#### Fall 2018 courses

## PHY 380M *Plasma Physics I*

Prof. P. Morrison, TTh 12:30-2:00pm. Plasma containment, stability theory in fluid models, derivation of Vlasov and Fokker-Planck equations, the dielectric tensor, velocity space and gradient instabilities, Nyquist diagrams.

## PHY 380N *Experimental Physics*

Prof. M. Fink, MWF 11:00am-12:30pm. Experimental work to provide exposure to physics research techniques.

## PHY 382P *BioPhysics I*

Prof. E.L. Florin, MWF 2:00-3:00pm. 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.

## PHY 385K *Classical Mechanics*

Prof. R. Hazeltine, TTh 11:00-12:30pm. Classical and relativistic Hamiltonian mechanics; Hamilton-Jacobi theory; Lagrangian mechanics for continuous media; symmetry principles and conservation laws.

## 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.

## PHY 385S *Seminar in Statistical Physics: Statistical Mechanics*

Prof. L. Reichl, TTH 12:30-2:00pm. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. May be repeated for credit.

## PHY 386K *Physics of Sensors*

Prof. A. De Lozanne, TTH 4:00-5:30pm. Physical principles of acoustic, optical, electromagnetic, radiation, and motion sensors.

## PHY 387K *Electromagnetic Theory I*

Prof. M. Downer, TTh 2:00-3:30pm. Electrostatics and magnetostatics; boundary value problems; Maxwell's equations; plane waves; wave guides; diffraction; multipole radiation.

## 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.

## PHY 392L *Solid-State Physics II*

Prof. Q. Niu. Elementary excitations: phonons, electrons, spin waves; interactions: phonon-phonon, electron-electron, electron-phonon; theory of metals and semiconductors; transport theory; optical properties.

## PHY 392S *Seminar in Solid-State Physics*

TTH 12:30-2:00pm. Meets with 385S SEMINAR IN STATISTICAL PHYSICS: STATISTCAL MECHANICS (56395)

## PHY 392N *Many Body Theory*

Prof. A. MacDonald, TTh 8:00-9:30 am. Overview of many-body theory; second quantization; Green’s functions and Feynman diagrams; finite-temperature, imaginary-time Green’s functions; the disordered metal; path integrals; broken symmetries; and local moments.

## PHY 396K *Quantum Field Theory I*

Prof. D. Discus, MWF 9-10am. Quantization of the Klein-Gordon, Dirac, and electromagnetic field theories; theory of interacting fields, perturbation theory, and renormalization.

## PHY 396P *String Theory I*

Prof. J. Distler, MWF 10-11 am. This is a one-term course on selected topics in astrophysics, not a comprehensive course on astronomy. It will emphasize astrophysical calculations that can be done elegantly and analytically, with a minimum of complication. There will be little overlap with courses on general relativity or cosmology, except that we will cover the recent discovery of gravitational waves from coalescing binaries.

## PHY 398T *Supervised Teaching in Physics*

Prof. J. Yeazell, 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 2018 courses

## PHY 380L *Plasma Physics I*

Particle drifts, equations for plasmas, magnetohydrodynamics, waves and instabilities in the two-fluid model, Vlasov equation, Landau damping, controlled thermonuclear research, plasma diagnostics.

## PHY 385K *Classical Mechanics*

Prof. R. Hazeltine. 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*

Prof. K. Lang. 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. V. Kaplunovsky. 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 389K *Quantum Mechanics I*

Prof. S. Paban. 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 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 392N *Many Body Theory*

Prof. A. Potter. Overview of many-body theory; second quantization; Green’s functions and Feynman diagrams; finite-temperature, imaginary-time Green’s functions; the disordered metal; path integrals; broken symmetries; and local moments.

## PHY 392S *Seminar in Solid-State Physics*

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

## PHY 395K *Nonlinear Optics and Lasers*

Prof. M. Downer. Gaussian beam optics, interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter, semiclassical laser theory, experimental laser systems, nonlinear optical susceptibilities, harmonic generation, wave mixing, electro-optic and acousto-optic effects, coherent transient effects, optical breakdown, laser-plasma interactions.

## PHY 395T *Special Topics: Atomic and Molecular Physics*

Prof. M. Reinzen. This course is a review of modern topics in quantum optics with an emphasis on the close ties between theory and experiment. Topics include: quantum description of light and its interaction with matter, free quantum radiation, squeezed states of light, quantum entanglement and violation of Bell's inequalities,

quantum cryptography and quantum computing, interaction of an atom with the quantized electromagnetic field, photon anti-bunching and Fock state generation, cavity quantum electrodynamics.

## PHY 396J *Elementary Particle Physics*

Prof. C. Kilic. Effective field theory. The Standard Model: electroweake sector, strong interactions at low energies, the Yukawa sector and flavor symmetries. Collider Physics. Beyond the Standard Model: supersymmetry, extra dimensions, strong dynamics and dark matter phenomenology.