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Course # Title Credit Hrs Lab Hrs
PHYS 601 Analytical Mechanics 3 0
Hamilton approaches to dynamics; canonical transformation and variational techniques; central force and rigid body motions; the mechanics of small oscillations and continuous systems.
Prerequisites: PHYS 302 or equivalent; MATH 311 and MATH 412 or equivalents; concurrent registration in PHYS 615.
PHYS 603 Electromagnetic Theory 3 0
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.
Prerequisites: PHYS 304 or equivalents; PHYS 615.
PHYS 606 Quantum Mechanics 3 0
Schrodinger wave equation, bound states of simple systems, collision theory, representation and expansion theory, matrix formulation, perturbation theory.
Prerequisites: PHYS 412 or equivalent; MATH 311 and MATH 412 or equivalents; concurrent registration in PHYS 615.
PHYS 607 Statistical Mechanics 3 0
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.
Prerequisites: PHYS 408 and PHYS 412 or equivalents; PHYS 615.
PHYS 611 Electromagnetic Theory 3 0
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.
Prerequisites: PHYS 603
PHYS 615 Methods of Theoretical Physics I 3 0
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.
Prerequisites: MATH 311, MATH 407 and MATH 412 or equivalents.
PHYS 616 Methods of Theoretical Physics II 3 0
Group theory and its implementation in physical systems; finite groups, Lie groups and Lie algebras; representation theory, symmetries of regular objects, global aspects of Lie groups and classification of Lie algebras.
Prerequisites: PHYS 615 or approval of instructor
PHYS 617 Physics of the Solid State 3 0
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.
Prerequisites: PHYS 606 and PHYS 607.
PHYS 619 Modern Computational Physics 3 0
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.
Prerequisites: PHYS 408 and PHYS 412 or equivalents; knowledge of any programming language.
PHYS 624 Quantum Mechanics II 3 0
Continuation of PHYS 606. Scattering theory, second quantization, angular momentum theory, approximation methods, application to atomic and nuclear systems, semi-classical radiation theory.
Prerequisites: PHYS 606
PHYS 625 Nuclear Physics 3 0
Nuclear models, nuclear spectroscopy, nuclear reactions, electromagnetic properties of nuclei; topics of current interest.
Prerequisites: PHYS 606
PHYS 627 Elementary Particle Physics 3 0
Fundamentals of elementary particle physics; particle classification, symmetry principles, relativistic kinematics and quark models; basics of strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions.
Prerequisites: PHYS 606
PHYS 631 Quantum Theory of Solids 3 0
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.
Prerequisites: PHYS 617 and PHYS 624.
PHYS 632 Condensed Matter Theory 3 0
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.
Prerequisites: PHYS 601, PHYS 617 and PHYS 624.
PHYS 634 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory 3 0
Classical scalar, vector and Dirac fields; second quantization; scattering matrix and perturbation theory; dispersion relations; renormalization.
Prerequisites: PHYS 624
PHYS 638 Quantum Field Theory II 3 0
Functional integrals; divergences, regularization and renormalization; non-abelian gauge theories; other topics of current interest.
Prerequisites: PHYS 634
PHYS 639 Methods of Experimental Particle Physics 3 2
Methods of particle detection and data analysis techniques in experimental particle physics; computational and statistical methods in modern research; next challenges in experimental particle physics; use of statistical and computational techniques, Monte Carlo simulation methods, presenting and documenting scientific findings using LaTex.
Prerequisites: PHYS 305 and PHYS 412; working knowledge of C or C++; or approval of instructor.
PHYS 641 Extragalactic Astronomy 3 0
Overview of observations of galaxies and large-scale structures in the Universe to understand their formation and evolution from theoretical and observational perspectives; galaxy luminosity functions; evolution of stellar populations and chemical enrichment; clusters and AGN. Cross-listed with ASTR 601/PHYS 641.
Prerequisites: PHYS 601; or ASTR 314 and PHYS 302; or approval of instructor.
PHYS 642 Astronomical Observation and Instrumentation 3 0
Theory and practice of obtaining and analyzing astrometric, photometric, spectroscopic, and interferometric measurements of astronomical sources across the electromagnetic spectrum; principles of design, fabrication, assembly, test, deployment, and use of astronomical instruments. Cross-listed with ASTR 602/PHYS 642.
Prerequisites: PHYS 615 or equivalent; or approval of instructor.
PHYS 643 Stellar Astrophysics 3 0
Theoretical and observational aspects of stellar astrophysics; thermodynamic properties of stellar interiors; energy sources; nuclear processes and burning stages; convective and radiative energy transport; evolutionary models; atmospheres; stability and pulsations; chemical enrichment processes; population synthesis. Cross-listed with ASTR 603/PHYS 643.
Prerequisites: PHYS 606 and PHYS 607 or equivalents; or approval of instructor.
PHYS 644 Cosmology 3 0
Basic principles of modern cosmology and particle physics; general relativity; cosmic inflation; Big Bang nucleosynthesis; expansion of the universe; cosmic microwave background; large-scale structure of the Universe; properties of particles; dark matter; dark energy. Cross-listed with ASTR 604/PHYS 644.
Prerequisites: PHYS 615 or equivalent; or approval of instructor.
PHYS 645 Galactic Astronomy 3 0
Basic nature and structure of constituents of Milky Way galaxy; distribution and motions of stars and gas; origin evolution and distribution of large-scale chemical abundances and kinematic patterns across populations; models of galaxy formation and implications of modern observations. Cross-listed with ASTR 605/PHYS 645.
Prerequisites: PHYS 601 and PHYS 607 or equivalents; or approval of instructor.
PHYS 646 Radiative Transfer 3 0
Fundamental radiative processes in stellar and planetary atmospheres; radiative fields; Stokes parameters; Mueller matrix formalism; radiation from moving charges; Compton scattering; plasma effects; atomic structure and radiative transitions; molecular structure and spectra; multiple scattering. Cross-listing with ASTR 606/PHYS 646.
Prerequisites: PHYS 302, PHYS 304, PHYS 408, and PHYS 412 or equivalents; or approval of instructor.
PHYS 647 Gravitational Physics 3 0
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.
Prerequisites: PHYS 611 and PHYS 615.
PHYS 648 Quantum Optics and Laser Physics 3 0
Line widths of spectral lines; laser spectroscopy; optical cooling; trapping of atoms and ions; coherence; pico- and femto-second spectroscopy; spectroscopic instrumentation.
Prerequisites: Approval of instructor
PHYS 649 Physics of Optoelectronic Devices 3 0
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.
Prerequisites: Quantum mechanics (PHYS 412 and PHYS 414 or PHYS 606 or equivalent).
PHYS 651 Superstring Theory I 3 0
Basics of string theory, including bosonic string, conformal field theory, strings with worldsheet and space-time supersymmetry, as well as the higher dimensional extended objects called D-branes.
Prerequisites: PHYS 634 and PHYS 653; PHYS 647 recommended
PHYS 652 Superstring Theory II 3 0
M-theory unification of superstring theories into a single eleven-dimensional theory; duality symmetries relating string theories; string geometry; Calabi-Yau manifolds and exceptional holonomy manifolds; flux compactifcations; black holes in string theory; AdS/CFT correspondence; string and M-theory cosmology.
Prerequisites: PHYS 651; PHYS 647 recommended.
PHYS 653 Introduction to Supersymmetry and Supergravity 3 0
Core material on supersymmetric field theories and their coupling to supergravity theories.
Prerequisites: PHYS 634
PHYS 654 The Standard Model and Beyond 3 0
The standard model of particle physics in detail; general principles of gauge theories, including spontaneous breaking and applications to Electro-Weak Interactions and Quantum Chromodynamics; extension of the standard model involving Grand Unified Theories (GUT), Supersymmetry (SUSY) and Supergravity (SUGRA).
Prerequisites: PHYS 624 and PHYS 634.
PHYS 655 String Phenomenology 3 0
Physical applications of string theory; rudiments of string theory; compactification of extreme dimensions in string theory; free-fermionic formulation; dualities, M-theory, intersection D-Branes, and D-Brane phenomenology; model building.
Prerequisites: PHYS 634 and PHYS 651.
PHYS 661 Superfluidity and Superconductivity 3 0
Basic properties of superconductors, superfluid 4He and superfluid 3He; Bose Einstein condensation, BCS theory and Ginzburg-Landau theory; methods of achieving low temperatures, with lab tours. Special topics include broken symmetry, neutron stars, ultra-cold atomic gases and tunneling in superconductors.
Prerequisites: PHYS 408, PHYS 412, and PHYS 414, or equivalents.
PHYS 666 Scientific Instrument Making 3 2
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.
Prerequisites: Approval of instructor
PHYS 671 Ultrafast Laser Physics 3 0
Ultrafast optics; nonlinear optics; laser physics; active and passive mode-locking; pulse characterization and shaping; applications in industry and research such as time-resolved spectroscopy, coherent control, terahertz spectroscopy, and high-order harmonic generation.
Prerequisites: PHYS 204, PHYS 205, PHYS 221 and PHYS 412, or equivalents.
PHYS 674 Introduction to Quantum Computing 3 0
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. Cross-listed with ECEN 674/PHYS 674.
Prerequisites: MATH 304; PHYS 208.
PHYS 681 Seminar 1 0
Subjects of current importance; normally required of all graduate students in physics.
Prerequisites: None
PHYS 685 Directed Studies 3 0
Individual problems not related to thesis.; Prerequisite: Approval of instructor; 1 to 9 Credit hours
Prerequisites: Approval of instructor
PHYS 689 Special Topics 3 0
Selected topics in an identified area of physics. May be repeated for credit.;1 to 4 Credit hours
Prerequisites: Approval of instructor
PHYS 691 Research 0 0
Research toward thesis or dissertation.1 to 23 Credit hours
Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree in physics or equivalent or more Credit hour each semester
ASTR 600 Order-of-Magnitude Astrophysics 1 0
Introduction to the utility of order of magnitude calculations and the ability to think intuitively; short overviews of basic physical concepts followed by interactive activities and problem solving at the board
Prerequisites: None
ASTR 601 Extragalactic Astronomy 3 0
Overview of observations of galaxies and large-scale structures in the Universe to understand their formation and evolution from theoretical and observational perspectives; galaxy luminosity functions; evolution of stellar populations and chemical enrichment; clusters and AGN. Cross-listed with PHYS 641/ASTR 601.
Prerequisites: PHYS 601; or ASTR 314 and PHYS 302; or approval of instructor.
ASTR 602 Astronomical Observation and Instrumentation 3 0
Theory and practice of obtaining and analyzing astrometric, photometric, spectroscopic, and interferometric measurements of astronomical sources across the electromagnetic spectrum; principles of design, fabrication, assembly, test, deployment, and use of astronomical instruments. Cross-listed with PHYS 642/ASTR 602.
Prerequisites: PHYS 615 or equivalent; or approval of instructor.
ASTR 603 Stellar Astrophysics 3 0
Theoretical and observational aspects of stellar astrophysics; thermodynamic properties of stellar interiors; energy sources; nuclear processes and burning stages; convective and radiative energy transport; evolutionary models; atmospheres; stability and pulsations; chemical enrichment processes; population synthesis. Cross-listed with PHYS 643/ASTR 603.
Prerequisites: PHYS 606 and PHYS 607 or equivalents
ASTR 604 Cosmology 3 0
Basic principles of modern cosmology and particle physics; general relativity; cosmic inflation; Big Bang nucleosynthesis; expansion of the universe; cosmic microwave background; large-scale structure of the Universe; properties of particles; dark matter; dark energy. Cross-listed with PHYS 644/ASTR 604.
Prerequisites: PHYS 615 or equivalent; or approval of instructor.
ASTR 605 Galactic Astronomy 3 0
Basic nature and structure of constituents of Milky Way galaxy; distribution and motions of stars and gas; origin evolution and distribution of large-scale chemical abundances and kinematic patterns across populations; models of galaxy formation and implications of modern observations. Cross-listed with PHYS 645/ASTR 605
Prerequisites: PHYS 601 and PHYS 607 or equivalents
ASTR 606 Radiative Transfer 3 0
Fundamental radiative processes in stellar and planetary atmospheres; radiative fields; Stokes parameters; Mueller matrix formalism; radiation from moving charges; Compton scattering; plasma effects; atomic structure and radiative transitions; molecular structure and spectra; multiple scattering. Cross-listed with PHYS 646/ASTR 606.
Prerequisites: PHYS 302, PHYS 304, PHYS 408, and PHYS 412 or equivalents; or approval of instructor.
ASTR 681 Seminar 1 0
Subjects of current importance; normally required of all graduate students in astronomy. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: None
ASTR 685 Directed Studies 3 0
Individual problems not related to thesis.; Prerequisite: Approval of instructor; 1 to 9 Credit hours
Prerequisites: Approval of instructor
ASTR 689 Special Topics 3 0
Selected topics in an identified area of physics. May be repeated for credit.;1 to 4 Credit hours
Prerequisites: Approval of instructor
ASTR 691 Research 0 0
Research toward thesis or dissertation.1 to 23 Credit hours
Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree in physics or equivalent or more Credit hour each semester