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Physics Graduate Courses

  • PHYS 5001 - Mechanics

    Fundamentals of physical mechanics using vector analysis and ordinary differential equations. Particle dynamics, conservative and non-coservative forces, conservation laws, accelerating reference frames and inertial forces, Lagrangian methods, central forces, celestial mechanics, many-particle systems, and rigid body dynamics.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5011 - Thermal Physics

    First and Second laws of thermodynamics, phase changes, and entropy. Temperature, thermodynamic variables, equations of state, heat engine. Introduction to statistical physics: statistical interpretation of first and second laws of thermodynamics, microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles, partition functions, classical (Boltzmann) and quantum (Fermi and Bose-Einstein) statistics applied to ideal gas.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5021 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

    A survey of the theory and application of quantum mechanics. Short historical introduction to quantum mechanics; topics in one-dimensional (wells, barriers, tunneling); formalism of quantum mechanics (Dirac notation, state vector, representation theory, operators, bases, measurement, uncertainty principle, Hilbert space); quantum harmonic oscillator (position representation and ladder operators); central potentials and angular momentum; bound states of central potentials (spherical square well and hydrogen atom); identical particles and spin, brief treatment of single-particle theory (Hartree approximation).

    Credits: 5

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 1.0 discussion

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5031 - Electricity and Magnetism 1

    Basic concepts of the physics of time independent electric and magnetic fields in vacuum and in matter. It further conveys the application of vector analysis as the adequate mathematical tool for quantitative predictions. Topics include: Vector analysis review, electrostatic fields and potentials, energy and work in electrostatics, electrostatic fields and potentials in the presence of conductors, mathematical techniques to determine electrostatic fields and potentials, electrostatic fields in matter, electric polarization and displacement, effects of magnetostatic fields on charges, generation of magnetostatic fields by steady currents, Biot Savart Law, vector potential, magnetostatic fields in matter, magnetization and magnetic susceptibility, Ferromagnetism.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5032 - Electricity and Magnetism 2

    Basic concepts of the physics of time dependent electric fields in vacuum and in matter. It makes intensive use of vector analysis as the adequate mathematical tool for quantitative predictions. Topics include: Electromotive force, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations, Conservation of energy and Poynting vector, conservation of momentum and Maxwell's stress tensor, conservation of charge and equation of continuity, plane electromagnetic waves in vacuum and matter, wave guides, scalar and vector potentials, gauge transformations, retardation and Lienard-Wiechert potentials, dipole radiation, radiation by point charges, review of special relativity, relativistic notation of electrodynamics

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5041 - Mathematical Methods in Physics 1

    Mathematical methods, such as multivariate calculus, differential equations, series, complex analysis, and Fourier analysis, will be discussed and applied to a variety of physics problems. The emphasis is on problem solving using these techniques, and on their unity across the discipline of physics.

    Credits: 5

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 1.0 discussion

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5051 - Modern Physics Theory and Applications

    This course is designed to review and summarize the theoretical ideas of modern physics, and to examine applications to atomic spectra, nuclear and particle physics, quantum fluids and solid state physics. This is expected to be a capstone course in modern physics, so students are expected to have a solid grounding in quantum mechanics and contemporary physics.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5061 - Geometrical and Physical Optics

    The behavior of light in both classical and quantum realms. Topics covered include: geometrical optics, the wave nature of light, interference, polarization, diffraction, the optical properties of materials, holography, and selected modern applications.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5071 - Computer Simulation Methods in Physics

    Introduction to numerical methods used to solve problems in physics. Students are introduced to basic numerical methods and to the process of approaching problems from a computational point of view. Topics covered include differentiation and integration methods, numerical error analysis, data fitting, matrix methods, Monte Carlo strategies.

    Requisites: Previous experience with programming languages required.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5101 - Topics in Science for Elementary and Secondary Schools

    Selected topics related to the teaching of natural science in grades K-12. May be repeated for credit. May not be used for credit toward a physics degree.

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5301 - Cell and Molecular Biophysics

    Introduction to the physical principles that underlie phenomena in cell biology and the properties of biomolecules. Topics covered will include an introduction to molecular biology, Brownian motion, molecular interactions in macromolecules, protein and nucleic acid structure, physics of biopolymers, chemical kinetics, mechanical and adhesive properties of biomolecules, molecular manipulation techniques, cell membrane structure, membrane channels and pumps, molecular motors and biorheology.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5411 - Electronic Device Physics

    Physical principles of electronic devices. Overview of electronic transport in solids with application to diodes, bipolar transistors, and field-effect transistors. Heterostructures and low-dimensional physics and devices. Selected condensed matter phenomena with electronic device applications; resonant tunneling, Landauer formalism, single-electron physics, molecular electronics, and spintronics.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5511 - Introduction to Radiation Physics

    An introduction to radiation, natural and artificial sources of radiation for physical scientists and engineers. Topics covered include: description of natural and man-made sources of radiation; the interaction of radiation with biological systems; natural radiation background and risk assessment; exploration of radiation-based cancer treatment and medical imaging.

    Credits: 1

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5701 - Electronics Measurement Laboratory

    Experiments in electronic measurement techniques from simple analog and digital circuits to microprocessors and analyzers. The topics to be covered include: DC circuits, capacitors, diode circuits, transistors, emitter follower, common emitter amplifier, differential amplifier, FETs, operational amplifiers, feedback, inverting amplifiers, summing amplifiers, integrators, positive feedback, frequency compensation, FET switches, voltage regulators, and digital logic.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 laboratory

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5801 - Acoustics

    An advanced course that deals with all aspects of modern acoustics, including advanced mathematical concepts. Vibration in solid and liquid systems, sound radiation, sound propagation, and practical aspects of sound will be discussed in detail and examined with a comprehensive sets of problems for the student that will clarify the theory and practice of acustics.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5811 - Dynamic Meteorology 1

    Basic conservation laws, elementary fluid dynamics, circulation and vorticity. Mathematics related to coordinate systems related to meteorology, thermodynamics of the atmosphere.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5812 - Dynamic Meteorology 2

    Continuation of 4811.Basic conservation laws, elementary fluid dynamics, circulation and vorticity. Mathematics related to coordiante systems related to meteorology, thermodynamics of the atmosphere. Energy balance in the atmosphere, thermal physics of the atmosphere. Synoptic scale motions, atmospheric oscilations, baroclinic instabilities, mesoscale circulation, numerical methods. Special topics in dynamical meteorology.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 5900 - Special Topics in Physics

    Specific course content will vary with offering.

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6001 - Classical Mechanics

    The techniques necessary to treat point-mass systems and extended rigid bodies under the influence of varied forces using both traditional and modern methods will be presented. Topics covered will include variational principles and Lagrange's equations, the central force problem, small amplitude oscillations, rigid body motion, and Hamilton's formulation of classical mechanics. Examples of applications extend to a wide variety of physical, astronomical, chemical, and engineering problems. Mathematical complements for each topic are an integral part of this course.

    Credits: 5

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 1.0 discussion

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6001Z - Classical Mechanics

    The techniques necessary to treat point-mass systems and extended rigid bodies under the influence of varied forces using both traditional and modern methods will be presented. Topics covered will include variational principles and Lagrange's equations, the central force problem, small amplitude oscillations, rigid body motion, and Hamilton's formulation of classical mechanics. Examples of applications extend to a wide variety of physical, astronomical, chemical, and engineering problems. Mathematical complements for each topic are an integral part of this course.

    Requisites: PHYS 605

    Credits: 2.5

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • PHYS 6002 - Advanced Topics in Analytical Mechanics

    Advanced topics in Classical Mechanics and applications to classical behaviors of solids, fluids, and fields. Hamiltonian Mechanics (Canonical Transformation, Action-Angle coordinates, Poisson Brackets, Hamilton-Jacobi Theory, Canonical Perturbation Theory, Integrability and Chaos), Continuum Mechanics of elastic solids (strain and stress tensors, elastic waves), Hydrodynamics (Conservation laws and Euler's equations, Viscosity and Navier-Stokes equations, Vorticity), Classical theory of fields.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6011 - Statistical Mechanics 1

    Addresses the equilibrium and non-equilibrium behaviors of systems with large numbers of particles or degrees of freedom. It will begin with a review of ensembles and partition functions to treat classical and quantum, non-interacting, non-relativistic systems obeying Boltzmann, Fermi and Bose statistics. A brief discussion of the extension to relativistic particles, as well as a description of interacting classical and quantum systems (e.g. using cluster and virial expansions) will be provided. Mean-field theories, phase transitions and critical exponents will then be treated. Some non-equilibrium phenomena, including the Boltzmann equation and transport coefficients, will also be discussed. Additional topics which may be covered include: an introduction to renormalization-group methods; continuum-model descriptions (hydrodynamic description) for classical and quantum systems; stochastic processes, e.g. random walk and master equation; and an introduction to disordered systems.(hydrodynamic description) for classical and quantum systems; introduction to disordered systems.

    Credits: 5

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 1.0 discussion

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6011Y - Statistical Mechanics 1

    Addresses the equilibrium and non-equilibrium behaviors of systems with large numbers of particles or degrees of freedom. It will begin with a review of ensembles and partition functions to treat classical and quantum, non-interacting, non-relativistic systems obeying Boltzmann, Fermi and Bose statistics. A brief discussion of the extension to relativistic particles, as well as a description of interacting classical and quantum systems (e.g. using cluster and virial expansions) will be provided. Mean-field theories, phase transitions and critical exponents will then be treated. Some non-equilibrium phenomena, including the Boltzmann equation and transport coefficients, will also be discussed. Additional topics which may be covered include: an introduction to renormalization-group methods; continuum-model descriptions (hydrodynamic description) for classical and quantum systems; stochastic processes, e.g. random walk and master equation; and an introduction to disordered systems.(hydrodynamic description) for classical and quantum systems; introduction to disordered systems.

    Credits: 2.5

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • PHYS 6011Z - Statistical Mechanics 1

    Addresses the equilibrium and non-equilibrium behaviors of systems with large numbers of particles or degrees of freedom. It will begin with a review of ensembles and partition functions to treat classical and quantum, non-interacting, non-relativistic systems obeying Boltzmann, Fermi and Bose statistics. A brief discussion of the extension to relativistic particles, as well as a description of interacting classical and quantum systems (e.g. using cluster and virial expansions) will be provided. Mean-field theories, phase transitions and critical exponents will then be treated. Some non-equilibrium phenomena, including the Boltzmann equation and transport coefficients, will also be discussed. Additional topics which may be covered include: an introduction to renormalization-group methods; continuum-model descriptions (hydrodynamic description) for classical and quantum systems; stochastic processes, e.g. random walk and master equation; and an introduction to disordered systems.(hydrodynamic description) for classical and quantum systems; introduction to disordered systems.

    Credits: 2.5

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • PHYS 6020 - Quantum Mechanics I

    The course develops the theory and applications of quantum mechanics. Topics include: formalism of general quantum theory (Dirac notation, representation theory, Hilbert vector space, operators, bases, measurement, uncertainty principle), quantum harmonic oscillator (ladder operators), formal theory for angular momentum (orbital, spin and generalized angular momentum operators), systems of identical particles, relation between spin and statistics (bosons and fermions). Introduction to interacting systems and mean field techniques.

    Credits: 5

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 1.0 discussion

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6021 - Quantum Mechanics 2

    Quantum mechanics beyond 5021. Topics to be covered: symmetry in quantum mechanics (space and time displacements; rotations and angular momentum, addition of angular momentum, tensor operators); scattering theory in 3D (cross sections, partial waves, optical theorem, Born approximation, resonances, Coulomb scattering); approximation methods for stationary states (non-degenerate and degenerate perturbation theory, Brillouin-Wigner expansion, variational methods); time-dependent approximation methods, golden rule; Second quantization (field theory, second quantization for fermions and bosons, electromagnetic field); introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics for electrons.

    Requisites: PHYS 5021

    Credits: 5

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 1.0 discussion

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6031 - Electrodynamics 1

    Classical electrodynamics with advanced mathematical treatment of electrostatics, magnetostatics, media polarization, Maxwell's equations in vacuo and media in addition to special relativity. Applications include boundary value problems, Green's functions, solutions of Maxwell's equations, scalar and vector potentials, plane waves and wave propagation, mechanical aspects of electromagnetic fields, radiating systems, and simple multipole radiation.

    Requisites: PHYS 5041

    Credits: 5

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 1.0 discussion

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6032 - Electrodynamics 2

    Continuation of PHYS 6031 with additional applications of Maxwell's equations and special relativity. Topics covered include: electromagnetic waves in confined spatial regions; dynamics of relativistic particle and electromagnetic fields; multipole fields; collisions, energy loss, and scattering of charged particles, Cherenkov and transition radiation; bremsstrahlung, virtual quanta, radiative beta processes; and radiation damping.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6041 - Mathematical Methods in Physics 2

    Mathematical techniques used in various subfields of Physics and Astronomy. Topics covered may include complex variables beyond 5041, Sturm-Liouville theory and orthogonal-function expansions, Green functions, properties of various special functions and their appearance in physical situations, non-linear differential equations, integral equations, Group theory, and a basic introduction to Probability and Statistics.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6201 - General Relativity and Cosmology

    Introduction to general relativity. Topics covered include Einstein's field equations, gravitational waves, singular solutions (aka black holes), and cosmology. Emphasis will be placed on cosmological distance measurements, the expansion of the universe, formation of structure, and other observational tests of general relativity.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6601 - Advanced Mathematical and Computational Physics

    Advanced computational and mathematical methods employed in theoretical physics. Examples include: approximate solutions of the Hausdorff moment problem, maximum-entropy and Bayesian methods, numerical linear algebra for large systems, solution of integral equations, iterative solutions for systems of nonlinear differential and integro-differential equations. Applications to current problems in theoretical physics.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6701 - Experimental Techniques

    Directed laboratory work with a particular faculty member. Subtopics may include: types of detectors and instrumentation common within the subfield; analysis tools and statistical analysis; good laboratory practices, such as note-taking and documentation of analysis steps; presentation of results and conclusions both in written and verbal forms.

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: laboratory

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6741 - Graduate Laboratory: Condensed Matter & Biophysics

    Selected experimental techniques used to measure structural and electronic properties of solid materials and materials surfaces as well as physical properties of biological systems. Experimental techniques available include X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Laser Tweezers.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 laboratory

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6751 - Graduate Laboratory: Nuclear and Particle

    Laboratory techniques and practices in nuclear and particle physics. Topics will include: introduction to observable quantities in nuclear physics experiments, introduction to detectors and instrumentation in nuclear and particle physics, operation of experimental instrumentation, data analysis and error analysis. Typical experiments may include: high precision gamma ray spectroscopy, charged particle spectroscopy, accelerator-based nuclear physics measurements, detection of gamma rays or charged particles in scintillation detectors.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 laboratory

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6900 - Special Topics in Physics

    Specific course content will vary with offering.

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6940 - Special Study

    Supervised individual study at beginning or intermediate graduate level. Can be used for writing M.S. or M.A. paper.

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 research

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 6950 - Thesis

    Thesis writing in the chosen area of study.

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Lecture/Lab Hours: thesis/dissertation

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7011 - Statistical Mechanics 2

    Statistical physics beyond 6011, with an emphasis on modern topics. Subjects covered will include phase transitions and critical phenomena, mean field and Landau-Ginzburg theory, renormalization-group methods, fluctuation-dissipation relations, stochastic processes, etc. Additional topics may include finite-temperature field theory for Abelian and non-Abelian gauge fields, equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties of plasmas. Applications will include examples in condensed matter systems, bio-physical systems, weakly and strongly interacting plasmas.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7021 - Relativistic Quantum Theory and Introduction to Quantum Field Theory

    A first course in relativistic quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. Topics covered include: Poincare invariant quantum mechanics, Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations, relativistic hydrogen atom, classical fields, quantization of the Klein-Gordon and Dirac fields, interacting fields and Feynman diagrams, cross sections, the S-Matrix, and elementary processes of quantum electrodynamics.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7022 - Quantum Many-Body Theory

    Basic concepts, techniques, and phenomena in many-body physics. Techniques include Hartree-Fock approximation and other effective one-particle descriptions; Green's functions and diagrammatic techniques; canonical transformations and variational approaches, path integrals. Concepts: collective excitations and linear response, screening and dielectric functions, quasiparticles and spectral representations, correlations in fermion and boson systems. Applications include electron gas, polarons, metal-insulator transition, magnetism, superconductivity, nuclear matter, and cold atoms.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7023 - Quantum Field Theory

    A second course in quantum field theory. Topics to be covered include: perturbative loop corrections to tree-level QED, radiative corrections, bremsstrahlung, LSZ formulation, Ward-Takahashi identities; dimensional regularization, renormalization in perturbation theory (one-loop/two loop), renormalization group; path-integral formulation of quantum field theory, spontaneous symmetry breaking, introduction to non-Abelian gauge theories.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7301 - Theoretical and Computational Methods in Biological Physics

    Introduces into statistical and stochastic methods underlying activated processes and chemical rate theory, chemical reactions with few molecules and intracellular transport. Organized in modules which may be taught by different instructors if needed. 1. Introduction into stochastic processes and activated processes, 2. Chemical reactions and rate equations 3. Stochastic Modeling of chemical reactions, 4. Intracellular transport I: Diffusion, 5. Intracellular transport II: Active and directed movement

    Requisites: PHYS 5301

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7401 - Condensed Matter Physics 1

    Atomic and electronic structures of condensed matter and their relations to physical properties. Topic covered will include crystal lattices, symmetry, experimental determination of crystal structures, surfaces and interfaces, complex structures, the single-electron model, electron levels in a periodic potential, nearly free and tightly bound electrons, electron-electron interactions, calculation of band structures, cohesion of solids, elasticity, phonons, dislocations and cracks.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7401Q - Condensed Matter Physics 1

    Atomic and electronic structures of condensed matter and their relations to physical properties. Topic covered will include crystal lattices, symmetry, experimental determination of crystal structures, surfaces and interfaces, complex structures, the single-electron model, electron levels in a periodic potential, nearly free and tightly bound electrons, electron-electron interactions, calculation of band structures, cohesion of solids, elasticity, phonons, dislocations and cracks.

    Requisites: PHYS 731

    Credits: 1.5

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • PHYS 7401Y - Condensed Matter Physics 1

    Atomic and electronic structures of condensed matter and their relations to physical properties. Topic covered will include crystal lattices, symmetry, experimental determination of crystal structures, surfaces and interfaces, complex structures, the single-electron model, electron levels in a periodic potential, nearly free and tightly bound electrons, electron-electron interactions, calculation of band structures, cohesion of solids, elasticity, phonons, dislocations and cracks.

    Requisites: PHYS 732

    Credits: 2.0

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • PHYS 7401Z - Condensed Matter Physics 1

    Atomic and electronic structures of condensed matter and their relations to physical properties. Topic covered will include crystal lattices, symmetry, experimental determination of crystal structures, surfaces and interfaces, complex structures, the single-electron model, electron levels in a periodic potential, nearly free and tightly bound electrons, electron-electron interactions, calculation of band structures, cohesion of solids, elasticity, phonons, dislocations and cracks.

    Requisites: PHYS 731

    Credits: 2.0

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • PHYS 7402 - Condensed Matter Physics 2

    Continuation of 7401 with focus on electron transport, optical properties, and magnetism. Topics covered will include: dynamics of Bloch electrons, transport phenomena, microscopic theories of conduction and optical properties of semiconductors, insulators, and metals; classical and quantum theories of magnetism and magnetic ordering. Introduction to superconductivity. Phenomenology and theoretical description of glasses and other amorphous materials.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7402Q - Condensed Matter Physics 2

    Continuation of 7401 with focus on electron transport, optical properties, and magnetism. Topics covered will include: dynamics of Bloch electrons, transport phenomena, microscopic theories of conduction and optical properties of semiconductors, insulators, and metals; classical and quantum theories of magnetism and magnetic ordering. Introduction to superconductivity. Phenomenology and theoretical description of glasses and other amorphous materials.

    Credits: 1.5

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • PHYS 7403 - Contemporary Topics in Condensed Matter Physics

    Background and introduction to current research areas of modern condensed matter physics. Topics include both experimental and theoretical aspects of these areas. Course taught by several instructors, according to their area of expertise.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7411 - The Physics of Nanostructures

    Covers selected topics of the physics of semiconductor nanostructures and nanocrystals, including: electronic states in crystals and nanocrystals; transport through nanostructures: tunneling, Coulomb blockade, conductance formalisms; optical properties of quantum wells, wires and dots; many-particle states in quantum dots; plasmonics and its applications; spin-orbit interaction and spin phenomena in semiconductor nanostructures, including transport and optics of spins.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7421 - Physics of Amorphous Materials

    An advanced course surveying aspects of disordered materials, including theory, simulation and experimental aspects. Topics will include the characterization of disorder and comparisons to experiments probing structure, such as diffraction and nuclear magnetic resonance. Classical liquids and the phenomenology of glasses and the glass transition is discussed. Methods for creating computer models are covered in detail, along with case studies of particular systems. Theory of electronic structure, including electronic localization, vibrations of amorphous materials, atomic and charge carrier transport are discussed and the course closes with a survey of applications.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7461 - Methods in Condensed Matter Theory

    Selected theoretical and/or computational methods applied to classical and quantum condensed matter systems. Methods discussed may include density-functional theory, ab-initio molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo techniques, perturbative renormalization group methods, non-equilibrium Green's functions, bosonization, etc. Applications will be to classical and quantum liquids, strongly correlated materials, glasses, surface phenomena, etc.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7501 - Particles and Nuclei 1

    Experimental and basic theoretical aspects of nuclear physics. Topics covered will include: overview of basic nuclear models of light and heavy nuclei, nuclear mean-field theory, inclusion of residual interactions, collective modes of motions, deformations of nuclei. Also covers nuclear physics at extremes of stability and/or nuclear astrophysics.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7502 - Particles and Nuclei 2

    Experimental and basic theoretical aspects of Particle Physics. Topics covered will include: Relativistic kinematics, Symmetry properties, Bound states (meson and baryons), Feynman calculus, Quantum Electrodynamic, Electrodynamics and Chromodynamics of quarks, weak interactions and electroweak unification and gauge theories. Hadronic physics, neutrino physics and/or relativistic heavy-ion physics will also be covered.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7511 - Applied Nuclear Physics

    Acquaints the student with the most important aspects of nuclear technologies: nuclear power, isotope production, nuclear medicine, industrial applications, and nuclear security issues. The required tools to achieve a good understanding of these subjects are: understanding of passage of particles through matter, accelerator technology, beamline optics, and nuclear data (cross sections, masses, structure data). The class would be required for the 'Applied Nuclear Physics' M.Sc. degree, and it would be recommended for any student taking a M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree in nuclear or particle physics.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7561 - Contemporary Nuclear Theory: The Study of Strongly-interacting Matter

    Theoretical topics in contemporary nuclear physics. Emphasis will be on giving students calculations to complete which promote understanding of issues at the forefront of contemporary research. Areas to be discussed may include: lattice QCD, models of hadron structure, the nucleon-nucleon interaction, ab initio calculations of light nuclei, the electromagnetic structure of hadrons and light nuclei, factorization in QCD, parton distrbution functions, modification of pdfs in the nuclear environment, predictions for heavy-ion collisions, properties of strongly interacting matter at high densities and temperatures.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7562 - Particle Theory

    Discussion of current topics at the frontiers of particle theory, with an emphasis on performing calculations which promote understanding. Topics covered may include: non-Abelian gauge theory, the Standard Model, Field Theories on a Lattice, Supersymmetry, and Introductory String Theory.

    Credits: 2

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 7601 - Nonlinear Science

    Introduces the students in the basic concepts and theoretical foundations of nonlinear science. Examples will be drawn from various disciplines, including physics, chemistry and biology. Includes an introduction into bifurcation theory, chaos theory, synchronization phenomena, dynamic instabilities, self-organization, and pattern formation in spatially distributed systems. Combines lectures, demonstrations and computational exercises using conventional software and will be team-taught.

    Credits: 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 8001 - Colloquium

    Presentations of original research and topics of current interest by experts in their fields. All graduate students are required to attend the presentations.

    Credits: 1

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 8011 - Seminar

    In depth study and investigation of specific topics related to research areas in the department.

    Credits: 1

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 8101 - Problems in Teaching College Physics

    Exploration of different issues related to teaching physics at the college level. Topics may include: an introduction to physics education research, the use of technology in teaching physics, practical issues in teaching large lecture courses, and the responsibilities of a faculty member at different types of institutions.

    Credits: 1 - 2

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 seminar, 1.0 practicum

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 8201 - Research Seminar in Astrophysics

    Addresses current topics in astrophysics, and provides a forum for presentations by local and visiting researchers.

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 8301 - Research Seminar Biophysics

    Intensive study of selected subjects in biophysics. 35 - 50 min presentations by students and/or faculty on basic concepts and novel developments followed by intensive discussion. Subjects of seminars are chosen by students advised by faculty and usually are devoted to recent publications in high-ranked journals such as Nature, Science, PNAS, Biophysical Journal, Physical Review Letters.

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 8401 - Research Seminar in Condensed Matter Physics

    Intensive study of selected topics in condensed matter physics via research seminars by renowned scholars on forefront areas of research.

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 8501 - Research Seminar in Nuclear and Particle Physics and Journal Club

    Consists of presentations of original research and topics of current interest by experts in the fields pertaining to nuclear and particle physics. Journal club where graduate students present and discuss selected refereed scholarly journal articles in the field of nuclear and particle physics under the guidance of faculty. All graduate students in nuclear and particle physics are required to attend. First year graduate students enrolled in this class are only required to attend the journal club, not the research seminar. First-year graduate students are not expected to present research articles. Because of their reduced participation, first-year graduate students qualify for only one credit hour.

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 8900 - Special Topics in Physics and Astronomy

    Lectures on special topics, often related to current research conducted in the department.

    Credits: 1 - 3

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 8940 - Special Study

    Supervised individual study in preparation for research at doctoral level.

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Lecture/Lab Hours: research

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • PHYS 8950 - Doctoral Research and Dissertation

    Supervised individual research activities in the area of doctoral work.

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 thesis/dissertation

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

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