Physics

  • GRS PY 677: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching
    Online course with in-person faculty-led sessions. Participants learn about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them, and apply approaches to lesson design and assignments for future teaching opportunities. Also offered as GRS BI 677 and GRS CH 677.
  • GRS PY 699: Teaching College Physics I
    The goals, contents, and methods of instruction in physics. General teaching-learning issues. Required of all teaching fellows.
  • GRS PY 713: Quantum Field Theory I
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 511 and CAS PY 512.
    Provides an introduction to the techniques of quantum field theory with applications to high-energy and condensed-matter physics. Topics include field equations and quantization of many-body systems; Green function and linear response theory; S-matrix and scattering theory; path integration; perturbation expansions and the Feynman rules; renormalization and effective field theories; epsilon expansion and critical exponents.
  • GRS PY 714: Quantum Field Theory II
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS PY 713 and GRS PY 751; or equivalent.
    A continuation of GRS PY 713 for particle physicists. Topics include relativistic fields; LSZ formalism; the Lorentz group; quantum electrodynamics; non-Abelian gauge symmetry; spontaneous symmetry breaking; Goldstone's theorem; the Higgs mechanism; the Glashow-Weinberg-Salam model.
  • GRS PY 741: Solid-State Physics I
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 511 ; CAS PY 512 ; CAS PY 541 ; CAS PY 542; or equivalent.
    One electron band structure: Formalism: Hartree-Fock, density functional frameworks. Methods: Green function, pseudopotentials and tight binding. Linear response. Optical properties. Elastic properties. Phonons: lattice dynamics and phenomenological methods. Electronic instabilities and transitions. Topological aspects of band structure and topological phases.
  • GRS PY 742: Solid-State Physics II
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS PY 741.
    Many-body formalism: second quantization, Green function, perturbation theory, Feynman diagrams. BEC and superfluidity. Fermi liquids; Luttinger liquids, bosonization. Electron-phonon interactions and superconductivity. Quantum magnetism: exchange mechanisms; magnetic insulators, spin-wave theory; itinerant magnetism, spin-density waves. Magnetic impurities, Anderson model, Kondo effect.
  • GRS PY 744: Polymer Physics
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 541 or GRS CH 653; and consent of instructor.
    Introduction to polymer physics, focusing on the structure, phase behavior, and dynamics of isolated chains, polymer solutions, and gels. Development of underlying theoretical formalism and comparison with experimental results. Discussion of applications to novel polymeric materials.
  • GRS PY 745: Experimental Surface Physics and Chemistry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 543; or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to the principles and experimental techniques of surface and interface physics and chemistry. Electronic, structural, vibrational, and magnetic properties of solid surfaces and interfaces. Emphasis on how these properties are measured. Also vacuum technology and x-ray generation.
  • GRS PY 747: Advanced Statistical Mechanics
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 501 ; CAS PY 512 ; CAS PY 531 ; CAS PY 542.
    Introduction to classical and quantum chaos: Random Matrix Theory. Eigenstate thermalization hypothesis. Doubly-stochastic evolution. Fluctuation theorems and other thermodynamic relations. Integrable systems, Many-body localization. Dynamics of Hamiltonian systems close to the adiabatic limit. Counter-adiabatic driving. Non-adiabatic response and quantum geometry.
  • GRS PY 751: High-Energy Physics 1
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 511 and CAS PY 512; or consent of instructor.
    Yearlong course (with GRS PY 752) on phenomenological aspects of modern high-energy physics. Principal topics are the standard model of strong and electro-weak interactions and the physics of electro-weak symmetry breaking. Intended for both theoretical and experimental students; emphasis on current calculational techniques.
  • GRS PY 752: High-Energy Physics 2
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 511 and CAS PY 512; or consent of instructor.
    Yearlong course (with GRS PY 751) on phenomenological aspects of modern high-energy physics. Principal topics are the standard model of strong and electro-weak interactions and the physics of electro-weak symmetry breaking. Intended for both theoretical and experimental students; emphasis on current calculational techniques.
  • GRS PY 771: Systems Biology for Physical Scientists and Engineers
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 541 and CAS PY 571; or consent of instructor.
    Focus is modern work on modeling biochemical networks. Core material includes signaling, genetic switches, biological oscillators and development. Begins with chemical kinetics in the context of molecular biology. Simple yet informative models based on physics approaches are emphasized.
  • GRS PY 782: Advanced Materials Characterization
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 543; or equivalent.
    Introduction to the principles and applications of advanced materials characterization including study of atomic structure, electronic structure, defects, mechanical properties, transport properties, and carrier dynamics.
  • GRS PY 811: Advanced Quantum Field Theory
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS PY 713 ; GRS PY 714 ; GRS PY 731.
    Covers advanced methods in quantum field theory. Topics vary with interests of the instructor and students as well as the state of current research.
  • GRS PY 841: Symmetry in Condensed Matter Physics
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS PY 741 and GRS PY 742; or consent of instructor.
    Theories of finite groups and their irreducible representations (Irreps), symmetry projection operators. Product groups and product representations. Crystalline symmetry, symmorphic and non-symmorphic space groups and induction of their Irreps. Spin-1/2 double groups, magnetic color groups. Time-reversal symmetry and co-representations.
  • GRS PY 895: Seminar: Special Topics in Theoretical Physics
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Theoretical research topics include general relativity, quantum field theory, high energy and particle physics, phase transitions, renormalization group, laser physics, kinetic equations, biophysics, computational physics, and selected topics in mathematical physics.
  • GRS PY 896: Seminar: Special Topics in Theoretical Physics
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Theoretical research topics include general relativity, quantum field theory, high energy and particle physics, phase transitions, renormalization group, laser physics, kinetic equations, biophysics, computational physics, and selected topics in mathematical physics.
  • GRS PY 897: Seminar: Special Topics in Experimental Physics
    Surface physics; intermediate energy nuclear physics experiments; low temperature techniques; liquid and solid helium; and magnetism at low temperatures. Raman effect, gels, and biophysics. High-energy physics experimental techniques.
  • GRS PY 901: Research in Physics
  • GRS PY 902: Research in Physics