Physics 52 — Quantum Physics

Beginning with modern atom interferometry experiments, this course moves directly to the Schrödinger equation. After a thorough consideration of solutions in one dimension, the principles of quantum mechanics are examined, including the role of operators, eigenfunctions and eigenvalues, superposition, commutators, and uncertainty relations. After discussion of angular momentum and some simple three-dimensional systems, applications of quantum mechanics to atomic and molecular physics, solid state physics, nuclear physics, and particle physics are stressed. Each week there are three 50-minute lectures as well as a recitation section in which small groups work on new problems that extend the material under discussion in significant ways. In addition, there is a term paper on an area of interest in quantum mechanics and/or its applications.

    Meetings, Spring 2019   

Section Location Times Instructor
Lectures Shanahan 3481 MWF at 11:00–11:50 Missing alt information Missing alt information Esin Townsend
Section 1 Shanahan 2454 T at 08:10–09:25 Missing alt information Townsend
Section 2 Shanahan B450 T at 14:45–16:00 Missing alt information Breznay