Module Identifier PHM3010  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Tudor E Jenkins  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Daniel Brown, Mr Peter C Bollada  
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

** Recommended Text
Phillips, A.C. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics John Wiley
Alistair I.M. Rae Quantum Mechanics Institute of Physics
** Reference Text
French, A P & Taylor, E F An Introduction to Quantum Physics MIT Introductory Physics Series
Matthews Introduction to Quantum Mechanics McGraw-Hill
F. Mandl Quantum Mechanics John Wiley
Davies, P.C.W. Quantum Mechanics Routledge & Kegan
** Recommended Background
Hey, Tony & Walters, Patrick The New Quantum Universe Cambridge University Press


This module is at CQFW Level 7