TFY4205 - Quantum Mechanics II


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

Approximation methods in quantum mechanics. Scattering theory. Atoms and electrons in magnetic fields. Coherent states. Density matrix. Field quantization and radiation theory. Measurement and interpretation. Introduction to electron bands in solids.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE | The candidate should have knowledge about:
- Fundamental concepts and the mathematical formalism used in the general formulation of quantum mechanics (QM)
- Different types of approximation methods used in QM and which of these that is suitable for a given system
- How scattering of particles can be treated in a QM fashion
- QM effects caused by a magnetic field and quantization of the magnetic field itself
- Fundamental concepts within quantum statistics
- How periodic potentials can be used to give a simple description of the conduction properties of materials

SKILLS | The candidate should, among other things, be able to
- Compute wavefunctions and energy eigenvalues via degenerate and non-degenerate perturbation theory, both time-dependent and time-independent
- Compute the QM scattering cross section for particles scattering on potentials/other particles in a variety of situations, including low energy, high energy and for identical particles
- Compute QM phases that arise in certain physical systems and how these phases are manifested in observables
- Determine if a quantum state is pure or mixed and compute the density matrix of the system
- Compute Bloch-functions and bandstructure for a system with a simple periodic potential

GENERAL COMPETENCY | The candidate should be able to:
- Understand different principles utilized to construct approximative methods in QM
- Understand how scattering of particles can provide important information about physical interactions
- Assess the consequence of treating a magnetic field in a QM system in either a classical or quantum mechanical fashion

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and calculation exercises. The course will be given in English if students on the international master program in physics are attending the course. Expected work load in the course is 225 hours.

Further on evaluation

The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral. Since the lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam will only be given in English.

Course materials

"Intermediate Quantum Mechanics" by Jacob Linder, free to download at

Supporting course material: P.C. Hemmer: Kvantemekanikk, Tapir, 2000.
B. H. Bransden and C. J. Joachain: Quantum mechanics, Prentice Hall, 2000.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIF4045 7.5
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 1
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Physics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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