Time Independent Perturbation Theory

Perturbation Theory is developed to deal with
**small corrections to problems which we
have solved exactly**,
like the harmonic oscillator and the hydrogen atom.
We will make a series expansion of the energies and eigenstates for cases where
there is only a small correction to the exactly soluble problem.

First order perturbation theory will give quite accurate answers if the energy shifts calculated are (nonzero and) much smaller than the zeroth order energy differences between eigenstates. If the first order correction is zero, we will go to second order. If the eigenstates are (nearly) degenerate to zeroth order, we will diagonalize the full Hamiltonian using only the (nearly) degenerate states.

Cases in which the Hamiltonian is time dependent will be handled later.

This material is covered in **Gasiorowicz Chapter 16,**
in **Cohen-Tannoudji et al. Chapter XI,**and in Griffiths Chapters 6 and 7.

- The Perturbation Series
- Degenerate State Perturbation Theory
- Examples
- H.O. with anharmonic perturbation ( ).
- Hydrogen Atom Ground State in a E-field, the Stark Effect.
- The Stark Effect for n=2 Hydrogen.

- Derivations and Computations
- Derivation of 1st and 2nd Order Perturbation Equations
- Derivation of 1st Order Degenerate Perturbation Equations

- Homework Problems
- Sample Test Problems