Syllabus for Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

Relativistisk kvantmekanik

Syllabus

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA356
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2010-03-18
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits including Quantum Mechanics (1FA352) or similar. Knowledge in special relativity and electromagnetic field theory.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

The course prepares for future work in, or in association to, those areas of quantum physics where an understanding of, and ability to deal with, relativistic effects are necessary or desirable.

Content

The Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations for free particles, and for particles in interaction with electromagnetic fields. Plane waves. Antiparticles. Non-relativistic reduction. The Feynman propagator. The Dirac equation for a particle in external fields. The hydrogen atom. Lorentz covariance for the Dirac equation. Symmetries. Scattering and decay, with applications in atomic, nuclear and particle physics.

Instruction

Lectures, in association with problem solving sessions.

Assessment

Written examination at the end of the course. Compulsory hand-in problems. The grade depends on the extent to which the goals of the course have been fulfiled. The grade 3 requires an ability to represent the main aspects of the theory, and to solve/treat standard problems within the scope of the course. The grade 4 requires a higher degree of understanding of the theory, and an ability to solve/treat problems of a more diverse character. The grade 5 requires a good understanding of the theory, and the ability to solve/deal with problems from most areas of the course. 
 
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2019

  • Brown, Lowell S. Quantum field theory

    Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1992

    Find in the library