- Code PHYS3101
- Unit Value 6 units
This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities will also be available.
This core third year 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 many-body 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 required for the physics major, the theoretical physics major, and is recommended for those intending to do the honours year in Physics.
Advanced Quantum Mechanics is offered as an Honours Pathway Course.
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.
- Discuss the difficulties with the theory of quantum measurement and local realism.
- Critically analyse current candidates for a fully defined quantum theory.
- Apply modelling techniques to analyse recent results from experimental research.
- Assignments and online questions (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Two communication projects (20) [LO 4,5]
- Exam (45) [LO 1,2,3]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week and a 1 x 3 hour workshop per week.
- Approximately 82 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, projects and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
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