This topic provides an introduction to intermediate level Quantum Physics through the study of various quantum phenomena and their theoretical description using quantum mechanics. Lectures and tutorials are supplemented with laboratory classes. The material to be taught will consist of:
Quantum Phenomena: Einstein's A&B coefficients, transition rates, electric dipole approximation, higher-order radiation, selection rules, optical oscillator strength, line shapes and widths, spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules including electronic, vibrational and rotational transitions.
Quantum Mechanics: Dirac notation, formal axioms of quantum mechanics, Dirac delta function, spin, three-dimensional bound state problems (Hydrogen atom, spherical well, 3D harmonic oscillator), scattering theory (cross section, partial waves, phase shifts), approximation methods (variational method, time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory).