Course Descriptions

Core Courses

PHYS 441: Quantum Physics

Credits: 4

This course introduces students to concepts and methods of quantum physics — wave mechanics (de Broglie wavelength, uncertainty principle, Schrodinger equation), one-dimensional examples (tunneling, harmonic oscillator), formalism of quantum physics, angular momentum and the hydrogen atom. 

PHYS 541: Applications of Quantum Physics

>Credits: 4

This course focuses on techniques of quantum mechanics as aapplied to lasers, quantum electronics, solids and surfaces. The emphasis on approximation methods and interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter.

Prerequisite: PHYS 421 or PHYS 441 or equivalent

PHYS 543: Electromagnetic Theory

Credits: 4

This course covers the principal concepts of electromagnetism, static electric and magnetic fields, boundary-value problems, the electric and magnetic properties of materials, and electromagnetic waves and radiation.

PHYS 544: Applications of Electromagnetic Theory

Credits: 4

The emphasis of this course may vary from year to year. Topics may include electromagnetic waves, radiation, scattering, wave guides, plasma physics, quantum electronics and accelerator physics. 

Prerequisite: PHYS 543 or equivalent


Electives offered vary from year to year. The courses below will be offered
in the 2018-2019 academic year. 

PHYS 536: Introduction to Acoustics

Credits: 4

This course introduces students to the mathematical and physics principles of acoustics in digital signal processing applications. We’ll cover complex analysis and Fourier methods, physics of vibrations and waves, solutions of the wave equation, digital convolution and correlation methods.

PHYS 575: Quantum Computing

Credits: 4

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of quantum computation. Topics include physics of information processing, quantum logic, quantum algorithms, quantum error correction, quantum communication and cryptography.

PHYS 576: Applications of Microwave Techniques to Physics Problems 

Credits: 4

This course covers electromagnetic theory, transmission line theory and waveguides, microwave network analysis, impedance matching and tuning, microwave resonators, applications to beta spectroscopy and applications to axion dark matter detection.

PHYS 600: Independent Study or Research

Credits: 1–9 (per term)

Study or do research under the supervision of individual faculty members.

Prerequisite: Permission of supervisor. Credit/no-credit only.