# Physics 501: Quantum Mechanics II (winter 2008)

Taught by Joanna Karczmarek
## General Info

The class will take place in Henn 302 on Wednesdays and
Fridays 12:30-14:00 to avoid a conflict with the
Theory Seminar.
Office hours: none scheduled at the moment. Feel free to accost me at anytime.

Course outline (PDF)

Information about the final project (PDF)

## NEW Presentation schedule

This is the final, definitive schedule.
### Fri, April 11, 12:30 - 3, Henn 302

- Mills, William Joseph: Non-abelian gauge symmetries
- Karimi, Hamed: Exact solution for the hydrogen spectrum using
the Dirac equation
- Ramshaw, Brad (Brad): Photon bunching
- Zhu, Zhihuai: Quantum computing: the database search problem

### Mon, April 14, 1:00-3:30pm, Henn 302

- Ning, Hailong: Rabi Oscillations
- Martinuk, Mathew Alexander: Quantum weak measurement
- Gill, Ramandeep Sunny: Vacuum polarization and effective actions
- Thomas, Evan Cameron: The Schwinger effect (
particle-anti particle pair production)

### Tue, April 15, 1:00-3:30pm, Henn 301

- Nakahara, Hiroko (Hiro): Path integrals for identical bose particles
- Ku, Mark Jen-Hao: Superconductivity
- Yang, Shuhang: Lamb shift
- Smadella, Michael Robert:

## Reading material and references

This list will grow as the course progresses.

The on-line supplementary material to Gasiorowicz can be found on Wiley's
webpage at the
Student Companion Site.

- The density operator is defined in Supplement 20-C to Gasiorowicz.
There are also good discussions in Abers and in Sakurai.
- A list of references for the first
4 weeks of the course.
- The most recent volume of Physics in Canada (Vol. 63, No. 4)
is devoted to Quantum Information and Quantum Computing. There is lots of
interesting stuff there, offering an up-to-date view on the topics we have
been discussing in class.

- Summary notes on the general
formalism for normal modes.
- To learn the basics about phonons, you can read Kittel's `Introduction to
Solid State Physics', chapters 4 and 5. For more a technical description,
go to Ashcroft and Mermin, `Solid State Physics', chapters 21-24,
and Appendices L and M.

- Quantization of light is covered in a simple way in Supplement 18-A
to Gasiorowicz. If you want more details, the discussion in
Abers Chapter 11 is quite exhaustive.
- Summary notes on Coherent States.
- For notes on detailed balance, see Gasiorowicz Supplement 1-A.

- The Dirac equation is covered well in Shankar "Principles of Quantum Mechanics", chapter 20.

- Path integrals are covered well in both Sakurai and in Abers.

## Problem Sets

PS 1, due Wednesday, Jan 23
PS 2, due Wednesday, Feb 6

PS 3, due Friday, Feb 29

PS 4, due Wednesday, Mar 12

PS 5, due Friday, Mar 28

PS 6, due Monday, Apr 14