Course

P612 – Introduction to Condensed Matter

Course No: 
P612
Credit: 
4
Approval: 
PG-Core
Syllabus: 
  1. Hydrogen atom including 1.s coupling and hyperfine interaction.
  2. helium atom introduction to exchange and correlation; variational calculation of ground and exited-states.
  3. Introduction to the idea of effective potentials for electrons in many-electron atoms (Hartree theory and idea of self-consistency); use of Clementi-Roetti wave-function.
  4. One-electron atomic systems in an elecromagnetic field; dipole approximation and associated section rules; Stark and Zeeman effect (Note: Instructor will have to introduce the students to time-dependent perturbation theory here).
  5. Einisteins A and B coefficients, population inversion, laser action, derivation of A and B coefficient from-semi-classical treatment of light-atom interaction.
  6. Molecular formation: Discussion of atom-atom interaction, van der waals force, ionic interaction and covalent bold .
  7. Molecular structure: Hydrogen molecule MO and VB picture; importance of correlations.
  8. Molecular spectra (restricted to two atom molecules) electronic, rotational and vibrational.
  9. Some lectures left for interesting current topic. 
Reference Books: 
  1. Elementary Atomic structure -G.K Woodgate
  2. Atomic Physics: C.J Foot
  3. Atoms, molecules and Photons: W. Demtroder
  4. The Theory of atomic Spectra: Condon and Shortley
  5. Topics in Atomic Physics: C.E Butkhardt and J.L Leventhal
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