PHY 571/NAN 571 - Quantum Physics/Graduate Course
Time: Mon./Wed. 5:30-6:45 pm
Location: PS F462
Instructor: Prof. Dmitry Matyushov
Office: PSF 348
Phone: (480)965-0057
Office hours: Monday 3 - 5pm, Wednesdays, 2 - 3:30 pm; for "evening only" students I will be available for one hour after class and by e-mail appointment.
Text: Quantum Physics (3rd edition), by Stephen Gasiorowicz
PHY 571/NAN 571 library reserve
Web-based quantum physics resources
Course web page:
Link to PHY 571 by John Venables:
Optional Texts: Applied Quantum Mechanics, by Walter A. Harrison (World Scientific, 2000)
Modelling Molecular Structures , by A. Hinchliffe (Wiley, 2001)
This course is for several sets of students, including Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering students, and can take its character to some extent from those who join the course. It is a core course for the new Professional Science Masters' degree in Nanoscience. It may also interest other graduate students across Science and Engineering disciplines. It can be taken as a 'final' course in Quantum Physics, or in preparation for the PHY 576-577 course Quantum Theory series in the following year. For EEE students, it is a complementary or parallel course to EEE 434/591, taught by Prof. N. J. Tao or D. Ferry at a comparable level. PHY 571 has been taught by Prof. John Venables for many years and this class draws on the structure and material developed by him.
List of modules:
  • Background information (Chs. 1-2)
  • 1-dimensional Eigenvalue problems (Chs. 3-4)
  • Operator and Matrix methods (Chs. 6-9)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics: Spin and Statistics (Chs. 10-14)
  • QM in Biology, Chemistry, and Nanoscience:
    1. QM in Chemistry: molecular absorption and emission
    2. QM in biology: electron transfer, energy transfer, light harvesting
    3. QM in nanoscience: quantum dots
  • Tentative timetable
    Homework: Five sets of problems will be given during the semester, each of which must be turned in at the beginning of class on the due date. 50%
    Mid-term exam: A one-hour mid-term exam will be given in class (Oct. 15). 25%
    Final exam: A cumulative, two-hour exam (Dec. 15, 4:50-6:40 pm) 25%
    All exams are open-book and open-notes.
      Homework Assignments:
    No. Assignment SolutionsAssigned OnDue Date
    1 08/27/0809/15/08
    2 09/15/0810/06/08
    Midterm 10/15/0810/16/08
    3 10/16/0811/10/08
    4 11/19/0812/01/08
    Lecture Notes (posted by the end of each week):
    Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
    Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 10-cont Week 11
    Hartree-Fock Week 13 Lab 2 Week 15 Week 16 E. Spectr.
    Week 17
    Gaussian'03 manual
      Supplement materials (Gasiorowicz):
    Suppl. 1 Suppl. 2 Suppl. 4 Suppl. 5 Suppl. 7 Suppl. 14
    Links to quantum web resources:
    Quantum applets of the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris
    Schroedinger equation solver by Kevin Schmidt at ASU
    Lecture notes from Prof. John Venables:
    Lecs. 1-3 Lecs. 4-5 Lecs. 6-8 Lecs. 9-14 Lecs. 15-18