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Relativistic Quantum Mechanics (TFYA57)

The purpose of the course is to introduce students into relativistic quantum theory, emphasizing its important applications in condensed matter physics. After having passed the examination the students should have obtained such knowledge that the ability to understand research literature using relativistic quantum mechanical language is essentially increased. After finishing the course the students know:

  • foundations of modern first-principles theories based on relativistic quantum mechanics
  • foundations of scattering theory
  • how to solve relativistic quantum mechanics problems that involve topics listed in the course content
  • Prerequisites: 
    Classical Electrodynamics, Analytical mechanics, Quantum mechanics. 

    Organisation:   The course is given as lectures. 

  •     Course contents: 
    Basic theory, including special relativity and angular momentum. Dirac equation, symmetries and operators, and free particles. Physical consequences of solutions, model problems. Important applications of quantum theory to condensed matter. Relevant theory for the one-electron atom. Development of the theory to describe the quantum mechanics of many electron systems, including Hartree-Fock and density functional methods. Scattering theory and band structures. 
  • Course literature: 
    "Relativistic Quantum Mechanics" by Paul Strange 
  • Examination:   Homework problems and oral presentation (6 ECTS).                                  

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Last updated: 10/22/09