»Certificate in Quantum Studies

quantum studies 25th solvay conferenceChapman University’s certificate in Quantum Studies provides the recipient with a background in basic modern physics along with cutting edge research ranging from the most profound concepts in modern science to more practical technological revolutions such as ultra-powerful computers and unbreakable codes to protect communications. In many ways, Chapman's Certificate in Quantum Studies is unique: it blends pure and applied quantum physics that is of interest to the academic, commercial, and military sectors.  Indeed, the subject matter of the Certificate has been identified by many government agencies as critical. For example, The White House recently stated “The United States’ large stake in all these potential applications warrants a cohesive national effort to achieve and maintain leadership in the rapidly emerging field of quantum information science.”

Breakthroughs in theoretical physics (such as those made by Einstein, Maxwell, and Newton) have had some of the biggest societal impacts, and at the lowest costs.  For example, the picture at the left depicts the first of the “Solvay” conferences.  All of the founding fathers of the most successful theory in history (quantum mechanics) are depicted here.  In fact, because of the work of these few, quantum theory resulted in more than half of the entire US Gross Domestic Product.  The picture to the right illustrates the recent 100th anniversary of this conference, mostly comprised of Nobel Laureates along with one of the instructors for the Certificate, who was recently voted in a worldwide poll as the most likely Nobel recipient in coming years. In addition, there will be guest lecturers who are also some of the most recognized scientific names in the world.

+-QSPX 9030: Modern Physics

QSPX 9030: Modern Physics
3 credits

An introduction based on landmark theory and experiments, to the major developments in physics of the early 20th century.  Topics covered include special relativity, relativistic energy and momentum, de Broglie’s waves, Schrodinger’s equation, spatial quantum numbers, spin-orbit interaction, atomic spectra, uncertainty principle, exclusion principle, Zeeman effect, binding, and nuclear reactions.
Limited enrollment.

+-QSPX 9031: Quantum Mechanics

QSPX 9031: Quantum Mechanics
3 credits

Pre-requisite: QSPX 9030
For students who successfully completed QSPX 9030, Modern Physics, this course will cover the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, its historical development, and its application.  A certificate in Quantum Studies will be awarded upon successful completion of the 2-course sequence.

Textbook: Intro to Quantum Mechanics by David Griffiths, Publisher: Pearson, Edition 2005.

+-Instructors

Instructors: Professor Yakir Aharonov and Professor Jeffrey Tollaksen.

Prof. Aharonov is regarded as the leading authority on quantum theory.  Upon conferring the most prestigious prize in the US, the 2010 National Medal of Science, President Obama stated that Aharonov is “one of the most influential figures in modern physics.” Prof. Tollaksen is the Founder and Director of the Center for Quantum Studies in the Schmid College of Science and Technology. He serves as the Head of Physics Faculty and Associate Professor of Physics. A theoretical physicist, Prof. Tollaksen is a principal collaborator of Prof. Aharonov.

+-Tuition

The fee for each 3-credit* course is $1,200 ($400 per credit).

*Credits are professional development only and do not carry academic degree credit.

+-Contact Us

Center of Quantum Studies
Director
Jeff Tollaksen, Ph.D.
(714) 289-2042
tollakse@chapman.edu

Office of Extended Education
(714) 997-6566
CUExtendedEd@chapman.edu

Administrative Assistant
Christy Dumaual
dumaual@chapman.edu

Director
Ellen Curtis-Pierce, Ph.D.
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Schedule

QSPX 9031: Quatumn Mechanics
Fall 2013 (TBA)

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