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Unit 1

Review of Planck’s relation, De-Broglie relation and uncertainty principle basic concepts – Schrodinger equation: probabilistic interpretation of wave function, one dimension problems – particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, potential barrier and tunneling. Hydrogen atom, electrons in a magnetic field – X-ray spectra – periodic table.

Unit 2

Bosons and Fermions – symmetric and antisymmetric wavefunctions – elements of statistical physics: density of states, fermi energy, Bose condensation – solid state physics: Free electron model of metals, elementary discussion of band theory and applications to semiconductor devices.

Einstein coefficients and light amplification – stimulated emission – optical pumping and laser action.

Unit 3

Operation of He-Ne laser and Ruby laser – laser in science and Industry – Raman effect and applications.

Nuclear physics: nuclear properties – binding energy and mass formula – nuclear decay with applications – theory of alpha decay – nuclear forces – fission – principle of nuclear reactor – elementary particles – leptons, hadrons, quarks, field bosons – the standard model of elementary particles.

Text Books

  • A Beiser, Perspectives in Modern Physics, McGraw Hill


  • Arthur Beiser, Concepts of Modern Physics, 6th Edition Tata McGraw Hill
  • S H Patil, Elements of Modern Physics, Tata Mc Graw Hill, 1989
  • K Krane, Modern Physics, John Weiley, 1998.
  • K Thyagarajan, A K Ghatak, Lasers-Theory and Applications, Macmillan, 1991

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