INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Illustrate the passage from traditional to modern physics using the concept of dissymmetry as the bridge that unifies intellectual activity in art and in science. Explain the basic concepts of the quantum revolution and illustrate the effects in the interpretation of the properties of materials, with special reference to those of artistic interest. Illustrate some of the techniques important in the diagnostics and study of works of art.
Have taken the first year courses and sat the Physics exams
Course contents summary
Symmetries in physics and in art. Conservation laws and symmetries in space and in time. Phenomenological introduction to quantum mechanics. Light scattering and its role in the aesthetics of paintings and fabrics. Absorption and luminescence spectroscopy: fundamentals and phenomenology. Quantum interpretation of optical and electrical properties of materials: discussion and examples.
lectures, discussions with students, oral exam