This topic provides an introduction to quantum physics through the study of various quantum phenomena and their theoretical description using quantum mechanics. Special emphasis is given to spectroscopy as a tool for studying the structure of atoms and molecules, and to the theoretical formulation of quantum mechanics. Lectures are supplemented with laboratory sessions to aid learning outcomes. The material to be taught in this topic will includes: introduction to quantum phenomena, tunnelling, the STM, the rotational and vibrational spectroscopy of diatomic molecules, wave-functions, the uncertainty principle, the Schroedinger equation and its application to 1D and 3D problems and angular momentum.
This topic aims to give students a sound understanding of quantum physics. In addition, it aims to enhance students understanding, while developing their problem solving abilities, by including topic-specific problem solving exercises. Similarly, the students laboratory based work is aimed to both enhance their understanding and to develop their experimental skills.
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