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(SCI)

Leader: Dr Greg Jakovidis
Offered:
Clayton First semester 2006 (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; multielectron atoms, binding energy and ionisation; atomic spectroscopy; vector model of the atom; xrays; nuclear structure, radioactive decay; fission and fusion. (3) Solid State physics; structure of solids, xray diffraction, the free electron theory; energy bands, conductors, insulators and semiconductors, Fermi level, FermiDirac distribution; the solar cell, light emitting diodes; photodetectors.
Objectives: On completion of this unit, students will be able to explain and apply the key concepts of quantum physics to a variety of quantum systems including particle in a box and hydrogenic systems; explain nuclear binding energy and stability; predict the most likely decay mode of a nuclide based upon its relative position to the ridge of stability; describe the transition from atomic orbitals to energy bands; explain the principle of operation and perform simple calculations for a range of contemporary quantum devices; acquire, manipulate and interpret physical data; write scientific reports at a level suitable for publication.
Assessment: Examinations (3 + 2 hours): 50% + Assignments: 16% + Practical work: 34% + Students must achieve a pass mark in the practical component to achieve an overall pass grade.
Contact Hours: Three 1hour lecture/problem classes and one 3hour laboratory class per week
Prerequisites: PHS1011 or PHS1080, PHS1022 and MTH1030
Prohibitions: ECE2903