Quantum Mechanics-II, Physics 911 (Wysin)
Kansas State University, Fall 2002.

Office Hours:

Tuesday, 3:30--4:30, Wednesday/Thursday 3:30 -- 5:00, CW 309.

The course is intended for graduate students in physics who have already had an introductory course in Modern Physics and Quantum Mechanics, at the level of the texts: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, by David J. Griffiths, Prentice-Hall, Inc. (1995); Quantum Physics: Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei and Particles, by Robert Eisberg and Robert Resnick.

For more course information, go here: Fall 2002 Physics 911 Syllabus.

Suggested Textbooks

It is difficult to find one universally accepted textbook on quantum mechanics at the graduate level, as there are numerous approaches to its development. Here is the list of resources I will use in preparing lectures. My primary recommendation for a text where the conceptual development of the subject is pretty well described is the one by Messiah, I also like Schiff, but it seems to be out of print. However, I will follow the order of presentation of topics as in Merzbacher, which also gives some newer topics and a more modern treatment. The book by Shankar is very readable and seems to be well-received by students at the level between grad./undergrad, and develops the subject starting from matrix mechanics and vector spaces, rather than the more usual approach using the Schrodinger equation and wave mechanics.

Quantum Mechanics, Third Edition, by Eugen Merzbacher, John Wiley and Sons, (1998) (primary text).
Quantum Mechanics, by Albert Messiah, North Holland Publishing Co. (1961).
Quantum Mechanics, Third Edition, by Leonard I. Schiff, McGraw-Hill, Inc. (1968).
Principles of Quantum Mechanics, Second Edition, by Ramamurti Shankar, Plenum Press, New York (1994).
Quantum Physics, Second Edition, by Stephen Gasiowicz, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (1996).

Other Good Textbooks

For some particular topics I will refer to the following texts:

Lectures on Quantum Mechanics, by Gordon Baym,
Elementary Theory of Angular Momentum, by M. E. Rose,
Quantum Mechanics, Nonrelativistic Theory by L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz
Intermediate Quantum Mechanics, by H. A. Bethe and R. Jackiw

Lecture Notes

The ultimate source of these notes is Messiah and Merzbacher. If you read in one of those books you will get more than what I've written here, this is just to indicate the specific topics I cover in the lectures.
Spherically Symmetric Potentials (Merzbacher Ch. 12)
Notes on Sturm-Liouville Self-Adjoint ODE's (Math. Methods)
Introduction to Scattering Problems (Merzbacher Ch. 13)
Spin (Magnetic Moments, Angular Momentum, Rotations...) (Merzbacher Ch. 16, Messiah Ch. XIII)
Spin (Density Matrix, Polarization, Scattering and Information) (Merzbacher Ch. 15, 16)
Symmetry Groups: Rotations, Angular Momentum, Other Symmetries (Merzbacher Ch. 17)
Symmetry Groups: Tensor Operators, Addition of Angular Momenta (Merzbacher Ch. 17)
Perturbation Theory for Bound States, Atomic Fine Structure (Merzbacher Ch. 18)
Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory, Fermi's Golden Rule, Radiative Perturbations (Merzbacher Ch. 19)
Identical Particles, Creation/Annihilation, State Vectors (Merzbacher Ch. 21, Messiah XIV)
Many Body Applications: Perturbation Theory and Quantum Statistics (Merzbacher Ch. 22)
Quantized Electromagnetic Fields, Photons (Schiff Ch. 14, Merzbacher Ch. 23)
Relativistic QM for Electrons, Dirac Equation (Messiah XX, Merzbacher Ch. 24)

Chapter Review Notes

Spherically Symmetric Potentials (Merzbacher Ch. 12), Scattering Problems (Merzbacher Ch. 13)
Spin, spinors, J, L, S, rotations, density matrices, spin polarization (Merzbacher Ch. 15, 16)

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