Description: Advanced Quantum mechanics is one of the foundational pillars of modern physics. Much of modern research ranging from particle physics to condensed matter, the latter of which is the largest area of physics research, is based upon this topic. Therefore, it is an essential part of a physics student's education. APMS 571 builds the technical foundation and mathematical background for the theory, while this class, Advanced Quantum Mechanics, introduces the most important topics for understanding quantum physics. We will therefore be continuing to develop and expand upon introductory ideas as well as introduce additional advanced concepts. These may include but are not limited to approximation methods (including variational methods, and perturbation theory), angular momentum (including spin, orbital, and total angular momentum), pure states/mixed states, many-particle systems, scattering theory, and various applications to atomic, molecular, solid-state, and nuclear physics. Co-convened with PHY 472. Letter grade only.
Sections offered: Spring 2020 Spring 2021
Prerequisite: Admission to Applied Physics (MS) or Applied Physics & Materials Science (PhD) plan