# Graduate Courses

PHYS 510 **General Relativity I** (3) Foundations of general relativity, elements of differential geometry, Einstein's equation, Newtonian limit, gravity waves, Friedmann cosmologies and Schwarzschild solution.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite: PHYS 557

PHYS 511 **Topics in General Relativity** (3) Selected topics from: Cauchy problem, Hamiltonian formulation, positive energy theorems, asymptotics, gravitational radiation, singularity theorems, black-holes, cosmology, observational tests.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite: PHYS 510

PHYS 512 **Quantum Theory of Solids I** (3) Electrons in periodic potentials; single electron approximations; lattice dynamics; electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of solids; transport theory.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite: PHYS 412 Concurrent: PHYS 517

PHYS 513 **Quantum Theory of Solids II** (3) Electron-phonon interaction, BCS theory; Landau Fermi-liquid theory; disorder and localized states; spin-wave theroy; many-body theory.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite: PHYS 512

PHYS 514 **Physics of Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films** (3) This course focuses on interfacial and surface phenomena; structural, electronic, vibrational and thermodynamic properties; physisorption and chemisorption; phase transitions and ultrathin film nucleation; and growth phenomena.

Effective: Summer 1995

Prerequisite: PHYS 412

PHYS 517 **Statistical Mechanics** (3) Thermodynamics, classical and quantum statistics; Bose and Fermi gases; Boltzmann transport equation; phase transitions, critical phenomena; Ising model.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite: PHYS 561

PHYS 518 **Critical Phenomena and Field Theory **(3) Critical phenomena using field theoretical and renormalization group techni- ques; solvable statistical models and conformal field study; fluctuations and random processes.

Effective: Spring 2011

Prerequisite: PHYS 517

PHYS 524 **Physics of Semiconductors and Devices** (3) Electronic structure, optical and transport properties of crystalline and amorphous semiconductors, quantum wells, superlattices; quantum devices; quantum Hall effect.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite: PHYS 412

PHYS 525 **Methods of Theoretical Physics I** (3) Complex variables, Hilbert spaces, linear operators, calculus of variations, Fourier analysis, Green's functions, distributions, differential equations, and special functions.

Effective: Spring 1996

PHYS 526 **Methods of Theoretical Physics II** (3) Finite and Lie groups, representations and application to condensed matter and particle physics; selected topics from differential geometry.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite: PHYS 525

PHYS 527 (ASTRO 527) **Computational Physics and Astrophysics **(3) Introduction to numerical methods for modeling physical phenomena in condensed matter, atomic and high energy physics, gravitation, cosmology and astrophy.

Effective: Fall 2008

PHYS 530 **Theoretical Mechanics** (3) Newtonian mechanics, noninertial coordinate system, Lagrangian mechanics, small oscillations, Hamiltonian formulation, canonical transformations, Hamilton-Jacobi theroy, dynamical systems.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite: PHYS 419

PHYS 533 **Theoretical Acoustics** (3) Wave propagation in complex systems and materials: viscoelastic fluids, superfluids, elastic solids, periodic and random media, nonlinear media.

Effective: Spring 1996

PHYS 541 **Elementary Particle Phenomenology** (3) Baryons and mesons; leptons and quarks; electromagnetic and weak inter- actions and their unification; quantum chromodynamics; experimental techni- ques.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite: PHYS 562

PHYS 542 **Standard Model of Elementary Particles Physics** (3) Weinberg-Salam model of electroweak interactions, spontaneous symmetry breaking, quantum chromodynamics; selected topics from grand unified theories and superstring theory.

Effective: Summer 1995

Prerequisite: PHYS 564

PHYS 545 (ASTRO 545) **Cosmology **(3) Modern cosmology of the early universe, including inflation, the cosmic microwave background, nucleosynthesis, dark matter and energy.

Effective: Spring 2009

PHYS 555 (MATSE 555) **Polymer Physics I **(3) Introduction to the fundamental concepts needed to understand the physics applicable to polymer melts, solutions and gels.

Effective: Spring 2006

PHYS 557 **Electrodynamics **(3) Special relativity, electromagneti fields, Maxwell's equations, conservation laws, electrostatics and magnetostatics.

Effective: Spring 2011

Prerequisite: PHYS 400

PHYS 559 **Graduate Laboratory** (2) Study and applications of techniques and instrumentation used in modern physics laboratories.

Effective: Spring 1996

PHYS 561 **Quantum Mechanics I** (3) Postulates of quantum mechanics, Hilbert space methods, one dimensional potentials, spin systems, Harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, Hydrogen atom.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite: PHYS 410

PHYS 562 **Quantum Mechanics II** (3) Addition of angular momenta, perturbation theory, variational principle, scattering theory, density matrices, identical particles, interpretations of quantum mechanics, Dirac theory.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite: PHYS 561

PHYS 563 **Quantum Field Theory I** (3) Canonical and functional integral quantization of relativistic and non- relativistic field theories; Feynman diagrams; spontaneous symmetry breaking; renormalization group.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite: PHYS 562

PHYS 564 **Quantum Field Theory II** (3) Abelian and non-Abelian gauge theories; renormalization group and operator product expansions; BRST quantization; scattering theory, other related topics.

Effective: Spring 1996

Prerequisite: PHYS 563

PHYS 565 **Interface of General Relativity and Quantum Physics** (3) Limitations of perturbative methods, conceptual problems; selected topics from black hole thermodynamics, canonical quantum gravity, loop space methods and string-theory.

Effective: Summer 1995

Prerequisite: PHYS 510, PHYS 563

PHYS 571 **Modern Atomic Physics **(3) Light-atom interactions, atomic structure, laser cooling and trapping, interferometry, and Bose-Einstein condensation.

Effective: Spring 2011

Prerequisite: PHYS 411, PHYS 561 or CHEM 565

PHYS 572 **Laser Physics and Quantum Optics **(3) Theory of modern lasers, non-linear and quantum optics, photon statistics, laser spectroscopies, pulsed lasers.

Effective: Spring 2011

Prerequisite: PHYS 410, PHYS 561 or CHEM 565

PHYS 580 **Elements of Network Science and Its Applications **(3) Introduction to elements of network theory used to describe and model complex networks; applictions in social, biological, and technological networks.

Effective: Spring 2011

Prerequisite: knowledge of basis calculus

PHYS 590 **Colloquium** (1-3) Continuing seminars that consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.

Effective: Summer 1997

PHYS 596 **Individual Studies** (1-9) Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

Effective: Spring 1987

PHYS 597 **Special Topics** (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.

Effective: Spring 1987