FYS4110 - Modern quantum mechanics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
-THE COURSE CHANGED ITS TITLE FROM NON-RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM MECHANICS TO MODERN QUANTUM MECHANICS SPRING 2015. THE CONTENT HAS NOT BEEN CHANGED.-
The course gives an introduction to a selection of subjects from advanced, non-relativistic quantum physics: Spin dynamics, path integrals and coherent states; probability in quantum physics, entanglement and the EPR paradox; quantum physics and information, bits and qubits; atoms and photons, spontaneous and stimulated emission, the principle of lasers.
The aim is to give the student understanding of a set of central subjects in modern quantum physics. This includes quantum coherence, coherent interactions between atoms and photons, and quantum entanglement. The student should learn to apply the density matrix formalism and to be able to analyze relations between states of a composite system and the states of its separate parts. He or she should learn the difference between classical, statistical correlations and quantum entanglement. The student should further learn to apply the photon formalism of electrodynamics to elementary processes of radiation.
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Recommended previous knowledge
10 credits against FYS9110
Six hours of teaching weekly over a full semester (spring).
A midterm exam consisting of a home assignment, with approx. 20% weight (October). Midterm exam must be passed to take the final exam. Final written exam, 4 hours. The final exam will have approx. 80% weight on the final grade.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
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Special examination arrangements
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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.
The course changed its title from "Non-relativistic quantum mechanics" to "Modern quantum mechanics" from Autumn 2015. The course content is unchanged.