Module Identifier PH43010  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Tudor Jenkins  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Professor Neville Greaves  
Pre-Requisite Successful Completion of Year 3 of the MPhys Scheme  
Course delivery Lecture   20 lectures  
Assessment Exam   End of semester examinations   100%  
  Course work   Workshop Exercises Coursework Deadlines (by week of Semester): Answers to Workshop Exercises Weeks 6 and 11    

Module description
The matrix formulation of Quantum Physics is introduced. Time-independent (non-degenerate and degenerate) and time-dependent perturbation theory are applied to a number of physical problems, and the variational method is used to derive the ground state of Helium. The symmetry of wave functions is discussed for identical particles and particles with spin.

Learning outcomes
After taking this module students should :

Additional learning activities
This module will include several problem-solving sessions.

Outline syllabus
Matrix formulation of Quantum Physics.

Perturbation theory:
(a) stationary theory - non-degenerate (1st and 2nd Order) degenerate
(b) time-dependent - harmonic perturbation, radiative transition step perturbation

Variational method : ground state of Helium.

Identical particles and spin : symmetry of wave functions; spin angular momentum, spin matrices, Helium atom, spin correlation, indistinguishibility.

Reading Lists
** Reference Text
Sara M. McMurry. Quantum Mechanics. Addison Wesley
Cassels. Basic Quantum Mechanics. McGraw-Hill
Matthews. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. McGraw-Hill
F. Mandl. Quantum Mechanics. John Wiley
There is also an extensive supply of other books on the subject in the Physical Sciences Library..