## Undergraduate Courses

**Spring Term Courses**

**AST 403**

**/PHY 402**

**Stars and Star Formation**Stars form by the gravitational collapse of interstellar gas clouds, and as they evolve, return some of their gas to the interstellar medium, altering its physical state and chemical composition. This course discusses the properties and evolution of the gaseous and stellar components of a galaxy: the theory and observations of star formation; stellar structure; the production of energy by nucleosynthesis; stellar evolution; stellar end states; and the interpretation of observations of the diffuse and dense interstellar medium. We will discuss how major telescopes and space missions might tackle these problems.Adam S. BurrowsBruce T. Draine

**ELE 456**

**/PHY 456**

**Quantum Optics**Semiclassical field theory of light-matter interactions. Quantum theory of light, vacuum fluctuations and photons. Quantum states and coherence properties of the EM field, photon counting and interferometry. Quantum theory of light-matter interactions, Jaynes-Cummigns (JC) model. Physical realizations of JC model, case study:circuit QED. Quantum theory of damping. Resonance fluorescence. Coupled quantum non-linear systems.Hakan E. Türeci

**GEO 371**

**/PHY 371**

**Global Geophysics**(STN)An introduction to the fundamental principles of global geophysics. Four parts, taught over three weeks each in an order allowing the material to build up to form a final coherent picture of (how we know) the structure and evolution of the solid Earth: 1. Gravity and 2. Magnetism: the description and study of the Earth's magnetic and gravitational fields. 3. Seismology: body waves, surface waves and free oscillations. 4. Geodynamics: heat flow, cooling of the Earth, and mantle convection. The emphasis is on physical principles including the mathematical derivation and solution of the governing equations.Frederik J. Simons

**ISC 233**

**/CHM 233**

**/COS 233**

**/MOL 233**

**/PHY 233**

**An Integrated, Quantitative Introduction to the Natural Sciences II**(STL)An integrated, mathematically and computationally sophisticated introduction to physics and chemistry, drawing on examples from biological systems. This year long, four course sequence is a multidisciplinary course taught across multiple departments with the following faculty: T. Gregor, J. Shaevitz (PHY); S. Shvartsman (CBE); H. Yang (CHM); O. Troyanskaya (COS); P. Andolfatto (EEB); E. Wieschaus (MOL); J. Gadd, B. Machta, A. Nourmohammad, Q. Wang (LSI). Five hours of lecture, one three-hour lab, one three-hour precept, one required evening problem session.Olga G. TroyanskayaJoshua W. ShaevitzHaw Yang

**ISC 234**

**/CHM 234**

**/COS 234**

**/MOL 234**

**/PHY 234**

**An Integrated, Quantitative Introduction to the Natural Sciences II**An integrated, mathematically and computationally sophisticated introduction to physics and chemistry, drawing on examples from biological systems. This year long, four course sequence is a multi-disciplinary course taught across multiple departments with the following faculty: T. Gregor, J. Shaevitz (PHY); S. Shvartsman (CBE); H. Yang (CHM); O. Troyanskaya (COS); P. Andolfatto (EEB); E. Wieschaus (MOL); J. Gadd, B. Machta, A. Nourmohammad, Q. Wang (LSI). Five hours of lecture, one three-hour lab, one three-hour precept, one required evening problem session.Olga G. TroyanskayaJoshua W. ShaevitzHaw Yang

**PHY 102**

**Introductory Physics II**(STL)This course presents an introduction to the fundamental laws of nature, especially optics, electricity/magnetism, nuclear and atomic theory. These are treated quantitatively with an emphasis on problem solving. The laboratory is intended to give students an opportunity to observe physical phenomena and to gain "hands-on" experience with apparatus and instruments.Katerina Visnjic

**PHY 104**

**General Physics II**(STL)This calculus-based course is primarily geared to students majoring in engineering and physics, but is also well suited to majors in other sciences. The goal of the course is to develop an understanding of the fundamental laws of physics, in particular, electricity and magnetism, with applications to electronics, optics, and quantum computing.Jason R. Petta

**PHY 106**

**Advanced Physics (Electromagnetism)**(STL)This course features the classical theory of electricity and magnetism, with emphasis on the unification of these forces through the special theory of relativity. While the subject matter is similar to that of PHY 104, the treatment is more sophisticated. The topics also include DC and AC circuits and the electromagnetic behavior of matter.Peter D. MeyersSimone Giombi

**PHY 108**

**Physics for the Life Sciences**This is the 2nd offering of a new 1-semester physics course (with lab) designed to introduce life science students to selected topics in physics. The course is broadly organized around 4 major concepts: Optics, Radiation & Electromagnetism, Fluids and Oscillators. Specific topics are chosen to be directly relevant to modern life science research and techniques. Lectures are carried out in a lab-like setting and include hands-on demos to introduce material. Labs emphasize research and subsequent writing of 4 publication-style papers. Weekly help sessions will be offered through the McGraw Center.Jason L. Puchalla

**PHY 208**

**Principles of Quantum Mechanics**(STN)This is the Physics Department's introductory quantum mechanics course. Its intent is to present the subject in a fashion that will allow both mastery of its conceptual basis and techniques and appreciation of the excitement inherent in looking at the world in a profoundly new way. Topics to be covered include: state functions and the probability interpretation, the Schroedinger equation, uncertainty principle, the eigenvalue problem, angular momentum, perturbation theory, and the hydrogen atom.Silviu S. Pufu

**PHY 210**

**Experimental Physics Seminar**(STL)The seminar introduces students to the basic techniques of electronics and instrumentation used to conduct experiments in the physical sciences. The course begins by teaching a foundation in analog and digital circuits including programmable digital logic devices using an iPad interface for data acquisition. Students develop measurement techniques in a wide range of experimental areas.William C. Jones

**PHY 211**

**Invitation to Theoretical Physics**An introduction to topics in theoretical physics, including blackbody radiation, zero point energy, path integral quantum mechanics, differential geometry and black holes, the quark model and continuous symmetry groups, and aspects of string theory. Each topic will be treated in a two-week unit with readings specifically prepared for the course as well as standard texts.Steven S. Gubser

**PHY 240**

**Galactic Exploration with Invisible Light**(STL)Students in the course will use a 60-foot radio telescope dish to study radio signals emitted by the Milky Way. To analyze data from the dish, students will employ the Python programming language. These data will be used to observe the arms of the galaxy and to determine the velocity of the Sun with respect to nearby stars. The data will also be used to map out a galactic rotation curve, which provides evidence for the existence of dark matter.Daniel R. Marlow

**PHY 304**

**Advanced Electromagnetism**(STN)Electromagnetic theory based on Maxwell's equations. Electrostatics, including boundary valve problems, dielectrics, and energy considerations leading to the Maxwell stress tensor. Magnetostatics and simple magnetic materials. Electromagnetic waves, retarded potentials and radiation. Familiarity with vector calculus is assumed.Waseem S. Bakr

**PHY 312**

**Experimental Physics**(STL)Students work in small groups and perform four experiments and an electronics lab. The list of experiments to choose from includes muon decay, beta decay, optical pumping, Mossbauer effect, holography, positron annihilation, electron diffraction, single photon interference, NMR, the Josephson effect, and an observation of galactic hydrogen. Weekly lectures will provide an overview of various experimental techniques and data analysis.Norman C. JarosikMichael V. Romalis

**PHY 408**

**Modern Classical Dynamics**(STN)Discussion of the most beautiful and important parts of classical dynamics: variational principles, ergodicity and chaos, fluid dynamics of vortices, shock waves and solitons as well as the theories of developed turbulence.Herman L. Verlinde