701 (203) Classical Dynamics (3). Prerequisite, advanced undergraduate mechanics. Variational principles, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics. Symmetries and conservation laws. Two-body problems, perturbations, and small oscillations, rigid-body motion. Relation of classical to quantum mechanics.

711 (204) Electromagnetic Theory I (3). Prerequisite, Physics 631 (191) – 632 (192) or equivalent. Electrostatics, magnetostatics, time-varying fields, Maxwell’s equations.

712 (205) Electromagnetic Theory II (3). Prerequisite, Physics 711 (204) or equivalent. Plane electromagnetic waves and wave propagation, wave guides and resonant cavities, simple radiating systems, scattering and diffraction, special theory of relativity, radiation by moving charges.

715 (215) Visualization in Science (-).

721, 722 (260, 261) Quantum Mechanics (3 each). Prerequisite, Physics 321 (160) or equivalent. Review of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. Spin, angular momentum, perturbation theory, scattering, identical particles, Hartree-Fock method, Dirac equation, radiation theory.

741 (221) Statistical Mechanics (3). Prerequisites, Physics 701 (203) and 721 (260). Classical and quantal statistical mechanics, ensembles, partition functions, ideal Fermi and Bose gases.

821 (262) Advanced Quantum Mechanics (3). Prerequisite, Physics 722 (261). Advanced angular momentum, atomic and molecular theory, many-body theory, quantum field theory. (Alternate years)

822, 823 (263, 264) Field Theory (3 each). Prerequisite, Physics 722 (261). Quantum field theory, path integrals, gauge invariance, renormalization group, Higgs mechanism, electroweak theory, quantum chromodynamics, Standard Model, unified field theories. (Alternate years)

824 (291) Group Theory and Application (-).

832 (275) General Theory of Relativity (3). Prerequisite, Physics 831 (274) or permission of the instructor. Differential geometry of space-time. Tensor fields and forms. Curvature, geodesics. Einstein’s gravitational field equations. Tests of Einstein’s theory. Applications to astrophysics and cosmology. Either semester, as announced.

861, 862 (230, 231) Nuclear Physics (3 each). Prerequisites, Physics 543 (161) and 721 (260). Nuclear interactions at nonrelativistic energies. Charge and spin dependence in nuclear reactions. Decay modes and electromagnetic properties. Collective and single particle states. (Alternate years)

871, 872 (270, 271) Solid State Physics (3 each). Prerequisites, Physics 711 (204), 741 (221), and 721 (260), or permission from the instructor. Survey of topics in Condensed Matter Physics: crystal structures and X-ray scattering, electron states in metals and insulators (also, semi conductors), response to applied EM fields and temperature gradients, cohesive energy models; Born-Oppenheimer separation of electrons and lattice vibrations; transport properties using the Bolzmann eq.; dielectric and magnetic properties, and BCS model of superconductivity.

873 (272) Theory of the Solid State (3). Prerequisite, Physics 722 (261). Calculation of one-electron energy band structure. Electron-hole correlation effect and excitons. Theory of spin waves. Many-body techniques in solid state problems including theory of superconductivity.

883 (267) Current Advances in Physics (3). Prerequisite, permission of the instructor. In recent years neutrino physics and astrophysics, transmission electron microscopy and nanotechnology have been among the topics discussed.

893 (370) Sem Solid State Physics (-).

895 (360) Sem Nuclear Physics (-).

896 (380) Sem Particle Physics (-).

897 (310) Sem Theoretical Physics (-).

899 (322) Sem Professional Practice (-).

901 (301) Research (-).

992 (392) Master’s Research (-).

993 (393) Masters Thesis (-).

994 (394) Doctoral Dissertation (-).


701 (244) Physical Processes in Stellar Atmospheres and Interiors (3). Prerequisite, Physics 711 (204), 721 (260). Equation of transfer; continuous and line opacities; model atmospheres; spectral line formation. Equations of stellar structure; energy transport; nuclear reaction rates; modeling stellar evolution.

702 (242) High Energy Astrophysics (3). Prerequisite, Physics 721 (260), Physics 711 (204). White dwarfs and neutron stars: physical properties and observational manifestations. Extragalactic radio sources, relativistic jets, and supermassive black holes. Particle acceleration and radiative processes in hot plasmas. Accretion phenomena. X-ray and gamma-ray astrophysics.

703 (243) Galactic Dynamics and Physics Processes in the Interstellar Medium (3). Prerequisite, Physics 701 (203), 721 (260). Collisionless and collisional stellar dynamics; disk dynamics and spiral structure; encounters between stellar systems. Physical processes in diffuse gases, HII regions, and supernova remnants; ionization and energy balance of the interstellar medium; star formation.

704 Cosmology (3). Corequisite, PHYS 701. General relativity and cosmological models; thermal history of the early universe, nucleosynthesis, and the cosmic microwave background; growth of structure through cosmic time.

705 Interstellar Medium (3). Prerequisite PHYS 711. Surveys the physical processes governing the interstellar medium. Line formation mechanisms, line radiative transfer, gas dynamics, plasma physics, star formation.

719 (237) Astronomical Observations and Data Analysis (4). A course on techniques of astronomical source detection and analysis. Telescopes and detectors, both optical and at other wavelengths, including photometry, imaging, and spectroscopy. Techniques of extraction and analysis of signals from both direct images and spectroscopic data. Optical observations are carried out at the Morehead Observatory.

891 (350) Seminar in Astrophysics (1 or more). Recent observational and theoretical developments in stellar, galactic, and extragalactic astrophysics.