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PHYS 601: Analytical Mechanics

Lagrange, Hamilton and Hamilton-Jacobi equational approaches to dynamics canonical transformation and variational techniques central force and rigid body motions the mechanics of small oscillations and continuous systems.

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: MATH 311 or 601, PHYS 303 or equivalents

PHYS 603: Electromagnetic Theory I

Boundary-value problems in electrostatics basic magnetostatics multipoles elementary treatment of ponderable media Maxwell's equations for time-varying fields energy and momentum of electromagnetic field Poynting's theorem gauge transformations.

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: MATH 311 or 601, PHYS 304 or equivalents

PHYS 606: Quantum Mechanics I

Schrodinger wave equation, bound states of simple systems, collision theory, representation and expansion theory, matrix formulation, perturbation theory.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: MATH 601, PHYS 412 or equivalents

PHYS 607: Statistical Mechanics

Classical statistical mechanics, Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, and equipartition theorem quantum statistical mechanics, Bose-Einstein distribution and Fermi-Dirac distribution applications such as polyatomic gases, blackbody radiation, free electron model for metals, Debye model of vibrations in solids, ideal quantum mechanical gases and Bose-Einstein condensation if time permits, phase transitions and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 408 and 412 or equivalents

PHYS 611: Electromagnetic Theory II

Continuation of PHYS 603. Propagation, reflection and refraction of electromagnetic waves wave guides and cavities interference and diffraction simple radiating systems dynamics of relativistic particles and fields radiation by moving charges

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 603, MATH 602 or equivalents

PHYS 615: Methods of Theoretical Physics I

Orthogonal eigenfunctions with operator and matrix methods applied to solutions of the differential and integral equations of mathematical physics contour integration, asymptotic expansions of Fourier transforms, the method of stationary phase and generalized functions applied to problems in quantum mechanics.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 412, 304; MATH 311, 312 or equivalents

PHYS 616: Methods of Theoretical Physics II

Green's functions and Sturm-Liouville theory applied to the differential equations of wave theory. Special functions of mathematical physics numerical techniques are introduced conformal mapping and the Schwarz-Christoffel transformation applied to two-dimensional electrostatics and hydrodynamics.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 412, 304; MATH 311, 312 or equivalents

PHYS 617: Physics of the Solid State

Crystalline structure and symmetry operations electronic properties in the free electron model with band effects included lattice vibrations and phonons thermal properties additional topics selected by the instructor from: scattering of X-rays, electrons and neutrons, electrical and thermal transport, magnetism, superconductivity, defects, semiconductor devices, dielectrics, optical properties.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 408 or 607 and 412 or 606 or equivalents

PHYS 619: Modern Computational Physics

Modern computational methods with emphasis on simulation such as molecular dynamics and Monte-Carlo applications to condensed matter and nuclear many-body physics and to lattice gauge theories.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 302 and 309 or equivalents; knowledge of any programming language

PHYS 624: Quantum Mechanics II

Continuation of PHYS 606. Scattering theory, second quantization, angular momentum theory, approximation methods, application to atomic and nuclear systems, semiclassical radiation theory.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 606 or equivalent

PHYS 625: Nuclear Physics

Nuclear models, nuclear spectroscopy, nuclear reactions, electromagnetic properties of nuclei topics of current interest.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 606 or equivalent

PHYS 627: Elementary Particle Physics

Fundamentals of elementary particle physics. Particle classification, symmetry principles, relativistic kinematics and quark models basics of strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 606

PHYS 631: Quantum Theory of Solids

Second quantization, and topics such as plasmons many-body effects for electrons electron-phonon interaction magnetism and magnons other elementary excitations in solids BCS theory of superconductivity interactions of radiation with matter transport theory in solids.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 617 and 624 or equivalents

PHYS 632: Condensed Matter Theory

Continuation of PHYS 631. Recent topics in condensed matter theory. Peierl's Instability, Metal-Insulator transition in one-dimensional conductors, solitons, fractionally charged excitations, topological excitations, Normal and Anomalous Quantum Hall Effect, Fractional Statistics, Anyons, Theory of High Temperature Superconductors, Deterministic Chaos.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 601, 607, 617, and 624

PHYS 634: Relativistic Quantum Field Theory

Classical scalar, vector and Dirac fields second quantization scattering matrix and perturbation theory dispersion relations. Renormalization.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 624 or equivalent

PHYS 638: Quantum Field Theory II

Functional integrals divergences, regularization and renormalization non-abelian gauge theories other topics of current interest.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 634

PHYS 641: Extragalactic Astronomy

An overview of the cosmic history of the Universe, focusing on the formation and evolution of galaxies. Topics include observations of galaxies, the Local Galactic Group, galaxy groups and clusters, the large-scale distribution of galaxies, the formation of structure in the Universe, evolution of galaxy stellar populations, luminosity functions, and radio galaxies and quasars.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 601 or ASTR 314 and PHYS 302 or approval of instructor.

PHYS 642: Astronomical Observation and Instrumentation

The theory and practice of obtaining astronomical data and modern instrument design. Astrometric, photometric, spectroscopic, and interferometric measurements of astronomical sources. Photon detection techniques across the electromagnetic spectrum. Error analysis and signal-to-noise estimates. Introduction to model fitting, goodness-of-fit estimation, and applications of non-parametric statistical techniques.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 615 or equivalent or approval of instructor.

PHYS 643: Stellar Astrophysics

Theoretical and observational studies of the internal structure, atmospheres, and evolution of stars. Topics include: thermodynamic properties of stellar interiors, nuclear processes, energy transport, stellar evolutionary models, stellar stability and pulsations, and chemical enrichment processes.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 606 and PHYS 607 or equivalents or approval of instructor.

PHYS 644: Relativity and Cosmology

An up-to-date summary of the study of the Universe. The course will discuss the physical processes that form the bases of modern cosmological research programs. A wide range of physical processes will be introduced: supernova explosions, the bending and lensing of light by a gravitational field, the formation of large scale structures, and the nature of the cosmic microwave background.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 615 or equivalent or approval of instructor.

PHYS 645: Galactic Astronomy

An overview of the content and structure of our Milky Way Galaxy. The course will discuss the physical properties of stars and gas constituents of the Galaxy, the space distribution of stars and chemical elements, large-scale structure and kinematics, and formation scenarios. Comparison of formation models to modern observational results will also be included.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 601 and PHYS 607 or equivalents or approval of instructor.

PHYS 646: Radiative Processes and the Interstellar Medium

Theory and observation of low density plasmas in the interstellar medium, spectral line formation in active and normal galaxies, and the intergalactic medium. Thermodynamics and statistical mechanical description of the interstellar medium, measurement of galactic chemical abundances. Study of supernovae, planetary nebulae, HII regions, and quasars. Evolution of the chemical elements and star formation in the Universe. X-ray and radio properties of galaxies and galaxy clusters.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 302, PHYS 304, PHYS 408, and PHYS 412 or equivalents or approval of instructor.

PHYS 647: General Relativity

Special relativity. Equivalence Principle. Theory of gravitation. Einstein's theory of general relativity. Classic tests of general relativity. Simple black hole and cosmological solutions. Global aspects, Penrose diagrams. Stationary black holes. Hawking radiation.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 611, PHYS 615

PHYS 648: Quantum Optics and Laser Physics

Line widths of spectral lines laser spectroscopy optical cooling trapping of atoms and ions coherence pico- and femto-second spectroscopy spectroscopic instrumentation.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: Approval of instructor

PHYS 649: Physics of Optoelectronic Devices

Overview of basic concepts: laser physics, optics of semiconductors, heterostructures with quantum confinement and their interaction with light; physical principles of state of the art optoelectronic devices; emerging concepts and technologies: integrated photonics, nanophotonics, plasmonics, metamaterials, terahertz optoelectronics, quantum information processing, etc.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: Quantum mechanics (PHYS 412 and PHYS 414 or PHYS 606 or equivalent).

PHYS 666: Scientific Instrument Making

Theory and techniques for designing and constructing advanced scientific instruments such as spectrometers, cryostats, vacuum systems, etc. mechanical and electronic shop procedures utilizing the lathe and mill welding and soldering drafting and print reading circuit design. May be taken twice for credit.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 2
  • Prerequisites: Approval of instructor

PHYS 674: Introduction to Quantum Computing

Introduces the quantum mechanics, quantum gates, quantum circuits and quantum hardware of potential quantum computers; algorithms, potential uses, complexity classes, and evaluation of coherence of these devices.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 208, MATH 304

PHYS 681: Seminar

Subjects of current importance normally required of all graduate students in physics.

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites:

PHYS 685: Directed Studies

Individual problems not related to thesis.; Prerequisite: Approval of instructor; 1 to 9 Credit hours

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: Approval of instructor

PHYS 689: Special Topics

Selected topics in an identified area of physics. May be repeated for credit.;1 to 4 Credit hours

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: Approval of instructor

PHYS 691: Research

Research toward thesis or dissertation.

  • Credit Hours: 0
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree in physics or equivalent or more Credit hour each semester

ASTR 601: Extragalactic Astronomy

An overview of the cosmic history of the Universe, focusing on the formation and evolution of galaxies. Topics include observations of galaxies, the Local Galactic Group, galaxy groups and clusters, the large-scale distribution of galaxies, the formation of structure in the Universe, evolution of galaxy stellar populations, luminosity functions, and radio galaxies and quasars.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 601; or ASTR 314 and PHYS 302; or approval of instructor.

ASTR 602: Astronomical Observation and Instrumentation

The theory and practice of obtaining astronomical data and modern instrument design. Astrometric, photometric, spectroscopic, and interferometric measurements of astronomical sources. Photon detection techniques across the electromagnetic spectrum. Error analysis and signal-to-noise estimates. Introduction to model fitting, goodness-of-fit estimation, and applications of non-parametric statistical techniques.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 615 or equivalent; or approval of instructor.

ASTR 603: Stellar Astrophysics

Theoretical and observational studies of the internal structure, atmospheres, and evolution of stars. Topics include: thermodynamic properties of stellar interiors, nuclear processes, energy transport, stellar evolutionary models, stellar stability and pulsations, and chemical enrichment processes.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 606 and PHYS 607 or equivalents

ASTR 604: Cosmology

An up-to-date summary of the study of the Universe. The course will discuss the physical processes that form the bases of modern cosmological research programs. A wide range of physical processes will be introduced: supernova explosions, the bending and lensing of light by a gravitational field, the formation of large scale structures, and the nature of the cosmic microwave background.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 615 or equivalent; or approval of instructor.

ASTR 605: Galactic Astronomy

An overview of the content and structure of our Milky Way Galaxy. The course will discuss the physical properties of stars and gas constituents of the Galaxy, the space distribution of stars and chemical elements, large-scale structure and kinematics, and formation scenarios. Comparison of formation models to modern observational results will also be included.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 601 and PHYS 607 or equivalents

ASTR 606: Radiative Processes and the Interstellar Medium

Theory and observation of low density plasmas in the interstellar medium, spectral line formation in active and normal galaxies, and the intergalactic medium. Thermodynamics and statistical mechanical description of the interstellar medium, measurement of galactic chemical abundances. Study of supernovae, planetary nebulae, HII regions, and quasars. Evolution of the chemical elements and star formation in the Universe. X-ray and radio properties of galaxies and galaxy clusters.

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 302, PHYS 304, PHYS 408, and PHYS 412 or equivalents; or approval of instructor.

ASTR 685: Directed Studies

Individual problems not related to thesis.; Prerequisite: Approval of instructor; 1 to 9 Credit hours

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: Approval of instructor

ASTR 689: Special Topics

Selected topics in an identified area of physics. May be repeated for credit.;1 to 4 Credit hours

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: Approval of instructor

ASTR 691: Research

Research toward thesis or dissertation.

  • Credit Hours: 0
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree in physics or equivalent or more Credit hour each semester

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