PHY510 Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

S. G. Rajeev

Classes will meet in B&L 269 at 11:05-12:20 Tuesdays and Thursdays during Spring 2007.

The first class will be on Thursday January 18th 2007.

I will assume knowledge of quantum mechanics and electrodynamics at the level of our first year graduate courses. In practice, this means you can solve for the hydrogen and harmonic oscillator spectra; that you know the angular momentum algebra and about Pauli spin matrices; and how Maxwell's equations are invariant under Lorentz transformations. The course will start with a review of these topics.

Although no textbook is required, the book by Bjorken and Drell is a useful reference; another useful book is "Advanced Quantum Mechanics" by J. J. Sakurai. The classic text in this subject is by its inventor, "Principles of Quantum Mechanics" by P.A.M. Dirac. My own favorite treatment is in the first few chapters of "Quantum Field Theory" by Itzykson and Zuber.

There will be no examinations in the course; instead there will be some homework assignments. The course will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Syllabus(in pdf)

Lecture Notes(updated May 1st 2007:Lee Model

Problems(posted April 24 2007)


The Lee Model