Quantum Mechanics

Module code: PA3210

By building on your knowledge of quantum physics from years 1 and 2, this module will deepen your understanding of modern quantum mechanics. This module will equip with the skills to solve equations to predict the wave-like properties of matter in 1D and 3D systems that give insight into physical situations important for atomic-physics, device-physics and nanotechnology. Electron spin, angular momentum and the matrix representation of quantum mechanics will be further examined. During this module you will investigate the approximate methods for solving quantum problems that are the keystone to modern computational approaches to quantum physics

Topics covered

  • Quantum tunnelling
  • Solution of the Schrödinger equation in 1D and 3D systems
  • Hydrogen-like atoms
  • Quantum operators
  • Spin and angular momentum
  • Approximate methods in quantum mechanics

Learning

  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 3 hours of seminars
  • 8 hours of practicals/workshops
  • 115 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Coursework (30%)
  • Exam (70%)