Quantum, Atomic and Particle Physics

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Quantum, Atomic and Particle Physics

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MATH 170 and PHSI 231

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Introduction to formal quantum theory: state preparation, measurement, two-state systems, angular momentum, perturbation theory. Atomic physics: multi-electron atoms, Zeeman effect, atom-radiation interaction, molecules. Particle and nuclear physics.

    This paper presents the foundational theory for three major topics in physics. The Quantum Mechanics section introduces the formal framework of quantum mechanics and illustrates its application to the quantitative description of real physical systems. The Particle Physics section introduces the 'standard model' of particle physics, with a primarily qualitative approach. The Atomic Physics section covers quantitative models of multi-electron atoms and interactions of atoms with electromagnetic fields.

    Learning Outcomes
    After completing this paper students will be able to:

    • State and apply the postulates of quantum mechanics to predict the outcome of measurement on archetypal model systems
    • Understand the techniques for finding solutions for the hydrogen atom and be able to apply perturbation theory to obtain fine-structure corrections
    • State concisely the main complexities in finding states of multi-electron atoms and calculate approximate solutions for symmetrised helium states
    • Describe how the standard model of particle physics explains the composition of all known particles in terms of quarks and leptons
    • Analyse relativistic dynamics of particle collisions and apply conservation rules of the standard model to analyse particle reactions
    • Understand how quantum mechanics provides a quantitative description of the phenomena of atomic and particle physics

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