Physics 221B:
Graduate Quantum Mechanics II
General Information

Many Body Methods, Radiation Field Quantization, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, Applications


References for reading
both source material for lectures and more advanced material for people who want to know more than we'll cover in class.

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Meeting times

  • Main Lecture: in 141 Giannini
    9:10 am -10 am, MWF
  • Discussion Sections:
    W 2-3P, 31 Evans
    Tu 1-2P, 105 Latimer

Contact Information
Instructor: Joanne Cohn, 519 Campbell HallOffice hours M 10-11 and by appt.
GSI: Ilya Osipenkov, 254 LeConteOffice hours Tu 11-1
Grader: TBD

Continuation of Physics 221a, so knowledge of material in Physics 221a will be assumed.

Texts all on 2 hour reserve in physics library

  • Merzbacher, Quantum Mechanics, 3rd edition
  • recommended: Sakurai, Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • recommended: Ballentine, Quantum Mechanics
  • also see:
    • Baym, Lectures on Quantum Mechanics (might find here or call Westview Press (1-800-386-5656))
    • Sakurai, Modern Quantum Mechanics
    • Hatfield, Quantum Field Theory of Point Particles and Strings
    • Fradkin, Field Theories of Condensed Matter Systems
    • Mandl and Shaw, Quantum Field Theory


Homeworks are due on Mondays (note change) at 5 pm at the course homework box (Birge-LeConte breezeway); late homeworks are not accepted. Homework assignments will be available online at
You can discuss the homeworks with classmates, the GSI or instructor, but the work on them should be your own and you should write them up yourselves. The worst homework will be dropped.

Midterm and Final
There is a midterm in class on Friday, March 12.
Final: Take home for any 24 hour period May 13 (time 10 am) -May 15 (ending at 5 pm May 15).
Please make sure you are available to take these exams.

Homeworks 30%, Midterm 30%, Final 40%
You must pass the final in order to pass the course. The exam group is 4, please make sure you do not have a conflict.

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