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PH4028   Advanced Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Methods

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 12.00 noon even Mon, Tue and Thu, 4 pm odd Fri (TBC)

This module builds on the material of PH3061 and PH3062 Quantum Mechanics 1 and 2 to present some of the important current and advanced topics in quantum mechanics. The mathematics of complex analysis is introduced to allow this to be used for relevant quantum mechanics problems. Scattering theory is developed using partial waves and Green's functions, leading to a discussion of quantum degenerate gases. Advanced topics in perturbation theory including WKB approximation for exploring differential equations. The density matrix formalism as the general state description in open quantum systems is presented; open system dynamics are described within the formalism of the density matrix master equation. Quantum information processing is covered, including concepts such as qubits, quantum entanglement, quantum teleportation, and measurement based quantum computing.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PH3061 and pass PH3062 and ( pass PH3081 or pass PH3082 ) or ( pass MT2003 or pass MT2506 and pass MT2507 )

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures or tutorials.

Scheduled learning hours: 32

Guided independent study hours: 118

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7


Module teaching staff: Dr B Lovett

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School’s Handbook for Honours modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.