

PHS3142Theoretical Physics II (6 points)(SCI) Leader: Dr Imants Svalbe
Offered: Synopsis: This unit provides part of a major in theoretical physics. It consists of two 12lecture subunits, Advanced Quantum Mechanics ad Theory of Electrons in Nanosystems, and a 12hour seminar subunit. The key areas of study are: (1) Advanced Quantum Mechanics: Schrodinger formulation, matrix mechanics, basic sets, eigenvectors and secular equations, commutation relations, angular momentum, Pauli spin matrices, spin wavefunctions, Pauli's exclusion principle and symmetry; (2) Theory of Electrons in Nanosystems: electron states in small and low dimensional structures, quantum Hall effect; and (3) Theoretical Seminar: seminar participation in theoretical problems, projects and presentations. Assessment: Examinations (2 x 1.5 hours): 48% + Assignments and seminar contributions: 52% Contact Hours: An average of 2 hours lectures, one 1hour tutorial and one 1hour seminar per week 
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