Physics S6

Lecturer(s): Emmanuel DROUARD, Anne-Segolene CALLARD, Magali PHANER GOUTORBE
Course ⋅ 16 hTC ⋅ 22 hAutonomy ⋅ 3 h


The aim of this course is to provide the basic knowledges of quantum physics necessary to describe both the matter at microscopic scale and the main processes of radiation - matter interaction (emission, diffusion, absorption). These processes will be addressed both from classical and quantum point of view, and studied in particular in the frame of applications such as light sources and detectors, and lasers.

Palabras clave

Quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, photon - matter interactions, wave propagation in media


  • Wave propagation, dispersion.
  • Classical description of electromagnetic waves/material media interactions: optical properties of dielectrics and metals.
  • Limits of classical physics.
  • Wave - particle duality. Schrödinger equation and applications.
  • Atomic and molecular physics. Physics of the nucleus.
  • Semiclassical/quantum description of the photon matter interaction.
  • Light sources and detectors.
  • Principles of laser. Properties and applications of lasers.

Learning Outcomes

  • To be able to apply the Schrödinger equation to simple systems.
  • To know how to rely macroscopic properties of matter to their microscopic origins.
  • To know how to describe the different radiation - matter interactions.
  • To be able to give the orders of magnitude of the energies implied in these interactions.


Mark=100% knowledge. Mark of knowledge = 85 % final exam + 15%.