Recitation Sessions by mutual agreement: Fridays 3-4 p.m.

- 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

Collection of useful formulae and relationships

Make sure you attend all colloquia - it's part of your "course load" (and, more importantly, your education as a Physicist).

- 1st lecture (Statistics and ensembles of particles)

- 2nd lecture (Density matrix)

- 3rd lecture (Multi-particle states)

- 4th lecture (Entanglement)

- 5th lecture (Bosons and Fermions)
- 6th lecture (Bosons and Fermions)
- 7th lecture (Bosons and Fermions)
- 8th lecture (Tensor Operators, Wigner-Eckart Theorem)
- 9th lecture (Classical Limit: Particle-Wave-Fluid)
- 10th lecture (Classical Limit: Wave-Fluid and Wigner Function)
- 11th lecture (Classical Limit: WKB method)
- 12th lecture (Path integral formalism)
- 13th lecture (Path integral formalism + Variational Method)
- 14h lecture (Variational Method)
- 15th lecture (Time-independent Perturbation Theory)
- 16th lecture (Time-independent Perturbation Theory II); see also our Recitation Session of March 22
- 17th lecture (Time-independent Perturbation Theory III)
- 18th lecture (Time-dependent Perturbation Theory I) (really covers 1 1/2 lectures); supplemental material (higher order Time-dep. PT)

- 19th lecture (Time-dependent Perturbation Theory II) (really covers 1 1/2 lectures)
- 20th lecture (Time-dependent Perturbation Theory III)
- 21st lecture (Scattering Theory I - 1D)
- 22nd lecture (Scattering Theory II - Phase Shifts); see also my 2-page overview of scattering theory in general

- 23nd lecture (Scattering Theory III - Born Approximation)

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

A special edition of Physics World - a lot about QM in the middle section.

Is Heisenberg's uncertainty principle under siege? Not really...

A somewhat unusual approach to teaching quantum mechanism - [viewer discretion advised]

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2013/feb/13/the-quantum-coin-toss

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2013/01/quantum-smell-theory-causes-ne.html

The Pauli principle "reloaded"

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.

Two entangled particles not exciting enough? How about eight? http://www.livescience.com/18504-quantum-entanglement-photons.html

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

Take a look at http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328505.100-asteroid-orbits-modelled-in-a-single-atom.html - relating to the "molecular cloud picture" of QM wave functions (and the classical limit)...

On the other hand, this discussion is more serious and challenging: http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110602/full/news.2011.344.html