2019 - 2020

0321-3101   Quantum Theory 2  
FACULTY OF EXACT SCIENCES | PHYSICS
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Course description

Quantum Theory 2 Syllabus

Benjamin Svetitsky
Email: bqs@julian.tau.ac.il

1st semester 2018-19
4 h lecture + 2h exercises

Required course

Prerequisites:
Quantum Theory 1

3rd year course (physics)/
4th year course (physics+EE)

Course overview

Calculational methods in non-relativistic quantum mechanics and their application to atomic physics

Grade structure:

Assignments – 10%
Final exam – 90%

Week-by-week content

Week 1: Addition of angular momentum.

Week 2: Symmetry in quantum mechanics; rotation group.

Week 3: Perturbation theory for stationary states.

Week 4: Perturbations in the hydrogen atom: Stark effect, relativistic corrections, spin-orbit coupling, hyperfine structure.

Week 5: Tensor operators and the Wigner-Eckart Theorem.

Week 6: Zeeman effect. Variational method.

Week 7: WKB method. Identical particles.

Week 8: Helium atom.

Week 9: Time-dependent perturbation theory; Fermi Golden Rule.

Week 10: Radiative transitions in atoms.

Week 11: Non-relativistic collision theory: phase shifts.

Week 12: Resonances, inelastic collisions, Born approximation.

Week 13: Structure of complex atoms; the Periodic Table.

Required texts

Quantum Physics, S. Gasiorowicz

Modern Quantum Mechanics, J. J. Sakurai and J. Napolitano

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, D. J. Griffiths

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