PHYSICS OF QUANTUM MATTER

PHY3PQM

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will explore fundamental quantum physics and apply it to solve problems involving the electronic and thermal properties of matter. You will further develop concepts in classical and modern physics previously considered in PHY2CLP and PHY2MOD. This subject is one of four such subjects at third year level that together constitute the physics major in the Bachelor of Science.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlex Schenk

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHY2CLP and PHYMOD and MAT2VCA and MAT2LAL

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHY5PQA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to the Structure of Matter: A Course in Modern PhysicsPrescribedJohn J. Brehm and William J. Mullin, 1985John Wiley & Sons
ReadingsElements of Quantum OpticsPrescribedMeystre, Pierre, Sargent, MurraySpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ReadingsIntroductory Quantum OpticsPrescribedChristopher Gerry and Peter KnightCambridge University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Correctly use the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics in the context of atomic systems including the use of operators and the Hamiltonian to derive the Schrodinger equation.

Activities:
Students apply the tools of quantum mechanics to solve fundamental problems of measurement and observation. Students are shown in lectures how these tools can be derived mathematically from 5 fundamental postulates.

02. Appropriately apply the tools of quantum mechanics to predict the fundamental electronic properties of crystalline systems through the application of the tools of quantum mechanics to systems of condensed matter.

Activities:
Students use problem solving techniques modelled in lectures and tutorials to write solutions to problems posed in assignments and the final exam.

03. Use standard technical software to implement computational solutions to problems too complex for analytical mathematical solutions.

Activities:
Computational skills will be developed in workshops by students writing an extended program in Matlab to model and thus solve a problem in quantum matter.

04. Design solutions to complex problems in solid state physics integrating diverse aspects of quantum mechanics.

Activities:
Students use problem solving techniques modelled in lectures and tutorials to write solutions to problems posed in assignments and the final exam.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRussell Anderson

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Six 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour end of semester written exam (2000 word equiv50 01, 02
Four written assignments (1800 word equiv)Solutions to short essay questions including mathematical analysis.40 01, 02, 04
One computational assignment (700 word equiv)Marks will be awarded for both the appropriateness of the program design and quality of in-line documentation.10 03

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlex Schenk

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Six 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour end of semester written exam (2000 word equiv50 01, 02
Four written assignments (1800 word equiv)Solutions to short essay questions including mathematical analysis.40 01, 02, 04
One computational assignment (700 word equiv)Marks will be awarded for both the appropriateness of the program design and quality of in-line documentation.10 03