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5th January 2017, 04:38 PM
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Re: Pune University Physics Department

The syllabus of M. Sc. (Physics) program offered by Department of Physics of Savitribai Phule Pune University is as follows:


Module 1 : 2 credits (20L + 10T)

1-D problems in quantum mechanics: Wells and barriers, Harmonic oscillator, Hermite
polynomials and their properties, Qualitative plots of wave functions and their interpretation
Formalism of Quantum Mechanics: State Vectors, Observables and operators, Ket space, Bra
space and Inner product, Hermitian operators, Eigenvalues and Eigenfunctions,
Completeness, Matrix representation of states and operators, Commutability and
compatibility, Uncertainty relation for x and p from their commutator, Change of basis,
Unitary transformations, Representations in different bases
Time-evolution of a quantum system: Schrödinger, Heisenberg and Interaction pictures,
Constants of the motion.
Simple harmonic oscillator by operator method, States with minimum uncertainty product,
Coherent States, Landau level problem.
Module 2 : 2 credits (20L + 10 T)
Theory of angular momentum : Orbital angular momentum operators, Commutation
relations, Raising and lowering operators, Representation of operators and states in spherical
coordinates, Spherical harmonics, Plots for spherical harmonics.
Spherically symmetric potentials, Solution of hydrogen atom problem, Plots for wave
Intrinsic Spin angular momentum: Pauli matrices and spin 1/2 eigenstates.
Addition of angular momenta, Clebsch -Gordan coefficients, Wigner-Eckart
Identical particles, Spin and Statistics. Symmetric and antisymmetric wave functions, Slater
determinants and Permanents.
Symmetry in quantum mechanics : Space and time translations, discrete lattice translations,
Discrete Parity and time reversal symmetries.
Quantum measurements: Wave function collapse, Spin correlation measurements and Bell's
inequality, entanglement.

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