Physics 212: Quantum Mechanics II
Spring Semester, 1999

Professor Henry Greenside

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Welcome to the home page for Physics 212 which is the second half of Duke's year-long undergraduate sequence in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. Continuing from Physics 211 in the fall semester, Physics 212 completes the foundation of quantum mechanics and applies this foundation to a wealth of scientific problems drawn from atomic physics, particle physics, nuclear physics, condensed-matter physics, astrophysics, and chemistry. Further information is available from the course syllabus .

Experimental data showing Bose-Einstein condensation.
These false-color images display the velocity distribution of a cloud of rubidium atoms at (a) just before the appearance of the Bose-Einstein condensate, (b) just after the appearance of the condensate and (c) after further evaporation left a sample of nearly pure condensate. The field of view of each frame is 200 x 270 micrometers, and corresponds to the distance the atoms have moved in about 1/20 of a second. The color corresponds to the number of atoms at each velocity, with red being the fewest and white being the most. Areas appearing white and light blue indicate lower velocities.


Class Participants:

Name Major (Minor) E-mail Phone number Web page
Saurab Bhargava Physics sb4@acpub 613-2360
Melissa Carder Physics mlc13@acpub 613-0796 ---
John Gagliardi III EE-Physics jmg1@acpub 613-0066 ---
John Harris Physics jrh6@acpub 613-3049
Johanna Miller Math-Chemistry (Physics) jlm6@acpub 613-0406

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Transformation of kets in a hypothetical quantum computer.
The ability for quantum mechanics to evolve kets in parallel using superposition offers the possibility for a new kind of computer that can solve certain problems far more efficiently than traditional digital computers. Quantum computation is an excellent example of how elementary non-relativistic quantum mechanics continues to find exciting and important new applications.. See the web page for an elementary tutorial on quantum computation.

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