(August-December, 2019)

This is a first course on non-relativistic quantum mechanics.

Course contents :

Wave-particle duality

One dimensional problems

Uncertainty principle

Central potential, angular momentum and spin

Interaction of quantum systems with radiation

Approximation methods (WKB, variational, perturbation)

Time dependent phenomena

Scattering theory

Books :

Principles of quantum mechanics by R. Shankar

Quantum mechanics : An Introduction by Walter Greiner

Evaulation :

Class tests : 40 %

Midsem : 30 %

Final : 30 %

- Wave particle duality and double slit experiment

The double slit experiment

See also Hitachi experiments done in 1989 and a movie* of its results.

* This movie is courtesy Hitachi.com and is locally cached for easy access.

See also Hitachi experiments done in 1989 and a movie* of its results.

* This movie is courtesy Hitachi.com and is locally cached for easy access.

- Wave
particle duality of C-60 molecules

(In this work, bulky C-60 molecules are used to produce interference patterns.)

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23.8.2019
Problem Sheet - 1

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23.8.2019
First quiz on 3.9.2019. Will cover everything taught in class until 23.8.2019.

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Office hours : You are welcome to meet me on Wednesdays 10 AM to 11 AM for consultation.

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6.9.2019
Quiz 1 : Question paper
Brief solutions

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15.9.2019
Problem Sheet - 2

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12.10.2019
Problem Sheet - 3

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14.10.2019
Second quiz on 29.10.2019. The test will cover harmonic oscillator (using raising/lowering
operators), 1D periodic potential, coherent states, symmetries and invariance principles (including
rotational invariance in two dimensions).
Taught until 14 Oct 2019.

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Early warning : Third test will be held sometime during 8-14, Nov 2019.

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21.10.2019
Midsem exam : Question paper
Brief solutions

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Notes on coherent states (Due to Prof. Steven Anlage, UMD).

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2.11.2019
Third (and happily the last) quiz on 14.11.2019. Will cover rotational invariance in three dimensions,
angular momentum algebra and the hydrogen atom.

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7.11.2019
Problem Sheet - 4

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19.11.2019
Test-3 : Question paper
Brief solutions

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21.11.2019
Test-2 : Question paper
Brief solutions

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The portion for the end-sem exam will be everything covered in this course.

22.11.2019 Some statistics related to the marks :

70% of marks already determined based on quizzes and midsem exam.average : 39.3/70.0

Standard deviation : 20.9

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25.11.2019
Problem Sheet - 5

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