# Course Descriptions

**PHYS 801 Student Seminar**

### Student Seminar

#### PHYS 801

Discussion of recent developments in physics, based on student seminars. Attendance is required for all first and second year students proceeding toward MSc or PhD degrees in physics. Course offered regularly.

**PHYS 802 Introduction to Graduate Studies: Research and Teaching in Physics**

### Introduction to Graduate Studies: Research and Teaching in Physics

#### PHYS 802

Basic skills for research and teaching in physics. Required for all students beginning an MSc or PhD degree in physics. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

**PHYS 810 Advanced Quantum Mechanics**

### Advanced Quantum Mechanics

#### PHYS 810

Advanced non-relativistic and some basic relativistic quantum mechanics: symmetries, Schroedinger/Heisenberg pictures, mixtures, variational and perturbative methods, Dirac equation. Prerequisite: PHYS 415, or equivalent.

**PHYS 811 Topics in Quantum Mechanics**

### Topics in Quantum Mechanics

#### PHYS 811

A selection of topics which could include: foundations of quantum mechanics, quantum information theory, Bell's inequality, electron in a magnetic field, formal scattering theory, and others of current interest. Prerequisite: PHYS 810 or equivalent.

**PHYS 812 Introduction to Quantum Field Theory**

### Introduction to Quantum Field Theory

#### PHYS 812

A first course in relativistic quantum field theory (QFT), mainly quantum electrodynamics (QED). Canonical quantization of the Klein-Gordon, electromagnetic, and Dirac fields; gauge freedom; Feynman diagrams and rules, with applications to scattering cross sections and pair creation; renormalization, with applications to the anomalous magnetic moment of the electron and the Lamb shift. Prerequisite: PHYS 810 or equivalent.

**PHYS 821 Electromagnetic Theory**

### Advanced Electromagnetism I

#### PHYS 821

Advanced topics in classical electromagnetic theory: review of Maxwell's equations in free space and in macroscopic media, with applications in contemporary research; relativistic unification of electromagnetism; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods in electromagnetism. Prerequisite: PHYS 421 or equivalent.

**PHYS 822 Advanced Electromagnetism II**

### Advanced Electromagnetism II

#### PHYS 822

Advanced topics in electromagnetic waves: propagation and polarization in free space and in macroscopic media, including dispersive and anisotropic media; conducting and dielectric waveguides and resonators; radiation, scattering, and diffraction. Prerequisite: PHYS 421 or equivalent.

**PHYS 833 Biological Physics Laboratory**

### Biological Physics Laboratory

#### PHYS 833

Experiments in biological and soft condensed matter physics including investigation of Brownian motion, molecular order and biophysical forces using techniques such as optical trapping, NMR, spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. Attention will also be given to more general skills, including experimental design, operating and troubleshooting experimental equipment, data analysis, and the presentation of experimental results. Prerequisite: PHYS 231 or MBB 309W; PHYS 347 or 344 or MBB 323 or CHEM 360; or permission of the department.

**PHYS 841 Statistical Mechanics**

### Statistical Mechanics

#### PHYS 841

Review of ensembles and thermodynamics, ideal gases, imperfect classical gases, classical and modern theories of phase transitions, renormalization group. Course offered regularly. Prerequisite: PHYS 445 or equivalent.

**PHYS 846 Nonlinear Physics**

**PHYS 849 Topics in Nanophysics**

### Topics in Nanophysics

#### PHYS 849

Topics in nanophysics including: growth and fabrication of nanostructures, mechanical constraints on nanostructure formation, electronic and optical properties of reduced dimensional structures, quantum wells, molecular nanostructures, nanowires and quantum dots, ballistic transport and diffusive transport, tunneling, magneto-transport, interference effects. Applications to various nanodevice structures will illustrate key concepts. Prerequisite: PHYS 365 (Semiconductor Devices) or equivalent or PHYS 465 (Solid State Physics) or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

**PHYS 847 Topics in Soft-Condensed Matter and Biological Physics**

### Topics in Soft-Condensed Matter and Biological Physics

#### PHYS 847

An introduction to one of several topics in soft-condensed matter and biological physics. Recent versions of this course have focused on polymers, liquid crystals, structures of biological membranes, and cell mechanics. Corequisite: PHYS 841.

**PHYS 855 Modern Optics**

### Modern Optics

#### PHYS 855

Optical physics, including geometrical and physical optics, waves in anisotropic media, coherence, image formation and Fourier optics, guided wave optics and selected advanced topics such as lasers, nonlinear optics, photonics and quantum optics. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

**PHYS 861 Introduction to Solid State Physics**

### Introduction to Solid State Physics

#### PHYS 861

Free electron theory, crystal structure, band theory, Bloch's theorem, electron dynamics, phonons, semiconductors. Course offered regularly. Prerequisite: PHYS 465 or equivalent, and PHYS 415.

**PHYS 862 Solid State Physics II**

### Solid State Physics II

#### PHYS 862

Special topics in solid state physics such as superconductivity, magnetism, optical properties of solids, electron correlations. Course offered regularly. Prerequisite: PHYS 861.

**PHYS 863 Surface Science, Thin Films and Interfaces**

### Surface Science, Thin Films and Interfaces

#### PHYS 863

Review of surface science techniques: Auger, XPS electron spectroscopies, low energy electron diffraction (LEED), high energy electron diffraction (RHEED), Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM). Review of thin film deposition techniques: molecular beam epitaxy of metallic and semiconductor multilayer and superlattice structures. Physics and chemistry of surfaces and interfaces. Course offered occasionally. Prerequisite: PHYS 810, 821, 861 or permission of the department.

**PHYS 864 Structural Analysis of Materials**

### Structural Analysis of Materials

#### PHYS 864

The application of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and x-ray diffraction techniques to the study of the structure of materials. Hands-on instruction about the operation of a TEM and x-ray diffractometers is provided. The basic theory required for analyzing TEM and x-ray images and diffraction data is described. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

**PHYS 871 Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics**

### Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics

#### PHYS 871

Elementary particle phenomenology; classification of particles, forces, conservation laws, relativistic scattering theory, electromagnetic interactions of leptons and hadrons, weak interactions, gauge theories, strong interactions. Prerequisite: Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 812.