Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Courses in Physics (PHY)
Additional offerings by the department include courses in Astronomy (AST)
Michael Briley, Department Chair
PHY 5011. Applied Physics Colloquium (0).F;S. This course is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of physics research and research in other disciplines by attending colloquia on campus. All graduate students are expected to attend all departmental and other designated colloquia. Students must enroll at least two times. Graded on an S/U basis.
PHY 5020. Computational Methods in Physics and Engineering (3).F. A course designed to introduce the student to modern techniques and algorithms in computational physics, involving solutions of real physical systems using techniques from interpolation, optimization, non-linear least squares, the numerical integration of ordinary and partial differential equations, Monte Carlo methods, Fourier analysis and stability analysis. Applications of these techniques will be selected from the areas of mechanics, optics, modern physics, astrophysics, engineering, signal processing, and electromagnetism. Graduate students will, in addition to the lab, carry out a major computational project which will address an important or relevant problem in physics, astrophysics or engineering. Programming will be carried out in a computer language such as 'C' or Fortran. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. [Dual-listed with PHY 4020.]
PHY 5330. Digital Electronics (4).F. This course provides an introduction to digital electronics, with an emphasis on the study of components that are building blocks for digital devices and equipment, especially microcomputers. Emphasis will be placed on the design of combinatorial, sequential, and state machine (ASM) circuits, including simplification by Boolean algebra, Karnaugh maps, and computer-aided tools. Hardware description languages will be used to implement designs on programmable logic devices (PLD). Topics to be covered include: number systems, Boolean algebra, logic families, gates, flip-flops, medium scale integration devices, combinatorial and sequential circuits, ASM, PLD, arithmetic logic units, memory, input-output, D/A, A/D, and a generic CPU. The industry-oriented, hands-on labs involve circuit construction, testing and trouble-shooting using modern test equipment. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. [Dual-listed with PHY 4330.]
PHY 5400. Professional Skills (1).F. This course is designed to help students develop important professional skills such as leadership, networking, interview skills, self- promotion, resume writing, and cover letter writing, all geared toward the field of engineering physics. Students will complete assignments related to these skills and are expected to attend all guest lectures designed to help students with professional skills. Students should enroll in one of their last two semesters of study. Prerequisites: Open to students admitted to the Engineering Physics graduate program or with permission of the instructor.
PHY 5405. Graduate Seminar (1).S. This course is designed to help students incorporate the skills of effective communication in Engineering Physics. Students will be required to present their research or internship experience in writing and through oral presentations. Students should enroll in one of their last two semesters of study after completing research or an internship. Prerequisites: Open to students admitted to the engineering physics graduate program or with permission of the instructor.
PHY 5430. Digital Systems (4).F. Design and implementation of digital systems. This applications-oriented course covers designing digital systems and using hardware description languages such as VHDL to implement them with complex programmable logic devices (CPLD) or field programmable gate arrays (FPGA). Topics covered include CPLD and FPGA architectures, real-world digital design difficulties (timing, noise, etc.), the design and implementation of combinatorial, sequential, and SSI / MSI / LSI circuits, algorithmic state machines, and simple CPUs. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: PHY 4330/5330 or the equivalent.
PHY 5435. Laboratory Automation (4).S. A rigorous applications-oriented course designed to foster an in-depth understanding of both the hardware and software aspects of laboratory automation. Personal computers are used to control laboratory instruments, collect and analyze data, and plot results. Topics covered include the use of data acquisition and control cards, serial and IEEE-488 interfacing, and coordinated data collection and control. State-of-the-art data acquisition languages are used extensively in the laboratory. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: PHY 5330 and either PHY 5020 or PHY 5735.
PHY 5440. Modern Instrumentation Design (4).On Demand. A study of the role of microprocessors and microcontrollers in modern instrumentation. Students will utilize hardware/software real time development systems in the design and construction of basic instruments. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.
PHY 5500. Independent Study (1-4).F;S.
PHY 5520. Data Transmission and Signal Processing (3).On Demand. A study of local area networks, broad band and base band transmission, optical fiber transmission, analog signal analysis and filtering, and discrete signal processing. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisites: PHY 5620, PHY 5440 or equivalent.
PHY 5530-5549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand. An intensive study of a single topic in physics.
PHY 5550. Directed Research in Applied Physics (1-3). F;S. An original research project will be chosen, formulated and executed by the student under the guidance of a faculty member. Individual faculty will determine assessment tailored to the student's particular research project.
PHY 5620. Optics (4).F. A rigorous introduction to geometric and wave optics with applications including lasers, interferometers, spectroscopy, telescopes, fiber optics, and remote sensing. Basic electromagnetic wave theory is employed to describe the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter including absorption, dispersion, reflection, and scattering. Geometric optics is employed to study image formation by optical systems using both ray-tracing and matrix optics methods. Wave optics is used to study interference, diffraction, and coherence. This leads into a detailed lab-based unit dealing with interferometry and optical system alignment, with applications to optical component testing, spectral analysis of light sources, and coherence. The course also includes a semester synthesis project. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: PHY 3001. Analytical Methods in Physics or equivalent (with a grade of "C" or higher) or permission of instructor. [Dual-listed with PHY 4620.]
PHY 5635. LabVIEW Interfacing and Robotics (4).S. An applications-oriented course designed to create programs written in the LabVIEW language for hardware interfacing. Data acquisition and control hardware is used to collect data from sensors and instruments which is then analyzed and displayed using LabVIEW. The hardware is also used to control devices such as motors and a five-axis robotic arm. Other topics covered include rotary encoders, state machines, and PID control. The topics covered will prepare students to take the National Instruments CLAD certification exam. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: PHY 5020 or PHY 5735 or PHY 5740.
PHY 5730. Analog Systems (4).F. The theory and operation of DC and AC circuits with discrete passive and active components. Included are resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, bipolar transistors, field effect transistors, and operational amplifiers. An in- depth analysis of circuit theorems, phasors, differential equations, and simulations predicting the behavior of systems of analog devices will be explored in lecture and laboratory. The use and limitations of common electronics instrumentation such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, and function generators will also be explored. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. [Dual-listed with PHY 4730.]
PHY 5735. Microcontrollers (4).S. An in-depth study of the architecture, programming and interfacing of microcontrollers. Topics to be covered include: introduction to microcontrollers, architectures, internal hardware (such as timers, serial ports, A/Ds, D/As, I2C), instruction sets, assembly language programming, interrupt-driven code, and interfacing. Both stand-alone microcontrollers and single board computers will be used in lab. Most labs will involve interfacing microcontrollers to devices such as switches, LEDs, keypads, 7-segment displays, LCD displays, motors, sensors, etc. Microcontroller simulators and in-circuit-emulators (ICE) will be used for debugging. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: PHY 5330 or the equivalent.
PHY 5740. Sensors and Transducers (4).S. This applications-oriented course covers the integration of transducers into sensor-based systems. Students will integrate transducers with signal conditioning circuitry and will develop proficiency in interfacing the conditioned signals with data acquisition hardware, using programs such as the National Instruments LabVIEW software program. Sensors covered include, but are not limited to, temperature, pressure, optical, and humidity. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: PHY 5730 or equivalent.
PHY 5845. Nanoscience and Technology (3).S. A survey of the current state of nanoscience and nanotechnology from both a theoretical and practical standpoint. Topics include, but are not limited to, nano-fabrication, tools (e.g. SEM, STEM, FIB, STM, AFM, etc.), nanomechanics, nanomaterials, Buckyballs and nanotubes, thin films, nano self-assembly, nano-scale heat transfer, thermoelectric devices, and nano-optics. Where applicable, content will be enhanced through direct experience with the available instrumentation. [Dual-listed with PHY 4845.]
PHY 5860. Physical Principles of Electron Microscopy (3).F. This course provides an overview of the fundamental principles of scanning electron microscopy, including all electron optical components (electron sources and guns, electron lenses, deflectors, and stigmators) and complete electron optical system physics. This overview is complemented by a thorough investigation of the electron beam-solid interaction physics and the resulting measurable signals. Image formation physics and a wide range of applications including qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques are fully developed in this course. PHY 5860 is accompanied by a required laboratory course (Corequisite: PHY 5861). [Dual-listed with PHY 4860.]
PHY 5861. Physical Principles of Electron Microscopy Laboratory (1).F. This laboratory provides an introduction to the instrumentation and methods of scanning electron microscopy, including all electron optical components (electron sources and guns, electron lenses, deflectors, and stigmators). Electron beam-solid interaction physics and the resulting measurable signals are investigated. Image formation physics and a wide range of applications including qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques are fully developed in this course. PHY 5861 is accompanied by a required lecture section (Corequisite: PHY 5860). [Dual-listed with PHY 4861.]
PHY 5900. Internship (1-12).F;S. Supervised work in applied physics in an industrial or other laboratory setting. Students must obtain approval of the departmental internship coordinator prior to enrolling. Graded on an S/U basis.
PHY 5989. Graduate Research (1-9).F;S. This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master's and specialist's levels. Graded on an S/U basis. PHY 5989 does not count toward a degree.
PHY 5999. Thesis (3-6).F;S. Course may be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours. Graded on an SP/UP basis until the thesis has been successfully defended and received final approval, at which time all grades will be changed to S.