Title

Topics in quantum physics with origins in astronomy: Two examples

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-17-2012

Abstract

Astronomy has provided the inspiration for several investigations in quantum physics. These topics can serve as pedagogical vehicles for undergraduate courses in physics and astronomy. Two examples are considered, atoms in strong magnetic fields and the negative ion of hydrogen. Both are fundamental problems of quantum physics which involve basic principles and techniques and are of practical interest and historically important. They also provide, in a form accessible to undergraduates, analogs of exotic topics such as the stability at a saddle of a potential surface, supersymmetry, dimensional reduction, and models for fundamental constants. © 2012 American Association of Physics Teachers.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

American Journal of Physics

First Page

406

Last Page

416

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