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  • CAS PY 543: Introduction to Solid State Physics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 406 ; CAS PY 410 ; CAS PY 451; or consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 406 ; CAS PY 410 ; CAS PY 451.
    An introduction to crystal structure; lattice vibrations; electronic energy bands and Fermi surfaces; semiconductors, conductors, and insulators; superconductivity and magnetism.
  • CAS PY 551: Introduction to Particle Physics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 451 and CAS PY 452.
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 451 and CAS PY 452.
    Fundamental particles and their symmetries. Isospin and flavor. Discrete symmetries. Phenomenology of weak and strong interactions. Introduction to detector techniques.
  • CAS PY 571: Introduction to Biological Physics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 410; or may be taken concurrently as a co-requisite.
    Introduction to biomolecular forces, energy flow, information and thermodynamics in biological systems. Nucleic acid, protein, and biomembrane structure. Mechanisms of transport and signaling in biological membranes. Biophysical techniques including spectroscopy. Emphasis on the physical principles underlying biological structure and function.
  • CAS PY 581: Advanced Laboratory
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 351.
    Classical experiments in atomic and nuclear physics, development of new experiments, basic research projects. Experiments include magnetic resonance, nuclear-decay studies, Zeeman effect, holography, black-body radiation, X-ray diffraction, Mössbauer studies, and flux quantization, positron annihilation.
  • CAS PY 681: Electronics for Scientists
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 124 and CAS PY 212 or CAS PY 252; or consent of instructor.
    A survey of practical electronics for all science students who wish to gain a working knowledge of electronic instrumentation and, in particular, its construction. Two four-hour laboratory-lecture sessions per week.