Recitation Sessions:

Alternating Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. and Fridays at 8:00 a.m. in PSBII 2nd floor Seminar Room 2108

(The Physical Sciences Building II is adjacent to the Oceanography and Physical Sciences Building (OCNPS), 4600 Elkhorn Ave.)

Office Hours: Mondays 2:00 - 3:00 in 2100J PSB2 and Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:00 in the Learning Center

- R. Shankar: "Principles of Quantum Mechanics", 2nd Ed. Springer 1994. I will follow the general approach and much of the material of this book, while leaving some of the more advanced topics to the 2nd semester (PHYS821). If at all possible, buy this book - we will use it most extensively!
- G. Arfken: "Mathematical Methods for Physicists" - the best
collection of all the math needed by most Physicists

- A. Messiah: "Quantum Mechanics" (2-volume edition bound as 1 book), Dover Publication 1999. A comprehensive collection of material, cheap on Amazon etc.
- D.
Griffiths: "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics", 2nd edition
(Pearson 2005) and S. Gasiorowicz: "Quantum Physics" 3rd edition (Wiley
2003). Two lower-level books with more basic explanations and
applications to help you "make sense of it all". Useful if you already
have them, but don't buy just for this class (you can always go to the
library).

- C. Cohen-Tannoudji, B. Diu, F. Laloë: "Quantum Mechanics"
Volumes 1 and 2, Wiley. The most comprehensive tome, but somewhat hard
to read. For people who think this class is too easy! ;-)

- JJ. Sakurai: "Modern Quantum Mechanics" Revised Edition, Addison
Wesley 1994. Relatively compact but intense.

Syllabus and Preliminary schedule, linked to page numbers in R. Shankar's book

Collection of useful formulae and relationships

Have a well-deserved break and enjoy the next semester of QM!

- 1. Class Period
- 2. Class Period
- 3. Class Period
- 4. Class Period
- 5. Class Period
- 6. Class Period
- 7. Class Period
- 8. Class Period
- 9. and 10. Class Period
- 11. Class Period
- 12. Class Period
- 13. Class Period - here is my spreadsheet
- 14. Class Period

- 15. Class Period
- 16. Class Period
- 17. Class Period - NOTE: I updated the part on rotations in 2D

- 18. and 19. Class Period
- 20. Class Period - The Hydrogen Atom
- Summary of the Semester

- Spin
- Addition of Angular momenta

- 1st Homework Problem Set - Solution
- 2nd Homework Problem Set - Solution
- 3rd Homework Problem Set - Solution
- 4th Homework Problem Set - Solution
- 5th Homework Problem Set - Solution
- 6th Homework Problem Set - Solution
- 7th Homework Problem Set - Solution
- 8th Homework Problem Set - Solution
- 9th Homework Problem Set - Solution
- 10th Homework Problem Set - Solution
- 11th Homework Problem Set - Solution

Date |
Name |
Topic |

9/26 9:00 a.m. |
Jeremy Peschl |
Quantum Tunneling |

10/4 8:00 a.m. |
Robert Fields |
Quantum Cryptography |

10/10 9:00 a.m. | Junki Makita |
Quantum Computers |

10/18 8:00 a.m. | Anton Fernando |
Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox |

10/25 8:00 a.m. NOTE BREAK IN SEQUENCE! |
Francesca Spadoni |
The Quantum Zeno paradox |

1/1 8:00 a.m. | Mahdi Yousefi Atashgah |
Casimir effect and it's application in quantum thrusters |

1/7 9:00 a.m. | Zakary Elliot |
Quantum effects in biology |

1/15 8:00 a.m. | Filis McGuirk |
Quantum Gravity |

- 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry!

- Quantum computing a reality? Not so fast... but here is a movie about it!

- quantum-cryptography-is-coming-to-mobile-phones or quantum-cryptography-reaches-out-to-multiple-users - but only if hackers can be foiled

- Can a measurement affect a system even if nobody knows the result?
- More about collapse of the wave function

- Last years Physics Nobel prize
- Atoms interfere one at a time
- More
on the double-slit experiment

- "Not all is well with classical mechanics..." => http://physics.aps.org/articles/v5/113
- Discussion of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19489385,
http://physics.aps.org/synopsis-for/10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.100404,
http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=5692, and even more Heisenberg

- A new take on particle-wave duality
- Aharonov and Bohm's classical paper on the "ghostly" effect of the vector potential on the wave function of an electron.
- Quantum
life: the weirdness inside us or Quantum-smell-theory
causes a stink

- The quantum coin toss
- A light-hearted look at what "expert quantum physicists" think about the meaning of it all: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1301.1069v1.pdf - here is a simplified writeup
- Schrödingers kittens made in the lab from photons
- Does gravity make the universe "classical"?

- I have several more articles on
- the axioms of quantum mechanics
- its interpretation ("Q-bism", "On the reality of
the quantum state",...); see also this article

- weak measurements and their connection to the uncertainty relationship
- => Just ask me for copies

- Click on the image at the top of this web page - there is an
actual article explaining it!

- Look also at the links below!

I made a little page with pictures of spherical Harmonics and spherical Bessel functions (partially copied from http://whitedwarf.org/education/vis/ )

A collection of QM-related tutorials, animations, notebooks...: http://www.thequantumexchange.org/

Physics World's list of the 10 greatest discoveries of 2011 - at least 4 are directly related to Quantum Mechanics: http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/48126

O.k., the following are not useful but funny:

One of the shortest abstracts of any (published!) scientific paper ever!

Apparently, the new iPhone has a quantum processor! http://youtu.be/ZDnFNUqf3hg

...and here is a thoroughly amusing (unintentionally so) example of "quantum quackery". Warning: Don't sign up or take anything on this site seriously!

And finally: A somewhat unusual approach to teaching quantum mechanics - [viewer discretion advised]