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Course module: NWI-NB016B
Quantum Mechanics 3
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-NB016B
Credits (ECTS)6
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Wiskunde, Natuur- en Sterrenkunde;
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dr. T.G. Budd
Other course modules lecturer
dr. J.H. Mentink
Other course modules lecturer
dr. J.H. Mentink
Other course modules lecturer
dr. J.H. Mentink
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. J.H. Mentink
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
KW2-KW3  (04/11/2019 to 12/04/2020)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
  • The student knows the special aspects of quantum systems comprising of identical particles
  • The student is able to perform calculations in the Fock-space of particles or quasi-particles
  • The student can deal with quantum mechanical ensembles
  • The student has the ability to perform teamwork and explain an advanced topic to fellow students 
  • The student understands the quantization aspects of electromagnetic fields (module 1)
  • The student knows the fundamental aspects of relativistic quantum mechanics (module 1)
  • The student understands the basic concepts and methods of condensed matter theory (module 2)
  • The student understands such phenomena as Josephson effect, Andreev reflection, Aharonov-Bohm effect, conductance quantization, magnetoresistance and Hall effect and can apply theory methods to describe them (module 2)
This course is part of a chain of quantum mechanics courses, consisting of Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics 1a+b, 2 and 3.

During the 3rd quarter the emphasis in Quantum Mechanics 3 is on the properties of identical-particle systems. By adopting the occupation number representation, the quantum space of identical-particle systems (Fock-space) is constructed in terms of creation and annihilation operators. In this context the student will encounter new concepts such as quasi-particles and second quantization. Next the quantum-mechanical concept of mixed ensembles is introduced, which is subsequently used to derive the quantum statistics of non-interacting many-particle systems that are in thermodynamic equilibrium with a macroscopic environment. In the 4th quarter the course splits into two modules. The students are free to choose either of these modules.
Module 1 (W.J.P. Beenakker) is meant for students who are interested in the master's specialisation "Particle and Astrophysics". In this module it will be shown how the problems with the construction of a 1-particle version of relativistic quantum mechanics can be circumvented by assigning a many-particle interpretation to the relativistic wave equations. The latter is illustrated and motivated by the quantization of the electromagnetic field.
Module 2 (M. Titov) is meant for students who are interested in the master's specialisation "Physics of Molecules and Materials". This module covers the basic concepts of condensed matter theory: Bloch theorem, tight-binding models, k-dot-p Hamiltonians, spin-orbit interaction, dispersion relations, density of states, current operator, and scattering states. The following topics will be treated: the Landauer-Büttiker theory of quantum transport, the Boltzmann kinetic equation, the mean-field method and the Ginzburg-Landau theory of superconductivity.

The students are expected to participate in one team assignment. As part of a team of 3-4 students they should prepare and present a mini-lecture on a modern/advanced quantum mechanical topic. These presentation assignments are integrated in the exercise-classes and are meant to provide added depth to a particular discussion or to introduce the students to a ground-breaking experiment that is described in Nature or Physical Review Letters.  

Presumed foreknowledge
Kwantummechanica 2
Test information
  • Schriftelijk tentamen
  • Bonuspunt op grond van het werkcollege
  • Specifics

    Test information
    • Written Exam
    • A Bonus may be obtained by handing in exercise class assignments.
    Quantum Mechanics 2
    Required materials
    Lecture notes: will be updated on a weekly basis and can be downloaded before each lecture
    Recommended materials
    David J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, Pearson Education Ltd, 2005
    Eugene Merzbacher, Quantum Mechanics, 3rd edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2003
    B.H. Bransden and C.J. Joachain, Quantum Mechanics, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, Pearson Education Ltd, 2000
    F. Schwabl, Advanced Quantum Mechanics, 3rd edition, Springer 2005
    D. Feng and G. Jin, Introduction to condensed matter physics, World Scientific, Singapore 2005
    Instructional modes
    Attendance MandatoryYes




    Test weight1
    Test typeWritten exam
    OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4

    There will be a single exam that covers both modules

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