University Bulletin

Graduate Degree Programs

PHYS 400
**Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism ** (3-4) Electrostatics and magnetostatics in vacuum; electrical and magnetic properties of matter; electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations, conservation laws, electromagnetic waves and radiation.

Effective: Fall 2014

Prerequisite:
PHYS 212, PHYS 213 andPHYS 214;MATH 250 orMATH 251;MATH 231 orMATH 230

PHYS 402
**Electronics for Scientists ** (4) Circuit and network theory; active devices; amplifiers; introduction to digital electronics; noise theory.

Effective: Spring 2007

Prerequisite:
MATH 250 orMATH 251;PHYS 212, PHYS 213 andPHYS 214

PHYS 406
**Subatomic Physics** (3) Introductory treatment of elementary particles, fundamental strong and electroweak interactions, nuclear structure, accelerators, particle detection, nuclear astrophysics.

Effective: Spring 1995

Prerequisite:
PHYS 410

PHYS 410
**Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I** (3-4) Basic postulates; Schrodinger wave equation; stationary states; variational method; scattering in one dimension; orbital angular momentum; hydrogen atom; numerical methods.

Effective: Spring 2007

Prerequisite:
MATH 250 orMATH 251;MATH 230 orMATH 231;PHYS 237

PHYS 411
**Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II** (3) General theory of angular momentum; approximation methods; scattering theory; radiation theory; applications to atomic, molecular, condensed matter, nuclear and particle physics.

Effective: Spring 1994

Prerequisite:
PHYS 410

PHYS 412
**Solid State Physics I** (3) Crystal symmetry, x-ray structure analysis, lattice vibrations, thermal properties, free electron transport theory, elementary one-electron quantum theory of solids.

Effective: Fall 1986

Prerequisite:
MATH 230 orMATH 231
Concurrent:
PHYS 410

PHYS 413
**Solid State Physics II** (3) Quantum theory of electronic and optical properties of solids, semiconductors, dielectrics, magnetic properties, crystal imperfections, low- temperature effects, and superconductivity.

Effective: Fall 1986

Prerequisite:
PHYS 412

PHYS 414
**Solid State Physics** (3) Crystal structure; reciprocal lattice; X-ray diffraction; lattice vibrations; thermal properties; free electron gas model; energy bands; semiconductors; magnetism.

Effective: Spring 2007

Prerequisite:
MATH 230, PHYS 237

PHYS 419
(MATH 419)
**Theoretical Mechanics ** (3) Principles of Newtonian, Lagrangian, and Hamiltonian mechanics of particles with applications to vibrations, rotations, orbital motion, and collisions.

Effective: Spring 2007

Prerequisite:
MATH 230 orMATH 231;MATH 250 orMATH 251;PHYS 212, PHYS 213 andPHYS 214

PHYS 420
**Thermal Physics** (3) Basic postulates of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, microscopic quantum states and macroscopic parameters; partition functions; Maxwell- Boltzmann and quantum statistics.

Effective: Spring 2007

Prerequisite:
MATH 230 orMATH 231;MATH 250 orMATH 251;PHYS 237

PHYS 421W
**Research Methods in Physics** (3) Methodology focusing on the theory of measurement and experiment design.

Effective: Spring 2007

Prerequisite:
PHYS 237

PHYS 444
**Topics in Contemporary Physics ** (2) Modern research topics and career opportunities in physics; employment, graduate education, and tailoring the physics curriculum to meet career goals.

Effective: Spring 2007

Prerequisite:
PHYS 237 and 3 credits of physics at the 400 level

PHYS 446
**The Year in Physics: A Seminar on the Latest Research** (1) Discussion recent research in physics.

Effective: Spring 2007

Prerequisite:
PHYS 211

PHYS 457
**Experimental Physics ** (1-3) Selected experiments in various fields of physics.

Effective: Spring 2007

Prerequisite:
PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214 andPHYS 237

PHYS 457W
**Experimental Physics ** (3) Selected experiments in various fields in physics.

Effective: Spring 2007

Prerequisite:
PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214 andPHYS 237

PHYS 458
**Intermediate Optics ** (4) Geometrical and physical optics: theory of lens systems, aberrations, apertures, interference, diffraction, polarization.

Effective: Spring 2007

Prerequisite:
PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214;MATH 250 orMATH 251;MATH 230 orMATH 231

PHYS 461
(MATH 461)
**Theoretical Mechanics** (3) Continuation of Math.(Phys.) 419. Theoretical treatment of dynamics of a rigid body, theory of elasticity, aggregates of particles, wave motion, mechanics of fluids.

Effective: Fall 1986

Prerequisite:
MATH 419

PHYS 462
**Applications of Physics in Medicine ** (3) Applications of physics in human physiology and in instrumentation for medical diagnosis and treatment.

Effective: Summer 2002

Prerequisite:
PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 213 andPHYS 214 ; orPHYS 250, PHYS 251

PHYS 472
**Elements of Nuclear Physics and its Applications to Medical Imaging and Treatments ** (3) Introduction to the theory of nuclei, interactions with fast particles, and applications to medical imaging and radiation oncology.

Effective: Spring 2012

Prerequisite:
PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214 andPHYS 237

PHYS 479
(MATH 479)
**Special and General Relativity ** (3) Mathematical description, physical concepts, and experimental tests of special and general relativity.

Effective: Spring 2007

Prerequisite:
PHYS 237, PHYS 400, PHYS 419;MATH 250 orMATH 251;MATH 230 orMATH 231

PHYS 494
**Physics Research Project** (1-12) Investigation of an original research problem, including a literature search. Preparation of a formal thesis is optional.

Effective: Spring 2007

PHYS 494H
**Physics Research Project** (1-12) Investigation of an original research problem, including a literature search. Preparation of a formal thesis is optional.

Effective: Fall 2007

PHYS 495
**Internship** (1-18) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.

Effective: Spring 2007

Prerequisite:
prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor

PHYS 496
**Independent Studies** (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

Effective: Fall 1983

PHYS 496H
**Independent Studies** (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

Effective: Spring 2012

PHYS 497
**Special Topics** (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.

Effective: Fall 1983

PHYS 499
(IL)
**Foreign Studies ** (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.

Effective: Summer 2005

PHYS 510
**General Relativity I** (3) Foundations of general relativity, elements of differential geometry, Einstein's equation, Newtonian limit, gravity waves, Friedmann cosmologies and Schwarzschild solution.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite:
PHYS 557

PHYS 511
**Topics in General Relativity** (3) Selected topics from: Cauchy problem, Hamiltonian formulation, positive energy theorems, asymptotics, gravitational radiation, singularity theorems, black-holes, cosmology, observational tests.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite:
PHYS 510

PHYS 512
**Quantum Theory of Solids I** (3) Electrons in periodic potentials; single electron approximations; lattice dynamics; electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of solids; transport theory.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite:
PHYS 412
Concurrent:
PHYS 517

PHYS 513
**Quantum Theory of Solids II** (3) Electron-phonon interaction, BCS theory; Landau Fermi-liquid theory; disorder and localized states; spin-wave theroy; many-body theory.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite:
PHYS 512

PHYS 514
**Physics of Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films** (3) This course focuses on interfacial and surface phenomena; structural, electronic, vibrational and thermodynamic properties; physisorption and chemisorption; phase transitions and ultrathin film nucleation; and growth phenomena.

Effective: Summer 1995

Prerequisite:
PHYS 412

PHYS 517
**Statistical Mechanics** (3) Thermodynamics, classical and quantum statistics; Bose and Fermi gases; Boltzmann transport equation; phase transitions, critical phenomena; Ising model.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite:
PHYS 561

PHYS 518
**Critical Phenomena and Field Theory ** (3) Critical phenomena using field theoretical and renormalization group techni- ques; solvable statistical models and conformal field study; fluctuations and random processes.

Effective: Spring 2011

Prerequisite:
PHYS 517

PHYS 524
**Physics of Semiconductors and Devices** (3) Electronic structure, optical and transport properties of crystalline and amorphous semiconductors, quantum wells, superlattices; quantum devices; quantum Hall effect.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite:
PHYS 412

PHYS 525
**Methods of Theoretical Physics I** (3) Complex variables, Hilbert spaces, linear operators, calculus of variations, Fourier analysis, Green's functions, distributions, differential equations, and special functions.

Effective: Spring 1996

PHYS 526
**Methods of Theoretical Physics II** (3) Finite and Lie groups, representations and application to condensed matter and particle physics; selected topics from differential geometry.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite:
PHYS 525

PHYS 527
(ASTRO 527)
**Computational Physics and Astrophysics ** (3) Introduction to numerical methods for modeling physical phenomena in condensed matter, atomic and high energy physics, gravitation, cosmology and astrophy.

Effective: Fall 2008

PHYS 530
**Theoretical Mechanics** (3) Newtonian mechanics, noninertial coordinate system, Lagrangian mechanics, small oscillations, Hamiltonian formulation, canonical transformations, Hamilton-Jacobi theroy, dynamical systems.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite:
PHYS 419

PHYS 541
**Elementary Particle Phenomenology** (3) Baryons and mesons; leptons and quarks; electromagnetic and weak inter- actions and their unification; quantum chromodynamics; experimental techni- ques.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite:
PHYS 562

PHYS 542
**Standard Model of Elementary Particles Physics** (3) Weinberg-Salam model of electroweak interactions, spontaneous symmetry breaking, quantum chromodynamics; selected topics from grand unified theories and superstring theory.

Effective: Summer 1995

Prerequisite:
PHYS 564

PHYS 545
(ASTRO 545)
**Cosmology ** (3) Modern cosmology of the early universe, including inflation, the cosmic microwave background, nucleosynthesis, dark matter and energy.

Effective: Spring 2009

PHYS 555
(MATSE 555)
**Polymer Physics I ** (3) Introduction to the fundamental concepts needed to understand the physics applicable to polymer melts, solutions and gels.

Effective: Spring 2006

PHYS 557
**Electrodynamics ** (3) Special relativity, electromagneti fields, Maxwell's equations, conservation laws, electrostatics and magnetostatics.

Effective: Spring 2011

Prerequisite:
PHYS 400

PHYS 559
**Graduate Laboratory** (2) Study and applications of techniques and instrumentation used in modern physics laboratories.

Effective: Spring 1996

PHYS 561
**Quantum Mechanics I** (3) Postulates of quantum mechanics, Hilbert space methods, one dimensional potentials, spin systems, Harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, Hydrogen atom.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite:
PHYS 410

PHYS 562
**Quantum Mechanics II** (3) Addition of angular momenta, perturbation theory, variational principle, scattering theory, density matrices, identical particles, interpretations of quantum mechanics, Dirac theory.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite:
PHYS 561

PHYS 563
**Quantum Field Theory I** (3) Canonical and functional integral quantization of relativistic and non- relativistic field theories; Feynman diagrams; spontaneous symmetry breaking; renormalization group.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite:
PHYS 562

PHYS 564
**Quantum Field Theory II** (3) Abelian and non-Abelian gauge theories; renormalization group and operator product expansions; BRST quantization; scattering theory, other related topics.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite:
PHYS 563

PHYS 565
**Interface of General Relativity and Quantum Physics** (3) Limitations of perturbative methods, conceptual problems; selected topics from black hole thermodynamics, canonical quantum gravity, loop space methods and string-theory.

Effective: Summer 1995

Prerequisite:
PHYS 510, PHYS 563

PHYS 571
**Modern Atomic Physics ** (3) Light-atom interactions, atomic structure, laser cooling and trapping, interferometry, and Bose-Einstein condensation.

Effective: Spring 2011

Prerequisite:
PHYS 411, PHYS 561 orCHEM 565

PHYS 572
**Laser Physics and Quantum Optics ** (3) Theory of modern lasers, non-linear and quantum optics, photon statistics, laser spectroscopies, pulsed lasers.

Effective: Spring 2011

Prerequisite:
PHYS 410, PHYS 561 orCHEM 565

PHYS 580
**Elements of Network Science and Its Applications ** (3) Introduction to elements of network theory used to describe and model complex networks; applictions in social, biological, and technological networks.

Effective: Spring 2011

Prerequisite:
knowledge of basis calculus

PHYS 590
**Colloquium** (1-3) Continuing seminars that consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.

Effective: Summer 1997

PHYS 596
**Individual Studies** (1-9) Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

Effective: Spring 1987

PHYS 597
**Special Topics** (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.

Effective: Spring 1987

PHYS 600
**Thesis Research** (1-15) No description.

Effective: Fall 1983

PHYS 601
**Ph.D. Dissertation Full-Time** (0) No description.

Effective: Fall 1983

PHYS 610
**Thesis Research Off Campus** (1-15) No description.

Effective: Fall 1983

PHYS 611
**Ph.D. Dissertation Part-Time** (0) No description.

Effective: Fall 1983

PHYS 897
**Special Topics** (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.

Effective: Summer 2007

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