Quantum, Atomic and Molecular Physics
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Taught In English
PHYS2170, PHYS2240, MATH2310
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe concepts of Quantum Mechanics lie at the heart of what we understand science to be. The first part of this course will explain and describe the fundamental mathematical and scientific framework that underpins Quantum Mechanics. The study of atomic physics has led to many present day technological wonders such as lasers and medical imaging. The second part of this course will describe the structure of atoms, and the interactions between atoms, as well as the effects of electric and magnetic fields on atomic and molecular structure, leading to a discussion of modern laser based spectroscopy.LEARNING OUTCOMES1. To acquire knowledge of the fundamental physics underpinning quantum mechanics, and atomic and molecular physics2. To understand the concepts and potential applications of quantum mechanics, quantum mechanical devices, and atomic and molecular physics3. To develop analytical, laboratory and computing skills through problem solving, and laboratory and computer based exercises, which involve the application of physics to various model quantum mechanical systems4. To successfully apply the theoretical techniques presented in the course to practical problems5. To develop good writing and communication skills through working with peers and writing up the results of the assigned laboratory and computer exercises as reports6. To learn how to prepare publications by casting the reports in the form of a scientific paper.CONTENTRevision of Classical Mechanics.Historical perspective of Quantum Mechanics (Classical vs Quantum Mechanics).The basic concepts of Quantum Mechanics.Principle of superposition and compatible observables in quantum mechanics.Conservation theorems in Quantum Mechanics.The harmonic oscillator and second quantisation.Angular momentum.Three dimensional systems.The hydrogen atom.Multiparticle systems.Basic perturbation theory: atoms in electric and magnetic fieldsMulti-electron atoms.Light and radiative transitions.Laser cooling and the Bose-Einstein Condensed Gas.Modern spectroscopy.Basic molecular structure.ASSESSMENT ITEMSTutorial / Laboratory Exercises: LaboratoryQuiz: Quizzes (x5)Written Assignment: AssignmentsFormal Examination: Final exam
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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.