8.04 Quantum Physics I
Experimental basis of quantum physics: photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, photons, Franck-Hertz experiment, the Bohr atom, electron diffraction, deBroglie waves, and wave-particle duality of matter and light. Introduction to wave mechanics: Schroedinger's equation, wave functions, wave packets, probability amplitudes, stationary states, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, and zero-point energies. Solutions to Schroedinger's equation in one dimension: transmission and reflection at a barrier, barrier penetration, potential wells, the simple harmonic oscillator. Schroedinger's equation in three dimensions: central potentials and introduction to hydrogenic systems.
8.04 will be offered this semester (Spring 2018). It is instructed by M. Vogelsberger.
Lecture occurs 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 6-120.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
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