Module Identifier PHM3010  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Tudor E Jenkins  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Professor Neville Greaves  
Pre-Requisite Successful Completion of Year 3 of the MPhys Scheme  
Course delivery Lecture   20 lectures  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours End of semester examinations  100%

Learning outcomes

After taking this module students should :

Brief description

The Postulates of Quantum Mechanics are introduced. Model potential wells in 1 and 3 dimensions are described and applied to simple physical phenomena and optical properties in condensed matter. 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.


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

Transferable skills

This module will include several problem-solving sessions.

Reading Lists

There are a large number of quantum mechanics texts in the library. You should use this resource in your study of this module. Some of the texts have been listed above
** Reference Text
Sara M. McMurry Quantum Mechanics Addison Wesley
Matthews Introduction to Quantum Mechanics McGraw-Hill
Cassels Basic Quantum Mechanics McGraw-Hill
F. Mandl Quantum Mechanics John Wiley
J.E. House Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics Academic Press 1998
J. Bernstein, P. M. Fishbane and S. Gasiorowicz Modern Physics Prentice Hall 2000
S. R. Elliott Physics and Chemistry of Solids Wiley 1998


This module is at CQFW Level 7