Graduate Catalog  20052007
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Graduate Courses
The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 20052006 and 20062007; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the
Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.
Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.
PHY  Physics
380L. Plasma Physics I.
Particle drifts, equations for plasmas, magnetohydrodynamics, waves and instabilities in the twofluid model, Vlasov equation, Landau damping, controlled thermonuclear research, plasma diagnostics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
380M. Plasma Physics II.
Plasma containment, stability theory in fluid models, derivation of Vlasov and FokkerPlanck equations, the dielectric tensor, velocity space and gradient instabilities, Nyquist diagrams. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 380L or consent of instructor.
380N. Experimental Physics.
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.
380T. Advanced Study in Physics.
Not open to physics majors. Special topics for physics teachers. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, a bachelor's degree in science or mathematics, and consent of the graduate adviser.
381C. Computational Physics.
Same as Computational and Applied Mathematics 381C. Dynamical and statical descriptions and solutions of manybody, nonlinear physical systems by computation. Theory of computation and applications to various branches of physics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and Physics 385K and 387K, or consent of instructor.
381M. Methods of Mathematical Physics.
Same as Computational and Applied Mathematics 381M. Theory of analytic functions; linear algebra and vector spaces; orthogonal functions; ordinary differential equations; partial differential equations; Green's functions; complex variables. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
381N. Methods of Mathematical Physics.
Same as Computational and Applied Mathematics 381N. Continuation of Physics 381M. Topology, functional analysis, approximation methods, group theory, differential manifolds. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Computational and Applied Mathematics 381M or Physics 381M.
382M. Fluid Mechanics.
Flow of ideal and viscous fluids; introduction to turbulence; boundary layers; sound and shock waves. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 381M, 385K, and 387K.
382N. Nonlinear Dynamics.
Basic concepts of evolution and stability, examples of instabilities, low dimensional dynamical systems, chaos, characterization of temporal chaos, pattern formation, Hamiltonian systems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
382S. Seminar in Nonlinear Dynamics.
May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
385K. Classical Mechanics.
Classical and relativistic Hamiltonian mechanics; HamiltonJacobi theory; Lagrangian mechanics for continuous media; symmetry principles and conservation laws. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
385L. Statistical Mechanics.
Equilibrium statistical mechanics; introduction to nonequilibrium concepts; ensembles; classical and quantum gases; statistical physics of solids. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Physics 385K or consent of instructor.
385S. Seminar in Statistical Physics.
Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
385T. Special Topics in Statistical Physics.
Topics to be announced. With consent of the graduate adviser, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
386K. Physics of Sensors.
Physical principles of acoustic, optical, electromagnetic, radiation, and motion sensors. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
386N. Technical Seminar.
Physics for applied and industrial purposes. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.
386S. Seminar in Applied Physics.
Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
387K. Electromagnetic Theory.
Electrostatics and magnetostatics; boundary value problems; Maxwell's equations; plane waves; wave guides; diffraction; multipole radiation. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
387L. Electromagnetic Theory.
Magnetohydrodynamics and plasmas; relativity; collisions of charged particles; radiation from moving charges; radiation damping. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 387K.
387M. Relativity Theory I.
Tensor calculus; Riemannian geometry; geometry of Minkowski spacetime; special relativity theory. Offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 387K.
387N. Relativity Theory II.
General relativity theory; gravitational field equations; weak field approximations; Schwarzschild solution, observable consequences; other topics. Offered in the spring semester only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 387M.
388M. Graduate Colloquy.
Reviews of current topics in physics research. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
388S. Seminar in Teaching Physics.
Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
389K. Quantum Mechanics.
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. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
389L. Quantum Mechanics.
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, Smatrix; relativistic corrections to electron motion. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 389K.
190, 290, 390, 690. Graduate Research.
For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. May not be counted toward the master's degree in physics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and written consent of instructor filed with the graduate adviser.
391M. Nonlinear Plasma Theory.
Quasilinear theory, weak turbulence, large amplitude waves, plasma radiation, shock waves, shock structure, computer techniques. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 380L.
391S. Seminar in Plasma Physics.
Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
391T. Special Topics in Plasma Physics. Topics to be announced. Some sections are offered on the credit/no credit basis only; these are identified in the
Course Schedule. With consent of instructor, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Physics 380L, and consent of instructor.
391U. Seminar in Plasma Theory.
Current topics in plasma theory. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
392K. SolidState Physics.
Lattice vibrations and thermal properties of solids; band theory of solids; transport properties of metals and semiconductors; optical properties; magnetic properties; magnetic relaxation; superconductivity. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Physics 389K, and Physics 375S or the equivalent.
392L. SolidState Physics.
Elementary excitations: phonons, electrons, spin waves; interactions: phononphonon, electronelectron, electronphonon; theory of metals and semiconductors; transport theory; optical properties. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 392K.
392S. Seminar in SolidState Physics.
Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
392T. Special Topics in SolidState Physics.
Topics to be announced. With consent of instructor, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Physics 392K, and consent of instructor.
393S. Seminar in Relativity.
Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
393T. Special Topics in Relativity.
Topics to be announced. With consent of instructor, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
394T. Special Topics in Theoretical Physics.
Topics to be announced. With consent of instructor, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
395. Survey of Atomic and Molecular Physics.
Spectra of atoms and diatomic molecules; quantum electronics; experimental techniques. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
395K. Nonlinear Optics and Lasers.
Gaussian beam optics, interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter, semiclassical laser theory, experimental laser systems, nonlinear optical susceptibilities, harmonic generation, wave mixing, electrooptic and acoustooptic effects, coherent transient effects, optical breakdown, laserplasma interactions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and either Physics 387K and 389K or consent of instructor.
395S. Seminar in Atomic and Molecular Physics.
Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
395T. Special Topics in Atomic and Molecular Physics.
Topics to be announced. With consent of instructor, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
396J. Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics.
Historical introduction to elementary particles, elementary particle dynamics, relativistic kinematics, symmetries, bound states, the Feynman calculus, quantum electrodynamics, electrodynamics of quarks and hadrons, quantum chromodynamics, weak interactions, gauge theories. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Physics 389K, and knowledge of special relativity and scattering.
396K. Quantum Field Theory I.
Quantization of the KleinGordon, Dirac, and electromagnetic field theories; theory of interacting fields, perturbation theory, and renormalization. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 389K.
396L. Quantum Field Theory II.
Pathintegral formalism, massless particles, electrodynamics, nonperturbative methods, oneloop calculations in quantum electrodynamics, general renormalization theory, soft photons, bound statics in quantum electrodynamics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 396K.
396P. String Theory I.
Introduction to string theory and conformal field theory. The free string, conformal invariance and conformal field theory, supersymmetry and string interactions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Physics 396K or the equivalent or consent of instructor.
396Q. String Theory II.
Advanced conformal field theory, perturbative string theory and compactification. Introduction to nonperturbative aspects of string theory. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Physics 396P.
396S. Seminar in Particle Physics.
Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. With consent of instructor, any topic may be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
396T. Special Topics in Particle Physics. Topics to be announced. With consent of instructor, may be repeated for credit. Some sections are offered on the credit/no credit basis only; these are identified in the
Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
396U. Theory Group Seminar.
Seminars in theoretical physics. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
397K. Nuclear Physics.
Systematics of stable nuclei; nuclear structure; decay of the nucleus; cross sections and reaction mechanisms; the elementary particles. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Physics 389K or consent of instructor.
397S. Seminar in Nuclear Physics.
Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
397T. Special Topics in Nuclear Physics.
Topics to be announced. With consent of instructor, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
698. Thesis.
The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in physics and written consent of the supervising professor filed with the graduate adviser; for 698B, Physics 698A.
398T. Supervised Teaching in Physics.
A review of physics teaching strategies, administrative procedures, and classroom responsibilities. Includes a review and critique of each participant's classroom teaching. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and appointment as a teaching assistant.
399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree and written consent of instructor filed with the graduate adviser.
399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Physics 399R, 699R, or 999R; and written consent of instructor filed with the graduate adviser.
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