phase, the AharonovBohm effect, the EinsteinPodolskyRosen paradox and the Bell inequalities, entanglement, decoherence, quantum cryptography, quantum computing, and quantum information. The choice of topics may vary per year. The course aims to contribute to preparing the student for the master research project.  
Uren per week  
Onderwijsvorm 
Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(LC 32, ASM 16, 92 self study) 

Toetsvorm 
Opdracht (AST), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(100% WE, 0% AST) 

Vaksoort  master  
Coördinator  prof. dr. R.G.E. Timmermans  
Docent(en)  prof. dr. R.G.E. Timmermans  
Verplichte literatuur 


Entreevoorwaarden  The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from the courses Quantum Physics 1 and Quantum Physics 2 of the Bachelor Physics programme.  
Opmerkingen  On the written exam the weight of the questions is specified. The answers of the students are compared to the model of correct answers. The grade of the written exam determines whether the course is passed (grade 6 or higher). Presence during the tutorial sessions where the research papers are discussed is mandatory. The homework problems and the analysis of the research papers are a mandatory requirement to enter the exam. This course was registered last year with course code WMPH13001 

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