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Rensselaer Catalog 2008-2009 
Rensselaer Catalog 2008-2009 [Archived Catalog]

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PHYS 6520 - Quantum Mechanics II

Intrinsic spins, Pauli matrices, spinors. Addition of angular momenta, Clebsch-Gordon coefficients, Wigner-Eckart Theorems, applications. Approximate treatments: variation methods, overlap integrals, Block wavelength. WKB methods. Stationary perturbation, degeneracy. Fine structure and hyperfine structure in atoms. Approximations for time dependent problems: Fermi-Golden rules. Classical fields: Lagrangian density, variational principle, field equations, normal modes. Field quantization: quantization of continuous systems, EM radiation, photons, EM-atom coupling, spontaneous emission. Relativistic single particle: Dirac equation, free space solution, central force solution.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Prerequisite: PHYS 6510.

When Offered: Spring term annually.

Credit Hours: 4

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