Gianni Blatter: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Name Prof. em. Dr. Gianni Blatter
FieldTheoretical physics
Institut für Theoretische Physik
ETH Zürich, HIT K 43.3
Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 27
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 25 68
RelationshipProfessor emeritus

402-0206-00LQuantum Mechanics II10 credits3V + 2UG. Blatter
AbstractMany-body quantum physics rests on symmetry considerations that lead to two kinds of particles, fermions and bosons. Formal techniques include Hartree-Fock theory and second-quantization techniques, as well as quantum statistics with ensembles. Few- and many-body systems include atoms, molecules, the Fermi sea, elastic chains, radiation and its interaction with matter, and ideal quantum gases.
ObjectiveBasic command of few- and many-particle physics for fermions and bosons, including second quantisation and quantum statistical techniques. Understanding of elementary many-body systems such as atoms, molecules, the Fermi sea, electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with matter, ideal quantum gases and relativistic theories.
ContentThe description of indistinguishable particles leads us to (exchange-) symmetrized wave functions for fermions and bosons. We discuss simple few-body problems (Helium atoms, hydrogen molecule) und proceed with a systematic description of fermionic many body problems (Hartree-Fock approximation, screening, correlations with applications on atomes and the Fermi sea). The second quantisation formalism allows for the compact description of the Fermi gas, of elastic strings (phonons), and the radiation field (photons). We study the interaction of radiation and matter and the associated phenomena of radiative decay, light scattering, and the Lamb shift. Quantum statistical description of ideal Bose and Fermi gases at finite temperatures concludes the program. If time permits, we will touch upon of relativistic one particle physics, the Klein-Gordon equation for spin-0 bosons and the Dirac equation describing spin-1/2 fermions.
Lecture notesQuanten Mechanik I und II in German.
LiteratureG. Baym, Lectures on Quantum Mechanics (Benjamin, Menlo Park, California, 1969)
L.I. Schiff, Quantum Mechanics (Mc-Graw-Hill, New York, 1955)
A. Messiah, Quantum Mechanics I & II (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1976)
E. Merzbacher, Quantum Mechanics (John Wiley, New York, 1998)
C. Cohen-Tannoudji, B. Diu, F. Laloe, Quantum Mechanics I & II (John Wiley, New York, 1977)
P.P. Feynman and A.R. Hibbs, Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals (Mc Graw-Hill, New York, 1965)
A.L. Fetter and J.D. Walecka, Theoretical Mechanics of Particles and Continua (Mc Graw-Hill, New York, 1980)
J.J. Sakurai, Modern Quantum Mechanics (Addison Wesley, Reading, 1994)
J.J. Sakurai, Advanced Quantum mechanics (Addison Wesley)
F. Gross, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory (John Wiley, New York, 1993)
Prerequisites / NoticeBasic knowledge of single-particle Quantum Mechanics
402-0501-00LSolid State Physics0 credits1SG. Blatter, C. Degen, K. Ensslin, D. Pescia, M. Sigrist, A. Wallraff, A. Zheludev
AbstractResearch colloquium