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Physics 330B: Quantum Mechanics
Spring 2009, Prof. Oberacker

The aim of this course

Phys-330B is the second semester of our graduate-level quantum mechanics course. Most of this course describes various aspects of non-relativistic quantum mechanics of one- or two-particle systems. However, at least two weeks of the course will be devoted to give you an introduction to nonrelativistic quantum many-body theory; the techniques you will learn here have applications in condensed-matter physics, atomic and molecular physics, quantum chemistry, nuclear physics, and astrophysics. The course ends with a brief (one week) overview of relativistic quantum mechanics, covering the basics of the Klein Gordon equation (spin-zero) and the Dirac equation (spin-1/2).

Prerequisites: Phys-330A and Phys-308 (Mathematical Methods of Physics).

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Probability density for one-electron atom in the (n=4, l=2, ml=0) state

Contact Information

Instructor: Professor Volker E. Oberacker
Phone: 615-322-5035
Office: Stevenson Center, 6th floor, room 6625
e-mail: volker.e.oberacker@vanderbilt.edu


Class meetings: MWF, 10:10 - 11:00 a.m., SC 6638
Office hours: Most of the time, you will find me in my office. Please feel free to drop by my office whenever you have any questions, and I will try to accomodate you if possible.


Textbook: R. Shankar, "Principles of Quantum Mechanics", 2nd edition

Course Website: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/A&S/physics/volker/p330b/


Last update: December 10, 2008
Volker Oberacker
Vanderbilt University