Academic Catalog

Physics (3650)

3650:501. Everyday Physics. (4 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. College-level physics content for future teachers. Inquiry, discovery, activities, discussion, and experiential learning take place in a laboratory/embedded-lecture environment.

3650:506. Physical Optics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Propagation, reflection, and refraction of electromagnetic waves, superposition, polarization, interference and interferometry, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, Fourier optics, coherence theory, and quantum optics.

3650:531. Mechanics I. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Mechanics at intermediate level. Newtonian mechanics, motion of a particle in one dimension, central field problem, system of particles, conservation laws, rigid bodies, gravitation.

3650:532. Mechanics II. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Advanced mechanics at the senior or beginning graduate level, moving coordinate systems, mechanics of continuous media. Lagrange's equations, tensor algebra and stress analysis, rotation or rigid bodies, vibration theory.

3650:536. Electromagnetism I. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Electricity and magnetism at intermediate level. Electrostatics and magnetostatics, electric field, scalar potential, dielectrics, Laplace's and Poisson's equations, current, magnetic field, vector potential, magnetic materials, inductance.

3650:537. Electromagnetism II. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Special relativity, four vectors, Maxwell's equations in covariant form; propagation, reflection and refraction of electromagnetic waves; multipole radiation.

3650:541. Quantum Physics I. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Introduction to quantum theory, Schrodinger equation, observables, angular momentum, perturbation theory, variational principle, bound states, scattering theory, radiative interactions, spin and the Pauli Principle.

3650:542. Quantum Physics II. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Applications of quantum mechanics to atomic, nuclear and solid state physics. Tunneling and alpha decay, periodic potential, Hydrogen and Helium atoms, interatomic forces, quantum statistics.

3650:551. Advanced Laboratory I. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Experimental techniques applicable to research-type projects in contemporary physics. FT-IR spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy, lasers, SPM, and thin-film growth and characterization.

3650:552. Advanced Laboratory II. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Experimental projects applicable to contemporary physics. Diode and dye lasers, laser feedback, chaos, NMR, electron tunneling, and fiber optics.

3650:556. Techniques of Physics Instruction. (1 Credit)

Teaching assistants are introduced to current research in learning physics, shown applications for their labroom, and trained in skills needed as a laboratory teaching assistant.

3650:570. Introduction to Solid-State Physics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Account of basic physical processes occurring in solids, with emphasis on fundamental relation between these processes and periodicity of crystalline lattice.

3650:581. Methods of Mathematical Physics I. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Vectors, generalized coordinates, tensors, calculus of variations, vector spaces, linear transformations, matrices, eigenvalues, Hilbert space, boundary value problems, transcendental functions, complex variables, analytic functions, Green's functions, integral equations.

3650:582. Methods of Mathematical Physics II. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Vectors, generalized coordinates, tensors, calculus of variations, vector spaces, linear transformations, matrices, eigenvalues, Hilbert space, boundary value problems, transcendental functions, complex variables, analytic functions, Green's functions, integral equations.

3650:588. Selected Topics: Physics. (1-4 Credits)

(May be repeated) Prerequisite: permission. Consideration of selected topics, procedures, techniques, materials or apparatus of current interest in physics.

3650:590. Workshop: Physics. (1-4 Credits)

(May be repeated.) Prerequisite: permission. Further investigations of various selected topics in physics, under guidance of faculty member.

3650:597. Independent Study: Physics. (1-4 Credits)

(May be repeated.) Prerequisite: permission. Further investigations of various selected topics in physics, under guidance of faculty member.

3650:598. Physics Colloquium. (1 Credit)

Lectures on current research topics in physics by invited speakers. May be repeated, but only one credit counts toward M.S. degree. Credit/Noncredit.

3650:605. Computer Physics: Numerical Solutions to Physics Problems I. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission. Review of FORTRAN and basic topics in computer science. Numerical solutions to physics problems, including Newton's and Schrodinger's equations. Treatment and reduction of experimental data, plotting, simulation.

3650:606. Computer Physics: Numerical Solutions to Physics Problems II. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Data reduction, Calcomp plotting, comparison of theoretical models with data, linear and non-linear least squares curve-fitting. May accommodate scientific problems of individual interest.

3650:615. Electromagnetic Theory I. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Electrostatics and magnetostatics at advanced level for graduate students, boundary value problems, dielectrics, multipole expansions, time-varying fields, Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves, reflection, refraction, wave guides and cavities.

3650:616. Electromagnetic Theory II. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Scattering and diffraction, plasma physics, special theory of relativity, dynamics of relativistic particles in fields, collisions of charged particles, radiation from moving charges, bremsstrahlung, multipole fields.

3650:625. Quantum Mechanics I. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Basic concepts of quantum mechanics, representation theory, particle in a central field, addition of angular momenta and spins, Clebsch-Gordon coefficients, perturbation theory, scattering, transition probabilities.

3650:626. Quantum Mechanics II. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 625. Foundations of relativistic quantum mechanics. Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations, spin-zero and spin-1/2 particles in electromagnetic field, second quantization of bosons and fermions, superfluidity and super conductivity.

3650:630. Advanced Laboratory Techniques of Materials Characterication. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Admission to the physics master's program or permission. This course focuses on the characterization of thin films and surfaces of materials. Techniques include Atomic Force Microscopy, UV-visible, FTIR, Photoluminescence, and Electron Tunneling spectroscopies.

3650:631. Quantum Mechanics of Molecules and Materials. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Admission to the physics master's program or permission. An applied quantum mechanics course that is also relevant for engineers, materials scientist, and applied physicists.

3650:632. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics of Materials. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Admission to the physics master's program or permission. Fundamental laws of thermodynamics and their applications to material systems; criteria for equilibrium; the statistical mechanics of solids.

3650:641. Lagrangian Mechanics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Principle of least action and Lagrangian equation of motion, conservation laws, integration of equation of motion, collisions, small oscillations, Hamilton's equations, canonical transformations.

3650:661. Statistical Mechanics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Fundamental principles of statistical mechanics, Gibbs, Fermi and Bose Statistics, solids, liquids, gases, phase equilibrium, chemical reactions.

3650:662. Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics II. (3 Credits)

See department for course description.

3650:670. Biological Physics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Admission to the physics master's program or permission. Explores the physics of biological systems, especially on the molecular scale: structural properties and transport processes, self-assembly, and molecular motors.

3650:671. Computational Materials Physics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: Admission to the physics master's program or permission. Introduces current computational techniques including computer simulations to investigate structural and transport properties of condensed matter systems.

3650:672. Nanomaterials. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: Admission to the physics master's program or permission. Structures and characterizations of nanomaterials. Physical properties of nanomaterials. Carbon based nanomaerials. Nanoscale device applications.

3650:673. Advanced Condensed Matter Physics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Admission to the physics master;s program of permission. Response of materials to external perturbations (e.g. electromagnetic radiation); elementary excitations; semiconductors; magnetism; superconductivity.

3650:674. Physics of Photonics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: Admission to the physics master's program or permission. This theoretical course focuses on understanding the physics of photonics and light-matter interactions, with potential applications to many interdisciplinary areas of science and technology.

3650:685. Solid-State Physics I. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Theory of physics of crystalline solids. Properties of reciprocal lattice and Bloch's theorem. Lattice dynamics and specific heat. Electron states; cellular method, tight-binding method, Green's function method.

3650:686. Solid-State Physics II. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to Physics Master's program or permission. Orthogonalized plane and pseudo potentials. Electron-electron interaction; screening by impurities. Friedel sum rule and plasma oscillations. Dynamics of electrons, transport properties and Fermi surface.

3650:689. Special Problems in Theoretical Physics. (1-4 Credits)

(May be repeated.) Prerequisite: permission. Intended to facilitate expansion of particular areas of interest in theoretical physics, by consultation with faculty member and independent study beyond available course work.

3650:691. Seminar in Theoretical Physics. (1-3 Credits)

(May be repeated.) Prerequisite: permission.

3650:697. Graduate Research in Physics. (1-5 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission. Candidates for M.S. degree may obtain up to five credits for faculty supervised research projects. Grades and credit received at completion of such projects.

3650:698. Special Topics in Physics. (1-4 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission. Enables student who needs information in special areas, in which no formal course is offered, to acquire knowledge in these areas.

3650:699. Master's Thesis. (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: permission. With approval of department, one credit may be earned by candidate for M.S. degree upon satisfactory completion of a master's thesis.

3650:710. Surface Physics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3650:470. An interdisciplinary course stressing the fundamentals and applications of physics at surfaces, including corrosion, catalysis, adhesion, and tribology.

3650:769. Critical Phenomena & Phase Transitions. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 3650:625, 3650:641, and 3650:661. Modern theory of critical phenomena. Landau theory. Spin systems, binary mixtures, polymers and liquid crystals. Multicomponent systems. Multicritical points. Renormalization. Epsilon-expansions of critical exponents.

3650:879. Doctoral Research. (1-15 Credits)

(May be repeated.) Prerequisite: approval of the Student Advisory Committee for Ph.D. research in physics, physical chemistry, polymer science, applied mathematics or electrical engineering. Original research by a Ph.D. candidate in various disciplines under the guidance of physics faculty.