Course: Quantum theory II - light-matter interaction

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Course title Quantum theory II - light-matter interaction
Course code UFY/KT2
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In academic years starting with an odd year (e.g. 2017/2018), in the winter semester.
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Polívka Tomáš, prof. RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Content of lectures: 1. Time-independent perturbation theory, two- and multi-level system, the first and second order corrections, degenerate states, variation theory, limits of application 2. Time-dependent perturbation theory, two-level system, Rabi formula, periodic perturbation, transition probability, Fermi's golden rule, Einstein coefficients 3. Energy levels of molecules, electronic, vibrational and rotational spectra, Born-Oppenheimer approximation, Franck-Condon factors, selection rules 4. Angular momentum in a composite systems, Clebsch-Gordan coefficients, spin-orbit interaction, singlet and multiplet states 5. Molecular symmetry and vibronic spectra, Raman scattering, anharmonic oscillator 6. Electric properties of matter, polarizability, optical activity, Stark effect, circular dichroism 7. Magnetic properties of matter, paramagnetism, fine and hyperfine structure of spectral lines, NMR, EPR 8. Localized and delocalized excitation, exciton, excitation energy transfer, Forster and Dexter transfer 9. Introduction to quantum field theory, creation and annihilation operators, quantum states of fields, number states, coherent states

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
  • Class attendance - 48 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 60 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 25 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Advanced topics of quantum theory for those who have passed the introductory courses of quantum mechanics. The course focused especially on interaction of light and matter, but basic introduction to quantum field theory is also included. The course will provide necessary theoretical background, but it will also give the connection between theory and experiment.
Knowledge of general physics (basics of mechanics, thermodynamics, optics and atomic physics), basic knowledge of quantum mechanics from the course Quantum theory I. Knowledge of methods of mathematical analysis (derivation, integrals, differential equations, Fourier transformation)
Passing the course Quantum Theory I
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Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment, Systematic student observation, Colloquium

Passing oral exam, activity during lectures and practicals.
Recommended literature
  • Atkins, P. W., Friedman R. S. Molecular Quantum Mechanics, Oxford, 2011 (5th Edition).
  • Cohen-Tannoudji, C., Diu, B., Laloe, F. Quantum Mechanics, Wiley, 2005.
  • Loudon, R. The Quantum Theory of Light, Oxford, 2004 (3rd Edition).

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Biophysics (1) Category: Physics courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter