Readings

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All course readings are taken from the textbook:

Hagelstein, Peter L., Stephen D. Senturia, and Terry P. Orlando. Introduction to Applied Quantum and Statistical Physics. New York, NY: Wiley, 2004. ISBN: 0471202762.

Readings by Session

The table below provides information on the course's lecture (L), recitation (R), and quiz (Q) sessions.


SES # TOPICS READINGS
L1 Introduction: Classical and Quantum Mechanics Chapter 1
L2 Probability Amplitudes and Development of Quanta Chapters 2 and 3
R1 Fourier Transforms / MATLAB®
L3 Dispersion, Wavepackets

Chapter 4

L4 Operators and Ehrenfest's Theorem Chapter 5
R2 Examples of Operators and Ehrenfest's Theorem Chapter 5
L5 Eigenfunctions, Eigenvalues, Superposition

Chapter 6

L6 Finite Well and 1D Box Chapters 7 and 8
L7 Tunneling Barriers

Chapters 7 and 8

L8 Simple Harmonic Oscillator Chapters 9 and 10
R3 Tunneling Examples, STM, SHO Chapters 7 and 8
L9 Raising and Lowering Operators

Chapter 10

L10 LC Circuit & SHO Wavepackets Chapters 11 and 12
L11 WKB Approximation, Variational Method Chapters 13, 14, and 15
L12 Finite Basis Set Approximation Chapter 16
Q1 Quiz 1
L13 Two-level System (dc drive) Chapter 17
L14 Two-level System (cont.) Chapter 17
R4 Examples of Two-level Systems Chapters 17-19
L15 Two-level System: Dynamic Drive

Chapter 18

L16 Coupled Systems Chapter 19
R5 Two-level Examples and Coupled System Chapter 20
L17 Coupled Systems

Chapter 23

L18 2D and 3D; Density of States Chapter 23
R6 Examples and Periodic Boundary Conditions
L19 Quantization of the E and M Fields Chapters 21 and 22
Q2 Quiz 2
L20 Fermi's Golden Rule Chapter 24
L21 Statistical Physics Chapter 25
R7 Examples of Statistical Physics Chapter 26
L22 Statistical Physics II

Chapter 26

R8 Thermionic Emission
L23 Metals and Semiconductors I Chapter 27
L24 Metals and Semiconductors II Chapter 27
R9 Examples of Metals and Semiconductors
L25 H-Atom 1 Chapter 28
L26 H-Atom II Chapter 29
R10 H-Atom Examples Chapter 30
L27 Summary
Final Exam

Recommended Readings

In addition to the required readings, a list of recommended readings is presented below.

Main References

Polkinghorne, J. Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN: 0192802526.

Liboff, R. L. Introductory Quantum Mechanics. 3rd ed. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Longman, 1998. ISBN: 0201878798.

Greenstein, George, and Arthur G. Zajonc. The Quantum Challenge: Modern Research on the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. 2nd ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2006. ISBN: 076372470X.

Kroemer, Herbert. Quantum Mechanics. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1994. ISBN: 0137470983.

Gasiorowicz, Stephen. Quantum Physics. 2nd ed. New York, NY: John Wiley, 1996. ISBN: 0471857378.

Reif, F. Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics. New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 1965.

Griffiths, David J. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1995. ISBN: 0131244051.

Additional References

Morrison, Michael A. Understanding Quantum Physics. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1990. ISBN: 0137479085.

Morrison, Michael A., Thomas L. Estle, and Neal F. Lane. Understanding More Quantum Physics. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1991. ISBN: 0139283005.

Harrison, Walter A. Applied Quantum Mechanics. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 2000. ISBN: 9810243944.

Eisberg, Robert, and Robert Resnick. Quantum Physics. 2nd ed. New York, NY: John Wiley, 1985. ISBN: 047187373X.

Kittel, Charles, and Herbert Kroemer. Thermal Physics. 2nd ed. San Francisco, CA: W. H. Freeman, 1980. ISBN: 0716710889.

Mandl, Franz. Statistical Physics. 2nd ed. New York, NY: John Wiley, 1988. ISBN: 0471915335.

James, J. F. A Student's Guide to Fourier Transforms: With Applications in Physics and Engineering. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1995. ISBN: 0521468299.

Brigham, E. O. The Fast Fourier Transform. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1974. ISBN: 013307496X.