Applied Quantum and Statistical Physics

Representative radial wave function of two electrons scattering.

A representative radial wave function of two electrons scattered in the collision of an electron with a hydrogen atom. (Image courtesy of National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.)


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Fall 2006



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6.728 is offered under the department's "Devices, Circuits, and Systems" concentration. The course covers concepts in elementary quantum mechanics and statistical physics, introduces applied quantum physics, and emphasizes an experimental basis for quantum mechanics. Concepts covered include: Schrodinger's equation applied to the free particle, tunneling, the harmonic oscillator, and hydrogen atom, variational methods, Fermi-Dirac, Bose-Einstein, and Boltzmann distribution functions, and simple models for metals, semiconductors, and devices such as electron microscopes, scanning tunneling microscope, thermonic emitters, atomic force microscope, and others.

Orlando, Terry. 6.728 Applied Quantum and Statistical Physics, Fall 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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