Discussion of contemporary topics in physics.

Offered fall and spring semester every year.

Stellar astrophysics, stellar structure and atmospheres, formation of spectral lines and spectral classification, stellar evolution from star formation to planetary nebulae and supernovae and the resulting compact objects.

Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.

Components of galaxies, including stars and the interstellar medium, the Milky Way galaxy, external galaxies, and the formation and evolution of galaxies.

Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.

Cosmology, history of the Universe, Big Bang Theory, Inflation, microwave background radiation, formation of galaxies, and large-scale structure.

Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.

A review of vectors and elementary Newtonian mechanics, conservation laws, motion of a single particle, retarding forces, oscillations, noninertial reference frames, and Newtonian gravitation.

Offered fall semester every year.

Central forces, dynamics of systems of particles, rigid-body motion, coupled oscillator systems, and the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics.

Offered spring semester every year.

An introduction to the physics of the atmosphere with emphasis on the laws of radiation, solar and terrestrial radiation, surface and atmospheric energy balances, cloud physics, precipitation formation, and atmospheric optical and electrical phenomena.

Offered spring semester every even-…

An introduction to the physics of the atmosphere with emphasis on the laws of radiation, solar and terrestrial radiation, surface and atmospheric energy balances, cloud physics, precipitation formation, and atmospheric optical and electrical phenomena.

Offered spring semester every even-…

An introduction to the physics of the atmosphere with emphasis on the laws of radiation, solar and terrestrial radiation, surface and atmospheric energy balances, cloud physics, precipitation formation, and atmospheric optical and electrical phenomena.

Offered spring semester every even-…

Offered spring semester every even-…

Offered spring semester every even-…

Offered spring semester every even-…

The composition and structure of planetary atmospheres; heating and energy transport; atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; orbital dynamics of planets; magnetospheres; and extrasolar planets.

Not offered on a regular basis.

The composition and structure of planetary atmospheres; heating and energy transport; atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; orbital dynamics of planets; magnetospheres; and extrasolar planets.

Not offered on a regular basis.

A review of vector calculus, electrostatics, and magnetostatics.

Offered fall semester every year.

Topics include Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic radiation, the theory of electromagnetic fields in matter, and Einstein's special theory of relativity.

Offered spring semester every year.

The laws of thermodynamics and their application to physical systems. Kinetic theory.

Offered spring semester every year.

Seminar on contemporary topics in astronomy and astrophysics.

Offered fall and spring semester every year.

Introduction to the treatment of magnetic resonance imaging physics, including newer developments such as functional brain imaging and dynamic contrast enhanced MRI for tumor imaging. Students will gain hands-on lab experience (instrument operation, data acquisition, and data analysis) with the…

An introduction to numerical methods and computer programming in the context of modeling problems of interest to physicists. Students complete multiple projects that require programming, debugging, and running computer programs, as well as generating and interpreting data. Prior programming…

An introduction to quantum computation.

Not offered on a regular basis.

An introduction to quantum computation.

Not offered on a regular basis.

An introduction to quantum computation.

Not offered on a regular basis.

A laboratory course in which students will use modern experimental techniques to investigate phenomena in atomic, molecular, nuclear, and condensed-matter physics.

Fundamental principles of quantum mechanics. Solutions of the Schroedinger equation and their properties for simple systems are discussed.

Offered fall semester every year.

Perturbation theory and applications of quantum mechanics.

Offered spring semester every year.

A qualitative overview of particle physics, starting with Rutherford's discovery of atomic nuclei and subsequent discoveries of subatomic particles, and culminating in the Standard Model. Open topics in particle physics beyond the Standard Model, especially supersymmetry. Particular emphasis is…

Properties of nuclear and subnuclear systems. Fundamental interactions between particles are treated. An introduction to the theory of the structure of baryons, mesons, and nuclei is presented along with quarks and the standard model.

Not offered on a regular basis.

This multidisciplinary course will expose students to the emerging field of nanoscale science and engineering. The subject matter will include top-down and bottom-up approaches to the fabrication of nanoscale systems. The experimental investigation of nanoscale systems, as well as the theory and…

Elastic, thermal, electrical, magnetic and optical properties of condensed matter. Covers such topics as crystal structure, symmetry operators, X-ray and neutron diffraction, lattice vibrations, thermal properties, electrons in metals and semiconductors, dielectric and optical properties,…

Contemporary, interdisciplinary, and/or advanced topics not otherwise offered in the standard physics curriculum.

Lecture/discussion hours will vary depending on the particular faculty member presenting the course.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Combines a journal club to discuss exciting recent developments in physics and astronomy and service-learning activities in the form of science shows to communicate these topics to both expert and non-expert audiences.

Course includes a service-learning project during the semester that…

Research while enrolled for a master's degree under the direction of faculty members.

Independent research under the direction of a faculty member.

Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.

Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study.

Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.

This course is designed to aid K-12 teachers with astronomical concepts which arise in their teaching. The effective presentation of astronomical concepts in this area will be emphasized.

Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.

Designed to aid K-12 teachers with astronomical concepts concerning stars, galaxies, and the universe which arise in their teaching. The effective presentation of astronomical concepts in this area will be emphasized.

Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.

This course is designed to aid the introductory physics teacher in dealing with problems in mechanics, waves, and thermodynamics which arise in his/her teaching. The effective presentation of physical concepts in this area will be emphasized. Credit is limited to students working for degrees in…

This course is designed to aid the introductory physics teacher in dealing with problems in mechanics, waves, and thermodynamics which arise in his/her teaching. The effective presentation of physical concepts in this area will be emphasized. Credit is limited to students working for degrees in…

This course is designed to aid the introductory physics teacher in dealing with problems in electricity and magnetism, optics, and nuclear physics which arise in his/her teaching. The effective presentation of physical concepts in this area will be emphasized. Credit is limited to students…

This course is designed to aid the introductory physics teacher in dealing with problems in electricity and magnetism, optics, and nuclear physics which arise in his/her teaching. The effective presentation of physical concepts in this area will be emphasized. Credit is limited to students…

Thesis writing under the direction of the major professor.

Independent research and thesis preparation.

Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.

The mechanics of particles and rigid bodies is developed using generalized coordinates, D'Alembert's principle and Hamilton's principle. Symmetry principles and conservation laws are emphasized.

Offered fall semester every year

With the advent of infrared (IR) arrays, large optical/IR ground telescopes, and several IR satellite missions, IR astronomy has undergone a 21st-century revolution. In this course, students learn fundamental concepts of IR astronomy, various important IR astronomical sources, IR astronomical…

The internal structure and evolution of single and binary stars from formation to supernova. The equations of stellar structure and their numerical solution are discussed. Recent developments in stellar evolution theory, including brown dwarfs and extrasolar giant planets are presented.

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Physical processes and phenomena in the interstellar medium including radiative processes; excitation, ionization, and dissociation of atoms and molecules; neutral hydrogen and galactic structure; equilibrium conditions in clouds; interactions of dust with gas and radiation; HII regions;…

The basic principles of quantum mechanics and their applications to problems in modern physics. Topics covered include principles of wave mechanics, central forces and angular momentum, three dimensional bound state problems and scattering theory, spin.

Offered fall semester every year.…

The basic principles of quantum mechanics and their applications to problems in modern physics. Topics covered include quantum dynamics, identical particles, symmetries, time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory.

Offered spring semester every year.

Professional skills such as writing and reviewing research and observing proposals, writing and refereeing research papers, making oral presentations of research and of journal articles, and writing brief newspaper and magazine summaries.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Relativistic quantum mechanics and quantum field theory.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Concepts and applications of potential scattering. Both short-range and long-range potentials are treated.

Not offered on a regular basis.

A study of classical electrodynamics. Topics include development of Maxwell's electromagnetic field equations and the Lorentz force equation, electrostatics and magnetostatics.

Offered fall semester every year.

A study of classical electrodynamics. Topics include development of Maxwell's electromagnetic field equations and the Lorentz force equation, electrostatics and magnetostatics, time-varying fields, conservation laws, radiating systems, and electromagnetic waves.

Offered spring semester…

Discussion of contemporary topics in astronomy.

Offered fall and spring semester every year.

The foundation and development of statistical mechanics in classical and quantum physics and its relationship to thermodynamics.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Applications of statistical mechanics to some fundamental problems in physics, astrophysics and other sciences.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Advanced topics in statistical mechanics, especially those which have contributed to recent rapid progress in the modern many- body problem. Analytical and other advanced mathematical techniques will be emphasized.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Treatment of mathematical methods necessary for solving problems in physics. Techniques from complex analysis, integral transforms, linear vector spaces and ordinary differential equations are covered.

Offered fall semester every year.

Develops the mathematical structure of group theory, including representation theory, and shows how it is used to simplify physics problems and reveal the nature of physical laws. Particular emphasis will be placed on applications in quantum mechanics, although applications in other areas of…

A detailed treatment of current magnetic resonance imaging methods for living systems and applications to bio-imaging (e.g., fMRF and DTI). Methods for improving speed and reducing artifacts will be treated. A laboratory component will give students practical experience in system operation, data…

Atomic and molecular physics with emphasis on current research in the structure and spectra of atomic systems, especially non-relativistic descriptions.

Not offered on a regular basis.

A series of seminars by experts on contemporary research topics in applied physics.

Offered fall and spring semester every year.

The use of computer simulation methods to treat otherwise intractable problems. Emphasis will be placed on many-body problems and the techniques will include Monte Carlo and spin dynamics.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Computer simulation algorithms including molecular dynamics and quantum molecular dynamics techniques. Student must write programs and analyze data for different ensembles.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Discussion of contemporary topics in simulational physics.

Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.

The selection of topics varies from year to year. Students will make presentations based on journal articles or original research.

The selection of topics varies from year to year. Students will make presentations based on journal articles or original research.

The selection of topics varies from year to year. Students will make presentations based on journal articles or original research.

Discussion of contemporary topics in quantum computing and quantum information.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Discussion of contemporary topics in quantum computing and quantum information.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Discussion of contemporary topics in quantum computing and quantum information.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Quantum theory of solids. Current and fundamental topics in solid state physics, including the theory of electrons and phonons in metals, semi-conductors and insulators, will be covered.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Current and advanced topics in physics and astronomy.

Lecture/discussion hours will vary depending on the particular faculty member presenting the course.

Not offered on a regular basis.

In this seminar, students will be reading, presenting, and discussing recent papers on current topics in physics.

Offered every year.

Combines discussion of students’ physical science research with service-learning activities in the form of science shows to communicate their M.S./Ph.D. research to non-expert audiences.

Course includes a service-learning project during the semester that either employs skills or knowledge…

Active research areas in physics and astronomy provided by faculty members who are actively engaged in research.

Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.

Research while enrolled for a doctoral degree under the direction of faculty members.

Independent research under the direction of a faculty member.

Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.

Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study.

Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.

Dissertation writing under the direction of the major professor.

Independent research and preparation of the doctoral dissertation.

Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.