Physics Courses (PHYS) College of Arts and Sciences
Subject Area  Course #  Course Title  Semester  Credit Hours  Expand 

PHYS  1100  Structure of the Universe I  Fall  3  
Course Description
An introductory course directed at nonscience majors. Physical principles are developed and applied to our space and astrophysical environment. Topics include structure and evolution of the solar system, physics of the sun and planets, space discoveries, creation and structure of stars and galaxies, relativity and cosmology, extraterrestrial life, and astronomical concepts. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  1101  Structure of the Universe II  Spring  3  
Course Description
An introductory course directed at nonscience majors. Physical principles are developed and applied to our space and astrophysical environment. Topics include structure and evolution of the solar system, physics of the sun and planets, space discoveries, creation and structure of stars and galaxies, relativity and cosmology, extraterrestrial life, and astronomical concepts. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  1115  Structure of the Universe I  Fall  3  
Course Description
An introductory course directed at nonscience majors. Physical principles are developed and applied to our space and astrophysical environment. Topics include structure and evolution of the solar system, physics of the sun and planets, space discoveries, creation and structure of stars and galaxies, relativity and cosmology, extraterrestrial life, and astronomical concepts. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  1400  The Art of Physics  Summer  3  
Course Description
This four week summer course is a contemporary prologue to classical physics themes for students seeking to gain an appreciation of the scope, methods, and tools of physics, and to reflect on its place among liberal arts. The course will present major physics ideas in a broader cultural context, providing historical perspectives and taking advantage of science museums in Florence, Pisa, and other places, where early modern science has its roots. Simultaneously, it will aim to develop specific, highly practical physics skills, such as orderofmagnitude estimates, dimensional analysis, and some problem solving techniques based on physics laws. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  1500  Foundations of Physics I  Fall  3  
Course Description
First semester of a twosemester algebrabased introductory physics course sequence, primarily for nonscience majors, that covers the basic principles of physics. Emphasis is placed on problemsolving to demonstrate the implications of these principles, and to develop analytical skills. This course is similar to PHYS2100 in pace and content but with less emphasis on mathematical technique. First semester covers classical mechanics, including Newton's laws, energy, rotational motion, fluids, thermal physics, oscillations, waves, and gravitation. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None
Comments: Recommended laboratory (optional): PHYS20502051. 

PHYS  1501  Foundations of Physics II  Spring  3  
Course Description
Second semester of the twosemester algebrabased introductory physics course sequence primarily for nonscience majors. This course is similar to PHYS2101 in pace and content but with less emphasis on mathematical technique. Topics to be covered are fundamentals of electrostatics, simple electrical circuits, magnetism, electromagnetism, electromagnetic oscillations and waves, physical optics, and, if time allows, basic concepts and applications of special relativity and quantum physics. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None
Comments: Recommended laboratory (optional): PHYS20502051. 

PHYS  1600  Special Projects  Fall/Spring  3  
Course Description
Individual programs of study and research under the direction of physics faculty members. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None
Comments: Credits and requirements by arrangement with the approval of the Chairperson. 

PHYS  1701  Inspiration in Imagination  Spring  3  
Course Description
In many ways, physics is like poetry: every word matters. But from where did Yeats’ words, or Maxwell’s equations, come? What inspirations led the greatest physicists to their theories and discoveries, and the writers to their poetry and prose? How does imagination contribute to each realm, and how do the realms of science and literature intersect and influence each other? We will explore those intersections, the underlying role of human imagination in each, and what the scientists and humanists can learn from each other. Schedule: Periodically Instructor(s): Michael Naughton Prerequisites: None
Comments:
Core Renewal: Enduring Questions 

PHYS  2050  Introductory Physics Laboratory I  Fall  1  
Course Description
A laboratory course that provides an opportunity to perform experiments on topics in mechanics and acoustics. This lab is intended for students in PHYS21002101 or PHYS22002201. Instructor(s): Andrzej Herczynski Prerequisites: None
Comments: Lab fee required 

PHYS  2051  Introductory Physics Laboratory II  Spring  1  
Course Description
A laboratory course that provides an opportunity to perform experiments on topics in electricity and magnetism and physical optics. This lab is intended for students in PHYS22002201 or PHYS21002101. Instructor(s): Andrzej Herczynski Prerequisites: None
Comments: Lab fee required. No lab on 07/04/2017. Make up lab will be on 07/05/2017. 

PHYS  2100  Introduction to Physics I (Calculus)  Fall  4  
Course Description
First semester of a twosemester calculusbased introduction to physics primarily for biology majors and premedical students. The development and application of classical physical principles are covered, and students are introduced to more advanced mathematical techniques to extend these applications. Emphasis is placed on problemsolving to better understand the implications of these principles, as well as to develop analytical skills. Topics include classical mechanics, including Newton's laws, energy, rotational motion, hydrostatics and fluid dynamics, oscillations, waves, and gravitation. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: MATH1100. MATH1100 (May be taken concurrently).
Comments: PHYS2050 is the laboratory course to supplement the lecture course material. 

PHYS  2101  Introduction to Physics II (Calculus)  Spring  4  
Course Description
Second semester of a calculusbased introduction to physics primarily for biology majors and premedical students. The development and application of classical physical principles are covered, and students are introduced to more advanced mathematical techniques to extend these applications. Emphasis is placed on problemsolving to better understand the implications of these principles, as well as to develop analytical skills. Topics are electrostatics, electrical circuits, magnetism, electromagnetism and electromagnetic waves, topics in physical optics, and basic concepts of special relativity and quantum physics. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: MATH1101. MATH1101 (May be taken concurrently).
Comments: PHYS2051 is the laboratory course to supplement the lecture course material. No class on 07/04/2017, makeup class is scheduled on 07/05/2017. 

PHYS  2110  Introduction to Physics Recitation I  Fall  0  
Course Description
Problem solving and discussion of topics in a smallclass setting. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  2111  Introduction to Physics Recitation II  Spring  0  
Course Description
Problem solving and discussion of topics in a smallclass setting. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  2200  Introductory Physics I (Calculus)  Fall  4  
Course Description
First semester of a twosemester calculusbased introduction to physics for those majoring in the physical sciences. Students utilize analytical reasoning combined with mathematical formalism to fully explore the development, consequences and limitations of the classical principles of physics; similar to PHYS2100 in pace and content but at a greater depth appropriate for physical science majors. Class size is limited to promote classroom discussion. Topics cover classical mechanics, including Newton's laws, energy, rotational motion, oscillations, waves, and gravitation. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: MATH1102. MATH1102 (May be taken concurrently).
Comments: PHYS2050 is the laboratory course to supplement the lecture course material. 

PHYS  2201  Introductory Physics II (Calculus)  Spring  4  
Course Description
Second semester of a calculusbased introduction to physics for those majoring in the physical sciences. Students utilize analytical reasoning combined with mathematical formalism to fully explore the development, consequences and limitations of the classical principles of physics; similar to PHYS2212 in pace and content but at a greater depth appropriate for physical science majors. Class size is limited to promote classroom discussion. Topics include fundamentals of electrostatics, simple electrical circuits, magnetism, electromagnetism and electromagnetic oscillations and waves, and selected topics in physical optics. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: MATH1103. MATH1103 (May be taken concurrently).
Comments: PHYS2204 is the laboratory course to supplement the lecture course material. 

PHYS  3100  Vibrations and Waves  Fall  4  
Course Description
This course is an introduction to the phenomena of vibrations and waves that span most of the areas in physics. The basic subject matter includes the following: mechanical vibrations and waves, free and forced vibrations and resonances, coupled oscillations and normal modes, vibration of continuous systems, propagation of mechanical and electromagnetic waves, phase and group velocity, interference and diffraction. The course also covers the basic concepts in first and second order differential equations, matrices, eigenvalues and eigenvectors and Fourier series. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  3300  Introduction to Modern Physics  Spring  4  
Course Description
This course is a transition between introductory and advanced physics courses for science majors. The basic subject matter includes the two principal physical theories of the twentieth century—relativity and quantum mechanics. Included are the following: the Lorentz transformation, kinematic consequences of relativity, origin of the quantum theory, onedimensional quantum mechanics, quantum mechanics of a particle in three dimensions, applications to the hydrogen atom and to more complex atoms, molecules, crystals, metals, and semiconductors. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  3500  Advanced Independent Research  Fall/Spring  6  
Course Description
This course is reserved for Physics majors selected as Scholars of the College. Content, requirements, and credits by arrangement with the Chairperson. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  3510  Contemporary Electronics Laboratory  Fall  2  
Course Description
A laboratory course, with lecture component, providing handson experience, including a brief review of fundamentals of electronics followed by a study of analog devices, including diodes, transistors, operational amplifiers, resonant circuits, and digital devices, including Boolean algebra, digital Gates, Timers, Counters, and practical combinations of Gates and other digital elements. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None
Comments: Lab fee required 

PHYS  4100  Classical Mechanics  Fall  4  
Course Description
This course studies classical mechanics at the intermediate level and develops analytical skills for later physics courses. It includes: single particle dynamics and oscillations; conservative forces and conservation laws; gravitation and central force motion; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics; system of particles and rigid body dynamics. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  4200  Electricity and Magnetism  Spring  3  
Course Description
To provide students with the background in electricity and magnetism necessary to deal with experimental problems in electromagnetism. Part 1 will present the mathematical foundations for the entire treatment of electromagnetism. Part 2 deals with Coulomb's law and the electrostatics based on this law. Part 3 addresses stationary currents and magnetostatics. Part 4 deals with induction and quasistationary phenomena, self and mutualinduction. Part 5 presents a treatment of Maxwell equations and the consequences of these equations, e.g., energy and momentum conservation, Plane waves, reflection and refraction. Time permitting, we will discuss radiation from moving charges. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  4300  Numerical Methods and Scientific Computing  Spring  4  
Course Description
This course introduces students to a variety of numerical methods and then applies these methods to solve a broad range of scientific problems. These problems include examples from physics as well as several other disciplines, including chemistry, mathematics, economics, and finance. Numerical techniques for solving problems expressed in terms of matrix, differential and integral equations will be developed. Other topics will include statistical sampling and Fourier and Laplace transforms. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: MATH2202. With permission of the Instructor. MATH2202 and permission of instructor.
Cross listed with:
ECON2215
Comments: This course is intended for students who plan to minor in Scientific Computation. It is also an elective for Physics majors. 

PHYS  4350  Experiments in Physics I  Fall  3  
Course Description
The course includes experiments in optics, solid state physics, nuclear physics, spectroscopy, xray, and electron diffraction. Students will carry out independent projects aimed at acquiring a sound understanding of both the physical principles involved in each subject area and of the principles and problems of modern experimental physics. Instructor(s): Zhifeng Ren Prerequisites: None
Comments: Lab fee required. 

PHYS  4400  Quantum Physics I  Fall  3  
Course Description
First of a twosemester sequence providing a comprehensive treatment of the principles and applications of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. This semester focuses on basic principles. Topics covered include: historical development of quantum mechanics; the uncertainty principle; the Schrodinger equation and its solution for simple onedimensional potentials, including constant potentials and the harmonic oscillator; formal presentation of the postulates of quantum mechanics using Dirac notation; commutation relations; basic scattering theory; formulation of Schrodinger equation in threedimensions, central potentials, orbital angular momentum, and the hydrogen atom; spin angular momentum and the addition of angular momenta. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  4401  Quantum Physics II  Spring  3  
Course Description
Second semester of the PHYS44074408 sequence, focusing on applications. Topics covered include: treatment of the manyparticle systems, including effects of spin and symmetry of the wave function; manyelectron atoms and the periodic table; basic elements of quantum statistics; approximation techniques, including nondegenerate and degenerate perturbation theory and the variational principle; timedependent perturbation theory and the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  4407  Optical Spectroscopy of 2D Materials  Fall/Spring  3  
Course Description
The course objective is to overview of various Optical Spectroscopic Methods and their use in characterizing and revealing new behavior in 2D Materials. The course will explain the basic principles and experimental pitfalls of infrared and Raman microspectroscopies. It will then examine their role in characterizing and revealing novel behavior in graphene, magnetic and superconducting materials. Schedule: Periodically Instructor(s): Kenneth Burch Prerequisites: None


PHYS  4408  SPECIAL AND GENERAL RELATIVITY  Fall/Spring  3  
Course Description
The purpose of this course is to present the basic principles of the Theory of Relativity. In the Special Relativity part we shall compare the experiences of observers in different inertial frames (i. e. in rectilinear and uniform motions relative to each other). The limits of the inertial frames of the observers set the groundwork for the introduction of the General Theory. In the General Relativity part we will study the distortion of spacetime near a massive object, and the predictions of the resulting motion of bodies and light in this environment. Tensorial calculus will be introduced and used. Schedule: Periodically Instructor(s): Baldassare Di Bartolo Prerequisites: None
Comments: None 

PHYS  4505  Nuclei and Particles  Fall  3  
Course Description
This is a course at the intermediate level that includes the following: structure of the nucleus; the neutron; the deuteron; alpha decay; beta decay; nuclear models; nuclear reactions; collision theory; nuclear forces; high energy physics; systematics and properties of elementary particles and symmetries. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  4515  The Physics of Conventional and Alternative Energy  Fall  3  
Course Description
PHYS4416 is a threecredit, elective course designed for junior and senior Physics majors. The course consists of an overview of the entire field of energy, presented with attention to the mathematical, physical and economic principles needed to assess the feasibility and desirability of each source. It will also go into the most detail with respect to renewable sources, but there are also sections on nuclear power and fossil fuels. The course assumes an understanding of basic physics, and it strives to address energy problems on a mathematical level at the level of first year calculus. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  4525  Foundations of Plasmonics  Fall  3  
Course Description
TBD Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  4535  Nanoscale Integrated Science  Fall  3  
Course Description
TBD Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  4545  Condensed Matter Physics  Spring  3  
Course Description
Condensed matter physics concerns all aspects of the physics of "condensed" materials, that is, solids, liquids, gels and plasma. It is the science behind many technologicallyrelevant applied and integrated science and engineering fields. This course primarily covers the solid state, starting with crystal lattices and their vibrations (phonons), and descriptions of crystalline metals, semiconductors, insulators and superconductors. It covers in some detail the electrical, magnetic, optical and thermal properties of materials, and introduces the student to noncrystalline solids and socalled "soft condensed matter." Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  4555  Optics  Fall  3  
Course Description
The purpose of this course is to present to advanced undergraduate students a treatment of the basic principles of optics. The course will deal at length with physical optics, namely, propagation and nature of light, coherence, interference, and diffraction. A treatment of geometrical optics, including lenses and optical instruments, will follow. Finally, the course will deal with the theory of optical amplification and lasers. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None
Comments: This course is addressed to advanced undergraduate physics students. 

PHYS  4565  Cosmology and Astrophysics  Fall  3  
Course Description
An overview of the contemporary view of the Universe. The overall structure of the Universe: galaxies, clusters, and stars. Outlines of general relativity. Principles of stellar evolution. Hydrostatic equilibrium, radiative transfer, nuclear processes. Late phases of stellar evolution: White dwarfs and neutron stars. Black holes Pulsars. The expanding Universe. Big Bang. The inflationary Universe. Elementary particles, and cosmology. Instructor(s): Gabor Kalman Prerequisites: None


PHYS  4570  Topics in High Energy Astrophysics  Fall  3  
Course Description
Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  4575  Physics of Nanomaterials  Spring  3  
Course Description
The course covers materials preparation, characterization, physics, and applications of nanomaterials. The materials involved will be in the format of nanoparticles (0 dimensional), nanotubes/wires (1 dimensional), thin/thick films (2 dimensional), and bulk (3 dimensional) of insulators, semiconductors, conductors, and superconductors. Instructor(s): Zhifeng Ren Prerequisites: None
Comments: This is a onesemester elective primarily for junior and senior physics major. 

PHYS  4585  Nanoscale Integrated Science  Spring  1  
Course Description
This course will offer an introduction to stateoftheart integrated science research at Boston College. It will include topics such as biosensor development, drug delivery and materials for energy harvesting, all stemming from fundamental studies in materials properties, molecular structures and chemical reactions. Through a series of seminars, the course will cover basic concepts of nanomaterial preparation and characterization and provide a brief survey of nano and microfabrication technologies, molecular engineering, biophotonics, biomimetics, nanobiosensors, nanooptics and photovoltaics. The course is directed towards graduate and senior undergraduate students in physics, biology and chemistry. Instructor(s): Prof. Dong Cai 

PHYS  4600  Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics  Fall  4  
Course Description
The results of classical thermodynamics are deduced from a statistical basis, including the concepts of temperature and entropy, and the three laws of thermodynamics. Applications to ideal and real gases. Basic elements of statistical mechanics, including the canonical ensemble, partition function, equipartition theorem and Maxwell velocity distribution. Simple application of MaxwellBoltzmann, BoseEinstein, and FermiDirac Statistic. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  4951  Senior Thesis  Fall/Spring  3  
Course Description
A semesterlong project in the course of which a student carries out an investigation and research of an original nature or formulates a mature synthesis of a topic in physics. The results are presented as a written thesis, which the student will defend in an oral examination. This course is highly recommended for majors considering graduate study in physics. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  4961  Senior Honors Thesis  Fall  3  
Course Description
TBD Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  5000  Readings and Research in Physics  Fall/Spring  3  
Course Description
Individual programs of study and research for advanced physics majors under the direction of a physics faculty member. Requirements are with the approval of the Chairperson. Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None
Comments: Credits by arrangement 

PHYS  5540  General Relativity: Cosmological Implications  Fall  3  
Course Description
Review of Speical Relativity, Flat spacetime, curvature of spacetime, Physics in Curved spacetime, Einsteins Equations, Schwarzchild solution, Experimental tests of General Relativity, Gravitational Radiation, Cosmological Redshift, Cosmological Constant Expanding Universe Schedule: Periodically Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  7000  Physics Colloquium  Fall/Spring  0  
Course Description
This is a weekly discussion of current topics in physics. No academic credit. No fee. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  7707  Physics Graduate Seminar I  Fall  1  
Course Description
A discussion of topics in physics from the current literature. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  7708  Physics Graduate Seminar II  Spring  1  
Course Description
A discussion of topics in physics from the current literature. Instructor(s): Hong Ding Prerequisites: None


PHYS  7711  Classical Mechanics  Fall  3  
Course Description
Kinematics and dynamics, variational principles, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations, canonical transformations, HamiltonJacobi theory, small oscillations, rigid body motion, relativistic mechanics. Instructor(s): Pradip Bakshi Prerequisites: None


PHYS  7721  Statistical Physics I  Spring  3  
Course Description
Fundamental principles of classical and quantum statistics; kinetic theory; statistical basis of thermodynamics; ideal classical, Bose and Fermi systems; selected applications. Instructor(s): Gabor Kalman Prerequisites: None


PHYS  7722  Statistical Physics II  Fall  3  
Course Description
Fluctuationdissipation theorem, Kubo formalism, electron gas, of phase transitions and critical phenomena, Landau theory of phase transitions, critical exponents, scaling and an introduction to renormalization group methods. Instructor(s): Gabor Kalman Prerequisites: None


PHYS  7732  Electromagnetic Theory I  Spring  3  
Course Description
Topics include Maxwell equations in vacuum and media, potentials and gauges, energy and momentum conservation, wave propogation, waveguides, radiating systems, scattering, diffraction, metamedia and photonic crystals. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  7741  Quantum Mechanics I  Fall  3  
Course Description
Introduction includes elements of the linear algebra in Dirac notation. Topics include postulates of quantum theory, simple problems in one dimension, classical limit, harmonic oscillator, Heisenberg uncertainty relations, systems with Ndegree of freedom, symmetries, rotational invariance and angular momentum, hydrogen atom and an introduction to spin. Also included is the path integration formulation of quantum theory. Instructor(s): Vidya Madhavan Prerequisites: None


PHYS  7742  Quantum Mechanics II  Spring  3  
Course Description
Equations of motion for operators, perturbation theory, interaction of radiation with matter, identical particles, scattering theory, second quantization, relativistic equations. Instructor(s): Pradip Bakshi Prerequisites: None


PHYS  7835  Mathematical Physics I  Fall  3  
Course Description
Matrix algebra, linear vector spaces, orthogonal functions and expansions, boundary value problems, introduction to Green's functions, complex variable theory and applications. Instructor(s): David Broido Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8722  Introduction to Quantum Computation and Quantum Information  Spring  3  
Course Description
The course will be a graduatelevel course covering quantum computation and quantum information. Topics include a review of classical and quantum methods, quantum gates, classical and quantum algorithms and quantum supremacy, quantum key distribution, entanglementasaresource, and the physical realization of quantum computers. Prerequisites include undergraduate quantum mechanics and linear algebra. Schedule: Periodically Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8725  Quantum Field Theory  Fall  3  
Course Description
TBD Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8735  Techniques of Experimental Physics I  Fall/Spring  3  
Course Description
This course will give a general introduction to a subset of experimental techniques widely used and frequently encountered in modern condensed matter physics research. Many of these techniques are based on the use of synchrotron radiation (xrays), electrons, laser or microwave as the incident excitations, each capable of providing unique information about specific aspects of the usually complex experimental subjects from a complementary perspective. Both theoretical and experimental contents of these and other techniques will be accessed through lectures in class, handson demonstrations and collaborative experimental projects in lab. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8736  Techniques of Experimental Physics II  Spring  3  
Course Description
This is a laboratory course that introduces several important modern experimental techniques in physics, which may include xray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, angleresolved photoemission, optical reflectivity, neutron scattering and other techniques. Lectures on these topics will be given first, followed by experimental projects performed by students in real research laboratories. Instructor(s): Hong Ding Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8750  Particle Physics  Fall  3  
Course Description
This graduatelevel elective course is a survey of the basic principles of particle physics. The course will cover the `Standard Model, experimental tests of this model, and recent developments in extending the model to work towards a unified theory. A basic understanding of mechanics, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, and special relativity is required. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8761  Solid State Physics I  Spring  3  
Course Description
Introduction to the basic concepts of the quantum theory of solids. Drude and Sommerfeld theory, crystal structure and bonding, theory of crystal diffraction, and the reciprocal lattice, Bloch theorem and electronic band structure, nearly free electron approximation and tight binding method, metals, semiconductors and insulators, dynamics of crystal lattice, phonons in metals, semiclassical theory of electrical and thermal transport, introduction to magnetism and superconductivity. Instructor(s): Willie Padilla Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8762  Solid State Physics II  Fall  3  
Course Description
Advanced studies of the physics of solids. Elementary excitations, symmetry and symmetrybreaking, electronelectron and electronphonon interactions, HartreeFock and random phase approximations, scattering theory, dielectric functions, screening, sum rules, optical properties, Landau Fermi liquid theory, disorder and localization, quantum Hall effect, quantum magnetism, superconductivity and superfluidity. Instructor(s): Hong Ding Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8770  Special and General Relativity  Fall  3  
Course Description
TBD Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8775  Foundations of Plasmonics  Fall  3  
Course Description
TBD Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8799  Readings and Research in Physics  Fall/Spring  3  
Course Description
By arrangement. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None
Comments: Credits by arrangement. 

PHYS  8801  Physics Thesis Research  Fall  3  
Course Description
A research problem of an original and investigative nature. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8845  Nanophotonics and Semiconductor Physics  Fall  3  
Course Description
TBD Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8888  Interim Study  Fall  0  
Course Description
Required for master's candidates who have completed all course requirements but have not taken comprehensive examinations. Also for master's students (only) who have taken up to six credits of Thesis Seminar but have not yet finished writing their thesis. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8910  Seminar: Topics in Physics  Fall  3  
Course Description
A seminar course on topics in theoretical or experimental physics given in accordance with current research interests or needs of the students and faculty of the department. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8935  Frontiers of Condensed Matter  Fall  3  
Course Description
TBD Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8950  Group Theory  Spring  3  
Course Description
The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students in physics with the theoretical background in group theory necessary to handle problems in atomic, molecular and solid state physics. The course will give both the theory and the tools necessary to handle such problems; it will first elaborate the theory and then deal with applications mainly in the theory of solids. No previous knowledge of group theory or solid state physics is required. This course can be taken by first year graduate students. Instructor(s): Baldassare Di Bartolo Prerequisites: None


PHYS  8975  Many Body Physics  Spring  3  
Course Description
Many Body Physics is the study of matter when interactions matter. This is a very rich subject area and it is impossible to cover all of them. The goal of this Many Body Physics course is to focus on a few theoretical techniques including, e.g., Greens Functions and Feynman Diagrams that provide a unified view of these areas. These techniques can be used to derive some of the more familiar theoretical results for many body systems, the HartreeFock approximation, the random phase approximation (RPA), the kinetic equation, and response functions to name a few. These techniques will be applied to a number of interacting systems that could include, Quantum Fluids (Fermi and Bose Fluids), Graphene, Superconductors/Superfluids, and Ferromagnetic metals. Schedule: Periodically Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  9901  Doctoral Comprehensive  Fall/Spring  1  
Course Description
For students who have not yet passed the Doctoral Comprehensive but prefer not to assume the status of a nonmatriculating student for the one or two semesters used for preparation for the comprehensive. Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None


PHYS  9910  Topics in Physics  Fall  3  
Course Description
TBD Instructor(s): Prerequisites: None


PHYS  9911  Doctoral Continuation  Fall/Spring  1  
Course Description
All students who have been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree are required to register and pay the fee for doctoral continuation during each semester of their candidacy. Doctoral Continuation requires a commitment of at least 20 hours per week working on the dissertation Instructor(s): The Department Prerequisites: None
