PHY 5641 - Perturbations and Symmetry in Quantum Mechanics (3)
When Offered: On Demand
An analytical study of perturbation theory and symmetry as applied to quantum mechanical systems. This is a non-relativistic course that is predominantly focused on techniques for obtaining solutions to Schrödinger’s equation for which standard analytical results are not possible. The implications and utility of symmetry in quantum theory are also developed as appropriate to the subject matter.
Topics may include: Identical Particles, Quantum Statistical Mechanics, Time-Independent Perturbation Theory, the Variational Principle, Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory, Adiabatic Approximation and Berry’s Phase, and instructor-selected advanced topics: e.g. quantum computing, scattering, or an introduction to the Dirac Equation.
Prerequisites: PHY 4640 (Quantum Mechanics) or an equivalent.