• Introduction: Breakdown of classical theory & the introduction of quantum mechanics
• Preview: An introduction to the basic postulates through a simple example in one dimension
• Basic assumptions of QM: the wave function and probability density; linear superposition of states; observables and operators; the eigenvalue equation; Hermitian operators; position momentum and energy operators; time dependence of the wave function
• Mathematical development & its physical implications: The time-independent Schrodinger equation (TISE); Dirac notation; properties of wave functions and operators; expansions in eigenfunctions; observables & expectation values; commutation relations; the uncertainty principle; probability currents; correspondence to classical mechanics
• Applications in 1-D: the infinite square well potential; density of states; parity
• Free particles: wave packets; momentum probability density; time development of wave packets
• More solutions of the 1-D TISE: boundary conditions; potential step discontinuity; reflection and transmission coefficients; finite depth square well potential; scattering states; tunneling through a square barrier.
• The linear quantum harmonic oscillator: harmonic oscillator potential; creation and destruction operators; energy eigenvalues and eigenfunctions.
• Motion in 3-D: stationary state representation of a free particle; density of states; TISE in spherical-polar coordinates; angular momentum operators; quantisation of angular momentum; ladder operators; motion in a central potential.
• The hydrogen atom.
• Spin: introduction to linear algebra; linear transformations eigenvectors and eigenvalues; spin 1/2 systems; Pauli Spin Matrices; electron in a magnetic field; addition of angular momenta.
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P.J.E. Peebles: Quantum Mechanics, Princeton University Press.
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