Quantum Theory and Applications in Spectroscopy - ZPEM3103

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

School: School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences @ UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Course Outline: ZPEM3103 Course Outline

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 5

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: ZPEM1301, ZPEM1302, ZPEM2113 or ZPEM2502

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Since the work of Isaac Newton, the development of quantum theory at the beginning of the 20th century was the greatest advance in physical science. Arguably, quantum mechanics has now become the most successful theory of all time. This course for upper level students of physics and chemistry presents a brief history of quantum theory, followed by an introduction to the standard formalism of quantum mechanics, e.g. the postulates of quantum theory, the properties of linear operators, Dirac notation etc. The gained knowledge is then applied to the physics of atoms and molecules and a range of spectroscopic methods, including electron spin resonance, nuclear magnetic resonance and rotational, vibrational and electronic spectroscopy.
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