6.S062 Applied Quantum and Statistical Physics (meets with 6.728)


Undergraduate Level: AUS: EECS
Prereqs: 18.06
Units: 4-0-8
Instructor: Prof. Peter Hagelstein
Schedule:  WF11-12:30, Rec. M11, virtual instruction
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. Some familiarity with continuous time Fourier transforms recommended.