Physics 6110: Atomic Physics
Fall Semester, 2010
Robin Côté
Syllabus
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Date | Lecture | Content | ||||||
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Aug. 30 |
Lecture 1: Intro., Spectral lines, Bohr model, and units. |
Brief overview of the beginning of atomic physics: spectral lines and Rydberg formula, the Bohr model of the hydrogen atom, and various unit systems used in atomic physics. | ||||||
Sept. 1 |
Lecture 2: Spinless hydrogenic atoms and ions |
Solving the Schrödinger equation for one-electron systems, and recovering the Bohr model results for hydrogen (with infinitely massive nucleus). | ||||||
Sept. 6 | Labor Day | - No classes | ||||||
Sept. 8 | Dresden Workshop | - No classes | ||||||
Sept. 13 | Lecture 3: Relativistic corr. | Summary of spinless hydrogenic systems, and introduction to angular momenta (orbital, general, and electron spin). We begin to investigate relativistic corrections. | ||||||
Sept. 15 | Lecture 4: Dirac equation | We introduce the Dirac equation for a free particle, and show that it imlies the spin 1/2 of the electron. We generalize the treatment to an electron in a static electric Coulomb field, and obtain certain relativistic corrections. | ||||||
Sept. 20 | Lecture 5: Size of corrections | We finish the relativistic corrections and evaluate their effects on hydrogen energy levels. We also briefly discuss the Lamb shift. | ||||||