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### Syllabus of the course: * Introduction to Modern Physics I *

In this web page we provide the syllabus of the course Introduction to Modern Physics I, offered by the Department of Physics.

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Code | Φ-201 |
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Type | A |

ECTS | 7 |

Hours | 6 |

Semester | Winter |

Instructor | S. Traxanas |

Program | Thursday, 14:00-17:00, Amphitheater X/P, Room 1,2,3 |

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Goal of the course | The course is addressed to second year students. It's goal is to introduce the students to the basic principles of quantum mechanics and its implications to the physical word. Emphasis is given to the modern description of the interaction between matter and radiation and its applications. |

Syllabus | Quantum description of electromagnetic radiation. The Blackbody radiation, the explanation of Planck, Photoelectric effect, Compton effect, Light and Gravity Quantum description of matter. The planetary model for the atom, the theory of Bohr, the wave-particle duality of de Broglie The formulation of quantum physics, the wavefunction and Schroedinger's equation. Motion of a particle in a box. The statistical meaning of the wavefunction and the quantum-mechanical observables. The uncertainty principle Simple applications. The harmonic oscillator, the one-dimentional step potential, the tunneling effect and its applications Quantum mechanics in three dimensions. The hydrogen atom, Zeeman effect, the Ster-Gerlac experiment, Spin and Pauli's exclusion principle, The atomic structure of matter Statistical Physics. Maxwell-Bolztman distribution, Quantum statistics, Bose-Einsten and the photon gas, FErmi-Dirac statistics and the free electrons in metals Light absorption, spontaneous and stimulated emission - Population inversion and the functioning of lasers - Applications |

Bibliography | R. A. Serway, C. J. Moses and C. A. Moyer, «Modern Physics» |

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