PHYS2007 Physics II (Electrical)

School running course: 
Physics
Year of Study: 
2
Syllabus: 
  • Relativistic mechanics: Relativity, reference frames, the Galilean Transformation, the failure of the Galilean Transformation, Special Relativity, the Lorentz Transformation, Time Dilation, The Doppler Effect, Length, Contraction, The Twin paradox, Electricity and Magnetism, The relativity of Mass and Energy, Massless particles, General Relativity.
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics:Young’s double slit experiment – quantum mechanical behaviour, Wave functions, Operators, Schroedinger’s Time-Dependent Wave Equation, Calculating Observables, Schroedinger’s Time-Independent Wave Equation, Potential wells and tunnelling.
  • Quantum Mechanics of Atoms:Introduction, a full Quantum Mechanical Model of the Atom, Quantising intrinsic electron spin, quantum numbers, Probability densities, Radiative transitions, Many-electron atoms, Symmetric/antisymmetric wave functions, Pauli’s exclusion principle, understanding the periodic table.
  • Solid State Physics:Crystalline and amorphous solids, Ionic crystals, Covalent crystals, Van der Waals forces, Metallic Bond, Living Matter, Modern Materials.
  • Statistical Mechanics:Introduction, Maxwell-Boltzmann Statistics, the Ideal Gas, Indistinguishability of particles and Quantum Statistics, Boson Statistics, Black-body radiation and Planck’s Radiation Law, Fermion Statistics, Electrons in a metal.
  • From Semiconductivity to Micro-electronics: Introduction, history, highlights, the future, Quantum Mechanical review, Crystal lattices, periodic potentials, surprising results, Band structure, mobility, effective mass, holes, Fermi statistics, charge carrier concentrations, dopants, Diffusion and drift of charge carriers, junctions, depletion regions, band bending, Fermi levels, Devices (diodes, transistors, solar cells), QuantumComputing and Communication.
Programs offering course: 
BSc Eng (Elec)
BSc Eng (Elec) Info Option