Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 226 and CAS PY 403; or equivalent.
Graduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 226 and CAS PY 403; or equivalent.
Introduction to complex variables and residue calculus, asymptotic methods, and conformal mapping; integral transforms; ordinary and partial differential equations; non-linear equations; integral equations.
Prereq: consent of instructor. Fundamental methods of computational physics and applications; numerical algorithms; linear algebra, differential equations; computer simulation; vectorization, parallelism, and optimization. Examples and projects on scientific applications. 4 cr, 1st sem.
Prereq: CAS PY 451 and PY 452. General theory of quantum mechanics, including the Schrödinger, Heisenberg, and interaction pictures. The path integral formulation. Angular momentum: orbital and spin angular momentum, addition of angular momenta, Wigner-Eckart theorem. Scattering theory: time-independent, partial waves and phase shift, identical particles, time dependent, and propagators. 4 cr, 1st sem.
Prereq: CAS PY 511. Continuation of CAS PY 511. Degenerate and nondegenerate perturbation theory. Second quantization of nonrelativistic systems with applications to scattering, lifetime of excited atomic states, many-body problems. Relativistic quantum mechanics: Klein-Gordon equation, Dirac equation. 4 cr, 2nd sem.
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 405.
Graduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 405.
Magnetostatics, dipole moments, magnetic materials, and dielectric materials. Electromagnetic induction and electromagnetic energy. Maxwell Equations in materials. Electromagnetic waves in materials, reflection and refraction. Waveguides. Scattering and diffraction. Special relativity, Lorentz Transformations and covariant electrodynamics. Radiation, Lienard-Wiechert potentials, antennas.
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 521.
Graduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 521.
Continuation of CAS PY 521. Gaussian optics, cavity resonators, lasers. Synchrotron radiation, accelerators, free electron lasers. Interaction of relativistic charged particles with matter. Stopping power. Bremmstrahlung, Cherenkov radiation, transition radiation. Spectroscopy. Numerical methods. Metamaterials.
Prereq: CAS PY 410. Probability theory. Ensembles. Steepest descent methods. Paramagnetism, ideal gas, Einstein model, adsorption isotherms. Thermodynamics, Maxwell relations, heat capacity. Bose and Fermi gases. Electrons in metals, white dwarf stars, black-body radiation, phonons, Bose-Einstein condensation. Interacting systems, virial expansion, Van der Waals gas. Phase transitions: mean-field theories, spin systems. 4 cr, 1st sem.
Prereq: CAS PY 541 or equivalent. Continuation of CAS PY 541; emphasis on applications. Phase transitions: thermodynamic theory of phase transitions, mean field theories (Landau theory). Fluctuations: equilibrium fluctuations, instabilities, fluctuation dissipation theories. Elementary kinetic theory: mean free path approach, Boltzmann equation. Stochastic mathematics: probability theory, Markoff processes, Gaussian processes. Brownian motion: Langevin equations, Fokker-Planck equation. 4 cr, 1st sem.
Prereq: CAS PY 406, PY 410, PY 451, or consent of instructor. An introduction to crystal structure; lattice vibrations; electronic energy bands and Fermi surfaces; semiconductors, conductors, and insulators; superconductivity and magnetism. 4 cr, 2nd sem.
Prereq: CAS PY 451 and PY 452. Fundamental particles and their symmetries. Isospin and flavor. Discrete symmetries. Phenomenology of weak and strong interactions. Introduction to detector techniques. 4 cr, 2nd sem.
Prereq: CAS PY 511. A general introduction to nuclear physics. Topics covered include an introduction to the nucleus, nuclear forces, theories of nuclear structure, decay and reaction processes, and special topics of interest (nuclear energy, origin of nuclei, and the like). 4 cr.
Prereq: CAS PY 351. Classical experiments in atomic and nuclear physics, development of new experiments, basic research projects. Experiments include magnetic resonance, nuclear-decay studies, Zeeman effect, holography, black-body radiation, X-ray diffraction, Mössbauer studies, and flux quantization, positron annihilation. 4 cr, 1st sem.
Not offered 2009/2010