Syllabus for Quantum Dynamics

Kvantdynamik

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1KB553
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry 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: 2008-01-17
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 24, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits including basic course in quantum mechanics or equivalent.
    English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6").
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • analyse wave packet dynamics by means of correlation functions
  • describe the difference between quantum dynamics in harmonic and in anharmonic systems
  • use numerical methods to solve the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for model systems of relevance within chemistry and physics
  • describe and compare in terms of accuracy and efficiency different numerical methods for progagating wave packets.

Content

Time-dependent Schrödinger equation. Wave packets. Correlation functions. Harmonic and anharmonic oscillators. Phase space and Wigner transformation. Potential surfaces. Diabatic and adiabatic representation. Time-dependent perturbation theory. Fermi's Golden Rule. Numerical solution of the Schrödinger equation. Applications to chemical physics.

Instruction

Lectures, problem solving sessions and laboratory work.

Assessment

Laboratory sessions, 2 credits and written assignments, 3 credits.

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

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.