Professor Curtright
325 JLK. Office hours 4-5 pm MWF, or else by
appointment. |
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Quantum Theory II |
PHY671 | Section G |
MWF 2:30-3:20 | 203 JLK | Prerequisites: PHY670, or equivalent. |
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Elementary scattering theory, Green function techniques, S-matrix; statistics and many body problems; Lorentz group and one particle relativistic theory; radiation and introduction to quantum fields. | ||||||||

Grade = Class participation + HW + Midterm (2:30-5pm, Friday, 12 October) + Final (2-4:30pm, Wednesday, 12 December) |

Required text: R Shankar, Principles of Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition)

(also see R Shankar's homepage and list of errata for his book)

Other source material will be announced in class, and listed below in the Assignments.

Home work problems assigned in class, and not in the textbook, will be listed here, along with a list of suggested term paper topics.

Assignment #1: Read Shankar, Chapter 19. Try to do all the exercises! Do HW problem 1. |

Assignment #2: Read Shankar, Chapter
10. Again, try to do all the exercises! |

Assignment #3: Read Shankar, Chapter 18, Sections 1, 2, & 3. Do all the exercises. |

Assignment #4: For coherent states, see
scholarpedia
and, for more emphasis on physical applications, wikipedia.
For second quantized fields, Chapter 1, G. D. Mahan, Many
Particle Physics, is a good read. Have a
look! For a novel example of classical many-body field
theory, see here. |

Assignment #5: Finish Shankar,
Chapter 18. Do the remaining exercises. |

Assignment #6: Read Shankar, Chapter 20. Do all the exercises. |

Useful software: Unfortunately, these programs are not free, except on a trial basis.

(1) Maple

(2) Mathematica

(3) Scientific WorkPlace

However, you should also be aware of the useful, free information on the MathWorld and Functions websites, as well as that available on wikipedia.