PH5100 Quantum Mechanics- I


Course Details

Basic principles of quantum mechanics. Probabilities and probability amplitudes. Linear vector spaces. Bra and ket vectors. Completeness, orthonormality, basis sets. Change of basis. Eigenstates and eigenvalues. Position and momentum representations. Wavefunctions, probability densities, probability current. Schrodinger equation. Expectation values. Generalized uncertainty relation. One dimensional potential problems Particle in a box. Potential barriers. Tunnelling. Linear harmonic oscillator: wavefunction approach and operator approach. Motion in three dimensions. Central potential problem. Orbital angular momentum operators. Spherical harmonics.
Eigenvalues of orbital angular momentum operators. The hydrogen atom and its energy eigenvalues. Charged particle in a uniform constant magnetic field, energy eigenvalues and eigenfunctions. Schrodinger and Heisenberg pictures Heisenberg equation of motion. Interaction picture.
Semiclassical approximation: the WKB method Time-independent perturbation theory. Nondegenerate and degenerate cases. Examples. Time-dependent perturbation theory. Transition probabilities. Sudden and adiabatic approximations. Fermi golden rule. The variational method: simple examples.


Course References:

1. E. Merzbacher, Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition, Wiley International Edition (1970).
2. V.K. Thankappan, Quantum Mechanics. Wiley Eastern (1985)
3. J.J. Sakurai, Modern Quantum Mechanics, Benjamin Cummings (1985).
4. R.P. Feynman, R.B. Leighton and M.Sands, The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol.3, Narosa Pub. House (1992).
5. P.M. Mathews and K. Venkatesan, A Textbook of Quantum Mechanics, Tata McGraw-Hill (1977).