• Offered by Research School of Physics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics, Science, Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Simon Haine
    • Prof Joseph Hope
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Describe the basic Hilbert space structures describing all quantum field theories;
  2. Model physical systems using common approximation techniques for making dynamical calculations;
  3. Appraise the difficulties with the theory of quantum measurement and local realism;
  4. Critique current candidates for a fully defined quantum theory;
  5. Construct independent scientific knowledge from literature, and communicate it effectively to peers.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignments and online questions (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Two communication projects (20) [LO 4,5]
  3. Exam (45) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

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.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have been admitted into the Masters of Science (Quantum Technology) program and completed PHYS6013 or an equivalent approved by the convenor. This course is incompatible with PHYS3101 and PHYS4100.

Prescribed Texts

N/A

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3035 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

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