Physics 551: Quantum Theory

A graduate course in Quantum Mechanics, at the level of (and using) Sakurai and Napolitano. Here is the course syllabus.

The course book has an errata file which may be helpful.

Don't confuse the course book with Sakurai's other book, which is quite different.

- Homework 1, due 12 September 2014
- Homework 2, due 19 September 2014
- Homework 3, due 26 September 2014
- Homework 4, due 3 October 2014
- Homework 5, due 10 October 2014
- Homework 6, due 17 October 2014
- Homework 7, due 24 October 2014
- Homework 8, due 31 October 2014
- Homework 9, due 7 November 2014
- Homework 10, due 14 November 2014
- Homework 11, due 21 November 2014
- Homework 12, due 5 December 2014
- The Final!!, due 12 December 2014

NOTE: For U3 students intending to start graduate school in the fall, you should investigate the possibility of a graduate fellowship from FQRNT and from NSERC!

Lectures: Please do the readings before attending class, though this is not always possible.

Date | Lecture topic | Reading |

3 September | Review of Hilbert spaces, Bras and Kets | Book 1.1-1.3. Review 1.4-1.7 |

8 September | WKB approximation | Book 2.5, mostly pp 110-116. Alpha decay: see nice page |

10 September | Simple Harmonic Oscillator I | Book, 2.3 |

15 September | SHO: Coherent and Squeezed States | Book, 2.3; Webpage, example paper, Classic review paper |

17 September | Time evolution: Schrödinger vs Heisenberg | Book, 2.2 |

22 September | Symmetries in Quantum Mechanics | Book, 4.1 through 4.3 |

24 September | Time reversal, Anti-unitary symmetries | Book, 4.4 |

29 September | Rotation symmetry | Book 3.1, 3.3 |

1 October | Representation theory and Rotations | Book 3.5, 3.6 |

6 October | Adding angular momenta | Book 3.8 |

8 October | Wigner-Eckart Theorem | Book 3.11 |

13 October | No Lecture |
Thanksgiving |

15 October | Path Integrals | Book 2.6 |

20 October | Density matrix, measurement | Book 3.4 |

22 October | Density matrix | Book 3.4, 3.10: Quantum Mechanics In Your Face |

27 October | Electromagnetism | Book 2.7 |

29 October | Aharanov-Bohm effect | Book 2.7 |

3 November | Perturbation theory Review | Book 5.5 |

5 November | Time Dependent Pert Thy | Book 5.6, 5.7; see also This page |

10 November | Radiation from Atoms I | 5.8-5.9, Townsend Chapter 14 |

12 November | Special Surprise | |

17 November | Radiation from Atoms II | same |

19 November | Radiation III | same |

24 November | Scattering Theory | Book 6.1-6.3 |

26 November | Scattering, phase shifts | Book 6.4, helpful pages |

1 December | Phase shifts | Book 6.6,6.7 |

3 December | Relativistic QM I | Notes on Lorentz group, Book 8.1,8.2 |

4 December | Relativistic QM II | Book 8.4 |