Spring 2000, Section 0101, MARS #46877
WF 11:00-12:50, Room PHY 1402
Instructor: Dr. Ted Jacobson
Room 4117, Phone 301-405-6020
jacobson@physics.umd.edu, http://www.glue.umd.edu/~tajac
Office hours: Tu,W 2:30-3:30. Feel free to drop in.
Teaching Assistant:
Hock-Seng Goh ("Goh")
Room 4221, Phone 301-405-7279 hsgoh@glue.umd.edu,http://www.glue.umd.edu/~hsgoh Office hours: W 10-11, Th 3-4 |
Textbook: G. Baym, Lectures on Quantum Mechanics, (Harper-Collins), ISBN: 0-805-30667-6.
Reserve books: The books by Baym, Cohen-Tannoudji et. al.,
Landau & Lifshitz, Sakurai,
and Schwabl are on reserve at EPSL.
Web pages: Homework assignments and supplementary material at www.glue.umd.edu/~tajac/623c/, homework grades and solutions at http://www.glue.umd.edu/~hsgoh/.
E-mail: I encourage students to make use of e-mail for quick correspondence with me regarding lecture material, homework problems, or whatever. I will also use e-mail to communicate with the class at large.
Homework: Assigned weekly and due the following week. Late homework accepted only under dire circumstances. If you know it will be impossible to turn in an assignment on time you must discuss this with me in advance of the due date. The homework is an essential part of the course. I believe most of what you learn will come from doing the homework. You are encouraged to discuss the homework with others, but what you finally hand in should be your own work. Sources (e.g. textbooks or classmates) should be cited when used heavily in a homework solution. Please make sure you include your name and the homework and course numbers and staple the pages together.
Exams: One two-hour mid-term and a final. The final is Friday, May 19, 8:00am-10:00am.
Grading: Based on homework (30%), one mid-term (30%), and
final (40%),
with the best of these raised by 20% and the worst two
lowered by 20%.
The lowest two homework scores will be dropped. I cannot say for sure
in advance,
but I expect the letter grades to correspond to (roughly) (A) 100-80%,
(B) 80-60%, (C) 60-40%.
-WKB approximation
-variational method -stationary state perturbation theory -addition of angular momenta -vector & tensor operators -isospin -atoms -nuclei -molecules -time dependent perturbation theory -interaction of matter & radiation -quantized electromagnetic field -scattering |
-parity and time reversal symmetry
-Dirac equation -theory of measurement -decoherence -path integral formulation |
Calendar (with topics covered,
minutes, supplements, & homework)
Week & Notes | Wednesday | Friday | HW & Suppts. |
1. 2/2 | stationary state
perturbation theory |
stationary state
perturbation theory |
hw1
Perturbation theory |
2. 2/9 | stationary state
perturbation theory |
second order pert.,
polarizability, variational method, WKB |
hw2 |
3. 2/16 | WKB | add'n of ang. mom. | hw3 |
4. 2/23 | add'n of ang. mom. | vector & tensor ops.,
Wigner-Eckart thm. |
hw4
Irreducible tensor ops. |
5. 3/1 | Wigner-Eckart thm.,
projection thm., Lande factor |
hyperfine structure,
2 electron atoms |
hw5 |
6. 3/8 | 2 electron atoms;
many electron atoms; Hund's rules |
Hund's rules;
spin-orbit coupling for many-electron atoms; Hartree-Fock; Thomas-Fermi |
. |
7. 3/15 | Thomas-Fermi;
density functional method |
MIDTERM EXAM | . |
3/23 | SPRING BREAK | SPRING BREAK | . |
8. 3/30 | molecules, discuss midterm | molecules | hw6 |
9. 4/5 | molecules | time-dependent pert. thy. | hw7 |
10. 4/12 | time-dep. pert. thy. | golden rule | |
11. 4/19 | adiabatic theorem,
radiation |
radiative transitions,
quantum electrodynamics |
hw8
Einstein's 1917 paper, Casimir effect |
12. 4/26 | QED,
longitudinal and transverse vector fields |
multipole expansion,
selection rules |
hw9 |
13. 5/3 | scattering,
Golden rule and Born |
validity of first Born approx.,
partial wave expansion |
hw10 |
14. 5/10 | partial wave expansion | low energy scattering,
bound states, scattering length |
. |
FINAL EXAM: Fri. 5/19, 8:00-10:00 am | . |