PHY 622

University of Maryland, College Park

FALL 2010

Instructor: Prof. Paulo Bedaque

                   bedaque at

                   Physics building 2105


Books:  Modern Quantum Mechanics, J. Sakurai. Any edition will do, including the most recent one just appearing. But I will not follow the book closely at all so, if you like any other textbook (Shankar, Landau, ...), stick with it. 

Time and place: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00am to 10:50am, Fridays 10:00 am to 11:50am


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Tentative syllabus:

Fundamentals: linear algebra; bras and kets, basic postulates; density matrix, decoherence, time evolution; two and three level systems; quantum parallelism; GHZ theorem and Bell's inequality;  Correspondence Principle and canonical quantization; simple models in one dimension; supersymmetric method; hydrogen atom, path integrals; gauge invariance; adiabatic approximation; variational principle.

Symmetries: Symmetries and conservation laws; Wigner theorem; discrete symmetries, parity, time reversal; discrete trnslation symmetry and Bloch's theorem; rotation symmetry, SO(3) and SU(2); spin, angular momenta, addition of angular momenta; tensor operators.