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6.728 Applied Quantum and Statistical Physics, Fall 2006

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.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a full set of homework assignments, as well as useful formula sheets in the study materials section. Exams are also available.

Course Description

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.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .m.



Prof. Terry Orlando

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session



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