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Course Code : | 2001WETAMF |

Study domain: | Physics |

Academic year: | 2020-2021 |

Semester: | 1st semester |

Contact hours: | 60 |

Credits: | 6 |

Study load (hours): | 168 |

Contract restrictions: | No contract restriction |

Language of instruction: | Dutch |

Exam period: | exam in the 1st semester |

Lecturer(s) | Sabine Van Doorslaer |

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:

an active knowledge of

general notion of the basic concepts of

specific prerequisites for this course

an active knowledge of

- Dutch

- English

general notion of the basic concepts of

General Physics

specific prerequisites for this course

Theoretical physics (quantum mechanics and electro magnetism)

- The student gains insight in the physics of atoms and molecules and their quantum-mechanical description. More specifically, the student can construct the Hamiltonian of an atom with several electrons, has insight in the fundamental physics of the different Hamiltonian terms and can reduce the complexity of the problems using symmetry aspects. The student can describe the interaction of an atom with a magnetic field or electromagnetic waves. The student knows the basic elements of quantum-mechanical computational techniques for atoms and molecules.

In this course, the electronic structure of atoms and molecules is being treated. The derivation is mainly based on the concepts of rotation-invariance and the succesive reduction in symmetry due to the different Hamiltonian terms. Are being treated: the hydrogen atom, central-field potential, rotation-invariance and momentum, Clebsch-Gordon-coefficients, Wigner-Eckart-theorem, commutators and their physical meaning, degeneracy and symmetry; atoms with several electrons: central-field approximation, orbitals, spin, Pauli-principle, Slater-determinants, correlation and exchange, LS- and jj-coupling, spin-orbit interaction, Zeeman-effect, Stark-effect, hyperfine interactions; interaction of atoms with an electromagnetic field; molecular structure: Born-Oppenheimer-approximation, molecular orbitals.

The course has an international dimension.

Part of the lectures are in English

Class contact teachingLectures Practice sessions

Personal workExercises

**5.3 Facilities for working students ***

Directed self-study (possibly with response lecture)

Personal work

Directed self-study (possibly with response lecture)

- Blended learning with limited amount of classroom activities in the evening

ExaminationWritten examination without oral presentation Closed book

syllabus and slides will be made available

Introduction to Quantum mechanics / DJ Griffiths

sabine.vandoorslaer@uantwerpen.be