Level : UnderGraduate
Course Language : French
Term : Spring
Number of hours : 28
ECTS Credits : 5
Quantum mechanics is certainly one of the most fertile intellectual endeavours of mankind. It has allowed for the determination of the structure of nuclei, atoms, molecules, for the elucidation of the nature of light, and it constitutes an indispensable tool for the understanding of modern physics, from elementary particles to stars and the Big Bang. Its economical impact is equally important: most of High Tech products (electronics, laser and optronics, nanotechnologies, telecommunications) are directly issued from quantum concepts.
The goal of the course PHY311 is to provide all students with an introduction to quantum mechanics and some of its applications. It will start with wave mechanics, concentrating on one-dimensional problems such as the motion of a particle in a square well and the harmonic oscillator. This will lead to the notion of state vector and to the formulation of the principles of quantum mechanics using Dirac formalism. These principles will be illustrated using the description of maser operation and quantum cryptography. This course will have strong cross-references with the courses on mathematics and on probability theory.
Last Modification : Monday 27 June 2011
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