8.04 Quantum Physics I

Class Info

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.

This class has 8.03, 18.03, and 18.034 as prerequisites.

8.04 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by V. Vuletic.

Lecture occurs 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 4-237.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Quantum Physics I site or on the 8.04 Stellar site.

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