Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
a. Contribution of the teaching units to the learning outcomes of the programme
1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6
b. Specific learning outcomes of the teaching unit
At the end of this teaching unit, the student will be able to:
1. describe phenomena of the microscopic world by the formalism of wave mechanics and understand the fundamental differences with classical physics;
2. understand and use the relationship between operators and observables;
3. solve the one-dimensional Schrödinger equation in the presence of different potentials, including that of the harmonic oscillator;
4. determine the temporal evolution of a quantum system;
5. understand the concept of quantum entanglement.
The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The following subjects are covered in the teaching unit:
- Discovery and observation of quantum phenomena in the microscopic world.
- Feynman probability amplitude concept.
- The Schrödinger equation.
- Examples of one-dimensional solutions and physical applications.
- The harmonic oscillator.
- The principle of linear superposition and temporal evolution.
- Uncertainty relationships.
- Quantum intricacy and Bell's theorem.
The lectures are intended to introduce the fundamental concepts, to motivate them by showing examples and establishing results, to show their reciprocal links and their relations with other teaching units of the Bachelor's programme in physics.
The practical work sessions aim at learning to model phenomena of microscopic physics through quantum physics, to choose and use calculation methods for their analysis and to interpret the results obtained.
Both activities are face-to-face.
- J. Weyers, Quantum Physics, Syllabus (disponible sur MoodleUCL).
- D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, ed. Pearson .
- R. P. Feynman, The Feynman Lectures on Physics, vol III , ed. Addison Wesley.
- J. Preskill, Lecture notes on Quantum Computation, (web).