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Graduate Catalog 2014-15

PHYSICS (PHYS)

405a,b-3,3 ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD THEORY. Vector treatment of the theory: a) Electrostatics in vacuum and in matter; steady currents. (b) Magnetism, magnetic materials, electromagnetic radiation. Prerequisites: (a) MATH 305; PHYS 308; (b) PHYS 405a.

410-3 OPTICS. Nature of light; photometric quantities; geometrical optics; interference and diffraction; polarization; introduction to lasers; optical properties of materials. May include laboratory component. Prerequisites: PHYS 302 and MATH 250.

415a,b-3,3 WAVE MECHANICS AND ATOMIC PHYSICS. a) Quantum mechanics: wave functions, expectation values, operators, Schroedinger equation, simple applications including step potentials and harmonic oscillator, perturbation theory. (b) Topics pertinent to atomic and molecular systems: angular momentum, hydrogen atom, electron spin, atomic transitions and spectra, exclusion principle, multi-electron atoms, molecular structure. Prerequisites: (a) PHYS 302; MATH 305; (b) PHYS 415a.

416-4 PRINCIPLES OF QUANTUM MECHANICS. Wave functions, packets, probabilities, operators, uncertainty relations. Schroedinger equation, square wells, harmonic oscillator, barrier penetration, angular momentum, Hydrogen atom, spin, exclusion principle, multielectron atoms, and molecules. Prerequisites: PHYS 304 and PHYS 321 or PHYS 323 and MATH 321 or MATH 355. A grade of C or better is required in all prerequisites.

419-4 THEORETICAL PHYSICS. Mathematical techniques: vectors, tensors, matrices, differential equations, special functions, boundary value problems, other selected topics. Prerequisites: PHYS 302; MATH 305.

431-3 INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR PARTICLE AND RIGID BODY MOTION. Pedagogical innovations, assessments, and inquiry-based activities will be developed for particle and rigid body motion. Addresses Illinois Professional Teaching Physics-Designation Standard #2. Prerequisites: PHYS 211a and CI 200, or certified K-12 teacher, or physics graduate status.

432-3 INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR PHYSICAL WAVES AND THERMODYNAMICS. Pedagogical innovations, assessments, and inquiry-based activities will be developed for physical waves and thermodynamics. Addresses Illinois Professional Teaching Physics-Designation Standard #3 and #4. Prerequisites: PHYS 303 and CI 200, or certified K-12 teacher, or physics graduate status.

433-3 INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM. Pedagogical innovations, assessments, and inquiry-based activities will be developed for particle and rigid body motion. Addresses Illinois Professional Teaching Physics-Designation Standard #2. Prerequisites: PHYS 211b and CI 200, or certified K-12 teacher, or physics graduate status.

434-3 INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR ASTRONOMY. Pedagogical innovations, assessments, and inquiry-based activities will be developed for astronomy. Addresses Illinois Professional Teaching Earth and Space Science Standards #3 and #4. Prerequisites: PHYS 356 and CI 200, or certified K-12 teacher, or physics graduate status.

438-1 PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY EDUCATION RESEARCH SEMINAR. Seminar discussing current issues in Physics and Astronomy Education Research. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 hours provided no topic is repeated.

439-1 to 3 PHYSICS PROJECT FOR EDUCATORS. Physics curriculum development project with the topic and educational level decided in consultation with the instructor. Not for physic undergraduate majors. Prerequisite: teaching certificate or instructor permission.

450-3 SOLID STATE PHYSICS. rystal structures and binding, lattice vibrations, electronic states, band theory of solids, semiconductors, optical properties of solids, other selected topics. Prerequisite: PHYS 323 and concurrent enrollment in PHYS 416. A grade of C or better is required in all prerequisites.

480-2 or 3 SELECTED TOPICS IN PHYSICS. Classroom instruction in a topic of special interest not covered in other courses. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

501-3 ADVANCED ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTATION. Operation principles for analog and digital oscilloscopes, lock-in amplifiers, gated integrators, spectrum analyzers. Computer programming for data acquisition. Advanced computer interfacing. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Physics or consent of instructor.

502-3 VACUUM TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS CHARACTERIZATION METHODS. Vacuum system behavior and components, microscopy, electron beam instruments, diffraction and scattering, electron emission spectroscopies, ion scattering techniques, mass spectroscopy. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Physics or consent of instructor.

503-3 EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPY. Maxwell's equations at interfaces, optical properties, transition probabilities and selection rules in quantum systems, vibrational spectra, sources, detectors, spectrometers, interferometers, absorption, emission, excitation, reflectance spectra. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Physics or consent of instructor.

504-3 APPLICATIONS OF FIBER OPTICS. Optical fiber characteristics; fiber preparation; single and multimode fibers; sources; coupling; communication systems; multiplexing techniques; fiber-optic sensors. Prerequisite: graduate status or consent of instructor.

506-3 EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN OPTICS. Experimental techniques in optics and optical spectroscopy including absorption, fluorescence, and index of refraction spectroscopy; measurements of nonlinear optical properties of materials using several techniques. Prerequisite: PHYS 410 or PHYS 514.

511-3 METHODS IN CLASSICAL PHYSICS. Selections from: linear and non-linear systems, many-particle systems, normal modes, waves, numerical methods, percolation, fractals, chaos. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Physics or consent of instructor.

512-3 ELECTRODYNAMICS. Multipoles, Laplace equation, time-varying fields, electromagnetic waves and radiation, antennas, reflection, refraction, waveguides, and electrons. Prerequisites: PHYS 405b or consent of instructor.

513-3 QUANTUM MECHANICS. Vector-space formalism, periodic potentials, symmetries and conservation laws, ladder operators, angular momentum, spinors, perturbation theory, transition rates, photons and atoms, introductory second quantization, identical particles. Prerequisite: PHYS 4165 or consent of instructor.

514-3 PHOTONICS I. Ray and wave optics, Gaussian beams, Fourier optics, diffraction, imaging, holography, electromagnetic waves in dielectric media, polarization, and crystal optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 410 or consent of instructor.

515-3 PHOTONICS II. Concepts governing applications of current interest in photonics including waveguides and fiber optics, electro-optics and acousto-optics, photonic switching, and computing. Prerequisite: PHYS 514 or consent of instructor.

516-2 or 3 INDEPENDENT STUDY. Supervised study in an area selected according to needs of the student. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

517-3 PRINCIPLES OF LASERS. Population inversion, rate equations, laser resonators, Q-switching, mode locking, gas lasers, solid state lasers, semiconductor lasers, dye lasers, laser applications in communications, medicine, and holography. Prerequisite: PHYS 514 or consent of instructor.

518-3 NONLINEAR OPTICS. Maxwell's equations in nonlinear media, second-order nonlinearities, second-harmonic generation, parametric processes, third-order nonlinearities, Kerr-type nonlinearities, Raman amplification, two-photon absorption, nonlinear crystals. Prerequisites: PHYS 512 and PHYS 513 or consent of instructor.

520-2 to 4 GRADUATE PHYSICS PROJECT. Individual investigation of a topic to be agreed upon with the instructor. May be experimental or theoretical. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

575-1 COLLOQUIUM. Participation in departmental colloquia; student presentation on topic of current interest. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

580-2 to 4 SELECTED TOPICS IN PHYSICS. Classroom instruction in a topic of special interest not covered in other graduate courses. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

594-3 PHYSICS TEACHING METHODS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS. Current teaching and resource materials. Ways to teach different topics in physics, problem-solving techniques, and societal issues. Preparing for laboratory activities. Safety concerns.

598-1 to 6 ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECT IN PHYSICS. Advanced research project in physics. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

599-1 to 6 THESIS. Thesis research in physics. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

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