Advanced Quantum Mechanics with Applications

By Prof. Saurabh Basu   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 2850
The Course deals with the prerequisite material for studying advanced level research in various fields of Physics, Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering. The course begins with an introduction to advanced topics, such as, the Density Matrix formalism and its applications to quantum optics. Hence angular momentum is introduced to discuss nuclear magnetic resonance. Hence basics of quantum information theory is brought into consideration with a view to explain quantum information algorithms. Quantum dynamics is hence studied with a view to understand quantum optics for driven systems. A glossary of the approximate methods is described with a few examples. Finally, basics of quantum transport is presented to understand the conductance properties of semiconductors.
INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG and PG students of Electrical and Electronics Engineering/Engineering Physics/Physics PREREQUISITES : Quantum Mechanics course at the undergraduate level INDUSTRY SUPPORT : R & D sectors of semiconductor, optics industries and Lab equipment manufacturing industries.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Physics
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 17 Sep 2021
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Exam Date : 26 Sep 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Quantum Physics, Postulates, Different representations
Week 2: Density Matrix formalism, Harmonic Oscillator, Applications to coherent and squeezed states, Spherically symmetric systems, Quantum dots
Week 3: Spin angular momentum, Nuclear magnetic resonance
Week 4: Quantum information theory, Entanglement, Shanon entropy
Week 5: Quantum computing algorithms, EPR and Bell’s paradox
Week 6: Quantum dynamics, periodically driven systems
Week 7: Approximation methods, perturbation theory, Variational and WKB approximation.
Week 8: Linear response theory, Kubo formula.

Books and references

1. Quantum Mechanics by C. Cohen-Tannodji et al.
2. Principles of Quantum Mechanics – R. Shankar
3. QuantumMechanics – Y. Band and Y. Avishai

Instructor bio

Prof. Saurabh Basu

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Saurabh Basu is a professor at the Department of Physics, IIT Guwahati. The area ofexpertise is Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, with special emphasis on the correlatedboson and fermion systems, topological insulators. He has about 90 research publicationsin different refereed international journals.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 26 September 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course. 
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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