Quantum Mechanics of Atoms and Molecules

A complete set of lecture slides for an upper-division undergraduate course on the quantum mechanics of atoms and molecules. Topics covered include time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory, the variational principle, the hydrogen atom, the helium atom, the hydrogen molecule ion, the hydrogen molecule, Hartree theory, and periodic systems.

01: Review of Elementary Quantum Mechanics
02: Orbital Angular Momentum
03: Spin Angular Momentum
04: Addition of Angular Momentum
05: Hydrogenic Atoms
06: Time-Independent Perturbation Theory
07: Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory
08: Two-Electron Atoms
09: Simple Molecules
10: Atomic Structure
11: Electrons in Crystalline Solids
12: Scattering Theory

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Richard Fitzpatrick
Last modified: Wednesday April 06 2022