PHYS 485 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tentative Schedule
Week | Topic | Lecture | Assignment | Reading | ||
1 | 24-Aug | Introduction; Wave and particle behaviors of light; Photoelectric effect | Lecture 1 powerpoint | Townsend 1.1-1.3 | ||
26-Aug | Quantum Properties of light; single photon interference | Lecture 2 powerpoint | Townsend 1.4-1.7 | |||
2 | 31-Aug | Particles as waves – de Broglie; atomic interferometry; crystal diffraction, Schrodinger Equation | Lecture 3 powerpoint |
HW 1 (due Sep11) |
Townsend 2.1-2.3 D1 | |
2-Sep | Sch. Eq. II, free particles, wave packets, uncertainty principle | Lecture 4 poweropint | Townsend 2.3-2.7 | |||
3 | 7-Sep | Labor Day - Holiday | ||||
9-Sep | Sch. Eq. II, free particles, wave packets, uncertainty principle (contd) | Lecture 5 powerpoint | Townsend 2.3-2.7 | |||
4 | 14-Sep | Expectation Values, Probabilities, Time-indep Schr. Eq, Particle in a box | Lecture 6 powerpoint | Townsend 2.8, 3.1-3.2 | ||
16-Sep | Particle in a box, Philosophy, time dependence, Eigenfunctions and eigenvalues | Lecture 7 powerpoint |
HW 2 (due Sept 25) |
Townsend 3.2-3.4 | ||
5 | 21-Sep | Quantum Wells, bound states | Lecture 8 powerpoint | Townsend 4.1-4.2 | ||
23-Sep | Simple harmonic oscillator | Lecture 9 powerpoint | Townsend 4.3 | |||
6 | 28-Sep | Simple harmonic oscillator; Double wells | Lecture 10 powerpoint |
HW3 (due Oct 9) |
Townsend 4.3-4.5 | |
30-Sep |
Special Talk on Nuclear Physics (Jordi Salinas) Interlude: Nuclear Theory Research and its Quantum Nature, Principles of QM, Schrodinger's cat, qubits |
Ch5 | ||||
7 | 5-Oct | Scattering – step potential and probability current | Lecture 12 powerpoint | Townsend 4.5-4.6 | ||
7-Oct | Tunneling and STM | Lecture 13 powerpoint | Townsend 4.7 | |||
8 | 12-Oct |
Mid-Term Review in class |
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14-Oct |
Mid-Term (no class) 48 Hour Takehome--details will be emailed |
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9 | 19-Oct |
Special talk on quantum matter (Varsha Subramanyan) Interlude: Principles of QM, quantum cats, entanglement (contd) |
Townsend Ch 5 | |||
21-Oct | Schrodinger’s equation in 3D | Lecture 15 powerpoint | Townsend 6.1 | |||
10 | 26-Oct | Spherical coordinates and angular momentum | Lecture 16 powerpoint | HW4 (due Nov6) HW Solutions |
Townsend 6.2 | |
28-Oct | Hydrogen Atom – Wavefunctions | Lecture 17 powerpoint | Townsend 6.3 | |||
11 | 2-Nov | Hyrdogen contd.; Zeeman effect – spin | Lecture 18 powerpoint | Townsend 6.4, 6.5 | ||
4-Nov | Spin physics: MRI | Lecture 19 powerpoint | ||||
12 | 9-Nov | Spin Physics, MRI; Identical Particles | Lecture 20 powerpoint | HW5 (due Nov 20) HW5 Solutions | Towndsend 6.4, 65; 7.1, 7.2 | |
11-Nov | Identical Particles; Quantum Statistical Mechanics | Lecture 21 powerpoint | Townsend 7.1, 7.2 | |||
13 | 16-Nov | Bosons, Blackbody radiation, Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation | Lecture 22 powerpoint | Townsend 7.6-7.8 | ||
18-Nov | Bose-Einstein condensation | Lecture 23 powerpoint | HW6 (due Dec 8) HW6 Solutions | Townsend 7.6-7.5 | ||
14 | 21-Nov to 29-Nov | Fall Break - Thanksgiving | ||||
15 | 30-Nov | Pauli’s exclusion, Fermi energy | Lecture 24 powerpoint | Townsend 7.3-7.5 | ||
2-Dec | Fermions: Stellar bodies--whote dwarves, neutron stars; Solids-Bandstructure , Electrical Properties; Semiconductors | Lecture 25 powerpoint | Townsend 8.1-8.3 | |||
16 | 7-Dec | Superconductivity | Townsend 8.4 | |||
9-Dec | Review ---instruction ends | |||||
17 | 11-Dec to 18-Dec | Final Exam | ||||