Fall 2016 courses

PHY 380L Plasma Physics I

Prof. K. Gentle, MWF 2:00-3:00pm. Particle drifts, equations for plasmas, magnetohydrodynamics, waves and instabilities in the two-fluid model, Vlasov equation, Landau damping, controlled thermonuclear research, plasma diagnostics. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

PHY 380N Experimental Physics

Prof. M. Fink, MWF 1:00-2:00pm. Experimental work to provide exposure to physics research techniques. Eighteen laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and concurrent enrollment in Physics 390.

PHY 382P Biophysics I

Prof. E. Florin, MWF 12:00-1:00pm. The cell, small molecules and chemical kinetics, forces on the molecular scale, proteins, lipids and membranes, biopolymers, neurons and electrical signal transduction, and complex pattern formation in cells and cell aggregates. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PHY 382S Seminar in Nonlinear Dynamics

Prof. E. Florin, MWF 1:00-2:00pm.

PHY 385K Classical Mechanics

Prof. R. Hazeltine, TTH 11:00am-12:30pm.

PHY 385L Statistical Mechanics

Prof. L. Reichl, MWF 12:00-1:00pm. Equilibrium statistical mechanics; introduction to nonequilibrium concepts; ensembles; classical and quantum gases; statistical physics of solids. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Physics 385K or consent of instructor.

PHY 385S Seminar in Statistical Physics: Statistical Mechanics

Prof. L. Reichl, TTH 12:30-2:00pm. (Meets with PHY 392S Seminar in Solid-State Physics)

PHY 386K Physics of Sensors

Prof. A. De Lozanne, TTH 4:00-5:30pm. Physical principles of acoustic, optical, electromagnetic, radiation, and motion sensors. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PHY 387K Electromagnetic Theory I

Prof. G. Shvets, MWF 11:00am-12:00pm. Electrostatics and magnetostatics; boundary value problems; Maxwell's equations; plane waves; wave guides; diffraction; multipole radiation. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

PHY 388M Graduate Colloquy

Prof. M. Raizen, W 3:00-6:00pm.

PHY 389K Quantum Mechanics I

Prof. S. Weinberg, TTH 9:30-11:00am. Hilbert space and operators; Schroedinger and Heisenberg equations; solutions for systems in one and three dimensions; theory of spin and orbital angular momentum; the effect of symmetries; approximation techniques; elementary scattering theory. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

PHY 391U Seminar in Plasma Theory

Prof. H. Berk, TTH 4:00-5:30pm.

PHY 392L Solid-State Physics II

Prof. G. Fiete, MWF 10:00-11:00am. Elementary excitations: phonons, electrons, spin waves; interactions: phonon-phonon, electron-electron, electron-phonon; theory of metals and semiconductors; transport theory; optical properties. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 392K

PHY 392S Seminar in Solid-State Physics

Prof. G. Fiete, TTH 12:30-2:00pm. (Meets with PHY 385S Seminar in Statistical Physics: Statistical Mechanics)

PHY 392T Special Topics in Solid-State Physics

Prof. X. Li, TTH 9:30-11:00am.

PHY 392T Special Topics in Solid-State Physics

Prof. Q. Niu, TTH 2:00-3:30pm.

PHY 393S Seminar in Relativity

Prof. R. Matzner, TTH 3:30-5:00pm.

PHY 395M Laser Physics

Prof. T. Ditmire, TTH 12:30-2:00pm. Continuation of Physics 395K. Advanced atomic physics of various laser systems, optical coherence and diffraction theory, pulse propagation and dispersion effects, advanced laser oscillator and amplifier physics, laser amplifier chain design, and chirped-pulse amplification. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Physics 387K, 389K, and 395K, and consent of instructor.

PHY 395S Seminar in Atomic and Molecular Physics

Prof. M. Fink, F 4:00-7:00pm.

PHY 396K Quantum Field Theory I

Prof. V. Kaplunovsky, TTH 3:30-5:30pm. Quantization of the Klein-Gordon, Dirac, and electromagnetic field theories; theory of interacting fields, perturbation theory, and renormalization. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 389K.

PHY 396Q String Theory II

Prof. J. Distler, MWF 9:00-10:00am. Advanced conformal field theory, perturbative string theory and compactification. Introduction to nonperturbative aspects of string theory. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 396P.

PHY 396T Special Topics in Particle Physics: Cosmology

Prof. R. Flauger, TTH 11:00am-12:30pm.

PHY 396T Introduction to Research

Prof. W. Coker, T 5:00-6:30pm.

PHY 396U Theory Group Seminar

Prof. S. Paban, TTH 2:00-3:30pm.

PHY 398T Supervised Teaching in Physics

Prof. A. Gleeson, MW 8:00-10:00am. A review of physics teaching strategies, administrative procedures, and classroom responsibilities. Includes a review and critique of each participant's classroom teaching. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and appointment as a teaching assistant.

 

spring 2017 courses

PHY 380M Plasma Physics II

Prof. G. Shvets. Plasma containment, stability theory in fluid models, derivation of Vlasov and Fokker-Planck equations, the dielectric tensor, velocity space and gradient instabilities, Nyquist diagrams. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 380L or consent of instructor.

PHY 382S Seminar in Nonlinear Dynamics

 

PHY 385K Classical Mechanics

Prof. R. Matzner. Classical and relativistic Hamiltonian mechanics; Hamilton-Jacobi theory; Lagrangian mechanics for continuous media; symmetry principles and conservation laws. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

PHY 385L Statistical Mechanics

Prof. G. Fiete. Equilibrium statistical mechanics; introduction to nonequilibrium concepts; ensembles; classical and quantum gases; statistical physics of solids. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Physics 385K or consent of instructor.

PHY 385S Seminar in Statistical Physics

Prof. L. Reichl. meets with 392S SEMINAR IN SOLID-STATE PHYSICS (56120)

PHY 386K Physics of Sensors

Physical principles of acoustic, optical, electromagnetic, radiation, and motion sensors. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PHY 386N Technical Seminar

Prof. M. Raizen. Physics for applied and industrial purposes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.

PHY 387K Electromagnetic Theory I

Prof. R. Fitzpatrick. Electrostatics and magnetostatics; boundary value problems; Maxwell's equations; plane waves; wave guides; diffraction; multipole radiation. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

PHY 387M Relativity Theory I

Prof. R. Matzner. Tensor calculus; Riemannian geometry; geometry of Minkowski space-time; special relativity theory. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 387K.

PHY 388M Graduate Colloquy

Prof. M. Raizen. 

PHY 389K Quantum Mechanics I

Prof. A. MacDonald. Hilbert space and operators; Schroedinger and Heisenberg equations; solutions for systems in one and three dimensions; theory of spin and orbital angular momentum; the effect of symmetries; approximation techniques; elementary scattering theory. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

PHY 389L Quantum Mechanics II

Prof. S. Weinburg. Perturbation techniques; systems of identical particles; quantum theory of radiation; emission and absorption of photons; selection rules; life times; scattering theory for light and particles, S-matrix; relativistic corrections to electron motion. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 389K.

PHY 391S Seminar in Plasma Physics

 

PHY 391U Seminar in Plasma Theory

Prof. H. Berk.

PHY 392K Solid-State Physics I

Prof. A. Demkov. Lattice vibrations and thermal properties of solids; band theory of solids; transport properties of metals and semiconductors; optical properties; magnetic properties; magnetic relaxation; superconductivity. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Physics 389K, and Physics 375S or the equivalent.

PHY 392S Seminar in Solid-State Physics

Prof. L. Reichl. meets with 385S SEMINAR IN STATISTICAL PHYSICS (56040)

PHY 392T Special Topics: Computation in Condensed Matter

Prof. Chelikowsky. Practical quantum mechanics applied to molecules and solids.  Review of simplified physical concepts for solving the electronic structure problem:  pseudopotentials, one electron theory and density functional theory.  Hands on applications will include implementing numerical techniques for predicting the electronic, optical and dielectric properties of materials, especially semiconductors and limited dimensional materials.

PHY 395T Special Topics: Atomic and Molecular Physics

Prof. M. Fink.

PHY 395S Seminar in Atomic and Molec Phy

Prof. Heinzen.

PHY 396L Quantum Field Theory II

Prof. Kaplunovsky. Quantization of the Klein-Gordon, Dirac, and electromagnetic field theories; theory of interacting fields, perturbation theory, and renormalization. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 389K.

PHY 396T Intro to Research

Prof. W. Coker. 

PHY 396U Theory Group Seminar

Prof. C. Kilic.