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Old Dominion University

2014-2015 Catalog

Department of Physics

306 Oceanography/Physics Bldg.
(757) 683-3468
http://sci.odu.edu/physics/

Charles I. Sukenik, Chair
Leposava Vuskovic, Graduate Program Director

The Department of Physics offers programs of study leading to both the M.S. degree in physics and the Ph.D. degree in physics. Primary focus is placed on the Ph.D. program, and most students enrolled for graduate study are enrolled in that program. Students have the opportunity to perform research in state-of-the-art facilities under faculty direction. Graduates are prepared for research at the highest levels in academia, government laboratories, and corporate laboratories.

Admission

Applicants for admission to graduate study must have an earned bachelor's degree in physics or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution. The applicant is normally required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for application to either the master’s or the doctoral program; applicants to the doctoral program are strongly encouraged to take the GRE specialized physics test as well. The Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) is required of all nonnative speakers of English who have resided in the U.S. for less than ten years.

It is normally expected that most incoming graduate students will be supported as teaching assistants. Old Dominion University requires that all graduate teaching assistants who do not speak English as a first language pass a test of spoken English.

Admission decisions are based on undergraduate achievement, GRE scores, and personal reference letters. Graduate study may commence at the beginning of any academic term. Decisions regarding financial support for students entering in the fall term are normally made by April 15, so a student’s completed application must be received by January 15. Anyone who applies after January 15 should communicate directly with the Department of Physics concerning the availability of support.

Master of Science - Physics

Requirements

A student may select either the thesis or non-thesis option. For either option, each student’s course of study must have the advance approval of the graduate program director.

Non-Thesis Option

Thirty graduate credits that must include the following courses:

PHYS 556Intermediate Quantum Mechanics3
or PHYS 621 Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 603Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 604Classical Electrodynamics I3
PHYS 697Seminar1

No more than 12 credits numbered at the 500 level may be used to meet this requirement.

Up to 12 credits from other University departments may be used to meet this requirement if approved by the graduate program director.

Written Comprehensive Examination

In addition to these course requirements, the candidate must pass a written comprehensive examination. It is usually taken just before the student’s third semester of study. If a student fails this examination, he or she is allowed a second attempt, which must be at the time when the Written Exam is next given. In all but the most extraordinary circumstances, a student will not be allowed any additional attempts to pass this examination. Normally, this written examination is the same as the written portion of the Ph.D. Candidacy Examination, graded at the master’s level.

Foreign language requirement

None.

Thesis Option

Thirty graduate credits that must include the following courses: 

PHYS 556Intermediate Quantum Mechanics3
or PHYS 621 Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 603Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 604Classical Electrodynamics I3
PHYS 697Seminar1
PHYS 698Research3
PHYS 699Research3

 

 No more than 12 credits numbered at the 500 level may be used to meet this requirement.

Up to 12 credits from other university departments may be used to meet this requirement if approved by the graduate program director.

Doctor of Philosophy - Physics

Requirements

The broad requirements for the Ph.D. degree are

  1. satisfactory performance in a designated core of graduate courses,
  2. successful completion of the Ph.D. Candidacy Examination, which has both written and oral parts,
  3. successful completion of a teaching requirement, and
  4. satisfactory completion of a dissertation.

Each student’s course of study must have the advance approval of the graduate program director.

Course Requirements

Seventy-eight graduate credits beyond the undergraduate degree or 48 graduate credits beyond the master’s degree must be taken and must include the following courses: 

PHYS 601Mathematical Methods in Physics3
PHYS 603Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 604Classical Electrodynamics I3
PHYS 621Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 697Seminar1
PHYS 804Classical Electrodynamics II3
PHYS 807Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 811Computational Physics3
PHYS 821Quantum Mechanics II3
PHYS 831Advanced Seminar I1
PHYS 832Advanced Seminar II1

A minimum of six additional credits for specialized full-semester courses at the 800 level must be taken. A student may waive or substitute for any of these courses with the approval of the graduate program director.

Up to 12 credits from other university departments may be used to meet this requirement if approved by the graduate program director. A student may waive PHYS 832, with the approval of the graduate program director, if he or she presents a paper at a scientific meeting. Before formation of his or her dissertation committee, a student is formally advised about these courses and other academic matters by graduate faculty advisors. There is no foreign language requirement.

Ph.D. Candidacy Examination

A student admitted to the Ph.D. program in physics becomes a bona fide candidate for the Ph.D. degree by passing the Ph.D. Candidacy Examination. The purpose of this comprehensive examination is to determine if a student has the foundation and maturity to begin research in physics. A student who does not pass the Ph.D. Candidacy Examination within the allowed number of attempts explained below will be dismissed from the Ph.D. program. However, that student would still have the opportunity to satisfy the requirements for the M.S. degree in physics.

The Ph.D. Candidacy Examination consists of two parts—the Written Examination and the Oral Examination. Each part must be passed independently in order to pass the Ph.D. Candidacy Examination.

Written Examination

The written examination is given two times each year—in late August and early January. A student admitted to the Ph.D. program must take this examination by the beginning of his or her third semester of graduate study. In circumstances such that the student has not had the appropriate courses to meet this deadline, he or she may petition the Graduate Program Committee for an extension. If a student fails this examination, he or she is allowed a second attempt, which must be at the time when the Written Examination is next given. In all but the most extraordinary circumstances, a student is dismissed from the Ph.D. program after failing the written examination twice.

Oral Examination

The Oral Examination is a one-hour presentation given by a student to an oral examination committee (normally consisting of his or her dissertation committee, minus the external member), meeting in closed session, normally on a topic relevant to the student’s dissertation research. This presentation must be made within one year and one semester after a student passes the written examination. A request for extension of the deadline must be made in writing to the Graduate Program Committee.

A student’s dissertation advisor, in consultation with the student, may choose from two possible formats for this presentation:

  1. a presentation by the student directly on his or her dissertation research or
  2. a presentation on a specific topic that the student has been assigned to investigate for several months.

For either option, the student must write a short paper of 10 or fewer pages on his or her presentation topic and give it to all members of the oral examination committee at least two weeks before the scheduled date of the examination. The committee, by majority vote, will determine whether the student passes or fails the oral examination. A student who fails the oral examination will be allowed a second attempt. The student’s dissertation advisor will decide the format and timing of such a second attempt, with the provision that the second attempt must be completed within six months of the first attempt.

Teaching Requirement

Each candidate for the Ph.D. degree must earn a minimum of four teaching credits, which are defined in the following way:

  • One such credit is awarded for teaching a one-hour recitation for one semester in the Department of Physics, and
  • two such credits are awarded for teaching a one-semester laboratory course in the Department of Physics.

The graduate program director may approve the substitution of an equivalent amount of teaching experience in the Department of Physics for this requirement.

Dissertation

The dissertation is the final and most important requirement that must be completed by a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in physics. It must be based on original research in physics that makes a contribution to existing knowledge and be of sufficient quality and interest to merit publication in a refereed physics journal. Research that is classified by the U. S. Government (in a way that restricts its distribution) is not a suitable basis for a dissertation, as one essential characteristic of a dissertation is that its contents must be disseminated freely.

The candidate’s dissertation research is supervised generally by his or her dissertation committee. Close supervision is provided by the candidate’s research advisor, who is a member of the dissertation committee and may be a tenured, tenure-track, research, or adjunct member of the graduate-certified faculty of the Department of Physics. If the research advisor is a tenured or tenure-track member of the faculty, he or she is the chair of the candidate’s dissertation committee. If the research advisor is an adjunct or research faculty member, a tenured or tenure-track graduate-certified faculty member must serve as co-advisor and also serve as chair of the dissertation committee. The dissertation committee is composed of five members, a majority of whom must be tenured or tenure-track members of the graduate-certified faculty of the Department of Physics and one of whom must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member of the graduate-certified faculty in a department of Old Dominion University other than the Department of Physics. It is the responsibility of the research advisor and the candidate to nominate prospective members for the dissertation committee to the graduate program director, who must formally approve the membership of the dissertation committee.

The format of the dissertation is specified by the Guide for Preparation of Theses and Dissertations, and variations allowed within the Department of Physics are specified by the graduate program director.

Dissertation Defense

The final examination that a candidate must pass in order to receive the Ph.D. is an oral examination by the dissertation committee based on the candidate’s public presentation of the results contained in his or her dissertation. This defense is conducted in two phases:

  1. a public presentation in front of the dissertation committee that is open to any person who may wish to attend and direct relevant questions to the candidate and
  2. a closed session between the candidate and the dissertation committee in which the candidate is questioned further by that committee.

The dissertation committee determines by majority vote whether the candidate passes or fails this final oral defense. If the candidate fails, he or she is allowed only one additional attempt to pass at a later time.

Applied Physics Endorsement

Students that are interested in the Applied Physics Endorsement should contact the graduate program director for more information.

PHYSICS Courses

PHYS 503. Electronic Instrumentation. 3 Credits.

PHYS 506. Observational Astronomy. 3 Credits.

Observational techniques in astronomy with emphasis on constellation identification, celestial movements, and telescopic observation. Individualized night observations are required.

PHYS 508. Astronomy for Teachers. 3 Credits.

A course in astronomy dealing with stars and stellar systems. Topics will include observational astronomy, the electromagnetic spectrum, relativity, stellar and galactic structures, cosmology, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

PHYS 513. Methods of Experimental Physics. 3 Credits.

Experiments in classical and modern physics, designed to develop skills in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of experimental data.

PHYS 515. Introduction to Nuclear Particle Physics. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the structure of the atomic nucleus, natural and artificial radioactivity, nuclear decay processes and stability of nuclei, nuclear reactions, properties of nuclear forces, and nuclear models. Also, particle phenomenology, experimental techniques and the standard model. Topics include the spectra of leptons, mesons, and baryons; strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions.

PHYS 516. Introduction to Solid State Physics. 3 Credits.

Introduction to solid state physics and materials science, with emphasis placed on the applications of each topic to experimental and analytical techniques. Topics include crystallography, thermal and vibrational properties of crystals and semiconductors, metals and the band theory of solids, superconductivity and the magnetic properties of materials.

PHYS 517. Introduction to Particle Accelerator Physics. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the historical development and applications of particle accelerators to the fields of nuclear physics, particle physics, material sciences, and medical therapy and the design and physics of particle accelerators. Aspects of linear accelerators, circular accelerators such as cyclotrons, betatrons, synchrotrons, and storage rings, and recirculated linacs are covered. Topics include linear and non-linear single particle motion in accelerators, collective effects and beam stability in particle accelerators, and the electromagnetic radiation emitted by relativistic particles in accelerators. Up to date descriptions of the most modern particle accelerators will be included, as well as applications such as fixed target nuclear physics arrangements, colliding beam accelerators for high energy physics research, advanced storage ring sources of X-Rays, advanced neutron sources, radiation and radioactive material sources, and cancer therapy devices.

PHYS 520. Introductory Computational Physics. 3 Credits.

Introduction of computational methods and visualization techniques for problem solving in physics.

PHYS 525. Electromagnetism I. 3 Credits.

A study of the classical theory and phenomena of electricity and magnetism. Topics include the calculation of electric and magnetic fields, magnetic and dielectric properties of matter, and an introduction to Maxwell's equations.

PHYS 551. Theoretical Mechanics. 3 Credits.

A mathematical study of the concepts of mechanics. Vector calculus methods are used. Topics include mechanics of a system of particles, Lagrangian mechanics, Hamilton’s canonical equations, and motion of a rigid body.

PHYS 552. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the physical and mathematical structure of quantum theory, including the historical and experimental origins of the subject. The curriculum includes techniques for solving the Schrodinger wave equation, particularly for the harmonic oscillator and the hydrogen atom. Prerequisites: PHYS 319 and PHYS 323.

PHYS 553. Electromagnetism II. 3 Credits.

A course in electrodynamics developed from Maxwell’s Equations. Topics include Maxwell’s Equations, Conservation Laws, Electromagnetic Waves, Potentials and Fields, Radiation, and the interplay of electrodynamics and special relativity.

PHYS 554. Thermal and Statistical Physics. 3 Credits.

A study of the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical mechanics. Topics include the thermodynamics of simple systems, kinetic theory of gases, statistical mechanics of gases and an introduction to quantum statistics.

PHYS 556. Intermediate Quantum Mechanics. 3 Credits.

This course follows directly from PHYS 552. It includes a more detailed study of simple systems, an introduction to abstract quantum mechanics and Direc notation, and applications to operator methods. Particular attention is paid to electron spin, angular momentum theory, operator treatment of the harmonic oscillator, the Pauli exclusion principle, perturbation theory, and scattering.

PHYS 560. Fundamentals of Accelerator Physics and Technology with Simulations and Measurements Lab. 3 Credits.

Historical development of accelerators and their past and present applications. Principles of acceleration, including the physics of linear accelerators, synchrotrons, and storage rings. Magnet design; machine lattice design and particle beam optics. Longitudinal and transverse beam dynamics, including synchrotron and betatron particle motion. Special topics will be reviewed, including synchrotron radiation, injection techniques, and collective effects and beam instabilities.

PHYS 597. Special Problems and Research. 1-3 Credits.

These courses afford the student an opportunity to pursue individual study and research. Prerequisites: permission of the instructor.

PHYS 601. Mathematical Methods in Physics. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Basic mathematical methods and their applications: infinite series, functions of complex variables, complex analysis, Fourier series, Fourier and LaPlace transformations.

PHYS 603. Classical Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Particle in a central-force field. Dynamics in a rotating reference frame. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations. Small occilations. Kinematics and dynamics of a rigid body. Canonical transformation, Hamilton-Jacobi theory.

PHYS 604. Classical Electrodynamics I. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Electrostatics: Glauss' Law and Poisson and Laplace equations. Methods for the solution of boundary-value problems with rectangular, cylindrical, and spherical symmetry. Expansion in multipoles. Dielectrics. Magnetostatics and Faraday's law.

PHYS 621. Quantum Mechanics I. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Mathematical foundations of Hilbert spaces. Background on Hamiltonian mechanics and electro-magnetism. Postulates of Quantum Mechanics, measurements and Schroedinger equation. Simple systems. Schroedinger Equation in 1-3 dimensions and solutions for specific systems. Symmetries and angular momentum. Time-independent perturbation theory.

PHYS 658. MICROWAVE MEAS & BEAM INST LAB. 3 Credits.

Introduction to RF and microwave technology and laboratory methods for its characterization. Topics include microwave measurements in the time and frequency domains, basics of spectrum analyzers, vector signal analyzers, and time domain reflectometers; transmission lines, complex impedance, reflection coefficients; microwave measurements with a Vector Network Analyzer, basics of vector network analyzers; stripline pickups and kickers; beam signals for Circular Accelerators, beam spectrums, power spectral density, betatron and synchrotron signals; beam impedance and methods for measuring it; impedance matching, basics of matching devices; and RF cavity and linac structure measurements, cavity and coupled cavity structure basics, bead pull, coupling, cavity bandwidth.

PHYS 695. Selected Topics in Pure and Applied Physics. 1-3 Credits.

1-3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

PHYS 696. Special Topics in Accelerator Physics. 3 Credits.

Special topics related to particle accelerators and their applications. Departmental approval required.

PHYS 697. Seminar. 1 Credit.

PHYS 698. Research. 3 Credits.

PHYS 699. Research. 3 Credits.

PHYS 701. Mathematical Methods of Physics II. 3 Credits.

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 601. Group theory, Lie groups and Lie algebras, differential geometry, tensor fields on manifolds, integral calculus of differential forms.

PHYS 704. Classical Electrodynamics II. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 604. Electrodynamics: Maxwell equations, plane electromagnetic waves and wave propagation, waveguides, radiating systems, special theory of relativity, including the dynamics of relativistic particles and electromagnetic fields.

PHYS 707. Statistical Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 603. Review of thermodynamics. Classical statistical mechanics and applications. The virial expansion. Quantum statistical mechanics and the micro-canonical, canonical, and grand-canonical ensembles. The Fermi and Bose gases, and applications. Superfulids.

PHYS 711. Computational Physics. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Studies of high level computer languages. Computational techniques used in physics. Numerical techniques for differential and integral problems. Algebraic processing languages. Introduction to scientific visualization techniques.

PHYS 721. Quantum Mechanics II. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 621. Further development of quantum mechanics. Multi-particle states, bosons and fermions. Classical Limit. Variational principle, time-dependent perturbation theory and scattering. Path integral formulation. Symmetry and groups, addition of angular moments. Examples from solid state, atomic, nuclear, and particle physics.

PHYS 722. Nuclear and Particle Physics I. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 621. Nuclear forces, models of nuclear structure and reactions, hadron and lepton scattering, introduction to constituent quark model and hadron spectroscopy.

PHYS 723. Nuclear and Particle Physics II. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 722 or PHYS 822. Discrete and continous symmetries and application to particle physics, SU(2) and SU(3) symmetries and static properties of haldon. Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations, quantum electrodynamics and Feynman rules, strong and weak interactions, Standard Model and physics beyond the Standard Model.

PHYS 724. Solid State I. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 621. The first part of the condensed matter course incudes electronic and lattice properties of solids, band structures of metals, semiconductors and insulators, dynamics of electron and phonons, electromagnetic and optical properties of metals and doped semiconductors, phenomenology of superconductivity and magnetism, and selected experimental methods of solid state physics.

PHYS 727. Atomic Physics. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Irreducible tensor methods. Radiative excitation and ionization processes. Atom-atom scattering. Time-evolution of atomic observables in external fields. Multiple channel quantum defect theory and complex atomic and molecular spectra.

PHYS 731. Advanced Seminar I. 1 Credit.

Written and oral communication skills as applied to physics. Data display techniques to prepare scientific reports.

PHYS 732. Advanced Seminar II. 1 Credit.

Lecture 1 hour; 1 credit. Methodology of scientific information retrieval. Organization of information in selected research areas.

PHYS 750. Quantum Electronics. 3 Credits.

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 604. Interaction of quantized electromagnetic field with matter, including photon coherence, theory of laser, nonlinear optics and selected applications.

PHYS 754. Accelerator Physics. 3 Credits.

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: PHYS 601, PHYS 603, and PHYS 704 or PHYS 804. Department approval required. Overview of the underlying physics of modern particle accelerators. Acceleration, beam transport, nonlinear dynamics, coherent synchrotron radiation, wakefields and impedances, collective effects, phase space cooling, free-electron lasers, novel methods of acceleration, accelerator systems.

PHYS 760. Low Temperature Physics. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 604, PHYS 707 or PHYS 807, and PHYS 721 or PHYS 821. Properties and behavior of materials and systems at low temperature. Bose and Fermi systems, superconductivity, superfluidity, condensates.

PHYS 797. Research. 1-6 Credits.

PHYS 801. Mathematical Methods of Physics II. 3 Credits.

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 601. Group theory, Lie groups and Lie algebras, differential geometry, tensor fields on manifolds, integral calculus of differential forms.

PHYS 804. Classical Electrodynamics II. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 604. Electrodynamics: Maxwell equations, plane electromagnetic waves and wave propagation, waveguides, radiating systems, special theory of relativity, including the dynamics of relativistic particles and electromagnetic fields.

PHYS 807. Statistical Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 603. Review of thermodynamics. Classical statistical mechanics and applications. The virial expansion. Quantum statistical mechanics and the micro-canonical, canonical, and grand-canonical ensembles. The Fermi and Bose gases, and applications. Superfulids.

PHYS 811. Computational Physics. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Studies of high level computer languages. Computational techniques used in physics. Numerical techniques for differential and integral problems. Algebraic processing languages. Introduction to scientific visualization techniques.

PHYS 821. Quantum Mechanics II. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 621. Further development of quantum mechanics. Multi-particle states, bosons and fermions. Classical Limit. Variational principle, time-dependent perturbation theory and scattering. Path integral formulation. Symmetry and groups, addition of angular moments. Examples from solid state, atomic,nuclear and particle physics.

PHYS 822. Nuclear and Particle Physics I. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 621. Nuclear forces, models of nuclear structure and reactions, hadron and lepton scattering, introduction to constituent quark model and hadron spectroscopy.

PHYS 823. Nuclear and Particle Physics II. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 722 or PHYS 822. Discrete and continous symmetries and application to particle physics, SU(2) and SU(3) symmetries and static properties of haldon. Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations, quantum electrodynamics and Feynman rules, strong and weak interactions. Standard Model and physics beyond the Standard Model.

PHYS 824. Solid State I. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 621. The first part of the condensed matter course incudes electronic and lattice properties of solids, band structures of metals, semiconductors and insulators, dynamics of electron and phonons, electromagnetic and optical properties of metals and doped semiconductors, phenomenology of superconductivity and magnetism, and selected experimental methods of solid state physics.

PHYS 825. Solid State II. 3 Credits.

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 724 or PHYS 824. The second part of the condensed matter course is mostly focused on many body and collective effects in condensed matter, including phase transitions, Bose and Fermi quantum liquids, superfluidity, superconductivity and magnetism, and properties of mesoscopic and low-dimensional systems.

PHYS 827. Atomic Physics. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Irreducible tensor methods. Radiative excitation and ionization processes. Atom-atom scattering. Time-evolution of atomic observables in external fields. Multiple channel quantum defect theory and complex atomic and molecular spectra.

PHYS 831. Advanced Seminar I. 1 Credit.

Written and oral communication skills as applied to physics. Data display techniques to prepare scientific reports.

PHYS 832. Advanced Seminar II. 1 Credit.

Lecture 1 hour; 1 credit. Methodology of scientific information retrieval. Organization of information in selected research areas.

PHYS 842. Advanced Quantum Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: PHYS 704, PHYS 721. Introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics; symmetries in relativistic wave equations; solutions to relativistic wave equations for bound states and scattering processes; classical field theory and role of symmetries in construction of conserved currents; introduction to second quantization of fields.

PHYS 850. Quantum Electronics. 3 Credits.

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 604. Interaction of quantized electromagnetic field with matter, including photon coherence, theory of laser, nonlinear optics and selected applications.

PHYS 853. Atomic & Molecular Physics. 3 Credits.

PHYS 854. Accelerator Physics. 3 Credits.

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: PHYS 601, PHYS 603, and PHYS 704 or PHYS 804. Department approval required. Overview of the underlying physics of modern particle accelerators. Acceleration, beam transport, nonlinear dynamics, coherent synchrotron radiation, wakefields and impedances, collective effects, phase space cooling, free-electron lasers, novel methods of acceleration, accelerator systems.

PHYS 857. Plasma Physics. 3 Credits.

PHYS 859. Classical Mechanics and Electromagnetism in Accelerator Physics. 3 Credits.

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: PHYS 601, PHYS 603, and PHYS 704 or PHYS 804. Further development of classical mechanics and electromagnetism and their application to accelerator physics: LaGrangian and Hamiltonian formulation of equations of motion, canonical transformations, adiabatic invariants, linear and nonlinear resonances. Liouvilles theorem, solutions of Maxwells equation in cavities and waveguides, wakefields, radiation and retarded potentials, synchrotron radiation.

PHYS 860. Low Temperature Physics. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 604, and PHYS 707 or PHYS 807, and PHYS 721 or PHYS 821. Properties and behavior of materials and systems at low temperature. Bose and Fermi systems, superconductivity, superfluidity, condensates.

PHYS 861. Nuclear Physics. 3 Credits.

PHYS 862. Nuclear Physics. 3 Credits.

PHYS 871. Introduction to Quantum Field Theory. 3 Credits.

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: PHYS 842. Quantization of the Klein-Gordon field, interactions in quantum field theory and Feynman diagrams, quantization of the Dirac field, quantization of the electromagnetic field, quantum electrodynamics, renormalization, quantum chromodynamics and asymptotic freedom.

PHYS 898. Doctoral Research. 1-12 Credits.

PHYS 899. Dissertation. 1-9 Credits.