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Graduate Course Descriptions

PHY 5937 Selected Topics in Physics (1-4) AS PHY
PR: Senior or advanced standing and CC
Each topic is a course in directed study underthe supervision of a faculty member.

PHY 6246 Classical Mechanics (3) AS PHY
PR: PHY 4222 or CI. Fall Semester.
Dynamics of particles and systems ofparticles, Lagrange's equation, central forces,rigid body dynamics.

PHY 6346 Electromagnetic Theory I (3) AS PHY
PR: PHY 4324C or CI
Electrostatics, magnetostatics, potential andboundary value problems. Maxwell's equations.First semester of sequence PHY6346, PHY 6347.

PHY 6347 Applied Electromagnetic Theory (3) AS PHY
PR: PHY 6346 or CI.
Second semester of sequence PHY 6346, PHY6347. Electromagnetic waves, wave guides and resonant cavities, diffraction,relativistic-particle kinematics and dynamics,plasmas andmagnetohydrodynamics.

PHY 6446 Lasers and Applications (3) AS PHY
PR: PHY 4324C and PHY 4604 or CI.
Optical modes, optical resonator theory, gainsaturation, theory of laser oscillators, specific laser systems, Q-switchingand mode-locking, optical waveguides.

PHY 6447 Physics of Lightwave Devices and Applications (3) AS PHY
PR: PHY 6446 or CI.
Nonlinear optics including optical phaseconjugation, second harmonic and sum frequency generation, and stimulatedRaman scattering. Selected applications of lasers and nonlinear optics.

PHY 6536 Statistical Mechanics (3) AS PHY
PR: PHY 5624 or CI.
Kinetic theory, configuration and phase space.Boltzmann theorem, Liouville theorem, ensemble theory, quantum statistics.

PHY 6646 Quantum Mechanics I (3) AS PHY
PR: PHY 4604 or CI.
Hilbert space, continuous spectrum, matrix andwave mechanics, quantum dynamics, symmetries, angular momentum, perturbationmethods

PHY 6646 Applied Quantum Mechanics (3) AS PHY
PR: PHY 6645 or CI.
Approximation and perturbation methods,hydrogen fine structure, scattering, identical particles, secondquantization, Dirac equation.

PHY 6846L Modern Laboratory Techniques (3) AS PHY
PR: GS or CC.
Modern laboratory techniques frequentlyrequired in experimental research.  Includes use of lasers, electronicinstruments, vacuum systems, computerized data acquisition, thin filmdeposition, and semi-conductor Hall experiments.

PHY 6909 Independent Study (1-19) AS PHY
PR: CI.
Independent study in which student must have acontract with an instructor.

PHY 6911 Directed Research (1-19) A PHY
PR: GS.
An individual investigation of a researchtopic under the supervision of an instructor.

PHY 6935 Graduate Seminar (1) AS PHY
PR: CI. All Physics graduate students are expected to enroll in this course at least once.

PHY 6938 Selected Topics in Physics (1-10) AS PHY
PR: CI
Each topic is a course in directed study underthe supervision of a faculty member.

PHY 6940 Supervised Teaching (3) AS PHY
PR: Dept. Approval Required.
Laboratory teaching under the direction of aPhysics Department faculty member.

PHY 6971 Thesis: Master's (2-19) AS PHY
PR: CI

PHY 7910 Directed Research (1-9) AS PHY
PR: Graduate Ph.D. level.

PHY 7980 Dissertation:  Doctoral (2-9) AS PHY
Rpt. S/U, PR:  Admission to Candidacy.

PHZ 5115 Methods of Theoretical Physics I (3) AS PHY
PR: MAP 2302 or CI.
Applications of mathematical techniques toclassical and modern physics. Vector spaces including Hilbert space,orthogonal functions, generalized functions, Fourier analysis, transformcalculus, and variational calculus.

PHZ 5116 Methods of Theoretical Physics II (3) AS PHY
PR: MAP 2302 or CI.
Applications of mathematical techniques toclassical and modern physics. Selected topics in complex analysis,differential and integral equations, numerical methods, and probabilitytheory.

PHZ 5156C Computational Physics I (3) AS PHY
PR: CGS 5420 or CI.
C programming applied to real science andengineering problems. Data analysis, numerical algorithms, modeling, parallelcomputation. Subjects selected from current research may includeneurobiology, quantum magnetism, chaos, finance, materials science.

PHZ 5405 Solid State Physics I (3) AS PHY
PR: PHY 3101, MAP 2302, CI.
Crystal structure, x-ray and electrondiffraction, mechanical and thermal properties of solids, electrical andmagnetic properties of metals, band theory of metals, insulators, and semiconductors. First semester of sequence PHZ 5405, PHZ 6426.

PHZ 6136 Physical Applications of Group Theory (3) AS PHY
PR: CI.
Matrices, symmetry elements and point groups,reducible and irreducible representations, molecular vibrations, selectionrules, rotation groups and atomic levels, molecular orbitals and electronicenergies, space groups and spectra of crystals, crystal field theory andsymmetry.

PHZ 6204 Atomic and Molecular Spectra I (3) AS PHY
PR: PHY 4604 or CI.
Hydrogen atom, one electron systems, centralfield and vector models, perturbations, Zeeman and Stark effect, hyperfinestructure, atomic structure calculations; diatomic spectra, rotational andvibration analysis, intensities, temperatures from spectra, isotope effects.

PHZ 6205 Atomic And Molecular Spectra II (3) AS PHY
PR: PHZ 6204 or CI.
Electronic transitions in diatomic molecules,Hund's coupling schemes, electron configuration and valence, astrophysicalapplications, predisassociation, normal modes of polyatomic molecules, Ramanand IR spectra, rotation-vibration interaction, microwave spectra,thermodynamic properties, stellar atmospheres.

PHZ 6426 Solid State Physics II (3) AS PHY
PR: PHZ 5405 or CI.
Optical, electrical and magnetic properties ofinsulators, superconductivity, imperfections in solids. Second semester ofsequence PHZ 5405, PHZ 6426.