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PX382 - Quantum Physics of Atoms

  • Module code: PX382
  • Module name: Quantum Physics of Atoms
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 7.5

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To develop the ideas of quantum theory and apply these to atomic physics

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should: Have developed an understanding of the approximate methods of quantum theory – perturbation theory (time-dependent and time-independent), variational methods; Understand the role of spin and the Pauli exclusion principle; Be able to explain atomic spectra and the structure of the periodic table; Have an understanding of lasers

Timetabled teaching activities

"13 Lectures + 2 problem classes"

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/teach/syllabi/year3/px382

Other essential notes

The principles of quantum mechanics are applied to a range of phenomena in atomic physics including the operation of a laser. The intrinsic property of spin is described and its relation to the indistinguishability of identical particles in quantum mechanics discussed. Perturbation theory and variational methods are described and applied to several problems. The hydrogen and helium atoms are analysed and the ideas that come out from this work are used to obtain a good qualitative understanding of the periodic table.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: PX382-7.5)
D (Assessed/examined work) Coursework 15%
  1.5 hour examinatiaon (April) 85%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessment visiting/exchange PART-YEAR ONLY 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc) (F300) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Physics (with Intercalated Year) (F301) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 3
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • 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 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc) (GF13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (with Intercalated Year) (GF14) - Year 4