Additional Graduate Physics Courses

Course: PHY 800  Research Methods
Semester: Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Description: Design and setup of experiments in various faculty research areas. Data collection and analysis. Study and practice of theoretical methods. 
Effective Dates: SUMMER 1998 - Open 
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Course: PHY 801  Survey of Atomic and Condensed Matter Physics
Semester: Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Not open to students with credit in: PHY 491
Description: Survey of physics phenomena related to atomic, liquid and solid systems. Describe underlying microscopic principles responsible for properties of matter. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 802  Survey of Nuclear Physics
Semester: Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Not open to students with credit in: PHY 492
Description: Survey of phenomena and conceptual foundations of nuclear physics. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 803  Survey of Elementary Particle Physics
Semester: Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Recommended Background: students should have completed undergraduate degree in physics 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Not open to students with credit in: PHY 493
Description: Overview of high-energy physics, including the standard model, quark composition of hadrons, collider physics and the role of elementary particle physics in cosmology. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 810  Methods of Theoretical Physics
Semester: Fall of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Description: Theoretical methods used in classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, and statistical mechanics. 
Effective Dates: FALL 1998 - Open 
Course: PHY 812  Advanced Methods of Theoretical Physics
Semester: Fall of even years
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Recommended Background: PHY 810 
Description: Advanced mathematical tools for theoretical physics. Group theory, advanced Green's functions and asymptotic methods. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 820  Classical Mechanics
Semester: Fall of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Description: Two-body central force problem, Hamilton's principle, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian equations of motion, variational methods, small oscillations, classical fields. 
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open 
Course: PHY 822  Advanced Classical Mechanics
Semester: Fall of odd years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Recommended Background: PHY 820 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Physics Major.
Description: Formal methods of mechanics along with a variety of modern topics including formal treatments of fluids, chaos and non-linear dynamics. Offered first half of semester. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 831  Statistical Mechanics
Semester: Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Description: Equilibrium statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Boltzmann transport equations and hydrodynamics. Brownian and Langevin motion. 
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open 
Course: PHY 841  Classical Electrodynamics I
Semester: Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Recommended Background: PHY 810 
Description: Electrostatics, magnetostatics, time-varying fields and Maxwell's equations. Gauge transformations. Poynting's theorem and conservation laws. 
Effective Dates: SUMMER 1998 - Open 
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Course: PHY 842  Classical Electrodynamics II
Semester: Fall of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Recommended Background: PHY 841 and (PHY 810 or concurrently) 
Description: Plane electromagnetic waves, polarization states, reflection, refraction. Wave guides and resonant cavities. Radiating systems, dipole fields, radiated power. Special theory of relativity. 
Effective Dates: FALL 1998 - Open 
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Course: PHY 850  Electrodynamics of Plasmas
Semester: Spring of odd years
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Recommended Background: ECE 835 or PHY 488 
Description: Plasma kinetic and macroscopic plasma transport theory. Electromagnetic wave propagation and charged particle diffusion processes in plasma. Electromagnetic energy absorption via elastic and inelastic collisions. Dc, rf, and microwave discharges. 
Semester Alias: EE 850 
Interdepartmental With: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Astronomy and Astrophysics 
Administered By: Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Effective Dates: SUMMER 1999 - Open 
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Course: PHY 851  Quantum Mechanics I
Semester: Fall of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Restrictions: Open only to graduate students in the College of Engineering or College of Natural Science.
Description: Axioms of quantum and wave mechanics, applications to spherically symmetric potentials. Hydrogen atom, harmonic oscillator, matrix mechanics, angular momentum theory, rotations. 
Effective Dates: FALL 1998 - Open 
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Course: PHY 852  Quantum Mechanics II
Semester: Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Recommended Background: PHY 851 
Description: Approximation methods, perturbation theory, atomic physics applications, scattering theory, identical particles, Pauli principle, Bose and Einstein statistics, Hartree-Fock approximation, collisions of identical particles, radiation. 
Effective Dates: FALL 1995 - Open 
Course: PHY 855  Quantum Field Theory
Semester: Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Recommended Background: PHY 852 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Introduction to field theory as it pertains to numerous problems in particle, nuclear and condensed matter physics. Second quantization, applications to different fields based on perturbation theory. Offered first half of semester. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 861  Beam Physics
Semester: Spring of odd years
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Recommended Background: PHY 820 and PHY 841 
Description: Particle accelerator theory and design. 
Effective Dates: SPRING 1995 - Open 
Course: PHY 862  Physics and Applications of Accelerators and Beams
Semester: Spring of odd years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Recommended Background: PHY 842 
Description: Physics and design of particle accelerators used in various subfields of physics. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 863  Special Topics in Accelerator Physics
Semester: On Demand
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Advanced topics in accelerator science. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 891  Elementary Particle Physics
Semester: Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Recommended Background: PHY 853 
Description: Nonabelian gauge theory, spontaneously broken gauge theory, electroweak interaction, QCD, W and Z boson coupling to quarks and leptons, charm, top and bottom quarks, particle generations. 
Effective Dates: FALL 1995 - Open 
Course: PHY 899  Master's Thesis Research
Semester: Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits: Variable from 1 to 6
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 36 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions: Open only to graduate students in the Physics major.
Description: Master's thesis research. 
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2002 - Open

 

Course: PHY 905  Special Problems
Semester: Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits: Variable from 1 to 4
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 9 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions: Open only to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Description: In-depth study of a topic in physics or in astrophysics and astronomy. 
Effective Dates: FALL 1994 - Open 
Course: PHY 909  Experimental Techniques for Condensed Matter Physics
Semester: Fall of even years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Recommended Background: PHY 491 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Methods for sample preparation and measurement in context of condensed matter physics. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 910  Quantum Fluids
Semester: Fall of odd years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Prerequisite: PHY 831
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Theory and phenomenology of Bose Einstein condensates, superconductivity and superfluidity. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 912  Modern Nonlinear Dynamics
Semester: Spring of even years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Prerequisite: PHY 820 or approval of department
Description: Nonlinear dynamics of Hamiltonian and dissipative systems; method of averaging; adiabatic invariants; KAM theorem; invariant manifolds; bifurcation theory; dynamical chaos. Offered first half of semester. 
Effective Dates: SPRING 2006 - Open 
Course: PHY 913  Foundations of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Semester: Fall of odd years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Prerequisite: PHY 851 or approval of department
Recommended Background: PHY 971 
Description: The self-assembly process and unusual phenomena occurring in nanostructures of carbon. Magnetic aggregates in different size ranges. Finite size and low-dimension effects. Fractional conductance quantization. Response in nanostructures to mechanical stress, high temperature, and electric fields. Offered first half of semester. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2006 - Open 
Course: PHY 915  Computational Condensed Matter Physics
Semester: Spring of odd years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Recommended Background: PHY 831 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Computational techniques for addressing problem in theoretical condensed matter physics 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 918  Quantum and Non-linear Optics
Semester: Fall of even years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Recommended Background: PHY 852 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Interaction of light with atoms and semiconductors. Theory and experimental techniques for non-linear optics. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 919  Modern Electronic Structure Theory
Semester: Spring of even years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Recommended Background: PHY 852 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Electronic structure theory using modern computational methods 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 921  Quantum Transport and Mesoscopic Physics
Semester: Fall of odd years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Prerequisite: PHY 831
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Quantum properties of mesoscopic systems. Quantum dots and large molecules and complex materials. Linear response theory for finite systems. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 922  Ultrafast Phenomena
Semester: Fall of odd years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Recommended Background: PHY 842 or concurrently 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Theoretical and experimental tools for addressing ultrafast phenomena, such as femtoscopic lasers 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 925  Topics in Molecular and Biophysics
Semester: On Demand
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Recommended Background: PHY 851 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the College of Natural Science or approval of department.
Description: Advanced topics in molecular and biophysics. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 950  Data Analysis Methods for High-Energy and Nuclear Physics
Semester: Fall of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Tools and methods used for analyzing data in large experiments. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 951  Concepts and Calculations for the Standard Model
Semester: Fall of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Recommended Background: PHY 852 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Concepts, phenomena and calculations the standard model for particle physics 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 955  Relativistic Quantum Field Theory
Semester: Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Recommended Background: PHY 855 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Theory of relativistic quantum fields and renormalization with emphasis on applications for particle physics. Offered second half of semester. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 956  Collider Phenomenology
Semester: Spring of odd years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Recommended Background: PHY 955 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Physics Major or approval of department.
Description: Theory and phenomenology of high-energy collider physics. Quantum chromo dynamics evolution, structure functions and higher-order calculations. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 959  Special Topics in High-Energy Physics
Semester: On Demand
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Recommended Background: PHY 951 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Topics in high-energy physics. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 961  Non-Linear Beam Dynamics
Semester: Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Recommended Background: PHY 861 
Description: Dynamics of particle beams. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2002 - Open 
Course: PHY 962  Particle Accelerators
Semester: Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Recommended Background: PHY 861 
Description: Theory of particle accelerator design. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2002 - Open 
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Course: PHY 963  U.S. Particle Accelerator School
Semester: Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 12 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Recommended Background: PHY 861 
Description: Participation in suitable courses offered by the U.S. Particle Accelerator School. 
Semester Alias: PHY 962C 
Effective Dates: FALL 2002 - Open 
Course: PHY 964  Seminar in Beam Physics Research
Semester: Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 12 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Recommended Background: PHY 861 
Description: Presentation of current research topics in beam physics or accelerator design. 
Semester Alias: PHY 962D 
Effective Dates: FALL 2002 - Open 
Course: PHY 973  Special Topics in Condensed Matter Physics
Semester: Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 12 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Recommended Background: PHY 971 and PHY 972 
Description: Topics vary and may include quantum optics, scattering methods and Green's functions. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2002 - Open 
Course: PHY 980  Advanced Reading in Physics
Semester: Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits: Variable from 1 to 3
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 4 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions: Approval of department.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open 
Course: PHY 981  Nuclear Structure
Semester: Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Recommended Background: PHY 492 and PHY 831 and PHY 841 and PHY 852 
Description: Nuclear forces, nuclear matter, nuclear-structure models, few-nucleon systems, electromagnetic and weak transitions. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2015 - Open 
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Course: PHY 982  Nuclear Dynamics
Semester: Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Recommended Background: PHY 492 and PHY 831 and PHY 841 and PHY 852 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Description: Scattering theory, resonance reactions, compound nuclear decay and fission, direct and breakup reactions, time-dependent Hartree-Fock, Vlasov equation, nuclear transport equations, particle production, nuclear liquid-gas phase transition, quark-gluon plasma. Offered second half of semester. 
Effective Dates: SPRING 2016 - Open 
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Course: PHY 983  Nuclear Astrophysics
Semester: Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits: Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3 
Recommended Background: PHY 410 and PHY 472 and PHY 482 
Description: Low energy reaction theory, survey of astrophysics, physics of nuclei and reaction relevant to astrophysics, nuclear reaction rates in stellar environments, stellar evolution, solar neutrinos, big bang nucleosynthesis, dark matter, supernova explosions, r-process, hot CNO and rp-process, cosmochronology 
Effective Dates: FALL 2003 - Open 
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Course: PHY 988  Few-body Methods and Nuclear Reactions
Semester: Spring of odd years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Basic nuclear reactions based on few-body methods. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 989  Special Topics in Nuclear Physics
Semester: On Demand
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Topics in nuclear physics not covered in regularly scheduled courses 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 990  Nuclear Forces and Their Impact in Nuclear Structure
Semester: Spring of even years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Description: Overview of strong interaction between nucleons. This includes two- and three-body nuclear forces and nucleon-nucleon scattering, along with the implications for light nuclei and nuclear matter. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 991  Many-Body Methods for Nuclear Physics
Semester: Spring of odd years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Calculation of nuclei properties from first principles, nucleon-nucleon force. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 993  Density Functional Theory and Self-Consistent Methods for Nuclear Physics
Semester: Fall of even years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Application of density-functional techniques in the context of nuclear physics. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 994  Theory for Exploring Nuclear Structure Experiments
Semester: Fall of even years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Phenomenological methods for modeling structure and dynamics of nuclei. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 995  Theory for Exploring Nuclear Reaction Experiments
Semester: Fall of odd years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Modeling direct nuclear reactions from low to high energy. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 996  Nuclear Theory for Astrophysics
Semester: Fall of even years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Theory for nucleosynthesis in stellar evolution and stellar explosions, with an emphasis on the role of nuclei far from stability. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 997  Theoretical Approaches to Describe Exotic Nuclei
Semester: Spring of odd years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Techniques specific for modeling nuclei far from stability, especially halo nuclei. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 998  High-Performance Computing and Computational Tools for Nuclear Physics
Semester: Spring of even years
Credits: Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2 
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or approval of department.
Description: Knowledge and skills for problems in nuclear structure involving high-performance computing. 
Effective Dates: FALL 2014 - Open 
Course: PHY 999  Doctoral Dissertation Research
Semester: Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits: Variable from 1 to 24
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 36 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions: Open to graduate students in the Physics major.
Description: Doctoral dissertation research. 
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2014 - Open