Course: Selected topics in modern physics

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Course title Selected topics in modern physics
Course code KFY/KMF
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Erhart Jiří, prof. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Special relativity theory - light wave velocity, experimental proof of non-existence of light propagation environment (ether), Michelson-Morley experiment. 2. Fundamentals of special relativity theory - light velocity independence on the observer's motion, length contraction, time dilation, simultaneity of events, Lorentz transformation, mass and energy relation, Čerenkov radiation. 3. Quantum physics - Wave-particle duality, photoelectric effect, emission and absoption of light quantum, X-Ray and its diffraction. 4. Compton effect, red shift, de Broglie's hypothesis, Davisson-Germer experiment, Estermann-Stern-Frisch experiment. Heisenberg uncertainty principle. 5. Fundamentals of quantum theory - wave function, Schrödinger equation, physical quantity operators and their commutators. 6. Harmonic oscillator, potential hole, tunneling effect. 7. Many-electroc atoms, quantum numbers, periodic table of elements, rules for the electronic level occupation (Pauli exclusion principle, Hund rule). 8. Proof of electron's spin - Stern-Gerlach experiment. Selection rules for spectral lines, their splitting in external magnetic field - normal and anomal Zeemann effect. 9. Statistical physics, fundamentals of quantum statistics, black-body radiation, Rayleigh-Jeans law, Planck radiation law. 10. Statistical distribution for quantum particle systems - bosons and fermions (Bose-Einstein and Fermi -Dirac distribution), specific heat of solid state. 11. Physics of solid state - Atom models, Thompson model, Rutherford scattering experiments, Bohr model of hydrogen atom. 12. Emission and absorption spectra of molecules and atoms - rotation and vibration states. Franck-Hertz experiment, ionization energy. Electron band structure in solids and its consequences. 13. Chemical bond - covalent, metallic and ionic. Characteristic properies of metals, semiconductors and dielectrics. 14. Nuclear physics and astrophysics - Nucleus and its composition from nucleons, nuclear forces and bond energy, radioactive decay, nuclear reactions and their effective cross-section, elementary particles, their interactions, conservation laws.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing)
  • Class attendance - 14 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Aim of the subject is to present basic principles of modern physical theories as quantum physics and theory of relativity. Using of general physical lows in nuclear physics, physics of elementary particles, physics of condensed meter and astrophysics. Difference between classical and quantum physic will be talked over.
Fundamental knowledge of modern physics for selected topics.
Fundamentals of physics.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Written exam

Activity at practical training is requirement for obtaining the credit. Successful answers to the examination questions are necessary for passing the exam.
Recommended literature
  • BEISER, A. Úvod do moderní fyziky. Praha: Academia, 1978.
  • HALLIDAY, D., R. RESNICK, J. WALKER. Fyzika (část 5). Brno: Vutium, 2000.
  • Kopal, A. a kol. Příklady z fyziky II. Liberec: TUL, 2006. ISBN 80-7372-123-6.
  • SKÁLA, L. Úvod do kvantové mechaniky. Praha: Academia, 2005.

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