Selected OpenCourseWare – Quantum Mechanics & Atomic Phyics


[MIT] 8.04 Quantum Physics I, Spring 2013 (Adams, Allan, Matthew Evans, & Barton Zwiebach) [Course homeLecture videos]

This course covers the experimental basis of quantum physics. It introduces wave mechanics, Schrödinger’s equation in a single dimension, and Schrödinger’s equation in three dimensions. It is the first course in the undergraduate Quantum Physics sequence, followed by 8.05 Quantum Physics II and 8.06 Quantum Physics III.

[MIT] 8.05 Quantum Physics II, Fall 2013 (Zwiebach, Barton.) [Course home, Lecture videos]

Together, this course and 8.06 Quantum Physics III cover quantum physics with applications drawn from modern physics. Topics covered in this course include the general formalism of quantum mechanics, harmonic oscillator, quantum mechanics in three-dimensions, angular momentum, spin, and addition of angular momentum.

[Oxford] The Physics of Quantum Mechanics, 2009 (Binney, James) [Course home, Lecture videos or here]

In this series of physics lectures, Professor J.J. Binney explains how probabilities are obtained from quantum amplitudes, why they give rise to quantum interference, the concept of a complete set of amplitudes and how this defines a “quantum state”. Notes and problem sets here.

[IIT Madras] Quantum Physics  (Balakrishnan, V.) [Course home, Lecture videos]

Lecture Series on Quantum Physics by Prof.V.Balakrishnan, Department of Physics, IIT Madras.

[Stanford] The Theoretical Minimum: Quantum Mechanics, 2012 (Susskind, Leonard) [Course home, Lecture videos]

This course is comprised of a six-quarter sequence of classes that will explore the essential theoretical foundations of modern physics. The topics covered in this course sequence will include classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, the general and special theories of relativity, electromagnetism, cosmology, and black holes. While these courses will build upon one another, each course also stands on its own, and both individually and collectively they will let students attain the “theoretical minimum” for thinking intelligently about modern physics. Quantum theory governs the universe at its most basic level. In the first half of the 20th century physics was turned on its head by the radical discoveries of Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, and Erwin Schroedinger. An entire new logical and mathematical foundation—quantum mechanics—eventually replaced classical physics. We will explore the quantum world, including the particle theory of light, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and the Schroedinger Equation. Originally presented by the Stanford Continuing Studies Program. Professor Susskind’s Book, “The Theoretical Minimum” now available:

[UoMaryland] Exploring Quantum Physics (Clark, Charles W. & Galitski, Victor) [Coursera]

 An introduction to quantum physics with emphasis on topics at the frontiers of research, and developing understanding through exercise.

[MIT] Atomic and Optical Physics I, 2014 (Ketterle, Wolfgang) [Course home, Lecture videos]

This is the first of a two-semester subject sequence that provides the foundations for contemporary research in selected areas of atomic and optical physics. Topics covered include the interaction of radiation with atoms: resonance; absorption, stimulated and spontaneous emission; methods of resonance, dressed atom formalism, masers and lasers, cavity quantum electrodynamics; structure of simple atoms, behavior in very strong fields; fundamental tests: time reversal, parity violations, Bell’s inequalities; and experimental methods.

[MIT/edx]Atomic and Optical Physics I– Part 1: Resonance (Wolfgang Ketterle)

[MIT] Atomic and Optical Physics II, 2013 (Ketterle, Wolfgang) [Course home, Lecture videos]

 This is the second of a two-semester subject sequence beginning with Atomic and Optical Physics I (8.421) that provides the foundations for contemporary research in selected areas of atomic and optical physics. Topics covered include non-classical states of light–squeezed states; multi-photon processes, Raman scattering; coherence–level crossings, quantum beats, double resonance, superradiance; trapping and cooling-light forces, laser cooling, atom optics, spectroscopy of trapped atoms and ions; atomic interactions–classical collisions, quantum scattering theory, ultracold collisions; and experimental methods.


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