Quantum Mechanics and Optical Physics

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Course
  • Semester Offered: Spring
Course Number: 
OPTI 345
Distance Course: 
Course Description: 
This course will introduce students to the ideas and methods of quantum theory by building on their knowledge of waves from optics, and developing the tools needed for working with light and matter. After describing the underpinnings of quantum mechanics some key examples will be worked out in detail including the quantum harmonic oscillator. The quantum theory of atomic structure will next be developed in detail to expose the student to some key techniques and notions for understanding atoms. Finally, the interaction between light and matter is explored along with some basic paradigms for understanding optical physics, including Rabi oscillations, spontaneous emission, and the quantum theory of light.
Students must have advanced to at least their junior year and passed all Fall exams with at least B grades in OPTI 240 (OPTI 341 effective Fall 2019) and OPTI 310 (OPTI 210 effective Spring 2019.
Ewan M. Wright
Office Hours: 

There are no required texts for the class, and class notes will be made available through the webpage. Alternative reading sources will be referred to throughout the class and made available in the reading room and Science Library.

Attendance Policy: 
The UA’s policy concerning Class Attendance, Participation, and Administrative Drops is available at: http://catalog.arizona.edu/policy/class-attendance-participation-and-administrative-drop
The UA policy regarding absences for any sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice will be accommodated where reasonable, http://policy.arizona.edu/human-resources/religious-accommodation-policy. Absences pre-approved by the UA Dean of Students (or Dean Designee) will be honored. See: https://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/absences
Participating in the course and attending lectures and other course events are vital to the learning process. As such, attendance is required at all lectures and discussion section meetings. Students who miss class due to illness or emergency are required to bring documentation from their health-care provider or other relevant, professional third parties. Failure to submit third-party documentation will result in unexcused absences.
Course Syllabus: 
Academic Integrity

According to the Arizona Code of Academic Integrity, “Integrity is expected of every student in all academic work. The guiding principle of academic integrity is that a student’s submitted work must be the student’s own.” Unless otherwise noted by the instructor, work for all assignments in this course must be conducted independently by each student. Co-authored work of any kind is unacceptable. Misappropriation of exams before or after they are given will be considered academics misconduct.

Misconduct of any kind will be prosecuted and may result in any or all of the following:

  • Reduction of grade
  • Failing grade
  • Referral to the Dean of Students for consideration of additional penalty, i.e., notation on a student’s transcript re: academic integrity violation, etc.
Students with Learning Disabilities

If a student is registered with the Disability Resource Center, he/she must submit appropriate documentation to the instructor if he/she is requesting reasonable accommodations.

The information contained in this syllabus may be subject to change with reasonable advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.