Applied Physics Master of Science with Thesis Program Course List

Technical Elective Courses


 

Must Courses

PHYS 500 - Graduation Project

The objective of this course is to perform an applied physics project which contains all the phases of  scientific research such as literature survey, scientific problem identification, searching for  finding the way to solve the scientific problems. The course leads the students to use the knowledge they gained during their studies in the department and present their work.

 

PHYS 501 - Quantum Mechanics

This course aims to give the student a basic knowledge of modern non-relativistic quantum mechanics, and to give the necessary background for both fundamental as well as applied research in physics and advanced quantum-technology. The course covers fundamental concepts:  The Stern-Gerlach Experiment, Kets, Bras, and Operators, Base Kets and Matrix Representations, Measurements, Observables, and the Uncertainty Relations, Change of Basis, Position, Momentum, and Translation, Wave Functions in Position and Momentum Space, Quantum Dynamics: Time-Evolution and the Schrodinger Equation, The Schrodinger Versus the Heisenberg Picture, Simple Harmonic Oscillator, Schrodinger's Wave Equation, Elementary Solutions to Schrodinger's Wave Equation, Propagators and Feynman Path Integrals, Potentials and Gauge Transformations, Theory of Angular Momentum: Rotations and Angular-Momentum Commutation Relations, Spin 1/2 Systems and Finite Rotations, SO(3), SU(2), and Euler Rotations, Density Operators and Pure Versus Mixed Ensembles, Eigenvalues and Eigenstates of Angular Momentum, Orbital Angular Momentum, Schrodinger's Equation for Central Potentials, Addition of Angular Momenta Spin Correlation Measurements and Bell's Inequality, Tensor Operators, Approximation Methods: Time-Independent Perturbation Theory: Nondegenerate Case,  Time-Independent Perturbation Theory: The Degenerate Case, Hydrogen-Like Atoms: Fine Structure and the Zeeman Effect.

 

PHYS 502 - Electromagnetic Theory

Maxwell equations, conservation laws, boundary conditions at interfaces between different media, Coulomb’s Law, Electric Field, Gauss’ Law, Surface distribution of charges, discontinuities in the electric field and potential, Poisson and Laplace equations, Green’s theorem, boundary value problems in electrostatics, multipoles, Biot-Savart Law, magnetostatics.

 

PHYS 503- Methods of Mathematical Physics

Infinite series, functions of complex variables, Cauchy’s integral theorem, differential equations, Sturm-Liouville Theory, Gamma-Factorial function, Bessel functions, Legendre functions. This course will cover mathematical methods that aspiring physicists are likely to encounter as students and beginning researchers.  

 

 

PHYS 504 - Analytical Mechanics

This course aims to provide advanced treatment of analytical mechanics of particles and systems of particles. This course covers the following subjects: Matrices, Vectors, and Vector Calculus, Some Methods in the Calculus of Variations, Hamilton's Principle-Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics, Central Force Motion, Dynamics of a System of Particles, Dynamics of Rigid Bodies

 

Technical Elective Courses

PHYS 510 - Fortran

UNIX/LINUX platforms for FORTRAN; Basic UNIX/LINUX commands; Introduction to computers; Introduction to programming; Elements of FORTRAN; Control statements and loops; Do loops; Arrays and subscripted variables; Formatted input/output; Character arrays; Subprograms; Files in FORTRAN; Professional programming in FORTRAN; Comparison of FORTRAN77 with FORTRAN90/95; FORTRAN and UNIX in the execution of large, multi-run projects and in their analysis.

 

PHYS 511 - Quantum Transport

 

 

PHYS 512 - Introduction to Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems

Translational mechanical systems; Standard forms for system models; Block diagrams; Computer solutions with MATLAB and FORTRAN; Rotational mechanical systems; Electrical systems; Laplace transform solutions of linear models.

 

PHYS 513 - Quantum Phenomena

Effective mass equation; Fermi's golden rule; Equilibrium and steady state; Restoration of equilibrium; Phonon emission and absorption rates; Lifetime and momentum relaxation time; Hot electrons; Transport from a single-particle viewpoint; Transport in the collective picture; Boltzman transport equation; Single-band & multi-band effective mass equation; Spinors; Spin-orbit interaction; Absorption spectrum and dielectric constant; Electron-photon interaction; Excitonic effects; Polarons.

 

PHYS 514 - Particle Physics

This course aims to give the student a basic knowledge of the study of the elementary constituents of matter, and the fundamental forces of nature. The subject includes Historical Introduction to the Elementary Particles, Elementary Particle Dynamics, Relativistic Kinematics, Symmetries, Bound States, The Feynman Calculus, Quantum Electrodynamics.

 

PHYS 515 - Condensed Matter Theory

Spatial structures of condensed matter systems, crystalline lattices and symmetries, dynamics of lattice vibrations and quantum theory of harmonic crystals, electronic structure of crystals, Drude-Sommerfeld theory of metals, semiclassical transport theory, semiconductors. Condensed matter physics is the most active area of research in modern physics, whose scope is extremely broad. The ultimate goal of this course is to introduce its central ideas and methodology to the students, and get them prepared for thesis research in both experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics.   

 

PHYS 516 - Physics of Semiconductor Devices

Physics and properties of semiconductors, device processing technology, p-n junction, integrated-circuit technology, bipolar transistor, metal-semiconductor contacts, metal-oxide-silicon system, MOS field-effect transistor. This course will cover basic properties of semiconductors, physical principles and operational characteristics of semiconductor devices, and advanced device issues relevant to state-of-the-art integrated-circuit technologies. The primary emphasis will be on silicon devices. 

 

PHYS 517 - Modern Applied Optics


Quantum optics is a field in physics, dealing with the application of quantum mechanics to phenomena involving light and its interactions with matter. This course deals with the fundamentals of light waves and the basics of their classical description and understanding of lasers and their applicatios, i.e, photonics. Topics include study of photons, laser fundamentals, laser design and LEDs.  The course also reviews typical applications such as material processing, information technology, holography and optical fibers. A student taking this course will be provided with the principles of lasers, LEDs as well as fiber optics and their applications.
 

 

PHYS 518 - Advanced Photonics

 

 

PHYS 519 - Biophysics

The objective of the course is to apply previous Physics knowledge in Life Sciences to get information on molecular level. Furthermore, experimental methods in order to get to information at this level are also in the extent of this course. The course will start with a review of the forms and structure of matter. Electromagnetic spectrum, light sources and their biological effects, x-rays, radioactive isotopes, nuclear reactions, dosimetry, therapeutic applications, microscopes, optical spectrometry and other methods will be introduced in the course.