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**PY** **401** - Quantum Physics I
**Py** 402 - Quantum Physics II
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## CE 714 Stress Waves 3. Prerequisite: MA 341; CE 313 or PY 411 or MA 401.

Theory of stress waves in solids. Origins and nature of longitudinal transverse and surface waves originating at an impact site or from other transient disturbances. Determination of stresses, particle velocities, wave velocities. Wave interaction with other waves and with boundaries and dissimilar materials. Modern instrumentation and seismic refraction exploration.

## ECE 725 Quantum Engineering 3. Prerequisite: ECE 530, and PY 401.

Development of advanced engineering concepts at the quantum level relevant to nanoscience, nanoelectronics, and quantum photonics. Topics include tunneling phenomena, specifics of time dependent and time independent perturbation methodology for addressing applications under consideration, including the WKB approach, and an introduction to second quantization for engineers. Applications include, but are not limited to, tunneling in a two-level system, molecular rotation through excitation, field emission, van der Waal interactions, optical absorption in quantum wells, and electron transport through model molecules.

## PY 552 Introduction To the Structure Of Solids 3. Prerequisite: C- or better in PY 401.

Basic considerations of crystalline solids, metals, conductors and semiconductors.

## NE 528 Introduction to Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy 3. Prerequisite: MA 401 and PY 208.

Concepts in plasma physics, basics of thermonuclear reactions; charged particle collisions, single particle motions and drifts, radiation from plasmas and plasma waves, fluid theory of plasmas, formation and heating of plasmas, plasma confinement, fusion devices and other plasma applications.

## PY 528 Introduction to Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy 3. Prerequisite: MA 401 and PY 208.

Concepts in plasma physics, basics of thermonuclear reactions; charged particle collisions, single particle motions and drifts, radiation from plasmas and plasma waves, fluid theory of plasmas, formation and heating of plasmas, plasma confinement, fusion devices and other plasma applications.

## PY 401 Quantum Physics I 3. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or better in PY 411 and grade of C- or better in PY 203..

An introduction to the basic principles of quantum physics with an emphasis on selected applications to atoms, molecules, solids, nuclei and elementary particles.

## PY 402 Quantum Physics II 3. Prerequisite: C- or better in PY 401.

An introduction to the basic principles of quantum physics with an emphasis on selected applications to atoms, molecules, solids, nuclei and elementary particles.

## PY 502 Quantum Physics II 3. Prerequisite: C- or better in PY 401.

## PY 507 Elementary Particle Physics 3. Prerequisite: PY 401 and PY 506.

Introduction to fundamental symmetries and dynamics of quarks and leptons. The Standard Model, Dirac equation, Feynman rules in QED and QCD, the Higgs mechanism and electroweak unification.

## PY 517 Atomic and Molecular Physics 3. Prerequisite: PY 401, 412.

The quantum mechanical treatment of structure and spectra for atoms and molecules. The hydrogen atom, helium atom, multielectron atoms, selection rules, diatomic and simple polyatomic molecules and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

## PY 525 Computational Physics 3. Prerequisite: CSC 112 or equivalent; Corequisite: of PY 401.

Computational approach to physics problem solving using standard software relevant for physicists. Electrostatic potentials, data analysis, Monte Carlo simulations, Fourier optics, particle orbits, Schrodinger's equation. Examples and assignments for each topic chosen to complement other physics courses.

## PY 721 Statistical Physics I 3. Prerequisite: PY 401, PY 413.

Basic elements of kinetic theory and equilibrium statistical mechanics, both classical and quantum; applications of the techniques developed to various ideal models of noninteracting particles.

## PY 509 General Relativity 3. P: MA 401 and MA 405 and PY 412 and PY 415; R: Graduate Standing.

This course provides in-depth knowledge of general relativity covering: Einstein's equation, Schwarzschild metric, Kerr metric, Friedman-Robertson-Walker metric, Christoffel symbols, Killing vectors, Riemann curvature,and Ricci tensors. Theoretical computations are compared with experimental data including the precession rate of the perihelion for Mercury and the deflection in the solar eclipse, the geodelic affect and the frame dragging effect measured in Gravity Probe B experiment.