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CAPSTONES IN PHYSICS PH451/551: QUANTUM MECHANICS, WINTER 2017

PH451/551 Basic Information
Location: Weniger 304 Time: MWF 12 - 12:50
Instructor: Prof. Janet Tate
737-1700; tate at physics.oregonstate.edu
Office hours: Mon 2:30 - 3:30; Thu 1:30 - 2:30 or by appointment
Weniger 485
Last update: 1 Mar 2017 Syllabus subject to change; please check regularly.
Day
(click for notes)
Topic Reading
McIntyre
(errata)
Homework Assignments
(solutions on Canvas under "Files")
M 1/9 UNIVERSITY CLOSED. Please review QM material from paradigms. See notes linked under the date. Read class website. Start HW0 and HW1.
Review of paradigms
1, 2, 3 (review) HW0 due Wed 1/11 in class;
HW1 due Wed 1/18 in class
W 1/11 1-D potentials, wave functions 5 (incl. 5.10.2), 6, 7, 8 (review)
"Shooting method" numerical solutions pp. 1-3.5
 
F 1/13 Harmonic Oscillator: energy spectrum
9.1-9.2  
M 1/16 MLK day - no class   HW2 due Wed 1/25 in class
W 1/18 Harmonic Oscillator: wave functions 9.3  
F 1/20 Harmonic Oscillator: using the ladder operators
9.4  
M 1/23 HO: Matrices 9.5 HW3 due Wed 2/1 in class
W 1/25 HO: Time dependence, uncertainty principle 9.7-9.8  
F 1/27 Time independent non-degenerate perturbation theory
10.1-2  
M 1/30 Non-degenerate perturbation theory 10.3-4 HW4 due Wed 2/8 in class
W 2/1 Non-degenerate perturbation theory 10.3-4  
F 2/3 Non-degenerate perturbation theory 10.3-4  
M 2/6 Degenerate perturbation theory 10.5 HW5 due Wed 2/15 in class
W 2/8 Stark effect in Hydrogen
10.6  
F 2/10 Angular Momentum 11.1-2  
M 2/13 Midterm MT equation sheet HW6 due Wed 2/22 in class
W 2/15 Angular momentum & hyperfine interaction 11.3-11.4  
F 2/17 Hyperfine interaction
   
M 2/20 Hyperfine interaction & addition of angular momentum 11.5 Angular momentum summary
HW7 due Wed 3/1 in class
W 2/22 Addition of angular momentum
11.6-7  
F 2/24 More addition of angular momentum 12.1-12.2  
M 2/27 Even more addition of angular momentum (but's all about fine structure, too) 12.2 HW8 due Wed 3/8 in class
W 3/1 Spin orbit coupling & fine structure
12.2  
F 3/3 Zeeman effect
12.3, 12.3.2.2 (strong field), lightly read 12.3.2.1 (weak field), [12.3.1 w/o spin is useful, NOT 12.3.2.3 interm. field, NOT 12.3.3 hyperfine]  
M 3/6 Identical particles 13.1-13.2 HW9 due Wed 3/15 in class
W 3/8 Identical particles 13.2-13.3  
F 3/10 Time dependent perturbation theory
14.1  
M 3/13 Harmonic perturbation 14.2  
W 3/15 Radiation & Selection rules 14.3, 14.4 PH551 papers due
F 3/17 PH551 talk - Quantum information
Review
  Practice final exam
Thursday 3/23 Final exam, 6:00-8:00 pm
Venue: WNGR 116
Equation Sheet Final exam ; Solution