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PHYS3140 – Advanced Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Optics

2021 – Session 2, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Alexei Gilchrist
Thomas Volz
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
PHYS303 or PHYS3130 or PHYS2030
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Quantum mechanics is perhaps the most fundamental of all theories of modern physics. While its consequences are most readily seen in the microscopic world of elementary particles, atoms and molecules; quantum mechanics provides a set of rules that apply to all physical phenomena: the universe as a whole is governed by its laws. This unit looks at quantum mechanics in greater depth than PHYS3130/PHYS2030 and from a more foundational perspective. After introducing the postulates of quantum theory, we consider the basic mathematical structures including Hilbert Space, the Dirac notation, linear operators, spectral theory and measurements. Tools for the description of multiple systems and statistical combinations of systems are introduced allowing the exploration of entanglement - arguably the most dramatic departure from classical physics. In the second half of the unit Quantum Optics is introduced, which has widespread applications and has played a central role in testing quantum mechanics and exploring its meaning. In this section we cover quantization of the optical field, introduce coherent states and describe the physics behind the quantum interaction of light and atoms.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: describe and apply the Hilbert space formalism of quantum mechanics.
  • ULO2: model the combination and removal of physical systems.
  • ULO3: use density operators to describe the statistical properties of quantum mechanics.
  • ULO4: explain how measurements are described and used in quantum mechanics.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Assignments 25% No Throughout Semester
Final exam 50% No Exam period
Midsession exam 25% No Week 7

Assignments

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 36 hours
Due: Throughout Semester
Weighting: 25%

 

Weekly problem-solving assignments

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • describe and apply the Hilbert space formalism of quantum mechanics.
  • model the combination and removal of physical systems.
  • use density operators to describe the statistical properties of quantum mechanics.
  • explain how measurements are described and used in quantum mechanics.

Final exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Exam period
Weighting: 50%

 

Exam in the University Examination period.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • describe and apply the Hilbert space formalism of quantum mechanics.
  • model the combination and removal of physical systems.
  • use density operators to describe the statistical properties of quantum mechanics.
  • explain how measurements are described and used in quantum mechanics.

Midsession exam

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 25%

 

Exam on the content from the first half of the unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • describe and apply the Hilbert space formalism of quantum mechanics.
  • model the combination and removal of physical systems.
  • use density operators to describe the statistical properties of quantum mechanics.
  • explain how measurements are described and used in quantum mechanics.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Lecture notes will be provided, fully solved problems will be provided. Tutorials and lectures will be held online while in lockdown.  

 

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