ELEMENTS AND APPLICATIONS OF MODERN PHYSICS

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Code
90693
ACADEMIC YEAR
2017/2018
CREDITS
7 credits during the 1st year of 9011 Mathematics (LM-40) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
FIS/03
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Mathematics)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

"Elementi e Applicazioni di Fisica Moderna" (EAFM, code 90693) is a 7 credits worth class held during the second semester of the First year of the "Laurea Magistrale". Lessons are held in Italian. Study material for subscriber students can be found on the AulaWeb website.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course provides a basic knowloedge on several topics concerning modern physics, with a particular emphasis on quantum mechanics and some aspects of special relativity. The aim is stimulating interest and comprehension of several physical phenomena related to these topics, also highlighting important applications especially in the field of the structure of matter.
 

TEACHING METHODS

Traditional

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

 

  1. Introduction to Special Relativity

    Reminders about classical relativity, the electromagnetic waves equation
    The Michelson-Morley experiment
    Einstein postulates
    Lorentz transformations
    Relativistic dynamics
    Applications
     
  2. Quantum mechanics
    2.1 Wave-matter dualism for electromagnetic radiation
    Reminders about the interference of electromagnetic waves
    The photoelectric effect, the concept of photon
    Blackbody radiation
    States complementarity, probabilistic interpretation
    Uncertainty relationship for photons

    2.2 Wave-matter dualism for matter 
    Atomic phenomena: emission spectra and the Bohr model
    The De Broglie hypothesis
    Interference effects among particles
    The Heisenberg uncertainty principle and wave packets

    2.3 The Schroedinger equation
    Stationary and time-dependent equation
    Probabilistic interpretation of the wave function
    Particle in a box
    Tunnel effect
    Application: scanning tunnel microscope and atomic force microscope

    2.4 Atomic models and particle statistics
    Hydrogen atom, spin, statistics
    The Pauli exclusion principle
    Many-electrons atoms
    Fermi and Bose statistics
    Application: quantum dot
    Appliction: Laser

    2.5 Crystals and latice structures
    Diffraction off crystals
    Basic concepts about band theory
    Metals and insulators
    Basic ideas about semiconcuctor-based devices

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

K. S. Krane "Modern Physics, 3rd edition" (Wiley)
V. A. Ugarov "Special Relativity" (MIR)

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: By appointment

Office hours: The meetings ate planned in agreements with the students and at the end of the lectures.

Exam Board

FABIO CAVALIERE (President)

MAURA SASSETTI (President)

GIOVANNI RIDOLFI

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Traditional

LESSONS START

The class will start according to the academic calendar.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral examination

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
27/07/2018 08:30 GENOVA Orale
27/07/2018 08:30 GENOVA Orale