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Physics
Newtonian mechanics, motion of systems of particles, rigid body statics and dynamics, moving and accelerated coordinate systems, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, continuum mechanics, theory of small vibrations, tensor analysis and rigid body rotations. (Prerequisites: PHYS 211X; MATH 302; and PHYS 311 for 312; or permission of instructor.) (4 + 0) 311 Offered Fall, 312 Offered Spring
Electrostatics, dielectrics, magnetostatics, magnetic materials and electromagnetism. Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves, radiation and physical optics. (Prerequisites: PHYS 212X; MATH 202X; and PHYS 331 for PHYS 332; or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) 331 Offered Fall, 332 Offered Spring
PHYS 462 4 CreditsGeometrical optics, interference and diffraction theory, nonlinear
optics, Fourier optics and coherent wave theory. Course fee: $42. (Prerequisites:
MATH 302, 314; and PHYS 213X, 331; or permission of instructor.) (3 + 3)
Offered FallGeometrical and Physical Optics (n) PHYS 488 1-3 Credits Advanced research topics from outside the usual undergraduate requirements.
(Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Recommendations: A substantial
level of technical/scientific background.) Offered Fall, springUndergraduate Research PHYS 611 3 Credits (Cross-listed with MATH 611 and MATH 612)PHYS 612 3 Credits Mathematical Physics Mathematical foundations of classical and modern physics, including complex analysis; linear algebra and elementary tensor theory; theory of Hilbert spaces, generalized functions; elements of the Sturm-Liouville theory of ordinary linar differential equations; Fourier analysis; solutions of linear partial differential equations and integral equations using series, transform and spectral decomposition methods. (Prerequisites: For PHYS/MATH 611, MATH 422 or equivalent. For PHYS/MATH 612, PHYS/MATH 611 or equivalent. Graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) 611 Offered Fall, 612 Offered Spring PHYS 614 3 Credits (Cross-listed with GEOS 614)Ice Physics A survey of the physics of ice. Topics will include the crystal structure and properties of ice, high pressure phases, hydrogen bonding, mechanical properties, thermal properties, electrical and acoustic properties, nucleation and growth, optical properties and surface properties (adhesion, friction). (Prerequisites: MATH 421, 422; graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring PHYS 621 3 CreditsLagrange’s equations, two-body problem, rigid body motion, special
relativity, canonical equations, transformation theory and Hamilton-Jacobi method.
(Prerequisites: PHYS 312 or equivalent; graduate standing or permission of instructor.)
(3 + 0) Offered Alternate FallClassical Mechanics PHYS 622 3 CreditsClassical and quantum statistics of independent particles, ensemble theory
and applications. (Prerequisites: PHYS 621; graduate standing or permission of
instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate SpringStatistical Mechanics PHYS 626 3 CreditsSingle charge particle motion in the electromagnetic fields, plasma kinetic
theory, Vlasov equations for collisionless plasmas, magnetohydrodynamic equations,
linear plasma waves and instabilities, nonlinear plasma waves and instabilities.
(Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0)
Offered FallFundamentals of Plasma Physics PHYS 627 3 CreditsVlasov description of small amplitude waves in magnetized plasmas, advanced
particle orbit theory, fluctuation and incoherent scattering theory, plasma discontinuities
and collisionless shocks, weak turbulent theory, statistical theory of turbulence.
(Prerequisite: PHYS 626 or equivalent; graduate standing or permission of instructor.)
(3 + 0) Offered As Demand WarrantsAdvanced Plasma Physics PHYS 628 3 CreditsApplied time series analysis, including correlation, convolution, filtering
and spectral estimation of multivariate data. The statistical properties of estimators;
signal detection; and array processing. (Prerequisites: MATH 401, 402 or equivalent;
familiarity with a programming language such as C or Fortran; graduate standing
or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate SpringDigital Time Series Analysis PHYS 629 3 CreditsThe fundamentals of computer simulation for fluids and multi-particle systems.
Topics include methods for the discretization of numerical solutions, and boundary
and initial conditions. Methods will be applied to convection, diffusion and
steady states in fluids and plasmas. (Prerequisites: MATH 310, 421 or equivalent;
PHYS 311, 312, 331, 332 or equivalent; experience in programming; graduate
standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate SpringMethods of Numerical Simulation in Fluids and Plasma PHYS 631 3 CreditsElectrostatics, magnetostatics, Maxwell’s equations and potentials.
Lorentz equations, field energy, gauge conditions, retarded potentials, waves,
radiation and tensor formulations. (Prerequisites: PHYS 631 or the equivalent
for PHYS 632; graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0)
631 Offered Alternate Fall, 632 Offered Alternate SpringPHYS 632 3 Credits Electromagnetic Theory PHYS 640 3 CreditsSurvey of aurora phenomena, the associated physical processes and techniques
used to investigate the aurora. Includes electron and proton impact spectra;
physical processes that accelerate and precipitate electrons and protons; auroral
currents; ionospheric effects of auroral activity; and principles for ground-based
satellite spectroscopy and imaging and the measurements of magnetic and electric
fields. (Prerequisites: PHYS 312, 332, 441 or equivalents; graduate standing
or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate SpringAuroral Physics PHYS 645 3 CreditsIntroduction to the mechanics of fluid systems, the fundamental processes,
Navier-Stokes’ equations in rotating and stratified fluids, kinematics,
conservation laws, vortex motion, irrotational flow, laminar flow, boundary layer
phenomena, waves, instabilities, turbulent flows and mixing. (Prerequisite: Graduate
standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate FallFundamentals of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics PHYS 650 3 CreditsThe physical and chemical processes that govern the response of planetary
atmospheres to solar radiation and energetic particles; the formation of and
characteristic processes in the layers within the ionosphere; and basic magneto-ionic
theory. Includes principles of remote sensing by lidar and radar techniques.
(Prerequisites: PHYS 312, 332, 411 or equivalents; graduate standing or permission
of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate FallAeronomy PHYS 651 3 CreditsSchrodinger’s equations, operator formalism, correspondence principle,
central force problems, perturbation theory, quantum statistical mechanics and
applications of quantum mechanics to collision problems, radiation and spectroscopy.
(Prerequisites: PHYS 651 or the equivalent for PHYS 652; graduate standing or
permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) 651 Offered Alternate Fall, 652
Offered Alternate SpringPHYS 652 3 Credits Quantum Mechanics PHYS 660 3 CreditsThe interaction of radiation with matter. The physical processes related
to scattering, absorption and emission of radiation in an optical medium as well
as the formulation and mathematical solution of radiative energy transport including
multiple scattering in layered media. Demonstrations of how to use the theory
in remote sensing applications and earth radiation budget studies (climate).
(Prerequisites: Graduate standing in chemistry, geology or physics; or permission
of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand WarrantsRadiative Transfer PHYS 672 3 CreditsThe physics and dynamics of Earth’s magnetosphere. Discusses the magnetosphere
as a test bed for microscopic plasma processes, equilibrium configurations, plasma
instabilities, highly nonlinear eruptive plasma processes and global dynamics
which involve the interaction of various regions of the magnetosphere. Introduction
to various aspects of magnetospheric physics with a systematic discussion of
the various elements of the magnetosphere, their structure and dynamics, and
a discussion of the relevant plasma physics. (Prerequisite: PHYS 626; graduate
standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate SpringMagnetospheric Physics PHYS 673 3 CreditsPlasma physics of the heliosphere from the solar core to the interstellar
medium. Includes coronal structure, interplanetary magnetic field and solar wind,
shocks, interactions with planets, planetary magentospheres, cosmic rays, solar-terrestrial
relations and instrumentation. (Prerequisites: PHYS 312, 332, 411 or equivalents;
graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate
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