Module Identifier PH23520  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Xing Li  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Rudolf Winter, Dr Sian A Jones, Dr Xing Li  
Pre-Requisite Core Physics Modules at Level 1  
Co-Requisite None  
Mutually Exclusive None  
Course delivery Lecture   30 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours 4  
  Practical   Incorporated into PH25010, PH24520 and PH25520  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  70%
Semester Assessment (Example sheets 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)  30%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Brief description

Building on Year 1 20 credit modules on Electromagnetism, Oscillations and Waves (PH12020) and on Dynamics Relativity and Quantum Mechanics (PH14020), this Year 2 20 credit module develops the classical physics of Optics that operates on macroscopic dimensions in conjunction with the Quantum Physics of the microscopic world. The first part of the course is devoted to the principles of geometric and physical optics which are introduced alongside the principles of polarisation and birefringence. These are illustrated with reference to simple optical instruments and techniques. The principles of diffraction are described and the limits these set on the optical resolution that is measured. Next the mathematical equivalence and physical distinction between the Wave Equation and Schrondinger?s Equation are emphasised at the macroscopic and quantum level. Photons, electrons and neutrons are described and the consequences of the Uncertainty Principle emphasised. Quantisation, scattering and tunneling phenomena are covered in the context of the particle in a well and the simple harmonic oscillator. The quantum solution of the hydrogen atom is given and the concept of spin is extended to the understanding of magnetic properties. Throughout the module illustrative numerical problems are given relating to optics and wave phenomena and quantum mechanics and wave-particles.


Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
P.A. Tipler Physics for Scientists and Engineers W. H. Freeman 1999 1-57259-673-2
Jenkins and White Fundamentals of Optics ISBN 0-07-385346-0
** Recommended Text
Anthony J.G. Hey & Patrick Walters The Quantum Universe Cambridge University Press 0521318459
J.E. House Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics Academic Press 1998 ISBN 0123567750


This module is at CQFW Level 5