COURSE TIME: MW 10:00-11:20 am.
COURSE LOCATION: Physics-Geology 416.
INSTRUCTOR: Richard Scalettar
OFFICE: Physics-Geology 409.
OFFICE HOURS: Tu 3:00-5:00 pm; or by appointment.
PROBLEM SESSION: TBA;
Attendence is OPTIONAL !
5-6 Problems Sets, 60%
Midterm Exam, Monday May 5, in class, 15%
Final Exam, Thursday June 12, 1:00-3:00 pm, 25%
TEXT: "Principles of Quantum Mechanics", R. Shankar
DISCUSSION LEADER: Alex Zujev
OFFICE: Physics/Geology 406
OFFICE HOURS: Monday 1:00-2:00 pm.
This is a continuation of the first year graduate sequence in quantum
mechanics. We will finish the discussion of time dependent perturbation
theory, focusing on the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with
atoms. Our second and third topics will be scattering theory and
relativistic quantum mechanics (the Dirac equation).
We will conclude the course with a discussion of the path integral
formulation of quantum mechanics. We will first work through the
description of a quantum oscillator, and then proceed to the Ising model
in a transverse field, a simple and important example of a system exhibiting
a "quantum phase transition".
An emphasis of this final topic will be on the mapping of quantum
problems onto classical problems in one higher dimension.