Physics (PHYS)

5010. Independent Study

Variable (1-6) credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent. May be repeated with a change of topic up to three times for a total of nine credits. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

A special reading course.

5020. Research in Physics

Variable (1-6) credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent. May be repeated with a change of topic up to three times for a total of nine credits.

Experimental and theoretical research in selected topics in physics.

5050. Modern Physics for Teachers

Three credits.

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

5094. Physics Seminar

One credit. Prerequisite: instructor consent. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

The treatment of special topics, primarily by individual readings and reports.

5101. Methods of Theoretical Physics I

Three credits.

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

5102. Methods of Theoretical Physics II

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5101.

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

5105. Methods of Experimental Physics

Variable (1-6) credits. 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.

5201. Theoretical Mechanics I

Three credits.

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

5202. Theoretical Mechanics II

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5201.

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

5301. Electrodynamics I

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5101.

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

5302. Electrodynamics II

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5201 and 5301.

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

5350. Computerized Modeling in Science

Four credits. Instructor consent required.

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.

5401. Quantum Mechanics I

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5101 and 5201.

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

5402. Quantum Mechanics II

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5401.

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

5403. Quantum Mechanics III

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5402.

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

5500. Statistical Mechanics

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5401.

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.

5600. Modern Physics

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5401.

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.

5621. Advanced Topics in Physics I

Variable (1-6) credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent. May be repeated for credit.

Selected topics in theoretical and experimental physics.

5622. Advanced Topics in Physics II

Variable (1-3) credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5621 Instructor consent required. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Selected topics in theoretical and experimental physics.

6110. Atomic Physics

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5402.

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

6120. Molecular Physics

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 6110.

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

6130. Quantum Optics

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5401.

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

6140. Principles of Lasers

Three credits.

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.

6150. Semiconductor Optical Devices

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 6201.

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

6201. Fundamentals of Solid State Physics I

Three credits.

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

6202. Fundamentals of Solid State Physics II

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 6201.

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

6211. Condensed Matter Physics I

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5402.

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

6212. Condensed Matter Physics II

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 6211.

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

6220. Advanced Solid State Physics

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 6212 or 6342.

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.

6234. Non-Equilibrium Properties of Solids

Three credits.

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

6236. Microwave Physics I

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5301.

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

6244. The Electrical Properties of Polymers

Three credits.

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

6246. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance I

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5401.

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.

6247. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance II

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 6246.

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.

6254. Low Temperature Physics I

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

6256. X-Ray Physics I

Three credits.

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

6264. Semiconductor Physics

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 6201, and PHYS 5402, which may be taken concurrently

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

6300. Astrophysics and Modern Cosmology

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

Basic principles of contemporary astrophysics; pplications to stars, galaxies, and modern cosmology.

6310. Relativity

Three credits.

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

6320. Nuclei and Particles

Three credits.

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

6331. Nuclear Physics I

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5402.

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.

6332. Nuclear Physics II

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 6331.

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.

6341. Quantum Theory of Fields I

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 5403.

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

6342. Quantum Theory of Fields II

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 6341.

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