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phy551 - Quantum Structure of Matter (Complete module description)
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Module label Quantum Structure of Matter
Module code phy551
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Attendance: 56 hrs
Self study: 124 hrs
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Applicability of the module
  • Bachelor's Programme Engineering Physics (Bachelor) > Aufbaumodule
Responsible persons
Cocchi, Caterina (Module responsibility)
Cocchi, Caterina (Authorized examiners)
Biehs, Svend-Age (Authorized examiners)
Lienau, Christoph (Authorized examiners)
Vogelgesang, Ralf (Authorized examiners)
Mechanics, Electrodynamics and Optics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering I-III. These courses are mandatory prerequisites.
Skills to be acquired in this module
The students will gain knowledge of the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics and their application to the modelling of the equilibrium structure of different atomic, molecular and solid state material systems. The course will enhance their competence to understand and apply basic theoretical concepts in quantum mechanics. The students will learn how to rationalize quantum effects and wave phenomena in a variety of material systems and will become acquainted with strategies how to explain the equilibrium steady-state structure of different types of matter. The students will also be introduced into the nonequilibrium dynamics of selected quantum systems.
Module contents
The course aims at providing a modern introduction into quantum mechanical foundations of the structure of atomic, molecular and solid state systems. It will bridge the gap between „Atomic and Molecular Physics“ and „Solid State Physics.” The following content will be covered:
1. Introduction into quantum mechanics
2. Quantum theory: techniques and applications
3. Atomic and molecular structure
4. Light-matter interaction
5. Molecular spectroscopy
6. Introduction into quantum dynamics
7. Molecular reaction dynamics
8. Macromolecules and Aggregates
9. Solid State Materials
The course will be held at the level of an advanced course in physical chemistry and requires basic knowledge of quantum mechanics as introduced in “Atomic and Molecular Physics”.
Reader's advisory
  • P. W. Atkins, J. de Paulo, Physical Chemistry, 9th Edition, W. H. Freeman (2009)
  • W. Demtröder, Atoms, Molecules and Photons, 2nd Edition, Springer (2010)
  • W. Demtröder, Molecular Physics, Wiley-VCH (2005)
  • C. Cohen-Tannoudji, B. Diu, F. Laloe, Quantum Mechanics, Vol. I and II, 1st Edition, Wiley (1991)
  • N. W. Ashcroft, N. D. Mermin, Solid State Physics, 2nd Edition, Cengage Learning (1976).
  • S. H. Simon, The Oxford Solid State Basics, Oxford University Press (2013).
  • S. Haroche, J. M. Raimond, Exploring the Quantum: Atoms, Cavities and Photons, Oxford University Press (2006)
  • L. Susskind, Quantum Mechanics - The Theoretical Minimum, Basics Books (2014)
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level AC (Aufbaucurriculum / Composition)
Modulart / typ of module je nach Studiengang Pflicht oder Wahlpflicht
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Vorlesung: 4 SWS / lecture: 4 SWS
Tutorium: 2 SWS / tutorials 2 SWS
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
180 min written exam or 45 min oral exam
Course type Lecture
Frequency --
Workload attendance 0 h