Graduate Quantum Mechanics I
Physics 6572, Fall 2014
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:1512:05, Rockefeller 115
Instructor: James Sethna, sethna@lassp.cornell.edu, 55132, PSB 412, Office Hours Wed noon
TAs: Thomas Bachlechner (tcb63@cornell.edu, PSB 428, Office Hours Tu 4:00)
and Philip Burnham (psb84@cornell.edu, Rock 237, Office Hours Th 2:30)
http://www.physics.cornell.edu/sethna/teaching/QuantumI/
We cover nonrelativistic quantum physics at the graduate level, focusing on
fundamental conceptual issues and methods.
Entanglement, Qbits, Path Integrals,
Classical Limits, WKB & Instantons, Gauge Invariance & Charge,
Angular Momentum, Group Representations, Bosons, Fermions & Anyons,
Resonances,
Random Matrix Theory,
Chemical Bonds,
Overlap Catastrophes, Macroscopic Quantum Tunneling, Schrödinger's Cat
Texts
 Modern Quantum Mechanics, (Second Edition)
J. J. Sakurai and Jim J. Napolitano (Required)
 Quantum Processes, Systems, & Information,
Benjamin Schumacher and Michael Westmoreland
(Optional, available as a Cornell ebook)
 Lectures on Quantum Mechanics,
Steven Weinberg
(Optional, available as a Cornell ebook)
Grading
 Homework 50% (Collaboration encouraged; separate writeups)
 Evening midterm 15%
 Takehome final 35%
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