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Course content

-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; adiabatic evolution and Berry phases.

Learning outcome

The aim is to give the student an understanding of a set of central subjects in modern quantum physics. This includes quantum coherence, coherent interactions between atoms and photons, quantum entanglement and the meaning of geometrical phases. 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.

Admission

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FYS4110 - Modern quantum mechanics

Teaching

Four hours of teaching weekly over a full semester (spring).

Examination

A midterm exam consisting of a home assignment, with approximately 20 percent weight (October). Written final exam will have approximately 80 percent weight on the final grade.

In addition a homework assignment based on a subject for self study will be given. This assignment will be graded with passed/not passed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Other

The course changed its title from "Non-relativistic quantum mechanics" to "Modern quantum mechanics" from Autumn 2015. The course content is unchanged.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

PhD

Teaching

Every autumn

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)