As a complement to the courses PHYS 1111, PHYS 1112 and PHYS 1211 which establish the bases of classical mechanics, special relativity, electromagnetism and wave physics, the aim is to expose the student to the conceptual and physical bases of the quantum description of the microscopic world. This course is 45h (lectures) +30h (tutorials) and it is worth 5 credits. Lectures are given in English.
Professor : Fabio Maltoni
Center for Particle Physics and Phenomenology  CP3
Tel: 01047 3166
Room: e.247
Email: fabio.maltoni_AT_uclouvain.be
Assistant : Claude.Duhr
Center for Particle Physics and Phenomenology  CP3
Room: e.248
Email: claude.duhr_AT_uclouvain.be
Lectures are given for 14 weeks starting on Wed, 28th of January, three hours per week. Tutorials are given on Fridays afternoons, for two hours.
The literature on Quantum Mechanics is vast and it is easy to get lost. The course is based on the syllabus by Prof. Jacques Weyers which will be followed in the lectures and made available on the web. Hereafter, I only mention a few books, which might be used as references and/or for exercises:
This is a collection of complementary information on Quantum Mechanics that you might enjoy!
The complete Syllabus
Here the pdf file with several exercises is given.
Here the pdf file with examples of the theory questions which will appear in the exam.
Here A short note on the derivation of the freeparticle propagator.
Exam given on the 5th of June 2007.
Exam Simulation given on the 9th of May 2007.
Week 
Dates 
Lectures & Tutorials 
Notes 
1

Wed 28 Jan 
The microscopic world: 
[Gasi], Chapter I 
Fri 1 Feb 
No Exercises 

2

Wed 4 Feb 
The microscopic world: 
[FeHi], Chapters I & II 
Fri 6 Feb 
Tutorial: 
Due Homework: 

3

Wed 11 Feb 
The principles of Quantum Mechanics. 
[FeHi], Chapters I & II 
Fri 13 Feb 
Tutorial: 
No homework due 

4

Wed 18 Feb 

Lecture notes: Chapter III

Fri 20 Feb 
Tutorial: Exercises 18 and 19. 
No homework due 

5

Wed 25 Feb 
Timeindependent Schrodinger equation and stationary states.The Hamiltonian operator. 
Lecture notes: Chapter III
Chapter IVa 
Fri 27 Feb 
Tutorial: Discussion of the symmetric box 
Due Homework:
symmetric box 

6

Wed 4 Mar 
Density and Current. Free particle. 
Lecture notes:
Chapter IVa

Fri 6 Mar 
Tutorial: 
 

7

Wed 11 Mar 
Scattering exercises and the deltafunction. 
Lecture notes:
Chapter IVa

Fri 13 Mar 
Quiz 2 
 

8

Wed 18 Mar 
The harmonic oscillator in one and two dimensions. 
Lecture notes:
Chapter IVb 
Fri 20 Mar 
Tutorial: Quiz 
 

9

Wed 25 Mar 
Hilbert spaces. Hermitian operators and their spectrum. 
Lecture notes: 
Fri 27 Mar 
Tutorial: 
 

10

Wed 1 Apr 
Lecture notes: 

Fri 3 Apr 
Tutorial: 
 

11

Wed 22 Apr 
Lectures: Uncertainty relations 
Lecture notes: Chapter VI 
Fri 24 Apr 
Tutorial: 
 

12

Wed 29 Apr<\br>Thu 30 Apr 
Lectures: Uncertainty relations (continued). 
Lecture notes: Chapter VI 
Fri 1 May 
Holidays 
 

13

Wed 6 May 
Lectures: momentum space representation. 
Lecture notes: Chapter VII 
Fri 8 May 
Tutorial 
 

14

Wed 13 May 
Lectures:
The variational principle and the WKB approximation. 
[Grif] 
Fri 15 May 
Tutorial: 
 
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