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Barbara Conner
Graduate Program Coordinator
MSC - RM N203

Spring 2021 Classes


PHYSICS 511A: Electrodynamics
Urazdin

TuThu

6:00 PM - 7:15 PMMAX: 16Credit: 3 HoursRoom: ONLINE

Content: Minkowski's space-time and Lorentz transformations; Relativistic dynamics of particles and fields; Maxwell's equations; Green's functions; Electrostatics and magnetostatics; Polarization and magnetization; Multipole expansions; Electromagnetic waves; Maxwell equations in macroscopic media; Waves in matter, reflection and refraction; Radiation and antennas; Waveguides.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

PHYSICS 526: Statistical Physics
SussmanMW9:40 AM - 10:55 AMMAX: 16Credit: 3 HoursRoom: ONLINE

Content: Entropy, temperature, free energy, statistical mechanics, Gibbs ensembles, partition function, ideal gas, Fermi and Bose gases, principles of classical thermodynamics, Carnot Theorem, phase transitions, and critical phenomena.

Prerequisites: Physics 421 or equivalent.

 

Elective Courses

PHYSICS 525: Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics
SantosMW2:40 PM - 3:55 PMMAX: 10Credit: 3 HoursRoom: Online

Content: An introduction is given to the quantum mechanics of solids. Properties of metals, insulators and semiconductors will be discussed. Equations governing the charge transport inside materials and at their interfaces will be derived. Applications such as solid state diodes, transistors, photovoltaic and thermoelectric structures will be discussed. Quantum phenomena arising in reduced dimensions, including mesoscopic/nanoscale systems, quantum wells, surfaces and interfaces, will be discussed. Topics will also include the phenomena of superconductivity and magnetism, and the Quantum Hall state.

Text: Solid State Physics, Aschcroft, NW

PHYSICS 534: Physical Biology
FinziTThu9:40 AM - 10:55 AMMAX: 10Credit: 3 HoursRoom: Online

Content: The course explores physical and statistical principles underlying biological activity providing the conceptual toolbox to answer biological questions at multiple length scales (see Instructor for PHY 212 pre-requisite).

Prerequisite: (Written Permission of Instructor Required Prior to Pre-Registration)

PHYSICS 544: Advanced Laboratory
BrodyTu2:40 PM - 5:35 PMMAX: 10Credit: 3 HoursRoom: Online
BrodyThu2:40 PM - 5:35 PMMAX: 10Credit: 3 HoursRoom: Online

Content: Modern experimental techniques and hands-on laboratory projects, including semiconductor device physics, chaos in electronics, X-ray crystallography, and astronomical photometry.

Particulars: Each student will complete written reports for at least three experimental projects. All students must register for both W 2:30-5:00 and F 2:30-5:00

Prerequisites: Physics 253 and consent of the instructor.

PHYSICS 562: Introduction to Soft Matter
WeeksTThu1:00 PM - 2:15 PMMAX: 16Credit: Room: Online

Content: This survey course covers materials such as emulsions, gels, colloids, foams, polymers, liquid crystals, surfactants, simple liquids, and sand; methods such as rheology, microscopy, laser tweezers, scattering, and simulation; and diverse other topics such as energy landscapes, effective temperatures, percolation, diffusion, nonlinear dynamics, spin glasses, and fractals.

Prerequisite: (Written Permission of Instructor Required Prior to Pre-Registration)

Audience: Graduate Students and Advanced Undergraduates

PHYSICS 751: Special Topics In Solid State Physics: Nanophotonics
HarutyunyanMW11:20 AM - 12:35 PMMAX: 16Credit: 3 HoursRoom: MSC N306

Content: Theoretical foundations, propagation and focusing of optical fields, resolution and localization, confocal microscopy, nanoscale optical microscopy, optical super-resolution techniques, optical interactions, quantum emitters, surface plasmons, optical antennas and nanophotonic devices, optical metamaterials, optical forces.

 

Research Courses

PHYSICS 599R: Thesis Research (Pre-Candidacy)
FacultyTBATBA  

Prerequisite: (Written Permission of Instructor Required Prior to Pre-Registration)

PHYSICS 796: Qualifier Proposal
FacultyTBATBA  

Prerequisite: (Written Permission of Instructor Required Prior to Pre-Registration)

PHYSICS 799R: Advanced Research (Post-Candidacy)
FacultyTBATBA  

Prerequisite: (Written Permission of Instructor Required Prior to Pre-Registration)

PHYSICS 598: Research Summary
FacultyTBATBA  

Prerequisite: (Written Permission of Instructor Required Prior to Pre-Registration)

Directed Studies

PHYSICS 597R: Directed Study
FacultyTBATBA  

Prerequisite: (Written Permission of Instructor Required Prior to Pre-Registration)

Teaching Courses

PHYSICS 590A/B: Seminar in Teaching
BingMonday1:00 PM - 2:15 PMMAX: 16Credit: 1 HourRoom: Online

This seminar serves two purposes: (1) to set up and prepare to teach each weeks specific undergraduate laboratory experiment and (2) to read and discuss important studies that have come from the field of physics education research. In the short term, this survey of physics education research is meant to inform and improve the beginning teaching assistants effectiveness in the undergraduate classroom. In the long term, this seminar provides our graduate students with a significantly deeper teaching experience than the standard job as an introductory lab TA.

Audience: Required for physics graduate students, to be taken concurrently with the first semester of service as a teaching assistant.

Fall 2021

PHYSICS 503A: Classical Mechanics I
BurtonMW10:00 AM - 11:15 AMMAX: 16Credit: 3 HoursRoom: Emerson E102

Content: An advanced-level graduate course on classical mechanics. Topics to be covered include: Lagrangian mechanics; conservation laws; integration of equations of motion; central forces and planetary motion; collisions between particles; small oscillations; motions of rigid bodies; motion in non-inertial frames; Hamilton's equations.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

PHYSICS 506A: Quantum Physics I
BrodyTTH11:30 AM - 12:45 PMMAX: 16Credit: 3 HoursRoom: MSC N301

Content: General formulation of quantum mechanics and applications to various types of problems including: matrix formulation, quantization of physical observables, time evolution of a system state, perturbation theory, theory of angular momentum, two level systems, magnetic dipole-dipole interactions, spin-orbit interactions, anomalous Zeeman effect, exchange degeneracy and systems of identical particles, atomic structures, and scattering theory.

Particulars: Grades are based on homework assignments and class presentations. Problems are assigned on a regular basis. Subjects of presentations will be assigned by the instructor with the consent of the presenting students. Prerequisite-Physics 503A or consent of the instructor.

 

 

 

PHYSICS 544: Advanced Laboratory
HarutyunyanM2:30 PM - 5:15 PMMAX: 10Credit: 3 HoursRoom: MSC N309
HarutyunyanW2:30 PM - 5:15 PMMAX: 10 Room: MSC N309

Content: Modern experimental techniques and hands-on laboratory projects, including semiconductor device physics, chaos in electronics, X-ray crystallography, and astronomical photometry.

Particulars: Each student will complete written reports for at least three experimental projects. All students must register for both M 2:30-5:15 and W 2:30-5:15

Prerequisites: Physics 253 and consent of the instructor.

PHYSICS 556: Single Molecule Biophysics
Laura FinziTTh10:00 AM - 11:15 AMMAX: 16Credit: 3 HoursRoom: Emerson E101

Content: "The course willcover the fundamental single-molecule techniques and illustrate their physical principles and how they may be used for the study of biological materials. In particular, the physical principles of atomic force microscopy (static and dynamic), electron microscopy, tethered particles motion (TPM), nanoparticle manipulation (magnetic and optical tweezers), single-molecule fluorescence microscopy, and super-resolution microsopy will be discussed. Demonstrations of some of these techniques will be offered. Examples of the application of each of these techniques to biophysical problems will be discussed using current publications. Each student will be required to present articles from the literature to the class and participate in vigorous discussions."

PHYSICS 751R: Special Topics in Solid State Physics
Ilya Nemenman, Stefan BoettcherMW11:30 AM - 12:45 PMMAX: 16Credit: 3 HoursRoom: MSC N301

Content: This course will explore relations between statistical physics and statistical inference. Emphasis will be on providing students with conceptual theoretical understanding of modern machine learning from the perspectives of statistical physics, statistical learning theory, and information theory, as well as on equipping students with practical skills for performing statistical analysis of large dimensional datasets common in modern physics. The course will consist of lectures, analytical problem solving, and practical coding exercises. It will culminate in open-ended group course projects.

Texts: Mandatory: P Mehta et al, A high-bias, low variance introduction to Manchine Learning for physicists. Physics Reports 810, 1-124 (2019). Supplementary: D MacKay, Information Theory, Inference and Learning Algorithms, Cambridge University Press, 2003. W Bialek et al., Predictability, Complexity, and Learning, Neural Computation 13, 2409-2463 (2001). Additional primary literature will be assigned as needed. & .

Audience: Graduate Students. Consent of the Instructors

Research Courses

PHYSICS 599R: Thesis Research (Pre-Candidacy)
FacultyTBATBA  

Prerequisite: (Written Permission of Instructor Required Prior to Pre-Registration)

PHYSICS 799R: Advanced Research (Post-Candidacy)
FacultyTBATBA  

Prerequisite: (Written Permission of Instructor Required Prior to Pre-Registration)

PHYSICS 598: Research Summary
FacultyTBATBA  

Prerequisite: (Written Permission of Instructor Required Prior to Pre-Registration)

Directed Studies

PHYSICS 597R: Directed Study
FacultyTBATBA  

Prerequisite: (Written Permission of Instructor Required Prior to Pre-Registration)

Teaching Courses

PHYSICS 590/A: Seminar in Teaching
BingWednesday8:30 AM - 9:45 AMMAX: 16Credit: 1 HourRoom: MSC W307C

This seminar serves two purposes: (1) to set up and prepare to teach each week¿s specific undergraduate laboratory experiment and (2) to read and discuss important studies that have come from the field of physics education research. In the short term, this survey of physics education research is meant to inform and improve the beginning teaching assistant¿s effectiveness in the undergraduate classroom. In the long term, this seminar provides our graduate students with a significantly deeper teaching experience than the standard job as an introductory lab TA.

Audience: Required for physics graduate students, to be taken concurrently with the first semester of service as a teaching assistant.