Professors Bunch, Ditteon, Duree, Joenathan, Kirkpatrick,
Kirtley, McInerney, Moloney, Milanovic, Siahmakoun, Syed,
Wagner, and Western.
In courses which include a laboratory, satisfactory completion
of the laboratory work is required in order to pass the
PH 111 Physics I 3.5R-1.5-4C F, W Coreq: MA 111
Newton's laws of motion, gravitation, Coulomb’s law, Lorentz
force law, strong and weak nuclear forces, conservation of
energy and momentum, torque and angular momentum, relevant
PH 112 Physics II 3.5R-1.5L-4C W, S Pre: PH 111 and MA 111;
Co: MA 112
Oscillations, one-dimensional waves, introduction to quantum
mechanics, electric fields and potentials, electric current and
resistance, DC circuits, capacitance, relevant laboratory
PH 113 Physics III 3.5R-1.5L-4C S, F Pre: PH 112 and MA 112;
Coreq: MA 113
Sources of magnetic fields, Faraday’s law, inductance
electromagnetic waves, reflection and polarization, geometric
and physical optics, introduction to relativity, relevant
PH 215 Introduction to CHAOS 2R-0L-2C W
What constitutes chaotic behavior, detection of chaos in real
systems using phase space plots, Poincare sections,
bifurcation plots, power spectra, Lyupunov exponents, and
computer simulation of chaotic systems.
PH 230 Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics 3R-3L-4C F
Pre: MA 111, and PH 111 or EM 120
Celestial coordinates; electromagnetic radiation, atomic
structure, spectra, blackbody radiation and radiative transfer
as they relate to astronomy; telescopes and detectors;
structure and evolution of stars; galaxies; cosmology;
quantitative observational work using modern telescopes,
detectors and software simulations.
PH 235 Many-Particle Physics 3.5R-1.5L-4C F Pre: PH 111 or
Coreq: EM 202; and Coreq: MA 112
Dynamics of rigid body, harmonic motion; mechanics of fluids;
heat, kinetic theory, thermodynamics. Alternate week
PH 255 Foundations of Modern Physics 3.5R-1.5L-4C W Pre: PH
113 and MA 221
Wave-particle nature of matter and radiation, Bohr model,
Schrodinger equation, quantum description of the hydrogen
atom, atomic and molecular spectra, and introduction to
PH 265 Fundamentals of Nuclear Physics and Radiation 3R-3L-4C
S Pre: PH 112, and MA 221
Relativity, black-body radiation, the Bohr model, physics of
the nucleus, fission and fusion, reactors, nuclear radiation,
radiation damage, medical applications.
PH 270 Special Topics in Physics Credit arranged Pre: Consent
Lectures on special topics in physics. Maximum of 4 credits
PH 290 Directed Research Credit arranged Pre: Consent of
Research for freshmen and sophomore students under the
direction of a physics and optical engineering faculty member.
May earn up to a maximum of 2 credits for meeting the
graduation requirements. The student must make arrangements
with a physics faculty member for the research project prior
to registering for this course.
PH 292 Physical Optics 3.5R-1.5L-4C F Pre: PH 113
Electromagnetic waves; interference; optical interferometry;
coherence; polarized light; Jones vec-tors/matrices;
production of polarized light; birefringence, Frauhofer
diffraction, diffraction gratings.
PH 302 Biophysics 4R-0L-4C W Pre: PH 113 or consent of
Biological examples of the interaction of radiation and
matter; medical uses of x-rays, nuclear medicine, magnetic
resonance imaging, and current applications in biophysics.
PH 310 Introduction to Relativity 2R-0L-2C F Pre: PH 113 or
consent of instructor
Experimental background of the special theory of relativity,
the structure of the theory and its consequences in
measurements involving space, time and motion. Relativistic
mechanics, relativity and electromagnetism, and applications
in modern physics.
PH 314 Theoretical Mechanics I 4R-0L-4C S, Arranged Pre: PH
111, PH 235, MA 222
Statics and dynamics of particles and systems of particles,
including rigid bodies. Conservation of energy, linear and
angular momentum. Central forces. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian
equations of motion. Vibrations.
PH 315 Theoretical Mechanics II 4R-0L-4C W, Arranged Pre: PH
Statics and dynamics of rigid bodies. Lagrangian treatment of
rigid body dynamics. Euler method of rigid body dynamics.
Small oscillations about positions of equilibrium and about
steady motion. Statics and dynamics of deformable bodies.
Computational analysis of mechanical systems.
PH 316 Electric and Magnetic Fields 4R-0L-4C F Pre: PH 113, MA
Maxwell’s equations in integral and point form, vector
calculus; electric field and potential, electric fields in
matter, boundary conditions; the magnetic field.
PH 317 Electromagnetism 4R-0L-4C W Pre: PH 316
Further methods in electrostatics, Poisson’s equation;
magnetostatics, the vector potential; electromagnetic
induction; magnetic properties of matter; further applications
of Maxwell’s equations, properties of electromagnetic
PH 322 Celestial Mechanics and Solar System Physics 4R-0L-4C F
[2004-05] Pre: PH 112 or PH
Equation of motion of the two-body problem and their
integrals; artificial satellites, orbit theory and pertubation
theory; physical properties of the planets and their
satellites, the sun and interplanetary space, and the origin
of the solar system.
PH 325 Advanced Physics Laboratory I 2R-6L-4C S Pre: PH 255 or
Introduction to the methods of experimental physics; topics
may include error analysis, component fabrication,
transducers, ac circuits, operational amplifiers, electrical
signal conditioning, and automated data acquisition.
PH 327 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 4R-0L-4C S
[2003-04] Pre: PH 235 or Consent of instructor
First, second, and third laws of thermodynamics. Ideal gases,
real gases, liquids, solids, change of phase. The
Joule-Thompson effect, adiabatic demagnetization. Kinetic
theory of gases, classical and quantum statistical mechanics.
PH 330 Material Failure 3R-3L-4C W [2003-04] Pre: PH 113
Physical principles of instrumentation used for material
failure analysis, including light microscopy, electron
microscopy, and spectroscopy. Laboratory includes experiments
and case studies using these instruments.
PH 401 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 4R-0L-4C W Pre: PH
255, or PH 113 and PH 265
Review of wave-particle experiments, atomic model, Bohr
theory, deBroglie’s hypothesis. Uncertainty principle,
Schroedinger equation, quantum mechanical operators and
stationary states, quantization and role of angular momentum.
PH 402 Introduction to Atomic Physics 4R-0L-4C S [2003-04]
Pre: PH 401
Solutions of Schroedinger equation, perturbation theory,
applications to one electron system. Quantum numbers, spin and
magnetic moments, multi-electron systems including LS
coupling. Zeeman effect, transition rates, hyperfine structure,
PH 404 Acoustics 4R-0L-4C W [2003-04] Pre: PH 113, and MA 222
Harmonic motion, waves on strings, membranes, eigenfunctions
and eigenvalues; waves in rods and fluids; behavior of waves at
interfaces; radiation from vibrating piston; resonators,
PH 405/PH 505 Semiconductor Materials and Devices I 3R-3L-4C F
Pre: PH 113 or PH 255 or PH
Material structure electronic levels and energy bands;
semiconductor doping; optical and electronic material
characteristics; p-n junction and diode characteristics;
bipolar junction transistor; basics of device fabrication.
Laboratories on X-ray and Scanning Electron Microscope
investigations, device characteristics and a three-week design
project on production and testing of thin films. For graduate
credit, students will have to do project work on a topic
selected by the instructor.
PH 406/PH 506 Semiconductor Materials and Devices II 3R-3L-4C
W Pre: PH 405 or ECE 250
Metal-semiconductor interfaces; photoresist and
photolithography; thin film deposition; design and fabrication
of semiconductor diodes; characterization of process diodes
and transistors; MOSFETS; optoelectronic devises and lasers.
Laboratory is a design project, the production and
characterization of a diode, bipolar transistor and MOSFET.
The project is a team exercise. For graduate credit, students
must do additional project work on a topic selected by the
PH 407 Solid State Physics 4R-0L-4C S [2004-05] Pre: PH 255 or
Selected topics in the field are discussed in detail; e.g.,
crystal structures, lattice vibrations and electronic band
structure; electrical, optical and thermal properties of
solids and semi-conductors; and the properties of materials at
very low temperatures.
PH 408/PH 508 Microsensors 3R-3L-4C S Pre: JR or SR standing,
and consent of instructor
Introduction to solid state materials and conventional silicon
processing. Measurement of signals from resistance- and
capacitance-based transducers; sensor characteristics,
calibration and reliability. Examples of microsensors:
thermal, radiation, mechanical, chemical, optical fibers, and
biological. For graduate credit, students will have to do
project work on a topic selected by the instructor.
PH 410/510 Introduction to MEMS: Fabrication and Applications
3R-3L-4C S Pre: JR or SR standing
Properties of silicon wafers, wafer-level processes, surface
and bulk micromachining, thin-film deposition, dry and wet
etching, photolithography, process integration, simple
actuators. Introduction to microfluidic systems. MEMS
applications: capacitive accelerometer, cantilever and
Students enrolled in PH 510, ME 516, ECE 516, CHE 516, BE 516
must do project work on a topic selected by the instructor.
PH 411/511 Advanced MEMS: Modeling and Packaging 3R- 3L- 4C F
Pre: PH 410 or equivalent
Design process, modeling; analytical and numerical. Actuators;
dynamics and thermal issues. Use of software for layout and
simulation. Characterization and reliability of MEMS devices.
Electrical interfacing and packaging of MEMS. Microsensors,
microfluidic systems, applications in engineering, biology, and
Students enrolled in PH 511, ME 519, ECE 519, CHE 519, must do
project work on a topic selected by the instructor.
PH 425 Advanced Physics Laboratory II 0R-8L-4C W Pre: PH 325
Selected experiments in various areas of physics, with primary
emphasis on nuclear physics and a significant independent
PH 437/ECE 480 Introduction to Image Processing 3R-3L-4C S
Pre: MA 222, and JR/SR or Graduate standing
Basic techniques of image processing. Discrete and continuous
two dimensional transforms such as Fourier and Hotelling.
image enhancement through filtering and histogram modification.
Image restoration through inverse filtering. Image segmentation
including edge detection and thresholding. Introduction to
image encoding. Integral laboratory.
PH 440 X-rays and Crystalline Materials 2R-6L-4C S [2004-05]
Pre: PH 255 or PH 265
X-ray emission, absorption, fluorescence, and diffraction.
Methods of analyzing crystalline solid materials. Applications
in solid-state physics, materials science, chemistry,
metallurgy, and biology.
PH 460 Directed Study Credit arranged Pre: Consent of
Permits study in an area of physics not available in regular
course offerings. Maximum of 4 credits per term.
PH 470 Special Topics in Physics 2-4 Credits Pre: Consent of
Lectures on special topics in physics.
PH 480 Seminar 0C Arranged
Lectures by staff, students, and outside speakers on topics of
PH 490 Directed Research Credit arranged Pre: Consent of
Research for junior and senior students under the direction of
a physics and optical engineering faculty member. May earn a
maximum of 8 credits between PH 290 and PH 490 for meeting
graduation requirements. Maximum of 4 credits per term. The
student must make arrangements with a physics and optical
engineering faculty member for the research project prior to
registering for this course.
PH 497, PH 498, PH 499 Senior Thesis 2C F,W,S Pre: Consent of
Literature search, research proposal preparation, and
laboratory project work. This sequence is designed to result
in a completed senior thesis.
SR/GR standing is required for enrolling in the following
PH 505 Semiconductor Materials and Devices I. See PH 405
PH 506 Semiconductor Materials and Devices I I. See PH 406
PH 508 Microsensors. See PH 408
PH 510 MEMS:Fabrication and Applications. See PH 410
PH 511 Advanced MEMS: Modeling and Packaging. See PH 411
PH 512 Methods of Mathematical Physics 4R-0L-4C Arranged
Ordinary and partial differential equations, linear vector
spaces, matrices, tensors. Strum-Liouville theory and
eigenvalue problems, special functions, function of a complex
variable, theory of groups, linear integral equations.
PH 514 Quantum Mechanics 4R-0L-4C Arranged
Development of quantum mechanical theory to the present time.
Examples from spectroscopy, chemistry, nuclear physics.
PH 530 Advanced Acoustics 4R-0L-4C Arranged Pre: PH 404
Waves in solids, electrodynamics and piezoelectric sound
transducers, ultrasonics. Architectural acoustics. Underwater
PH 537/ECE 582 Advanced Image Processing 3R-3L-4C S Pre: PH
Introduction to color image processing and image recognition.
Morphological methods, feature extraction, advanced
segmentation, detection and registration, recognition and
interpretation. Integral laboratory.
PH 538 Introduction to Neural Networks 3R-3L-4C Arranged Pre:
Classifiers, linear separability. Supervised and unsupervised
learning. Perceptrons. Back-propagation. Feedback networks.
Hopfield networks. Associative memories. Fuzzy neural networks.
Integral laboratory. Same as ECE 538.
PH 540 Computer Physics 3R-3L-4C Arranged Pre: Consent of
Exploration of physics by simulation including planetary
motion, waves, chaos, cellular automata and fractals;
application of numerical methods of differentation and
integration; computer hardware and machine language as it
affects laboratory use; curve fitting and smoothing of data.