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Module THE PHYSICS OF ATOMS & QUANTA

Module code: EP420
Credits: 5
Semester: 1
Department: EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS
International: Yes
Coordinator: Dr Creidhe O'Sullivan (EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS)
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The aim of this module is to develop advanced concepts and formal methods of quantum mechanics and their application to atomic physics.

Module content

Quantum Physics: Time-dependent Schrödinger equation, operator formalism, eigenvalue equations, probability amplitudes, angular momentum, commutation relations, Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, matrix mechanics, spin one-half system, perturbation theory, two-particle systems.

Atomic Physics: fine structure of hydrogen atom, Lamb shift, radiative transitions, introduction to laser spectroscopy, alkali atoms and quantum defect, hyperfine structure, helium atom, exclusion principle, LS and jj coupling in multi-electron atoms, atoms in external fields, cooling and trapping of atoms, Bose-Einstein condensation.

This module specifically addresses the following topics of the Core of Physics, as defined by Institute of Physics:

- Calculus to the level of multiple integrals; solution of linear ordinary and differential equations

- Three-dimensional trigonometry

- Matrices to the level of eigenvalues and eigenvectors

- Wave function and its interpretation

- Standard solutions and quantum numbers,to the level of the hydrogen atom

- First order time independent perturbation theory

- Quantum structure and spectra of simple atoms

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