Quantum, Atomic and Molecular Physics

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Quantum, Atomic and Molecular Physics

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PHYS2170, PHYS2240, MATH2310

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The 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.
    1. To acquire knowledge of the fundamental physics underpinning quantum mechanics, and atomic and molecular physics
    2. To understand the concepts and potential applications of quantum mechanics, quantum mechanical devices, and atomic and molecular physics
    3. 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 systems
    4. To successfully apply the theoretical techniques presented in the course to practical problems
    5. To develop good writing and communication skills through working with peers and writing up the results of the assigned laboratory and computer exercises as reports
    6. To learn how to prepare publications by casting the reports in the form of a scientific paper.
    Revision 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 fields
    Multi-electron atoms.
    Light and radiative transitions.
    Laser cooling and the Bose-Einstein Condensed Gas.
    Modern spectroscopy.
    Basic molecular structure.
    Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory
    Quiz: Quizzes (x5)
    Written Assignment: Assignments
    Formal Examination: Final exam

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.