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Physics (PHYS) PAS Building, Room 260 (520) 6216824 Professors Robert L. Thews, Acting Department Head, W. David Arnett, Bruce R. Barrett, Stanley Bashkin (Emeritus), William S. Bickel, Leon Blitzer (Emeritus), Theodore Bowen, Adam S. Burrows, Peter A. Carruthers, Robert H. Chambers, Douglas J. Donahue, Roy M. Emrick, Charles M. Falco, ChangYun Fan (Emeritus), Li Zhi Fang, Peter A. Franken, Jose D. Garcia, Henry A. Hill, Donald R. Huffman, Edgar W. Jenkins, Kurt W. Just, John O. Kessler, Rein Kilkson, Stephan W. Koch, Sigurd Kohler, Willis E. Lamb, Jr., John A. Leavitt, Hormoz M. Mahmoud (Emeritus), John D. McCullen, Laurence C. McIntyre, Jr., Pierre Meystre, Robert H. Parmenter, Adrian N. Patrascioiu, Johann Rafelski, John W. Robson (Emeritus), John Rutherfoord, Michael D. Scadron, Alwyn C. Scott, Royal W. Stark, John O. Stoner, Jr., Robert L. Thews, Carl T. Tomizuka, Joseph J. Vuillemin, Roald K. Wangsness (Emeritus), Albert B. Weaver (Emeritus), William H. Wing Associate Professors Anna Hasenfratz, KeChiang Hsieh, Sumit Mazumdar, Fulvio Melia, Michael A. Shupe, Daniel Stein, Douglas Toussaint, Jay E. Treat (Emeritus) Assistant Professors Geoffrey E. Forden, Kenneth A. Johns, Ina Sarcevic, Wing Y. Tam, Ewan M. Wright The department offers the degrees of Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy with a major in physics. A Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Education are available with a teaching major in physics. For graduate admission and degree requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics is offered through the College of Engineering and Mines. Students should consult the appropriate department concerning areas in which research is being conducted. The major in physics: 36 units, in addition to the general education requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree described in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog. Required courses are 111a111b, 112a112b, 410, 415a, 420, 425, 435, 480a480b and 485. Under special circumstances 102a102b, 180a180b and 330 or 110, 116, 121, and 330 may be substituted for 111a111b and 112a112b. The following courses are strongly recommended: 412, 415b, 436, 475a475b, 481a481b; CHEM 103a103b, 104a104b or 105a105b. MATH 254 is recommended as a prerequisite for upperdivision physics. A theoretical astrophysics concentration is available to physics majors. This concentration is an informal program of advising and research opportunities and does not lead to a special or separate degree. Interested students should contact their departmental academic advisors. The major in engineering physics: Refer to the College of Engineering and Mines section of this catalog. An engineering physics major who intends to do graduate work in physics should discuss his or her plans with the advisor. The teaching major: 30 units, including 110, 116, 121, 330 or 111a111b and 112a112b, 433, 480a480b. Courses in related fields, such as astronomy, may be chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor. The teaching minor: 18 units, including 102a102b and 180a180b, 110, 116, 121 or 111a111b and 112a112b, 433, 480a, and other courses chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor. The department participates in the honors program. 101. Physics in the Modern World (4) I II Basic concepts and the societal impact of physics, with emphasis on modern physics. Topics include mechanics, wave motion, energy, light, nuclear and atomic physics, and astrophysics. 3R, 3L. Open to nonmajors only. P, high school algebra. 102a102b.* Introductory Physics (33) CDT Designed for liberal arts and life science majors with no calculus background. Survey of the basic fields of physics, with emphasis on applications to other fields and historical development. P, high school algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Both 102a and 102b are offered each semester. Those wishing to take this course as a lecture laboratory course should register concurrently for 180a or 180b. 104a104b.* Introductory Physics with Calculus (44) Principles of kinematics, dynamics, wave motion and acoustics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, optical instruments, atomic and nuclear physics. P, CR MATH 125b. 107. The Physics of Music (4) I CDT Sound production, musical instruments, frequency analysis, physics of hearing, psychological and physiological effects, harmony and scales, hall acoustics, electronic production and recording. 3R, 3L. 110.* Introductory Mechanics (4) I II CDT Vector concepts; kinematics, statics, and dynamics for point masses, particle systems, and rigid bodies; conservation laws of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. 4R, 2L. P, MATH 125a, CR, 125b. 111a111b.* Introduction to Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Relativity (44) I II Kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, conservation laws, first and second laws of thermodynamics and special theory of relativity. 4R, 2L. P, or CR, MATH 125a for 111a; MATH 125b for 111b. 112a112b.* Introduction to Electricity, Magnetism, Optics and Quantum Theory (44) I II Laws of electric and magnetic fields, dc and ac circuits, Maxwell's equations, EM waves, physical and geometrical optics, and quantum theory. 4R, 2L. P, 111b, CR, MATH 223 for 112a. 116.* Introductory Electricity and Magnetism (4) I II CDT Field concepts, electrostatics, magnetostatics, currents, electromagnetic phenomena and electromagnetic waves. 4R, 2L. P, 110, CR, MATH 223. 121.* Introductory Optics, Acoustics and Heat (23) I II CDT Introduction to heat and thermodynamics; treatment of optics and acoustics from viewpoint of scalar wave theory. 3R, 2L. P, 110, CR, MATH 223. 180a180b. Introductory Laboratory (11) Quantitative experiments in physics, both illustrative and exploratory. Designed to accompany 102a102b; sections are established corresponding to each course. 3L. P, CR, 102a102b. Both 180a and 180b are offered each semester. 195. Colloquium a. Creation of the Universe (1) I 330.* Introduction to Modern Physics (3) I II CDT Introduction to modern physics; quantum theory, relativity, atomic structure, nuclear physics. P, 110, 116, 121; MATH 223. *Credit will be allowed for only one of the following sequences of courses: 102a102b with 180a180b; 104a104b with 180a180b; 110116121330; 111a111b112a112b. 402. Medical Physics (3) I CDT Basic physics of the human body: the principles of mechanics, electricity, sound, light, and radiation as they apply to physiology, with emphasis on instrumentation for diagnosis and treatment. P, 104b or 102b and MATH 124 or equivalent. May be convened with 502. 410. Theoretical Mechanics I (3) I II CDT Dynamics of particles and aggregates, with emphasis on the use of vector methods. P, 112a, MATH 223, 254. 412. Theoretical Mechanics II (3) II CDT Continuation of 410; mechanics of the continuum; introduction to variational principles; Lagrange's equations. P, 410, MATH 254. 415a415b. Electricity and Magnetism (33) CDT Electromagnetic phenomena; Maxwell's equations. P, 410 or MATH 422a. 420. Optics (3) I II CDT Electromagnetic waves; rays, interference, diffraction, scattering; applications to imaging systems, Fourier methods, holography, and crystal optics. P, 112b, MATH 223. 425. Thermodynamics (3) I II CDT Basic laws of thermal equilibrium; heat engines; ideal and nonideal gases; phase transitions; introduction to irreversible processes, kinetic theory, and statistical mechanics. P, 112b, MATH 223. 430. Introduction to Biophysics (2) I CDT Concepts and experimental techniques of molecular biophysics; physical properties of biological macromolecules and cell organelles, optical interactions, macromolecular transitions, molecular mechanism or regulation. P, 102b, CHEM 103a103b. (Identical with MIC 430) May be convened with 530. 433. Physics Demonstrations (13) II Introduction to teaching materials and laboratory demonstrations illustrating principles of classical and modern physics, with emphasis on inexpensive techniques and direct experience. Advanced degree credit available for nonmajors only. P, two semesters of physics. May be convened with 533. 435. Introductory Quantum Theory and Atomic Spectra (3) I II CDT Introductory quantum mechanics; solutions of the Schroedinger equation for hydrogenlike atoms; perturbation theory; atomic structure; spectra of one and many electron systems; Zeeman PaschenBach effects; hyperfine structure. P, 330 or 112b, 410, MATH 254; CR, 475a or MATH 413 recommended. 436. Applications of Introductory Quantum Theory (3) I II CDT Applications of quantum theory to molecules, atomic nuclei, elementary particles and simple solids. P, 435. May be convened with 536. 440a440b. Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy for Experimentalists (33) CDT Experimental techniques to generate, analyze and detect photons from Xray to IR; interpretation of spectra from gases, liquids, solids and biological macromolecules; light scattering, polarization. P, 330 or 112b. (Identical with OPTI 440a440b) May be convened with 540a540b. 445. Experimental Physics 445a445b445c are three fiveweek lecture courses; none is prerequisite to any other. a. Experimental Spectroscopy (1) I II S Laboratory experiments with spectroscopic sources, spectrometers, instrument functions, detectors, light collection optics, spectral recording and analysis. P, 110, 116, 121, or consult department before enrolling. May be convened with 545a. b. Experimental Acoustics (1) I II S Laboratory experiments with sound sources, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, sound level meters, filters, musical instruments, recording, room acoustics. P, 110, 116, 121, or consult department before enrolling. May be convened with 545b. c. Experimental Microscopy, Light Scattering and Optics of Small Particles (1) I II S Laboratory experiments with microscopes and polarized scattered light to characterize small particles and surfaces, optical constants, lasers remote sensing. P, 110, 116, 121, or consult department before enrolling. May be convened with 545c. 450. Introductory Nuclear Physics (3) II CDT Basic concepts of nuclear physics: structure and stability of nucleus; nuclear forces; stable systems; nuclear reactions; decay of unstable systems; nuclear radiation characteristics. P, 330 or 112b, MATH 254. May be convened with 550. 460. Introductory SolidState Physics (3) I II CDT Properties of solids from molecular, atomic, and electronic theory; electric, magnetic, and thermal properties of metals, insulators, and semiconductors; free electron and band theories. P, 330 or 112b. May be convened with 560. 475a475b. Methods of Mathematical Physics (33) CDT Vector and tensor analysis; differential and integral equations; Green's functions; variational techniques; linear operator theory, with emphasis on physical applications. P, 410, MATH 254, CR, 415a 415b. May be convened with 575a575b. 480a480b. Methods of Experimental Physics I (1 to 31 to 3) Designed to develop experimental skills and to demonstrate important concepts in classical and modern physics. 3L. P, two upperdivision courses in phys. or CR. Both 480a and 480b are offered each semester, but students are encouraged not to enroll simultaneously. WritingEmphasis Course. P, Satisfaction of the upperdivision writingproficiency requirement (see "Writing Emphasis Courses" in the Academic Guidelines section of this catalog). 481a481b. Methods of Experimental Physics II (1 to 31 to 3) Continuation of 480a480b, with emphasis on individual work. 3 or 6L. P, 480b; ten units of upperdivision physics. Both 481a and 481b are offered each semester, but students are encouraged not to enroll simultaneously. 485. Introduction to Computational Physics (3) I An introduction to numerical techniques physicists actually employ to solve real physics problems. Its focus is on problems whose solution can best be obtained numerically and on the use of the standard mathematics and graphics packages. Sample physics topics include chaos and nonlinear mechanics, quantum perturbation theory and eigenvalues, particle trajectories, and stellar structure. P, 110, 116, 121 or 111a111b and 112a112b. 502. Medical Physics (3) I CDT For a description of course topics, see 402. Graduatelevel requirements include an original report demonstrating the ability to construct mathematical models related to one of the diagnostic or therapeutic modalities discussed in the course. P, 104b or 102b and MATH 124 or equivalent. May be convened with 402. 503. Quantum Optics and Lasers (3) I (Identical with OPTI 503) 511. Analytical Mechanics (3) I Laws of motion as developed by Newton, d'Alembert, Lagrange and Hamilton; dynamics of particles and rigid bodies. P, 410. 513. Topics in Advanced Mechanics (3) II Modern topics in classical mechanics, including canonical perturbation theory, invariant mappings, nonintegrated system stochastic behavior and applications to semiclassical quantum theory. P, 511. 515a515b. Electromagnetic Theory (33) Theory of classical electromagnetic phenomena, including timedependent and static solutions of Maxwell's equations, radiation theory, and relativistic electrodynamics. P, 415b, 475b. 525. Advanced Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory (3) I First and second laws of thermodynamics and their applications; Boltzmann transport equation; Htheorem; mean free path methods applied to viscosity, thermal conductivity, and diffusion. P, 425. 528. Statistical Mechanics (3) II Physical statistics; the connection between the thermodynamic properties of a macroscopic system and the statistics of the fundamental components; Maxwell Boltzmann, FermiDirac, EinsteinBose statistics. P, 475b. 529. Information and Disorder in Optics and Physics (3) I (Identical with OPTI 529) 530. Introduction to Biophysics (2) I CDT For a description of course topics, see 430. Graduatelevel requirements include extra assignments. P, 102b, CHEM 103a103b. (Identical with MBIM 530) May be convened with 430. 531. Biophysical Theory (2) II Physical concepts and theories describing biomolecular structure and function, molecular evolution, limits to structure, symmetry, oligomer and virus structure, organelle structure and function. (Identical with MBIM 531) 533. Physics Demonstrations (13) II For a description of course topics, see 433. Graduatelevel requirements include assisting with undergraduate lecture planning and demonstrations. Advanced degree credit available for nonmajors only. P, two semesters of physics. May be convened with 433. 535. Advanced Atomic Physics (3) II 199495 Details of atomic structure; interactions of atoms with electromagnetic fields, electrons and ions; techniques for calculating unperturbed and perturbed energy levels, transition probabilities, and atomic interaction cross sections. P, 511, 515b, 570b. 536. Applications of Introductory Quantum Theory (3) I II CDT For a description of course topics, see 436. Graduatelevel requirements include additional homework problems. P, 435. May be convened with 436. 540a540b. Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy for Experimentalists (33) For a description of course topics, see 440a440b. Graduatelevel requirements include homework problem assignments at an advanced level. P, 330 or 112b. (Identical with OPTI 540a 540b) May be convened with 440a440b. 543. Laser Physics (3) I (Identical with OPTI 543) 545. Experimental Physics 545a545b545c are three fiveweek lecture courses; none is prerequisite to any other. a. Experimental Spectroscopy (1) I II S For a description of course topics, see 445a. Graduatelevel requirements include an indepth research report on a topic selected in consultation with the instructor. P, 110, 116, 121, or consult department before enrolling. May be convened with 445a. b. Experimental Acoustics (1) I II S For a description of course topics, see 445b. Graduatelevel requirements include an indepth research report on a topic selected in consultation with the instructor. P, 110, 116, 121, or consult department before enrolling. May be convened with 445b. c. Experimental Microscopy, Light Scattering and Optics of Small Particles (1) I II S For a description of course topics, see 445c. Graduatelevel requirements include an indepth research report on a topic selected in consultation with the instructor. P, 110, 116, 121, or consult department before enrolling. May be convened with 445c. 550. Introductory Nuclear Physics (3) II For a description of course topics, see 450. Graduatelevel requirements include additional special topics, to be determined by the instructor. P, 330 or 112b, MATH 254. May be convened with 450. 551. Nuclear Physics (3) I Theory of nuclear systems, including stability, decay, nuclear forces, scattering, reactions, structure, and interaction with electromagnetic radiation. P, CR, 570a570b. 552. The ManyBody Problem in Nuclear Physics (3) [Rpt.] II 1994 95 Fermi gas model, Green's functions, Wick's and Goldstone's theorems, theory of nuclear matter, microscopic theory of finite nuclei. P, 570b. 556a556b. Electrodynamics of Conducting Fluids and Plasmas (33) (Identical with PTYS 556a556b) 559. Topics in Condensed Matter Theory (3) I Quantum theory of solids. Elementary excitations. Electronphonon and electron electron interactions. Spins and magnetism. Metalinsulator transitions. Basic concepts in superconductivity. P, 460/560, 475a475b. 560. Introductory SolidState Physics (3) I II CDT For a description of course topics, see 460. Graduatelevel requirements include an indepth paper on a topic in solidstate physics. P, 330 or 112b. May be convened with 460. 561. Physics of the Solid State (3) II Elementary excitations in solids, phonons, electrons and holes, excitons, biexcitons, interaction of light with semiconductors, polaritons, high excitation phenomena, dielectric formalism of optical response, manybody effects in a Coulomb system. P, 460, 570, or OPTI 507 recommended but not formally required. (Identical with OPTI 561) 570a570b. Quantum Mechanics (33) Principles of quantum mechanics; wave mechanics and matrix mechanics; applications to atomic structure and spectroscopy. P, 475a475b recommended but not required. 571. Symmetry Groups in Physics (3) I Algebraic results of the theory of groups which find repeated applications in atomic, molecular, nuclear and particle physics. Continuous groups, Lie algebras, discrete groups, irreducible tensors. P, 570a570b. 575a575b. Methods of Mathematical Physics (33) For a description of course topics, see 475a475b. Graduatelevel requirements include advanced examinations, as determined by the instructor. P, 410, MATH 254, CR, 415a415b. May be convened with 475a475b. 577a577b. Theory of Relativity (33) 199495 Special theory of relativity and its application to mechanics and electrodynamics; tensor calculus and general relativity; relativistic astrophysics and cosmology. P, 475b. 579a579b. Advanced Relativistic Quantum Mechanics (33) Continuous groups; scattering theory; relativistic wave equations; quantum electrodynamics, Feynman diagrams, dispersion theory, renormalization; strong and weak interactions. P, 515b, 570b. 580a580b. Quantum Field Theory (33) 199394 Meaning of quantized fields; symmetry principles, free fields; general properties of interactions and peculiarities of electrodynamics and gravity. P, 570b, 577a. 581. Elementary Particle Physics (3) I Production, interaction, and decay of mesons, baryons and leptons; high energy scattering of elementary particles; particle classification and symmetries; theoretical interpretation. P, 436. 582. High Energy Astrophysics (3) II 199495 (Identical with ASTR 582) 585. Stellar Pulsation (13) [Rpt./5] I II Stellar pulsation, the solar atmosphere, solar seismology and longterm solar variability related to climate. 586. Techniques in Particle Physics (3) II 199495 Classification of elementary particles and their interactions with matter, relativistic kinematics, detectors, data acquisition techniques, statistical techniques, analysis of experiments, cosmic radiation, and accelerators. 589. Topics in Theoretical Astrophysics (3) [Rpt.] I Current topics in theoretical astrophysics in depth, with emphasis on the methodology and techniques of the theorist and the cross disciplinary nature of astrophysics theory. Example subjects are nuclear astrophysics, hydrodynamics, transient phenomena, planetary interiors and atmospheres, neutron stars, jets, and the evolution of star clusters. (Identical with ASTR 589 and PTYS 589) 596. Seminar a. Current Problems in Molecular Biophysics (1) I II [Rpt.] (Identical with MBIM 596a) c. The Physics of Thin Films (3) II P, 460. h. Philosophy of Physical Science (3) [Rpt./2] (Identical with PHIL 596h, which is home) k. Topics in Colliding Beam Physics (1) [Rpt./9 units] I P, 570a 570b. 643. Quantum Optics (3) II (Identical with OPTI 643) 685. Graduate Physics Laboratory (3) [Rpt./2] II Introduction to modern research methods and experiments. Problems in low temperature physics; solidstate, atomic, and nuclear spectroscopy; computerbased data acquisition and analysis; solarenergy physics; and others. 695. Colloquium a. Current Problems in Physics (1) [Rpt./4 units] I II 697. Workshop a. Problems in Computational Science (3) [Rpt./1] I II (Identical with MATH 697a, which is home) 
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