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Course Details

Course Department: Department of Physics
Course Code: PHY 435
Course Title: Θεωρητική Φυσική
Number of ECTS: 6
Level of Course: 1st Cycle (Bachelor's Degree) 
Year of Study (if applicable):
Semester/Trimester when the Course Unit is Delivered: Spring Semester 
Name of Lecturer(s): Haralambos Panagopoulos 
Lectures/Week: 2 (2 hours per lecture) 
Laboratories/week: -- 
Tutorials/Week: -- 
Course Purpose and Objectives: To provide students a general background in Theoretical Physics.  
Learning Outcomes:
Analytical skills, Theoretical tools, Symmetry-based approaches. 
 
Prerequisites:
PHY211, PHY221, PHY222, PHY225, PHY231, PHY235, PHY326, PHY342
 
Co-requisites: Not Applicable 
Course Content:
Symmetries: Definition, physical consequences of symmetries, Symmetries in Classical mechanics, Symmetries in Quantum mechanics, Heisenberg equations.
Classical fields: Scalar fields, Gauge invariance, electromagnetism, energy and momentum tensor.
Relativistic quantum mechanics: Klein Gordon equation, Dirac equation, introduction to second quantization
Scattering theory: Green’s functions, asymptotic states, potential scattering, resonances
Feynman path integrals: Classical action, transition amplitude of a non-relativistic quantum mechanical system, the propagator of a free particle, particle in a electromagnetic field, numerical simulation. 
 
Teaching Methodology:
Lectures, exercises, and homework
 
Bibliography:
  • J. J. Sakurai, Modern Quantum Mechanics
  • Σχετικιστική Κβαντική Μηχανική, Τραχανάς, Πανεπιστημιακές εκδόσεις Κρήτης
  • R. P. Feynman and A. R. Hibbs, Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals
 
Assessment:
Midterm exam: 35%
Final exam: 65%
Homework: 5% 
 
Language of Instruction: Greek
(with the usage of English terminology). The course is also offered in English for Erasmus students.
Delivery Mode: Face-To-Face 
Work Placement(s): Not Applicable