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Physics: Quantum Concepts and Technologies (6 points)


Leader: Associate Professor Peter Wells

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: (1) Quantum Physics: the domain of quantum mechanics; particle and wave description; Schrodinger's equation, energy and momentum as operators, expectation values and stationary states; tunnelling; Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. (2) Atomic and nuclear physics: hydrogenic atoms; multi-electron atoms, binding energy and ionisation; atomic absorption spectrophotometry; vector model of the atom; x-rays; nuclear structure, radioactive decay; fission and fusion. (3) Solid State physics; the free electron theory; energy bands, conductors, insulators and semiconductors, Fermi level, Fermi-Dirac distribution; the solar cell, light emitting diodes; quantum well lasers, photodetectors.

Assessment: Examinations (3 x 1.5 hours): 66% + Practical work: 34%

Contact Hours: Three 1-hour lecture/problem classes and one 3-hour laboratory class per week

Prerequisites: PHS1011, PHS1022 and MTH1030

Prohibitions: PHS2051, ECE2903, PHS2081

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