Title: Quantum Mechanics for Engineers
Coordinator: M. P. Anantram, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Goals: The focus of this course is to introduce students to quantum mechanics using 1D, 2D and 3D nanomaterials. The students will develop a working knowledge of quantization in quantum dots/wells/wires, band structure, density of states and Fermi's golden rule (optical absorption, electron-impurity/phonon scattering). Applications will focus on nanodevices, nanomaterials, and the basics of quantum information.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this course, students will be able to:
Textbook: The course is based on Lecture Notes written by M. P. Anantram, 2018.
Prerequisites by Topic:
Course Structure: The class meets for two 100-minute lectures. There are regular homeworks, one midterm exam and a project at the end of the course.
Computer Resources: Matlab or Python (preferred)
Grading: The homework, exam and project are all equally weighted.
ABET Student Outcome Coverage: This course addresses the following outcomes:
H = high relevance, M = medium relevance, L = low relevance to course.
(1) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. (M) The course is primarily oriented towards quantum mechanical analysis of devices. Assignments require students to identify an engineering problem: design quantum nanostructures with specific energy level separation for light emission at a particular wavelength, design a tunnel barrier thickness to keep leakage current below a threshold.
(7) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. (M) Students learn to use IBM's tools for quantum computing and perform computational experiments on entangled pairs and quantum measurement. The students will then rationalize the difference between the computational experiments and average values calculated analytically.
Prepared By: M. P. Anantram
Last Revised: January 21, 2019