- Code PHYS6101
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Physics Education Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Physics, Science, Engineering
This core physics course develops quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics will be generalised to a broad range of systems, from matter to photons. Topics covered will include foundations, symmetries, angular momentum, and the Lagrangian formulation of quantum mechanics. It also gives an introduction to manybody quantum mechanics, entanglement, bosons and fermions, occupation number notation, theory of open quantum systems, density matrices and master equations, dynamical calculations and approximations in quantum field theories, non-locality and reality and quantum measurement.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe the basic Hilbert space structures describing all quantum field theories;
- Model physical systems using common approximation techniques for making dynamical calculations;
- Appraise the difficulties with the theory of quantum measurement and local realism;
- Critique current candidates for a fully defined quantum theory;
- Construct independent scientific knowledge from literature, and communicate it effectively to peers.
- Assessment will be based on: (null) [LO null]
- Assignments and online questions (35%; LO 1-4) (35) [LO null]
- Two communication projects (20%; LO 4, 5) (20) [LO null]
- Exam (45%; LO 1-3) (45) [LO null]
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WorkloadOne three hour workshop per week (with online lecture material), and optional weekly drop in session.
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