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Independent Study

PHYS 5010 - Independent Study

A special reading course for graduate students. This course may be taken, with change of topic, up to three times for a maximum of nine total credits. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatistactory.)

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PHYS 5020 - Research in Physics

Experimental and theoretical research in selected topics in physics. This course may be taken up to three times for a maximum of nine credits.

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PHYS 5050 - Modern Physics for Teachers

New teaching materials and techniques as developed by the Physical Science Study Committee for secondary school teachers of physics.

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PHYS 5094 - Physics Seminar

The treatment of special topics, primarily by individual readings and reports.Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatistactory.)

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PHYS 5101 - Methods of Theoretical Physics I

Vector and tensor analysis, curvilinear coordinates, linear algebra, functions of complex variables, differential equations, special functions, elements of Green’s functions.

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PHYS 5102 - Methods of Theoretical Physics II

Abstract vector spaces, Hilbert space, group theory. Fourier series and integral representations, Theory of Green’s functions and integral equations. Complex function theory.

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PHYS 5102 - Methods of Theoretical Physics II

Abstract vector spaces, Hilbert space, group theory. Fourier series and integral representations, Theory of Green’s functions and integral equations. Complex function theory.

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PHYS 5105 - Methods of Experimental Physics

Experimental methods used in modern research are applied to experiments from various fields of physics, including: low temperature conductivity of metals, x-ray diffraction, acoustic attenuation, optical constants of metals, color centers in alkali halides, nuclear beta decay, Zeeman effects and others.

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PHYS 5201 - Theoretical Mechanics I

Classical mechanics: Lagrange equations, central force motion, rigid body motions, small oscillations, Hamilton equations, canonical transformation.

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PHYS 5202 - Theoretical Mechanics II

Dynamics of continuous media, hydromechanics, elasticity, wave motion, wave interactions and scattering, non-linear processes.

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PHYS 5301 - Electrodynamics I

Differential formulations of electrostatics and magnetostatics, electromagnetic induction. Maxwell equations, electromagnetic waves, application to wave guides, cavities, and dispersive media. Foundations of special relativity.

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PHYS 5302 - Electrodynamics II

Maxwell’s equations with time dependent sources; radiation from relativistic charged particles; dynamical laws for charged particles; diffraction of electromagnetic waves.

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PHYS 5350 - Computerized Modeling in Science

Development and computer-assisted analysis of mathematical models in chemistry, physics, and engineering. Typical topics include chemical equilibrium, reaction rates, particle scattering, vibrating systems, least square analysis and quantum chemistry.

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PHYS 5401 - Quantum Mechanics I

Mathematical formulation and interpretation of quantum mechanics. Illustrative examples. Hydrogen atom. Dirac ket and bra vectors, matrix methods. Scattering theory.

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PHYS 5402 - Quantum Mechanics II

Symmetry and angular momentum. Approximation methods for stationary and time-dependent problems, with applications. Relativistic theory of the electron.

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PHYS 5403 - Quantum Mechanics III

Occupation number representation, electron gas, Hartree-Fock approximation, correlation energy, superconductivity, perturbation theory, Green’s functions, Feynman diagrams.

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PHYS 5500 - Statistical Mechanics

Ensembles, distribution function, partition function. Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions, fluctuations, applications to the properties of solids and liquids and to the kinetic theory of gases.

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PHYS 5600 - Modern Physics

Experimental and theoretical milestones in the development of contemporary physics. Atomic, molecular, and optical physics including quantum optics; condensed matter physics; nuclear and particle physics; and cosmology and astrophysics.

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PHYS 5621 - Advanced Topics in Physics I

Selected topics in theoretical and experimental physics.

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PHYS 5622 - Advanced Topics in Physics II

Selected topics in theoretical and experimental physics.

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PHYS 6110 - Atomic Physics

Coupling of angular momenta. Hartree-Fock theory of many electron atoms, fine structure and hyperfine structure. Introduction to group theory.

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PHYS 6120 - Molecular Physics

Heitler-London and molecular orbital theories for diatomic molecules, semi-empirical methods of poly-atomic molecules.

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PHYS 6130 - Quantum Optics

Semiclassical theory of light-matter interactions. Quantum states of light. Generation, detection and interactions of nonclassical radiation.

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PHYS 6140 - Principles of Lasers

The physics of lasers, including optical pumping and stimulated emission, laser rate equations, optical resonators, non-linear optics, the Kerr effect and Faraday rotation. Applications to gas, crystal, glass, liquid, dye, semiconductor, chemical and ultraviolet lasers, Q-switching, mode-locking, and parametric devices.

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PHYS 6150 - Semiconductor Optical Devices

Semiconductor based optical devices such as lasers, amplifiers, modulators, and photodetectors, and their application to optical fiber transmission systems.

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PHYS 6201 - Fundamentals of Solid State Physics I

Crystal structure, phonons, electronic band structure, metals, insulators and semiconductors.

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PHYS 6202 - Fundamentals of Solid State Physics II

Optical, magnetic and transport properties. Lattice defects. Non-crystalling solids.

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PHYS 6211 - Condensed Matter Physics I

Crystal structure; lattice vibrations; electronic band structure of solids; transport theory; basic properties of metals, semi-conductors and insulators; magnetism; super-conductivity.

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PHYS 6212 - Condensed Matter Physics II

Crystal structure; lattice vibrations; electronic band structure of solids; transport theory; basic properties of metals, semi-conductors and insulators; magnetism; super-conductivity.

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PHYS 6220 - Advanced Solid State Physics

The many-body problem in solid state physics. The electron gas, normal metals, electron-phonon interactions, superconductivity, ferro- and antiferro-magnetism and spin waves, polaron theory.

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PHYS 6234 - Non-Equilibrium Properties of Solids

Electrical and thermal conduction, thermoelec-tricity. Electrons and phonons. Perturbation techniques to estimate interaction rates; electron-phonon, phonon-phonon and imperfection scattering processes. Ultrasonic generation and attenuation, spin-lattice interactions.

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PHYS 6236 - Microwave Physics I

The principles of microwave and radio frequency techniques applied to investigation of the properties of matter.

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PHYS 6244 - The Electrical Properties of Polymers

Experimental and theoretical aspects of electrical phenomena in polymers: DC and AC conductivity, dielectric constant, electrical breakdown, photoconductivity, etc. Extended and localized electron wavefunctions; band and hopping conduction.

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PHYS 6246 - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance I

Basic theory and experimental methods of NMR with emphasis on resonance and relaxation in metals. Brief discussion of interpretation of NMR in non-metallic solids, liquids, and gases.

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PHYS 6247 - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance II

Basic theory and experimental methods of NMR with emphasis on resonance and relaxation in metals. Brief discussion of interpretation of NMR in non-metallic solids, liquids, and gases.

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PHYS 6254 - Low Temperature Physics I

Lectures and seminars on selected topics in low temperature physics; superfluidity and super-conductivity, solid state, nuclear alignment and polarization, transport properties in solids.

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PHYS 6256 - X-Ray Physics I

Symmetry of crystals. Production and properties of x-rays. Application of x-rays in the study of crystalline and amporphous solids by diffraction and spectroscopic techniques, including synchrotron radiation for studying atomic and electronic structures in materials.

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PHYS 6264 - Semiconductor Physics

Semiconductors and semiconductor devices. Band structure, phonon scattering, velocity-field relations, effects of doping and magnetic fields, optical and transport properties.

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PHYS 6300 - Astrophysics and Modern Cosmology

Basic principles of contemporary astrophysics; applications to stars, galaxies, and modern cosmology. Instructor consent required. Preparation equivalent to PHYS 257 and PHYS 261 is expected.

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PHYS 6310 - Relativity

Special relativity, tensor analysis, foundations of general relativity, Petrov classification of curved spacetimes, Schwarzchild and Kerr solutions, experimental tests and recent developments.

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PHYS 6320 - Nuclei and Particles

Properties of nuclei and particles, conserved quantities, isospin, quark model, Fermi gas model, electroweak interaction, high energy scattering.

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PHYS 6331 - Nuclear Physics I

A quantum mechanical treatment of nuclear forces and nuclear structure, including the shell and collective models, and of reaction and radiation phenomena. The second semester is reserved for a discussion of selected topics on an advanced level.

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PHYS 6332 - Nuclear Physics II

A quantum mechanical treatment of nuclear forces and nuclear structure, including the shell and collective models, and of reaction and radiation phenomena. The second semester is reserved for a discussion of selected topics on an advanced level.

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PHYS 6341 - Quantum Theory of Fields I

Local gauge invariance, Lagranian formulation, Noether currents, spontaneous breakdown of symmetry, Higgs mechanism and superconductivity, canonical quantization, Feynman diagrams, Green’s functions.

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PHYS 6342 - Quantum Theory of Fields II

Topics chosen from the following: Path integral formalism, generating functionals, renormalization, abelian and non-abelian gauge theories (QED and QCD), electroweak theory, solitons, instantons.

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