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PX408 - Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

  • Module code: PX408
  • Module name: Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 7.5

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module should start from the premise that quantum mechanics and relativity need to be mutually consistent. The Klein Gordon and Dirac equations are derived as relativistic generalisations of Schrödinger and Pauli equations respectively. The Dirac equation will be analysed in depth and its successes and limitations will be stressed.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of this module you should: have an appreciation of the general nature of Relativistic Quantum Mechanics; have an understanding of the Dirac equation, its significance and its transformation properties; be able to explain how some physical phenomena including spin, the gyromagnetic ratio of the electron and the fine structure of the hydrogen atom can be accounted for using relativistic quantum mechanics.

Timetabled teaching activities

15 Lectures

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/teach/syllabi/year4/px408

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: PX408-7.5)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 4