Quantum Physics/Plasma/Comp. Physics (PHYS3044)


The lectures on Quantum Physics build on Intermediate Quantum Physics to cover more advanced topics, including atomic theory and spectroscopy, quantisation of the hydrogen atom, angular momentum in quantum mechanics, and perturbation theory. The lectures on Plasma Physics aim to provide an understanding of the physics of fundamental phenomena in plasmas and to introduce the basic methods of theoretical and experimental plasma physics. The course includes a study of collective phenomena and sheaths, collisional processes, single particle motions, fluid models, equilibria, waves, electromagnetic properties, instabilities, and introduction to kinetic theory. Examples will be given, where appropriate, of the application of these concepts to naturally occurring and man-made plasmas. The module on Computational Physics uses a mixture of lectures and computational lab sessions to explore problem solving using computers. It covers numerical schemes for solving ordinary and partial differential equations, with emphasis on choosing the best method to suit the problem, and on understanding numerical accuracy and stability. All coding is done in MATLAB, and no programming experience is assumed beyond that covered in Intermediate Physics.

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Forty six 1-hour lectures and eight 2-hour computer labs.


One 3-hour exam and assignments (100%).


Quantum Mechanics: A Paradigms Approach, D.H. McIntyre, C.A. Minogue, & J. Tate

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912); MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067


PHYS3939, PHYS3054, PHYS3962, PHYS3944, PHYS3959, PHYS3039, PHYS3948, PHYS3062, PHYS3942, PHYS3055, PHYS3943, PHYS3059, COSC3911, PHYS3973, PHYS3043, PHYS3955, COSC3011, PHYS3047, PHYS3060, PHYS3042, PHYS3954, PHYS3073, PHYS3048, PHYS3961, PHYS3947, PHYS3


(PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941)

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