**Graduate Courses**

Core courses taken by most graduate students in their first year:

**PHYS 2010 - Techniques in Experimental Physics**

Recent Textbooks Used:

Daryl Preston, Eric Dietz *The Art of Experimental Physics*Adrian Melissinos

*Experiments in Modern Physics*

William Leo

*Techniques for Nuclear and Particle Physics Experiments: A How- To Approach*

Philip Bevington, D. Keith Robinson

*Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences*

John Taylor

*An Introduction to Error Analysis: The Study of Uncertainties in Physical Measurements*

**PHYS 2030 - Classical Theoretical Physics I**

Recent Textbooks Used:

Alexander Fetter, John Walecka *Theoretical Mechanics of Particles and Continua*Alexander Fetter, John Walecka

*Nonlinear Mechanics: A Supplement to Theoretical Mechanics of Particles and Continua*

Jorge Jose, Eugene Saletan

*Classical Dynamics: A Contemporary Approach*

L.D. Landau, E.M. Lifshitz

*Mechanics, 3E*

Herbert Goldstein, Charles Poole, John Safko

*Classical Mechanics, 3E*

Edward Ott

*Chaos in Dynamical Systems*

V.I. Arnold

*Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics*

**PHYS 2040 - Classical Theoretical Physics II**

Recent Textbooks Used:

J. Schwinger, L. Deraad, K. Milton, W. Tsai *Classical Electrodynamics (The Advanced Book Program)*John Jackson

*Classical Electrodynamics, 3E*

**PHYS 2050 - Quantum Mechanics**

Recent Textbooks Used:

R. Shankar *Principles of Quantum Mechanics, 2E*J.J. Sakurai

*Modern Quantum Mechanics (revised edition)*

G. Baym

*Lectures in Quantum Mechanics*

**PHYS 2060 - Quantum Mechanics**

Recent Textbooks Used:

R. Shankar *Principles of Quantum Mechanics, 2E*J.J. Sakurai

*Modern Quantum Mechanics (revised edition)*

G. Baym

*Lectures in Quantum Mechanics*

David Griffiths

*Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2E*

**PHYS 2140 - Statistical Mechanics**

Recent Textbooks Used:

Mehran Kardar *Statistical Physics of Particles*F. Reif

*Statistical and Thermal Mechanics*

Advanced Course Options:

**PHYS 2020 - Mathematical Methods of Engineers and Physicists**

Recent Textbooks Used:

K.F. Riley, M.P. Hobson *Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering: A Comprehensive Guide*George Arfken, Hans Weber

*Mathematical Methods for Physicists*

**PHYS 2070 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics**

Recent Textbooks Used:

Lewis Ryder *Quantum Field Theory, 2E*Lowell Brown

*Quantum Field Theory*

James Bjorken, Sidney Drell

*Relativistic Quantum Fields*

B. Sakita

*Quantum Theory of Many-Variable Systems and Fields*

**PHYS 2100 - General Relativity and Cosmology**

*Given every other year.*

Recent Textbooks Used:

Sean Carroll *Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity*R. d’Inverno

*Introducing Einstein’s Relativity*

James Hartie

*Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein’s General Relativity*

**PHYS 2170 - Introduction to Nuclear and High Energy Physics**

Recent Textbooks Used:

D. Griffiths *Introduction to Elementary Particles, 2E*

W.N. Cottingham, D.A. Greenwood *An Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics, 2E*Cliff Burgess, Guy Moore

*The Standard Model: A Primer*

Pierre Raymond

*Journeys Beyond the Standard Model*

Michael Dine

*Supersymmetry and String Theory: Beyond the Standard Model*

**PHYS 2200 - Elementary Particle Physics I**Alternates with Physics 221.

**PHYS 2210 - Elementary Particle Physics II**

**PHYS 2280 - Astrophysics and Cosmology**This course serves as a graduate-level introduction to modern cosmology, including current topics of research on both observational and theoretical fronts. Topics include relativistic cosmology, inflation and the early Universe, observational cosmology, galaxy formation. Prerequisites for undergraduates: PHYS 1280 and PHYS 1530.

Recent Textbooks Used:

E. Kolb, M. Turner *The Early Universe*Scott Dodelson

*Modern Cosmology*

J. Binney, S. Tremaine

*Galactic Dynamics, 2E*

**PHYS 2300 - Quantum Theory of Fields I**

Recent Textbooks Used:

Lowell Brown *Quantum Field Theory*B. Sakita

*Quantum Theory of Many-Variable Systems and Fields*

Mark Srednicki

*Quantum Field Theory*

**PHYS 2320 - Quantum Theory of Fields II**Instructor permission required.

Recent Textbooks Used:

B. Sakita *Quantum Theory of Many-Variable Systems and Fields*M. Kaku

*Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction*

A. Polyakov

*Gauge Fields and Strings*

**PHYS 2340 - Group Theory**

*Offered every other year.*

Recent Textbooks Used:

Howard Georgi *Lie Algebra in Particle Physics*

**PHYS 2410 - Solid State Physics I**

Recent Textbooks Used:

N. Ashcroft, N. D. Mermin *Solid State Physics*

**PHYS 2420 - Solid State Physics II**

Recent Textbooks Used:

Gerald Mahan *Condensed Matter in a Nutshell*Richard Mattuck

*A Guide to Feynman Diagrams in the Many-Body Problem*

H. Bruus, K. Flensberg

*Many-Body Quantum Theory in Condensed Matter Physics*

C. Kittel

*Quantum Theory of Solids*

**PHYS 2430 - Quantum Many Body Theory**

Recent Textbooks Used:

Gerald Mahan *Condensed Matter in a Nutshell*

**PHYS 2450 - Exchange Scholar Program**

**PHYS 2470 - Advanced Statistical Mechanics**

Recent Textbooks Used:

P.M. Chaikin, T.C. Lubensky *Principles of Condensed Matter Physics*J. Cardy

*Scaling and Renormalization in Statistical Physics*

G. Parisi

*Statistical Field Theory*

J. Zinn-Justin

*Quantum Field Theory and Critical Phenomena*

* ***PHYS 2600 - Computational Physics**This course provides students with an introduction to scientific computation, primarily as applied to physical science problems. It will assume a basic knowledge of programming and will focus on how computational methods can be used to study physical systems complementing experimental and theoretical techniques. Prerequisites: PHYS 0070, 0160 (or 0050, 0060) and 0470 (or ENGN 0510); MATH 0180 or 0200 or 0350; the ability to write a simple computer program in Fortran, Matlab, C or C++.

Recent Textbooks Used:

Nicholas Giordano, Hisao Nakanishi *Computational Physics*

**PHYS 2610 - Special Topic in Physics**

**PHYS 2610A - Selected Topics in Modern Cosmology**Aims to provide a working knowledge of some main topics in modern cosmology. Combines study of the basics with applications to current research.

**PHYS 2610B - Theory of Relativity**

**PHYS 2610C - Selected Topics in Condensed Matter Physics**

**PHYS 2610D - Selected Topics in Condensed Matter Physics**The objective of this course is to introduce recent development in condensed matter physics. Selected topics include: nanoscale physics, materials, and devices; spintronics and magnetism; high temperature superconductivity; strongly correlated systems; Bose-Einstein condensate; and applications of condensed matter physics. In addition to discussing physics, some experimental techniques used in current research will also be introduced. The course will help students broaden their scope of knowledge in condensed matter physics, learn how to leverage their existing background to select and conduct research, and develop a sense of how to build their professional career based on condensed matter physics.

**PHYS 2610E - Selected Topics in Physics of Locomotion**This special topics graduate course deals with the physical processes involved in the locomotion of organisms, with a particular focus on locomotion at small scales in fluids. Topics include mechanisms of swimming motility for microorganisms, fluid mechanics at low Reynolds number, diffusion and Brownian motion, physical actuation, hydrodynamic interactions, swimming in complex fluids, artificial swimmers, and optimization. Prerequisites: (PHYS0470 or ENGN0510) and (PHYS 0500 or ENGN0810 or ENGN1370), or permission of the instructor.

Recent Textbooks Used:

Etienne Guyon *Physical Hydrodynamics*

* ***PHYS 2610F - Selected Topics in Collider Physics**The course will cover basic aspects of conducting precision measurements and searches for new physics at modern high-energy colliders, with the emphasis given to physics at the Large Hadron Collider. The course will cover major aspects of conducting physics analysis from the underlying theory to experimental methods, such as optimization of the analysis, mutivariate analysis techniques, use of statistical methods to establish a signal or set the limit. There will be reading assignments, in-class student presentations, and hands-on exercises offered as the part of the course. Prerequisite: PHYS 1170 or 2170. Open to graduate students in Physics and Math.

**PHYS 2620 - Special Topic in Physics**

Recent Textbooks Used:

Michael Dine *Supersymmetry and String theory: Beyond the Standard Model*

**PHYS 2620A - Astrophysical and Cosmological Constraints on Particle Physics**

** ****PHYS 2620B - Green's Functions and Ordered Exponentials**

** ****PHYS 2620C - Introduction to String Theory**

** ****PHYS 2620D - Modern Cosmology**

** ****PHYS 2620E - Selected Topics in Quantum Mechanics: Fuzzy Physics**

** ****PHYS 2620F - Selected Topics in Molecular Biophysics**

**PHYS 2620G - The Standard Model and Beyond**Topics to be covered will include: Yang-Mills theory, origin of masses and couplings of particles, effective field theory, renormalization, confinement, lattice gauge theory, anomalies and instantons, grand unification, magnetic monopoles, technicolor, introduction to supersymmetry, supersymmetry breaking, the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model, and dark matter candidates. Prerequisite: PHYS 2300.

**PHYS 2630 - Biological Physics**Introduction on structures of proteins, nucleotides, and membranes; electrostatics and hydration; chemical equilibrium; binding affinity and kinetics; hydrodynamics and transport; cellular mechanics and motions; biophysical techniques including sedimentation, electrophoresis, microscopy and spectroscopy. Suitable for undergraduate science and engineering majors and graduate students with limited background in life science. Prerequisites: MATH 0180.

Recent Textbooks Used:

Philip Nelson *Biological Physics: Energy, Information, Life*

Other Specialized Courses:

**PHYS 2710 - Seminar in Research Topics**Instruction via reading assignments and seminars for graduate students on research projects. Credit may vary. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.

**PHYS 2711 - Seminar in Research Topics**See Seminar In Research Topics (PHYS 2710) for course description. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.

**PHYS 2970 - Preliminary Examination Preparation**For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.

**PHYS 2980 - Research in Physics**Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.

**PHYS 2981 - Research in Physics**Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.

**PHYS 2990 - Thesis Preparation**For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.

Other Potential Electives:

**PHYS 1100 - Introduction to General Relativity**An introduction to Einstein's theory of gravity, including special relativity, spacetime curvature, cosmology and black holes. Prerequisites: PHYS 0500 and MATH 0520 or MATH 0540 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Recommended: PHYS 0720. Offered every other year.

Recent Textbooks Used:

Sean Carroll *Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity*James Hartle

*Gravity: In Introduction to Einstein’s General Relativity*

Bernard Schutz

*A First Course in General Relativity, 2E*

Ray D’Inverno

*Introducing Einstein’s Relativity*

**PHYS 1170 - Introduction to Nuclear and High Energy Physics**A study of modern nuclear and particle physics, with emphasis on the theory and interpretation of experimental results. Prerequisites: PHYS 1410, 1420, or written permission.

Recent Textbooks Used:

David Griffiths *Introduction to Elementary Particles Physics*Brian Martin, Graham Shaw

*Particle Physics*

Donald Perkins

*Introduction to High Energy Physics*

A. Das, T. Ferbel

*Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics*

**PHYS 1250 - Stellar Structure and the Interstellar Medium**This class is an introduction to the physics of stars and their environment. The course covers the fundamental physics that set the physical properties of stars, such as their luminosity, size, spectral properties and how these quantities evolve with time. In addition, it includes a study of the physics that takes place in the gaseous environment surrounding stars, the InterStellar Medium (ISM). The ISM is very important because it contains a wealth of information on the evolutionary history of galaxies, their composition, formation and future. Prerequisites: PHYS 0270, PHYS 0500, or instructor permission. PHYS 1530 (perhaps taken concurrently) is strongly recommended but not required.

Recent Textbooks Used:

A.C. Phillips *The Physics of Stars (The Manchester Physics Series)*Rudolf Kippenhahn, Alfred Weigert

*Stellar Structure and Evolution (Astronomy and Astrophysics Library)*

Donald Clayton

*Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis*

**PHYS 1270 - Extragalactic Astronomy and High-Energy Astrophysics**This course provides an introduction to the astrophysics of galaxies, their structure and evolution, with an emphasis on physical introduction of the observations. Underlying physics concepts such as radiative transfer, nuclear reactions and accretion physics will be introduced. Intended for students at the junior level. Prerequisites: PHYS 0270 and PHYS 0470, and either MATH 0190 or MATH 0200, or instructor permission.

Recent Textbooks Used:

Linda Sparke, John Gallagher *Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction*Fulvio Melia

*High Energy Astrophysics (Princeton Series in Astrophysics)*

M.S. Longair

*High Energy Astrophysics*

**PHYS 1280 - Introduction to Cosmology**The course presents an introduction to the study of the origin, evolution and contents of the Universe. Topics include the expansion of the Universe, relativistic cosmologies, thermal evolution, primordial nucleosynthesis, structure formation and the Cosmic Microwave Background. Prerequisites: PHYS 0160, MATH 0190, or MATH 0200, or instructor permissioin.

Recent Textbooks Used:

Barbara Ryden *Introduction to Cosmology*Bradley Carroll, Dale Ostlie

*An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics*

**PHYS 1410 - Quantum Mechanics A**A unified treatment of quanta, photons, electrons, atoms, molecules, matter, nuclei, and particles. Quantum mechanics developed at the start and used to link and explain both the older and newer experimental phenomena of modern physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 0500 and 0560; and MATH 0520, 0540 or PHYS 0720; or approved equivalents.

Recent Textbooks Used:

R. Shankar *Principles of Quantum Mechanics*David Griffiths

*Introduction to Quantum Mechanics*

**PHYS 1420 - Quantum Mechanics B**See Quantum Mechanics A, (PHYS 1410) for course description.

Recent Textbooks Used:

R. Shankar *Principles of Quantum Mechanics*David Griffiths

*Introduction to Quantum Mechanics*

**PHYS 1510 - Advanced Electromagnetic Theory**Maxwell's laws and electromagnetic theory. Electromagnetic waves and radiation. Special relativity. Prerequisites: PHYS 0470 and MATH 0180 or 0200, or approved equivalents.

Recent Textbooks Used:

David Griffiths *Introduction to Electrodynamics*

**PHYS 1530 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics**The laws of thermodynamics and heat transfer. Atomic interpretation in terms of kinetic theory and elementary statistical mechanics. Applications to physical problems. Prerequisites: MATH 0180 or 0200 or 0350. Corequisite: PHYS 1410.

Recent Textbooks Used:

Ralph Baierlein *Thermal Physics*Daniel Schroeder

*An Introduction to Thermal Physics*

Charles Kittel, Herbert Kroemer

*Thermal Physics*

Kerson Huang

*Introduction to Statistical Physics*

F. Reif

*Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics*

L.D. Landau, E. M. Lifshitz

*Statistical Physics*

**PHYS 1970 - Special Topics in Experimental and Theoretical Physics**Please see individual topics for descriptions.

Recent Textbooks Used:

Carl Hansen, Steven Kawaler, Virginia Trimble *Stellar Interiors – Physical Principles, Structure, and Evolution*Donald Osterbrock, Gary Ferland

*Astrophysics of Gaseous Nebulae and Active Galactic Nuclei*

T. Padmanabhan

*Theoretical Astrophysics, V2 Stars and Stellar Systems*

**PHYS 1970A - Stellar Physics and the Interstellar Medium**

**PHYS 1970B - Introductory Optics**Introduction to optical principles and techniques. Offered to students who have a foundation in physics and are especially interested in optics. The course covers the interaction of light with matter, geometric and wave optics, polarization, fluorescence, and optical instruments (e.g. interferometer, spectrometer, microscope and telescope). Recommended are one physics course (PHYS 0040, PHYS 0060, or ENGN 0040) and one calculus course (MATH 0180, MATH 0200, or MATH 0350), or per instructor's permission.

**PHYS 1970C - String Theory for Undergraduates**This course will concentrate on String Theory. It will be given at introductory/intermediate level with some review of the background material. Topics covered will include dynamical systems, symmetries and Noether’s Theorem; nonrelativistic strings; relativistic systems (particle and string); quantization, gauge fixing, Feynman’s sum over paths; electrostatic analogy; string in curved space-time; and supersymmetry. Some advanced topics will also be addressed, i.e., D-Branes and M-Theory. Recommended prerequisites: PHYS 0470 and 0500, or 0160.

**PHYS 1970E - Physics of Energy**An introduction to the fundamental laws that govern energy and its use. Fundamental concepts will be introduced and analyzed quantitatively in the context of important applications of energy. The concepts include mechanical energy, thermodynamics, the Carnot cycle, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, and photosynthesis. The technologies include wind, hydro, and geothermal energy, engines and fuels, electrical energy transmission and storage, solar energy and photovoltaics, nuclear reactors, and biomass. This course is intended for sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in building a quantitative understanding of energy science, but who have not necessarily taken an advanced course in physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 0030 and 0040; or PHYS 0050 and 0060; or PHYS 0070 and 0160; or ENGN 0040 and 0051.