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PHY5005 Quantum Mechanics

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Course Pre- Students must have studied Classical Mechanics
Expected 1. Intriguing probabilistic nature of matter at atomic scale will be understood.
Outcome / 2. Students will be capable of learning courses like Statistical Mechanics,
Objectives Solid State Physics, Spectroscopy and Nuclear Physics.
3. Students will gain the knowledge and do some quantum mechanics related
Module Topics L. Hrs SLO
1 Schrödinger’s wave equation – physical interpretation and 6 1,2,11
conditions on wave function – eigenvalues and eigen functions
– Continuity equation and probability current density-
Expectation values and Ehrenfest’s theorem
2 Linear operators-Hermitian operators and their properties – 5 1,2,11
Commutation relations - Uncertainty relation - Bra and ket
vectors - Hilbert space – Schrödinger, Heisenberg and
interaction pictures.
3 Harmonic oscillator – operator method – Schrödinger equation 6 1,2,14
for spherically symmetric potentials – angular momentum
operator – condition on solutions and eigenvalues – spherical
harmonics – rigid rotor – radial equation of central potential –
hydrogen atom – degenerate states.
4 Angular momentum-commutation relations- Eigenvalues of 7 1,11,14
angular momentum J – matrix representation of J – addition of
angular momentum – Clebsh-Gordan coefficients – Calculation
of CG coefficients- identical particles with spin – Pauli
exclusion principle.
5 First order perturbation theory for non-degenerate states – 4 11,14
removal of degeneracy – Stark effect – variation method –
WKB approximation.
6 Theory of scattering- Scattering cross section- Optical 6 1,2
theorem- Scattering by attractive square well potential-
Scattering amplitude-Born approximation.
7 Klein-Gordon equation for a free particle and in an 7 11,14
electromagnetic field – Dirac equation for a free particle --
Charge and current densities -- Dirac matrices – Plane wave
solution – Negative energy states
8 Dealing with the latest developments related to the course topic 4 16,17
and delivered by an industry expert (Academician)
Total Lecture Hours 45
Text Books:
1.Quantum Mechanics- Chatwal Anand- Himalaya Publishing House- 2016
2.Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by D.J. Griffiths, Pearson Education, 2014
3. Quantum Mechanics: B.K. Agarwal and Hari Prakash, PHI, 2005

1. Quantum Mechanics (Non-relativistic Theory) by L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz, 3rd edition,
Elsevier, 2011.
2. Modern Quantum Mechanics by J.J. Sakurai, Addison-Wesley, 1999
3. Quantum Mechanics by V. Devanathan, Naroso Publishing House, 2005
4. Quantum Mechanics by L. Schiff, Tata McGraw Hill,1968
5. Principles of Quantum Mechanics by R. Shankar, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers,1994

J Component Projects 60 Non Contact Hours

1 Determination of Planck’s Constant using LED
2 Determination of de-Broglie wavelength for various accelerating potentials
3 Experimental verification of photoelectric effect
4 Numerical solution of 1-D time dependent Schrödinger equation using MATLAB
5 Numerical solution of 1-D time independent Schrödinger equation using MATLAB
6 Numerical solution of 3-D time dependent Schrödinger equation using MATLAB
Numerical solution of 3-D time independent Schrödinger equation using MATLAB
7 Analysis of harmonic oscillator using MATLAB
8 Solving hydrogen atom problem using MATLAB

Compiled by: Prof. D. Rajan Babu