Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses in Physics

PHY 411. Survey of Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics (3)

Intended for non-specialists. Fundamentals and modern advanced topics in nuclear and elementary particle physics. Topics include: nuclear force, structure of nuclei, nuclear models and reactions, scattering, elementary particle classification, SU(3), quarks, gluons, quark flavor and color, leptons, gauge theories, GUT, the big bang. Prerequisite: PHY 369. Staff

PHY 420. Mechanics (3) fall

Includes the variational methods of classical mechanics, methods of Hamilton and Lagrange, canonical transformations, Hamilton-Jacobi Theory. Vavylonis

PHY 421. Electricity & Magnetism I (3) spring

Electrostatics, magnetostatics, Maxwell’s equations, dynamics of charged particles, multipole fields. McSwain

PHY 422. Electricity & Magnetism II (3) fall

Electrodynamics, electromagnetic radiation, physical optics, electrodynamics in anisotropic media. Special theory of relativity. Prerequisite: PHY 421. Huennekens

PHY 424. Quantum Mechanics II (3) fall

General principles of quantum theory; approximation methods; spectra; symmetry laws; theory of scattering. Prerequisite: PHY 369 or equivalent. DeLeo

PHY 425. Quantum Mechanics III (3)

A continuation of Phys 424. Relativistic quantum theory of the electron; theory of radiation. Staff

PHY 428. Methods of Mathematical Physics I (3) fall

Analytical and numerical methods of solving the ordinary and partial differential equations that occur in physics and engineering. Includes treatments of complex variables, special functions, product solutions and integral transforms. Gunton

PHY 429. Methods of Mathematical Physics II (3) spring

Continuation of Physics 428 to include the use of integral equations. Green’s functions, group theory, and more on numerical methods. Prerequisite: PHY 428. Staff

PHY 431. Theory of Solids (3)

Advanced topics in the theory of the electronic structure of solids. Many-electron theory. Theory of transport phenomena. Magnetic properties, optical properties. Superconductivity. Point imperfections. Prerequisites: PHY 363 and PHY 424. Rickman

PHY 442. Statistical Mechanics (3) spring

General principles of statistical mechanics with application to thermodynamics and the equilibrium properties of matter. Prerequisites: PHY 340 and 369. Kim

PHY 443. Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics (3)

A continuation of PHY 442. Applications of kinetic theory and statistical mechanics to nonequilibrium processes; nonequilibrium thermodynamics. Prerequisite: PHY442. Staff

PHY 446. Atomic and Molecular Physics (3)

Advanced topics in the experimental and theoretical study of atomic and molecular structure. Topics include fine and hyperfine structure, Zeeman effect, interaction of light with matter, multi-electron atoms, molecular spectroscopy, spectral line broadening atom-atom and electron-atom collisions and modern experimental techniques. Prerequisite: PHY 424 or consent of the department. Huennekens

PHY 455. Physics of Nonlinear Phenomena (3)

Basic concepts, theoretical methods of analysis and experimental development in nonlinear phenomena and chaos. Topics include nonlinear dynamics, including period-multiplying routes to chaos and strange attractors, fractal geometry and devil’s staircase. Examples of both dissipative and conservative systems will be drawn from fluid flows, plasmas, nonlinear optics, mechanics and waves in disordered media. Prerequisite: graduate standing in science or engineering, or consent of the chairman of the department. Staff

PHY 462. Theories of Elementary Particle Interactions (3)

Relativistic quantum theory with applications to the strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions of elementary particles. Prerequisite: PHY 425. Staff

PHY 467. Nuclear Theory (3)

Theory of low-energy nuclear phenomena within the framework of non-relativistic quantum mechanics. Staff

PHY 471. (MECH 411) Continuum Mechanics (3)

An introduction to the continuum theories of the mechanics of solids and fluids. This includes a discussion of the mechanical and thermodynamical bases of the subject, as well as the use of invariance principles in formulating constitutive equations. Applications of theories to specific problems are given. Staff

PHY 472. Special Topics in Physics (1-4)

Selected topics not sufficiently covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit.

PHY 474. Seminar in Modern Physics (3)

Discussion of important advances in experimental physics. May be repeated for credit when a different topic is offered.

PHY 475. Seminar in Modern Physics (3)

Discussion of important advances in theoretical physics. May be repeated for credit when a different topic is offered.

PHY 482. Applied Optics (3)

Review of ray and wave optics with extension to inhomogenous media, polarized optical waves, crystal optics, beam optics in free space (Gaussian and other types of beams) and transmission through various optical elements, guided wave propagation in planar waveguides and fibers (modal analysis), incidence of chromatic and polarization mode dispersion, guided propagation of pulses, nonlinear effects in waveguides (solitons), periodic interactions in waveguides, acousto-optic and electro-optics. Prerequisite: PHY 352 or equivalent. Toulouse

PHY 491. Research (3)

Research problems in experimental or theoretical physics.

PHY 492. Research (3)

Continuation of PHY 491. May be repeated for credit.