Quantum, Atomic & Molecular Physics

Course code PHYS3350Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

The concepts of Quantum Mechanics lie at the heart of what we understand science to be. The first part of this course will explain and describe the fundamental mathematical and scientific framework that underpins Quantum Mechanics. The study of atomic physics has led to many present day technological wonders such as lasers and medical imaging. The second part of this course will describe the structure of atoms, and the interactions between atoms, as well as the effects of electric and magnetic fields on atomic and molecular structure, leading to a discussion of modern laser based spectroscopy.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able:

1. To acquire knowledge of the fundamental physics underpinning quantum mechanics, and atomic and molecular physics
2. To understand the concepts and potential applications of quantum mechanics, quantum mechanical devices, and atomic and molecular physics
3. To develop analytical, laboratory and computing skills through problem solving, and laboratory and computer based exercises, which involve the application of physics to various model quantum mechanical systems
4. To successfully apply the theoretical techniques presented in the course to practical problems
5. To develop good writing and communication skills through working with peers and writing up the results of the assigned laboratory and computer exercises as reports
6. To learn how to prepare publications by casting the reports in the form of a scientific paper.
Content* Revision of Classical Mechanics.
* Historical perspective of Quantum Mechanics (Classical vs Quantum Mechanics).
* The basic concepts of Quantum Mechanics.
* Principle of superposition and compatible observables in quantum mechanics.
* Conservation theorems in Quantum Mechanics.
* The harmonic oscillator and second quantisation.
* Angular momentum.
* Three dimensional systems.
* The hydrogen atom.
* Multiparticle systems.
* Basic perturbation theory: atoms in electric and magnetic fields
* Multi-electron atoms.
* Light and radiative transitions.
* Laser cooling and the Bose-Einstein Condensed Gas.
* Modern spectroscopy.
* Basic molecular structure.
Replacing Course(s)This course has replaced the five unit courses PHYS3110 Quantum Physics and PHYS3140 Atomic and Molecular Physics that were no longer offered after 2002.
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHYS2170, PHYS2240, MATH2310
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Laboratory
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PHYS3350