PHY 465: Quantum Mechanics II, Spring 2017
SynopsisIn this course, we are taking a stroll through the fascinating world of quantum mechanics. Deepening the understanding of quantum systems, the course also prepares for studies of quantum optics, quantum information, condensed matter, and quantum field theory.Starting from a reminder on the postulates of quantum mechanics and its mathematical basis, we will discuss the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics (due to Feynman), the semi-classical regime (WKB method), time-dependent phenomena and approximations, treatment and use of symmetries, the theory of angular momentum, scattering theory, and decoherence. Nice examples and exercises will be used to illustrate these topics. Depending on the available time, we may also address some of the following topics: Bell inequalities, aspects of quantum information theory such as quantum entanglement and quantum algorithms, and systems of identical particles (fermions and bosons). Some basic knowledge of linear algebra will be needed. Knowledge corresponding to the course PHY 464 (Quantum Mechanics I) will be very useful, but we will try to keep the course as self-contained as possible. Lecture Notes[Are provided on the Sakai site PHYSICS.465.01.Sp17.]HomeworkYou are encouraged to discuss homework assignments with fellow students. But the written part of the homework must be done individually and cannot be a copy of another student's solution. (See the Duke Community Standard.) However, you are allowed to work in groups of two. In that case, both partners still need to hand in a handwritten copy of their solution and should additionally always specify the name of their partner.Homework due dates are strict (for the good of all), i.e., late submissions are not accepted. If there are grave reasons, you can ask for an extension early enough before the due date. [Problem sets are provided on the Sakai site PHYSICS.465.01.Sp17.] LiteratureAlthough it does not cover all topics of the course, I recommend the textbook
Textbooks on quantum mechanics.
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