Course Code: 5A1332 (F5A5205 for PhD students)

Credits: 5

18 x 2h = 36h lectures in total (periods 1-2).

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NOTE: Schedule for other lectures might slightly change: please check after Sept 2!!


Aim of the course:

To my opinion, learning theoretical physics is an iteration process, and the present course is 'the next iteration' (after one or two more basic quantum mechanics courses) which, as I hope, will lead to to a better understanding of quantum mechanics. I will not only discuss the 'mathematical foundations' (in the spirit of J. von Neumann's classical book) but also try to keep a balance with (hopefully) interesting applications and examples. My aim is to convey to you why I like the subject.

Contents of the Course:

Mathematical and conceptual foundation of quantum mechanics: special topic from functional analysis and group theory.

Quantum many-body systems. Approximation methods. Scattering theory.

Computational tools and examples.

Relativisitic quantum mechanics: Klein-Gordon equation, Dirac equation.

Quantization of the Maxwell field.

Lecturer and examiner:

Visiting address: Roslagstullsbacken 11, room 112:006C
Telephone: 08-5537 8173

Course Literature:

*available for 50SEK at `studentexpeditionen', Roslagstullsbacken 21, rum B5:1016. Opening hours: working days, 11.00-13.00h.

Further Recommended Reading:

I strongly suggest to not read just one book - there is many complimentary points of view, and if you are serious about learning the subject well you should read various versions, including the 'classics'.  I will say more about this in the lectures.


A combination of homework problems and an oral and/or written examination(s): there will be 3 homework problems. I strongly recommend that you hand in your solution latest by the 'In'-date given (since it will help you to 'digest' the material and thus enable you to better follow the lectures), but I will accept solutions until the X-mas break. The minimum requirement for an undergraduate to pass the course is to hand in acceptable solution and to pass an oral exam where I will only ask questions about your homework solutions. You can earn a better mark by taking an additional exam, which will be written or oral depending on the number of students.  The requirement for a PhD student to pass are the same as for an undergraduate to get the best mark.

Homework problems :

Homework Problems #1: PostScript PDF   (Out:* 2005-09-06/In:** 2005-09-16 @ 17:00
Homework Problems #2: PostScript PDF   (Out:* 2005-09-16/In:** 2005-09-30 @ 17:00
Homework Problems #3: PostScript PDF   (Out:* 2005-11-22/In:** 2005-12-10 @ 17:00)

*planned (I try to have it ready by then).
**strongly recommended, but I will accept your solutions until Dec. 23, 05.

Senast uppdaterad: 2005-10-11