6.S063 Applied Quantum and Statistical Physics (Meets with 6.728)


Undergraduate level MEETS WITH 6.728
Units: 4-0-8
Can be used as an Applied Physics concentration subject of the 6-P program
Instructor:  Professor Peter Hagelstein, plh@mit.edu
Schedule: Lecture WF11-12:30, room 26-328; Recitation M11, room 26-328
Elementary quantum mechanics and statistical physics. Introduces applied quantum physics. Emphasizes experimental basis for quantum mechanics. Applies Schrodinger's equation to the free particle, tunneling, the harmonic oscillator, and hydrogen atom. Variational methods. Elementary statistical physics; Fermi-Dirac, Bose-Einstein, and Boltzmann distribution functions. Simple models for metals, semiconductors, and devices such as electron microscopes, scanning tunneling microscope, thermonic emitters, atomic force microscope, and more. Students taking the graduate version complete additional assignments.