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Fall Academic Term 2003 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Physics


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Fall Academic Term 2003 (September 2 - December 19)


PHYSICS 401. Intermediate Mechanics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): James T Liu (jimliu@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: PHYSICS 126/128 or 240 (or 260)/241, and MATH 216. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://pauli.physics.lsa.umich.edu/p401/

This is a one semester course on analytical mechanics, which is essentially a rigorous and mathematical treatment of classical mechanics. Some of the important concepts that will be covered include symmetry and conservation laws, small oscillations and normal coordinates, central forces and scattering, rigid body motion and Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics.

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PHYSICS 402. Optics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David A Reis (dreis@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: PHYSICS 126/128 or 240 (or 260)/241, and MATH 216. (3). May not be repeated for credit. A student can receive credit for only one of EECS 334 or PHYSICS 402.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~dreis/P402Fall2003/index.htm

Approximate List of Topics:

  • Wave Motion and Electromagnetism
  • Interaction of Light and Matter
  • Geometrical Optics
  • Polarization and Birefringence
  • Interference, Diffraction and Coherence
  • Physical Optics and Gaussian Beams (supplemental)
  • Lasers
  • Nonlinear Optics

Grading: 30% Homework, 20% Midterm 1, 20% Midterm 2, 30% Final.

Text: E. Hecht, Optics, 4th ed.

Supplemental Texts (many on reserve)

  • Fowles, Grant, "Introduction to Modern Optics" 1989 (great, inexpensive book, beginner to reference)
  • Pedrotti, Frank, "Introduction to Optics," 1992 (used last semester in Prof. Roe's class)
  • Jenkins, Francis, "Fundamentals of Optics," 1976 (classic book)
  • Born, Max, "Principles of Optics," ( Very advanced text on classical optics, excellent reference)
  • Yariv, Amnon, "Optical Waves in Crystals" (Advanced text on propagation of light in solids)
  • Boyd, Robert, "Nonlinear Optics," 2nd 2002 (Advanced text on nonlinear optics)
  • Siegman, Anothy, "Lasers," 1986 (Advanced text on lasers, also good reference for Gaussian optics)

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PHYSICS 405. Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David W Gerdes (gerdes@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: PHYSICS 126/128 or 240 (or 260)/241, and MATH 216. Prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 451. PHYSICS 340 recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://zeno.physics.lsa.umich.edu/405/

This is a second course on the classical theory of electromagnetism at a level suitable for concentrators in the physical sciences or engineering. Familiarity with Maxwell's equations at the level of PHYSICS 240 is assumed. Other prerequisites include MATH 216 and concurrent or prior enrollment in PHYSICS 451. PHYSICS 340 is strongly recommended. The course elaborates on the theoretical content of the Maxwell theory as well as practical applications. Topics: review of vector calculus; electrostatic boundary value problems; magnetostatics; dielectric and magnetic materials; Maxwell's equations and electrodynamics; the wave equation, electromagnetic waves in free space, waves in conducting and dielectric media; electromagnetic radiation; sources of EM radiation.

Course Description: This course covers electromagnetic theory at a level suitable for junior-year physics majors or engineering students. The first part of the course is devoted to static electric fields in free space and in matter. The second part of the course focuses on an analogous treatment of magnetic fields, leading up to a discussion of electromagnetic induction and Maxwell's equations. The last part of the course gives an introduction to electromagnetic waves and radiation from moving charges. The prerequisites for this course are PHYSICS 126/128 or 240/241, MATH 216, and concurrent or prior enrollment in PHYSICS 451. PHYSICS 340 is strongly recommended.

E&M is one of the true core subjects in your physics education. As the first "modern" theory of one of the four basic forces of nature, Maxwell's electromagnetic theory laid the foundations for much of our modern understanding of the world, including special relativity and the modern theories of the strong and weak nuclear forces. In addition, principles of classical E&M are applied everywhere in our daily life, in areas such as power generation, communications, defense and aerospace, and medical imaging, contributing many billions of dollars to the world economy. E&M is also a beautiful subject to learn and to teach, and I hope you enjoy your exposure to it in this class.

Course Text: D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd edition (required). there will be three 90-minute midterm exams and a final examination; Problem sets are due approximately weekly. There is usually a strong correlation between the effort you put into the problem sets and your performance on the exams.

Key Dates: Midterm Exam #1: Wed. Oct. 1, 6-7:30PM
Midterm Exam #2: Tues. Nov. 4, 6-7:30PM
Midterm Exam #3: Tues. Nov. 25, 6-7:30PM
Final Exam: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 4-6PM

Grading:
Your final grade will be determined according to the following percentages:
Midterm #1 15%
Midterm #2 15%
Midterm #3 15%
Problem Sets 20%
Preflight Quizzes 10%
Final Exam 25%

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PHYSICS 406. Statistical and Thermal Physics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mark E Newman

Prerequisites: PHYSICS 390. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/courses/2003/phys406/

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of thermal physics including classical thermodynamics (the three laws, temperature, internal energy, entropy, and applications) and statistical mechanics (microscopic entropy, classical and quantum thermal distributions, ideal gases, Fermi and Bose gases, thermal radiation, electrons in metals, Bose-Einstein condensation, superfluidity).

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PHYSICS 419 / RCNSCI 419 / NRE 574 / PUBPOL 519. Energy Demand.

Section 001 — SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS.

Instructor(s): Marc H Ross, Gregory A Keoleian

Prerequisites: Basic college economics and senior standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit. May not be included in a concentration plan in physics.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/nre/574/001.nsf

This course examines the production and consumption of energy from a systems perspective. Sustainability is examined by studying global and regional environmental impacts, economics, energy efficiency, consumption patterns, and energy policy. First, the physics of energy and energy accounting methods are introduced. Next, the current energy system that encompasses resource extraction, conversion processes and end-uses are covered. Responses to current challenges such as declining fossil fuels and climate change are then explored: unconventional fossil fuels, carbon sequestration, emerging technologies (e.g., renewable sources: biomass, wind, and photovoltaics; fuel cells) and end-use efficiency and conservation.

COURSE FORMAT: Learning in this course is facilitated through lecture, discussion, and in class exercises. In-class participation is a key element of the course and critical analysis and discussion of course topics is expected. Analytical skills are developed and demonstrated through problem sets, a term project and exams.

COURSE RESOURCES:
1. Course pack: available at Ulrich's (produced by Dollar Bill), corner of East and South University
2. Reference articles and reserve textbooks available at the Science Library (third floor of Shapiro Library)

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION:
Class participation15%
Assignments10%
Term Project25%
Midterm Exam25%
Final Exam25%

COURSE OUTLINE:

  1. PART I. INTRODUCTION AND ENERGY FUNDAMENTALS
    • Sustainable Energy Systems: Issues for the 21st century
      • Why study energy?
      • Sustainable Energy Systems: Key Concepts
    • Physics of Energy: Laws of Thermodynamics
      • Energy Forms
      • First and Second Laws
      • Stocks and Flows
    • Energy Accounting I: EIA Convention
      • Energy Carriers
      • Primary Energy -- EIA Convention
      • Heat Rates
      • Site of Final Energy
    • Energy Accounting II: LCA Convention
      • Resource Energy (Total Fuel Cycle Accounting)
      • Life Cycle Energy Analysis
  2. PART II. ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION (SUPPLY AND DEMAND)
    • Overview of Energy Production and Consumption
      • International and US Statistics
      • Carbon Emission Factor
      • Growth Rate Formalism
      • Forecasts and Projections
    • Fossil Energy Resources
      • Historical Review
      • Distribution and Classification of Fossil Resources
      • Projections of Future Supply
      • Drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife Refugee?
    • Electricity from Nonrenewable sources
      • U.S. and World Fuel Mix
      • Power Generation
      • Transmission and Distribution (Blackout 2003)
      • Plant Efficiency and Life Cycle Efficiency
      • Your electricity bill
    • Electricity: Power Plant Economics and Regulation
      • Fixed and Variable Costs
      • Deregulation and the California Crisis
    • Other Electricity Generating Systems
      • Cogeneration/ Combined Heat and Power
      • Distributed Power
      • What about Nuclear Power?
    • Commercial and Residential Sectors
      • Commercial and Residential Buildings Energy Consumption
      • Heating Degree Days
      • E-Commerce and the Internet: Saving Energy?
      • Standby Power
    • Industrial Sector
      • Energy Consumption by Manufacturers: Fuel and Non-fuel
      • Energy Intensity
      • Theoretical Limits
    • Transportation Sector
      • Historical Statistics
      • VMT Growth
      • VMT Policies
  3. PART III. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
    • Local and Regional Environmental Air Pollution
      • Criteria Air Pollutants (smog, acidification)
      • Environmental Externalities
    • Climate Change I: Climate Change Science
      • Greenhouse Effect
      • Feedback Mechanisms
    • Climate Change II: Impacts
      • Hydrology and Water Resources
      • Agriculture
      • Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems
      • Human Health
      • Human Settlements
      • Abrupt Climate Change
  4. PART IV. NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY
    • Climate Change III: Climate Change Policy — International Perspectives
      • Kyoto Protocol
      • Policies of Developed and Developing Countries
      • UK Climate Policy
    • Energy Policy I: Economic Approaches
      • Policies Based on Energy Prices
    • Energy Policy II: Regulatory and Integrated Approaches
      • History of U.S. Energy Policy
      • Tradeable CO2 Permits with Caps
      • Incentives and Tax Credits
      • Performance Standards
      • Investment in R&D
  5. PART V. STRATEGY — STAY THE COURSE WITH FOSSIL FUEL
    • Fossil Fuels and Carbon Sequestration
      • Unconventional: Coal Tar/Oil Shale/Methane Hydrates
      • Five Sequestration Strategies:
        • Biological (Terrestrial) Sequestration,
        • Carbon Capture,
        • Geologic Sequestration,
        • Ocean Sequestration,
        • Advanced Concepts
  6. PART VI. STRATEGY — TRANSITION TO HYDROGEN ECONOMY
    • Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier
      • Generation
      • Storage
      • Utilization
  7. PART VII. STRATEGY — PROMOTE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES
    • Introduction to Renewable Energy
      • Wind Energy
      • Wind Turbine Technologies
      • Wind Potential
      • Energy Performance and Environmental Impacts
      • Economics
    • Photovoltaics, Hydropower and Other Renewable Sources
      • PV and BIPV Technologies
      • PV Potential
      • Energy Performance and Environmental Impacts
      • Economics
      • Hydropower, Geothermal (Geological), Wave/Tidal
    • Biomass
      • Biomass Technologies

  8. PART VIII. STRATEGY — ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION
    • Automobiles — Fuel Economy Technology
      • Societal advantages of increased fuel economy
      • Energy transformations in a vehicle
      • Technologies to improve fuel economy
      • Cost analysis
    • Fuel Cell and Hybrid Vehicles

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PHYSICS 435. Gravitational Physics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jean P Krisch (jkrisch@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: PHYSICS 390 and 401. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The Einstein theory of general relativity provides the foundation of gravitational physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. After an introduction to the theory, experimental tests of general relativity which were performed in the past, the implications of pulsars, black holes, supernovae, and cosmic background radiation as well as the ongoing experimental detection of gravitational waves are discussed. This is an elective course for concentrators in physical sciences. Regular exams as for any elective course in physics are given.

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PHYSICS 441. Advanced Laboratory I.

Instructor(s): Roy Clarke (royc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: PHYSICS 390 and any 400-level Physics course. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: http://phys-advlab.physics.lsa.umich.edu/Phys441_442/

This course is a hands-on survey of the experimental foundations of modern physics. Some of the goals of the course are:

  1. To allow you to appreciate the experimental underpinnings of modern physics.

  2. To familiarize you with experimental techniques and instrumentation employed in contemporary research and industrial laboratories.

    To give you a survey, via experiment, of many of the sub-fields of modern physics, and the pertinent experimental issues in each.

  3. To expose you to the realities of the laboratory experience, where things don't always work as planned, where the issues are not always clear, and where progress depends on perseverance, ingenuity, and judgment.

Students taking this course can select from over 30 experiments that are offered in the various subfields of physics, including condensed matter, atomic, molecular and optical physics, and nuclear and particle physics. See course homepage for a complete listing and descriptions of the experiments that are offered.

PHYSICS 441 is offered Fall Term and PHYSICS 442 is offered Winter Term. Physics concentrators are required to take both terms and perform different experiments in the two courses.

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PHYSICS 451. Methods of Theoretical Physics I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): James Daniel Wells (jwells@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: MATH 215 and 216. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jwells/Physics451/

This is a course in the mathematical methods used in physics and is considered necessary preparation for graduate school. Among the topics treated are orthogonal functions and vector spaces, complex variables, differential equations and their special functions, Fourier series, and aspects of group theory.

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PHYSICS 453. Quantum Mechanics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Keith RileS (kriles@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: PHYSICS 390. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://tenaya.physics.lsa.umich.edu/~keithr/p453/

This course begins with an overview of the experimental and theoretical foundations for quantum mechanics. The theory is developed and applied to simple physical systems, with examples taken from atomic, molecular, condensed matter, nuclear, and particle physics. Topics include: basics of the Schrödinger equations and its solutions in rectangular and spherical coordinates; properties, uses, and interpretations of state functions; expectation values and physical observables; coherence, correlation, and interference. Other topics include spin, the exclusion principle, and some quantum statistical mechanics.

Required Text: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, David J. Griffiths (1995)

Other Sources for the Interested Student (on course reserve in the Science Library):
Quantum Physics, Stephen Gasiorowicz, (1996)
Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei and Particles, Robert Eisberg & Robert Resnick (1985)

Grading: Course grades will be based on homework (30%), the two in-class exams (20% each) and the final exam (30%).

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PHYSICS 501. First-Year Mini-Colloquium.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (1). May be elected twice for credit.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Course objective is to learn about research opportunities within the Physics graduate studies program.

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PHYSICS 505. Electricity and Magnetism I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Georg A Raithel (graithel@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~graithel/P505_03/home.html

This two-term course covers the theoretical foundations of classical electrodynamics. The first part, PHYSICS 505, proceeds in the following order: Electrostatics, solution methods for the Laplace and Poisson equations, time-independent magnetic phenomena, Maxwell equations, time-dependent electromagnetic fields, free electromagnetic fields, and fields in waveguides.

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PHYSICS 510. Statistical Physics I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert S Savit (savit@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: PHYSICS 406 and graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Review of thermodynamics, statistical bases of second law, entropy and irreversibility, equipartition, the Gibbs paradox. Quantum statistics, ideal Fermi gas, ideal Bose gas, Bose-Einstein condensation, phase equilibrium, phase transitions, fluctuations and transport theory.

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PHYSICS 511. Quantum Theory and Atomic Structure, I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Paul R Berman (pberman@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pberman/qm03f.html

This is a two-term sequence on the quantum theory and its applications to non-relativistic atomic, molecular, nuclear and solid state systems; time independent and time dependent perturbation theory; angular momentum, scattering theory; interaction of photons with non-relativistic systems; the Dirac equation.

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PHYSICS 513. Advanced Quantum Mechanics I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Finn Larsen (larsenf@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~larsenf/PHY513.html

Relativistic Invariance;
Relativistic Field Theory;
The Quantum Field;
Spacetime Interpretation;
Green's Functions;
The Lorentz Group;
The Dirac Equation;
Solutions of the Dirac Equation;
Quantization of the Dirac Field;
Parity Transformations;
C, T, CPT;
Interactions in QFT;
Feynman Rules of Time-ordered Correlators;
The S-matrix and Cross-sections;
Feynman Diagrams for the S-matrix Yukawa Theory;
Quantum Electrodynamics;
Electron-Positron Annihilation;
Helicity Structure;
Crossing Symmetry;
Compton Scattering;
Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics;
Path Integral for the Scalar Field;
Fermions and the Path Integral;
The Photon Propagator and the Ward Identity

EVALUATION The GRADE will be determined from:

  1. CLASS PARTICIPATION (30%).
  2. MIDTERM (30%). Take-home exam available Fri Cct 24, due Tue Oct 28 in class
  3. FINAL (40%). Take-home exam available Wed Dec 11, due tue Dec 17 at noon (punctually).

The exams will include questions of the form:

  1. Problems already given on previous homeworks and discussed in class.
  2. Checking formulae in the book.
  3. A few new problems about central issues discussed repeatedly in class.

If you keep up with the homework (as spelled out above) the exams will be extremely reasonable; however, they will be very hard work if you have not kept up.

TEXTBOOK: Peskin and Schroeder, 'An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory"; Westview Press 1995.

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PHYSICS 515. Supervised Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Permission of instructor required. (4-6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Four to six credit-hour courses in research.

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PHYSICS 516. Supervised Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Permission of instructor required. (4-6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Four to six credit-hour courses in research.

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PHYSICS 518 / APPPHYS 518. Microcomputers in Experimental Research.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ramon Torres-Isea

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Applied Physics 518.001.

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PHYSICS 520. Condensed Matter Physics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): James W Allen (jwallen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: PHYSICS 510, 511, and graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Theory of solids, primarily crystalline. Reduction of many-electron problem to a one-electron problem; idea of the Fermi liquid; plane wave scattering and reciprocal space for crystals; electron bands and bonds; transport in applied electric and magnetic fields; semiconductor physics; phonons; superconductivity.

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PHYSICS 522. Atomic Physics and Quantum Mechanics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Christopher R Monroe (crmonroe@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/physics/522/001.nsf

See Physics 644.001.

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PHYSICS 526. Intro Topics in Astrophysics II.

Section 001 — Topic?

Instructor(s): Guillaume Evrard

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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PHYSICS 529 / APPPHYS 529. Techniques of Experimental Physics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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PHYSICS 541. Elementary Particle Physics II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gordon L Kane (gkane@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: PHYSICS 521. Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://feynman.physics.lsa.umich.edu/541.html

About half the course is an introduction to Supersymmetry, both the theory and phenomenology, including Higgs physics.

Then neutrino masses, particle cosmology, and CP Violation (from its possible origins to observable manifestations) will be covered. Depending on time and the interests of the students, additional frontier topics or advanced Standard Model topics may be covered.

This course is graded on two significant reports, one written and one presented as a talk, and participation.

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PHYSICS 605. Applied Group Theory.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David A Reis (dreis@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Background in quantum mechanics. Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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PHYSICS 619 / APPPHYS 619. Advanced Solid State Physics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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PHYSICS 624. Advanced Statistical Methods.

Section 001 — Probability and Statistics in Experimental Physics.

Instructor(s): Byron P Roe

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-mhp.physics.lsa.umich.edu/~roe/phys624.html

This course provides a practical introduction into the use of probability and statistics in experimental physics. The emphasis is on applications and understanding. The skills learned here are some of the basic skills physicists use wherever they are employed: industry, academia... The areas emphasized are rather different than those emphasized in mathematics department courses. This is a subject students often study on their own. However, there are a number of subtle points. I and my colleagues discussed some of these things over many years, and proper solutions are still being found. There are articles published each year in major journals whose value is lessened or negated because of improper or less than optimal use of statistics. Some areas to be treated are:

  • Basic probability concepts; initial definitions, meaning of random.
  • Multiple scattering and the sqrt(N) rule.
  • Measurement error and propagation of errors.
  • Discrete distributions and combinatorials. Normal distributions and other continuous distributions.
  • Generating functions and characteristic functions.
  • Computer generation of random numbers with a given distribution from a set of uniformly distributed random numbers.
  • Two dimensional and multi-dimensional distributions.
  • The Central Limit theorem; where it can be used and where it fails.
  • Queuing theory. This is the theory of standing in lines. If you are buffering incoming events to be computed, how big a buffer is needed? Also included are problems of gambling, population survival models, lines with several servers (Quikline concept)...
  • Inverse probability; confidence limits, recent developments for treating problems when an unlikely result is obtained..
  • Methods for estimating parameters: least squares, maximum likelihood, curve fitting, Bartlett S function, estimating likelihood ratios needed for an experiment. Fitting curves of y(x), when the data points have errors in both x and y. Fitting curves with weighted events.

The items after this point are advanced topics subject to modification depending on interests of the students.

  • The Kolmogorov tests will likely be covered in any case. Data smoothing, interpolating functions, unfolding problems. Optimizing cuts on a data set with both signal and background.

  • Advanced data fitting: Fitting data with correlations and constraints, Kolmogorov-Smirnov tests and other tests beyond least squares.

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PHYSICS 627. Experimental High Energy Physics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 630. Concepts and Methods of Quantum Mechanics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Three semesters of introductory physics. Facility with calculus and very elementary differential equations. Intended for graduate students whose specialization lies outside of the physical sciences or engineering. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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PHYSICS 635. Theory of Relativity.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Leopoldo A Pando Zayas

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

  • the route to general relativity, from the Minkowski space (the Gupta-Feynman approach), from gauge theories (the Uchiyama-Veltman approach), and from string theories;
  • the solutions of the Einstein Equation, with metrics (Schwartzschild, Kerr, ...) derived following the methods from Chandrasekhar's book;
  • the structure of black holes, with a focus on the mathematical structure using the Penrose diagram; and
  • astrophysics and cosmology, including gravitational lensing, gravitational waves, quasars, the expanding universe (the Friedman Solution and Hubble's Law), and cosmic background radiation.

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PHYSICS 644 / APPPHYS 644. Advanced Atomic Physics.

Section 001 — QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCE. Meets with PHYSICS 522.

Instructor(s): Christopher R Monroe (crmonroe@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/physics/522/001.nsf

PHYS 522/644 (U. Michigan Physics)
PHYS 395T (U. Texas Physics)

Prof. Christopher Monroe (University of Michigan)
Prof. Daniel Heinzen (University of Texas)

Prerequisite: Undergraduate Quantum Mechanics

.This is a course that will be offered simultaneously at the Universities of Michigan and Texas through the FOCUS Center (www.umich.edu/~focuspfc/). A live weblink will provide access for the remote institution. The course will cover quantum information theory, quantum logic gates and quantum networks, quantum algorithms and quantum communication protocols (e.g., quantum factoring, quantum searching, cryptography, teleportation), decoherence theory and open quantum systems, and quantum error-correction. Several lectures will be devoted to current and proposed experimental implementations of quantum logic circuitry, from atomic and quantum-optical systems to NMR and condensed-matter systems.

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PHYSICS 645. An introduction to M-Theory.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U."

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 650 / APPPHYS 550 / EECS 538. Lasers and Electro-Optics I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: EECS 434. Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit. CAEN lab access fee required for non-Engineering students.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: CAEN lab access fee required for non-Engineering students.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Applied Physics 550.001.

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PHYSICS 690. Special Topics in Physics.

Section 001 — Topic?

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May be elected up to three times for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U."

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 715. Special Problems.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Non-thesis research under the supervision of Physics faculty.

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PHYSICS 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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PHYSICS 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program.

Instructor(s): Dennis M Allen

Prerequisites: Must have Teaching Assistant award. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A seminar for all beginning graduate student instructors, consisting of a two day orientation before the term starts and periodic workshops/meetings during the Fall Term. Beginning graduate student instructors are required to register for this course.

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PHYSICS 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Graduate standing. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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