Physics (PHYS)

PHYS F102X      Energy and Society      (n)
4 Credits

Offered Spring

Exploring the concept of energy. Investigation of the sources, conversion, distribution and ultimate dispersion of energy, as well as the consequences of its use in the development and maintenance of modern society. May be used to fulfill part of the natural science requirement. Designed for non-science majors.

Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher; placement in DEVM F105 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Attributes: UAF GER Natural Science Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 3 + 0

PHYS F103X      College Physics I      (n)
4 Credits

Offered Fall

Classical physics including vectors, kinematics, Newton's Laws, momentum, work, energy, rotational motion, oscillations, waves, gravity, fluids, heat, temperature, laws of thermodynamics and kinetic theory. For mathematics, science and liberal arts majors.

Prerequisites: High school algebra, trigonometry and geometry; placement in ENGL F111X or higher; placement in DEVM F105 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Attributes: UAF GER Natural Science Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 3 + 0

PHYS F104X      College Physics II      (n)
4 Credits

Offered Spring

Coulomb's Law, electrical potential, capacitance, Kirchoff's Laws, magnetic fields, Faraday's Law, electromagnetic waves, physical and geometrical optics, waves and particles, atomic and nuclear physics. For mathematics, science and liberal arts majors.

Prerequisites: PHYS F103X; placement in ENGL F111X or higher; placement in DEVM F105 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Attributes: UAF GER Natural Science Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 3 + 0

PHYS F115X      Physical Sciences      (n)
4 Credits

Offered Spring

Basic concepts and general overview in physics. Presents interrelatedness and interdependence within this scientific field.

Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher; placement in DEVM F105 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Recommended: DEVM F105.

Attributes: UAF GER Natural Science Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 3 + 0

PHYS F175X      Introduction to Astronomy      (n)
4 Credits

Offered Fall

Examination of the science of astronomy and its social consequences, with an emphasis on the interrelationships between astronomy and other sciences. Topics covered: astronomical concepts and tools, the solar system, stellar astronomy and cosmology. Designed for non-science majors.

Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher; placement DEVM F105 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Attributes: UAF GER Natural Science Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 3 + 0

PHYS F1L      Physics Elective (Lab Only)
1-12 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

PHYS F211X      General Physics I      (n)
4 Credits

Vectors, kinematics, Newton's Laws, momentum, work, energy, rotational motion, oscillations, waves, gravity and fluids. For engineering, mathematics and physical science majors.

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MATH F252X; placement in ENGL F111X or higher; or permission of instructor.

Recommended: One year of high school physics.

Attributes: UAF GER Natural Science Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 3 + 0

PHYS F212X      General Physics II      (n)
4 Credits

Heat, temperature, laws of thermodynamics, Coulomb's Law, electrical potential, capacitance, Kirchoff's Laws, Biot-Savart Law, Faraday's Law, and electromagnetic waves. For engineering, mathematics and physical science majors.

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MATH F253X; PHYS F211X or ES F208 or concurrent enrollment in ES F210; placement in ENGL F111X or higher; or permission of instructor.

Attributes: UAF GER Natural Science Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 3 + 0

PHYS F213X      Elementary Modern Physics      (n)
4 Credits

Offered Fall

Geometrical and physical optics, elementary-level modern physics including special relativity, atomic physics, nuclear physics, solid-state physics, elementary particles, simple transport theory, kinetic theory and concepts of wave mechanics.

Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher; MATH F252X; MATH F253X; PHYS F211X; PHYS F212X; or permission of instructor.

Attributes: UAF GER Natural Science Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 3 + 0

PHYS F220      Introduction to Computational Physics      (n)
4 Credits

Offered Spring

Introduction to computational techniques for solving physics problems. The computer is used as a tool to provide insight into physical systems and their behavior in all areas of physics.

Prerequisites: MATH F253X; PHYS F211X; PHYS F212X; PHYS F213X; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 3 + 0

PHYS F2L      Physics Elective (Lab Only)
1-12 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

PHYS F301      Introduction to Mathematical Physics
4 Credits

Offered Spring

Introduction to theoretical foundations of classical and modern physics. Includes calculus of vector fields, linear algebra and elementary tensor theory, complex analysis, ordinary linear differential equations, linear partial differential equations, Fourier analysis and probability. Physical applications include planetary motion, rotating bodies and inertia tensor, damped and driven harmonic oscillator, wave equation, Schroedinger's equation and diffusive systems.

Prerequisites: PHYS F211X; PHYS F212X; PHYS F213X; MATH F253X; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 4 + 0 + 0

PHYS F341      Classical Physics I: Particle Mechanics
4 Credits

Offered Fall

Newtonian mechanics, conserved mechanical quantities, motion of systems of particles, rigid body statics and dynamics, moving and accelerated coordinate systems, rigid body rotations and Lagrangian mechanics.

Prerequisites: PHYS F211X; PHYS F212X; PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 4 + 0 + 0

PHYS F342      Classical Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
4 Credits

Offered Spring

Statics and dynamics of electric and magnetic fields in vacuum and in the presence of materials. Lorentz force law. Maxwell's equations.

Prerequisites: PHYS F341 or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 4 + 0 + 0

PHYS F343      Classical Physics III: Vibration and Waves
4 Credits

Offered Fall

Normal modes and small vibrations, continuum systems, wave mechanics, electromagnetic waves and radiation. Relativistic mechanics and electromagnetism.

Prerequisites: PHYS F342 or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 4 + 0 + 0

PHYS F351      Thermal Physics
2 Credits

Offered Spring

Classical macroscopic thermodynamics; systems and states, equations of state, the first and second laws of thermodynamics and their consequences, entropy, enthalpy, Helmholtz and Gibbs functions, equilibrium, Maxwell's relations.

Prerequisites: PHYS F212X, PHYS F220, PHYS F301, PHYS F341; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 0 + 0

PHYS F381      Physics Laboratory      (O, W, n)
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Laboratory experiments in classical and modern physics.

Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PHYS F213X; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 6 + 0

PHYS F382      Physics Laboratory      (W, n)
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Laboratory experiments in classical and modern physics.

Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PHYS F381; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 6 + 0

PHYS F3L      Physics Elective (Lab Only)
1-12 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

PHYS F400      Capstone Project
0 Credit

This course should be taken by students during the semester they initiate a capstone research project. The capstone project must include the evaluation of data and communication of the study intent, methods, results, interpretation and conclusion in the context of existing literature and knowledge. The capstone project may be completed as individual undergratuate research with a faculty member, as independent study with a faculty member within any 300 or 400 level physics course, or as participation in the international University Physics Competition. The duration of the course may exceed one semester.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of the instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

PHYS F413      Atmospheric Radiation
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Atmospheric radiation including the fundamentals of blackbody radiation theory and radiative properties of atmospheric constituents. Discussion of gaseous absorption including line absorption, broadening effects and radiative transfer. Includes scattering, radiative properties of clouds and radiation climatology.Prerequisites/Co-requisites: ATM F401.

Cross-listed with ATM F413.

Stacked with PHYS F613 and ATM F613.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F421      Quantum Mechanics      (n)
4 Credits

Offered Fall

Schrodinger's equation, Born interpretation, operator formalism, measurement and projection, stationary states, one-dimensional systems, hydrogen atom, states of definite angular momentum, perturbation theory.

Prerequisites: PHYS F213X; PHYS F220; PHYS F301; PHYS F341; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 4 + 0 + 0

PHYS F451      Statistical Physics
2 Credits

Offered Spring

The canonical ensemble; maximizing entropy, the partition function and Helmholtz free energy, the harmonic oscillator, Einstein and Debye solids, classical systems and the ideal gas, diatomic molecules, equipartition theorem, the photon gas and the blackbody spectrum, the grand canonical ensemble, quantum statistics, Fermion and Boson systems.

Prerequisites: PHYS F342, F351, F421; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 0 + 0

PHYS F462      Geometrical and Physical Optics      (n)
4 Credits

Offered Spring

Geometrical optics, interference and diffraction theory, nonlinear optics, Fourier optics, and coherent wave theory.

Prerequisites: PHYS F213X; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 3 + 0

PHYS F471A      Advanced Topics in Physics I: Condensed Matter Physics I      (n)
1 Credit

Emphasis topics provide increased breadth in basic physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F471B      Advanced Topics in Physics I: Condensed Matter Physics II      (n)
1 Credit

Emphasis topics provide increased breadth in basic physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F471C      Advanced Topics in Physics I: Space and Auroral Physics      (n)
1 Credit

Emphasis topics provide increased breadth in basic physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F471D      Advanced Topics in Physics I: Nonlinear Dynamics      (n)
1 Credit

Emphasis topics provide increased breadth in basic physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F471E      Advanced Topics in Physics I: Biophysics      (n)
1 Credit

Emphasis topics provide increased breadth in basic physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F471F      Advanced Topics in Physics I: Nuclear and Particle Physics      (n)
1 Credit

Emphasis topics provide increased breadth in basic physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F471G      Advanced Topics in Physics I: General Relativity      (n)
1 Credit

Emphasis topics provide increased breadth in basic physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F471H      Advanced Topics in Physics I: Astrophysics      (n)
1 Credit

Emphasis topics provide increased breadth in basic physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F471I      Advanced Topics in Physics I: Topics in Modern Mathematical Physics      (n)
1 Credit

Emphasis topics provide increased breadth in basic physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F471J      Advanced Topics in Physics I: Order of Magnitude Physics
1 Credit

Offered Fall and Spring

By avoiding mathematical complexity, order-of-magnitude techniques increase our physical understanding and allow us to study difficult or intractable problems. Students will learn how to do so and apply these techniques to problems in fluid mechanics, biophysics, astrophysics, and/or other applications.Recommended: PHYS F341; PHYS F342

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of the instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F472A      Advanced Topics in Physics II: Planetary Atmospheres      (n)
1 Credit

Application topics provide expanded exposure to subjects in physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F472B      Advanced Topics in Physics II: Fluid Dynamics      (n)
1 Credit

Application topics provide expanded exposure to subjects in physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F472C      Advanced Topics in Physics II: Plasma Physics      (n)
1 Credit

Application topics provide expanded exposure to subjects in physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F472D      Advanced Topics in Physics II: Hamiltonian Mechanics      (n)
1 Credit

Application topics provide expanded exposure to subjects in physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F472E      Advanced Topics in Physics II: Physics of Glaciers      (n, a)
1 Credit

Application topics provide expanded exposure to subjects in physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F472F      Advanced Topics in Physics II: Remote Sensing      (n)
1 Credit

Application topics provide expanded exposure to subjects in physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F472G      Advanced Topics in Physics II: Solar Physics      (n)
1 Credit

Application topics provide expanded exposure to subjects in physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F472H      Advanced Topics in Physics II: Advanced Laboratory      (n)
1 Credit

Application topics provide expanded exposure to subjects in physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F472I      Advanced Topics in Physics II: Spectroscopy      (n)
1 Credit

Application topics provide expanded exposure to subjects in physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F472J      Advanced Topics in Physics II: Cosmology      (n)
1 Credit

Application topics provide expanded exposure to subjects in physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F472K      Advanced Topics in Physics II: Quantum Computation      (n)
1 Credit

Application topics provide expanded exposure to subjects in physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F472L      Advanced Topics in Physics II: Covariant Kinematics/Dynamics      (n)
1 Credit

Application topics provide expanded exposure to subjects in physics. Three topics are offered within the fall and spring semesters of each academic year as compressed 14-lecture, one-credit courses.

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F472Z      Advanced Topics in Physics II: Current Topics in Physics
1 Credit

Offered as Demand Warrents

The advanced topics modules provide expanded exposure to modern subjects in physics. Three topics are offered each semester, providing breadth beyond the core subjects of the physics undergraduate curriculum. This course will present most current material from one particular topic in physics, to be determined at the time of the offering. Students are expected to have familiarity with the core subjects in the field (classical mechanics, electromagnetism, statistical physics, quantum mechanics.) (1+0)

Prerequisites: PHYS F220; PHYS F301.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

PHYS F488      Undergraduate Research
1-3 Credits

Advanced research topics from outside the usual undergraduate requirements.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Recommended: A substantial level of technical/scientific background.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

PHYS F497      Individual Study
1-9 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

PHYS F4L      Physics Elective (Lab Only)
1-12 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

PHYS F605      Physics Teaching Seminar/Practicum
1 Credit

Offered Fall and Spring

This course will give science graduate students both lectures and hands-on training in dealing with all aspects of teaching, focused on but not exclusive to the Teaching Assistant level. Course topics include teaching pedagogy, preparation strategies, student management, time management and learning assessment.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in a science discipline; or permission of the instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 1

PHYS F608      Core Skills for Computational Science
3 Credits

Offered Fall

This course provides students of computational sciences, an introduction to the basic skills required to operate in the modern high performance computing (HPC) environment offered at the Arctic Regional Supercomputing Center (ARSC). Topics include an introduction to HPC, basic Unix/batch/scripting skills, performance programming, shared and distributed memory parallelism, code validation and debugging, data storage and management and data visualization. Each of these topics will be presented in lecture form. To provide additional applied knowledge, either a thorough case study by a guest speaker and/or a hands-on lab session will be given in support of each.Graduate standing in physical sciences, experience with FORTAN or C programming language or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F611      Mathematical Physics
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Mathematical tools and theory for classical and modern physics. Core topics: linear algebra including eigenvalues, eigenvectors and inner products in finite dimensional spaces. Infinite series. Hilbert spaces and generalized functions. Complex analysis, including Laurent series and contour methods. Applications to problems arising in physics. Selected additional topics, which may include operator and spectral theory, groups, tensor fields and hypercomplex numbers.

Prerequisites: MATH F302; MATH F314; MATH F421; MATH F422; or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed with MATH F611.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F612      Mathematical Physics
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Continuation of Mathematical Physics I; mathematical tools and theory for classical and modern physics. Core topics: classical solutions to the principal linear partial differential equations of electromagnetism, classical and quantum mechanics. Boundary value problems and Sturm-Liouville theory. Green's functions and eigenfunction expansions. Integral transforms. Orthogonal polynomials and special functions. Applications to problems arising in physics. Selected additional topics, which may include integral equations and Hilbert-Schmidt theory, perturbation methods and probability theory.

Prerequisites: PHYS/MATH F611 or equivalent; or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed with MATH F612.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F613      Atmospheric Radiation
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Fundamentals of blackbody radiation theory and radiative properties of atmospheric constituents. Discussion of gaseous absorption including line absorption, broadening effects and radiative transfer. Includes scattering, radiative properties of clouds, and radiation climatology.Prerequisites/co-requisites: ATM F601; graduate standing.

Cross-listed with ATM F613.

Stacked with PHYS F413 and ATM F413.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F614      Ice Physics
3 Credits

Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

A survey of the physics of ice, including the crystal structure and properties of ice, high pressure phases, hydrogen bonding, mechanical properties, thermal properties, electrical and acoustic properties, nucleation and growth, optical properties and surface properties (adhesion, friction).

Prerequisites: MATH F421; MATH F422; graduate standing; or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed with GEOS F614.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F621      Classical Mechanics
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Lagrange's equations, two-body problem, rigid body motion, special relativity, canonical equations, transformation theory, and Hamilton-Jacobi method.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F622      Statistical Mechanics
3 Credits

Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Classical and quantum statistics of independent particles, ensemble theory and applications.

Prerequisites: PHYS F621; graduate standing; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F625      Inverse Problems and Parameter Estimation
3 Credits

Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

An inverse problem uses observations to infer properties of an unknown physical model. One example is how seismometer recordings can be used to infer the location of an earthquake. This course covers inverse theory and methods for solving inverse problems, including numerous examples arising in the natural sciences. Topics include linear regression, method of least squares, discrete ill-posed inverse problems, estimation of uncertainties, iterative optimization, and probabilistic (Bayesian) and sampling approaches. Assignments and computational laboratory exercises require familiarity with linear algebra and computational tools such as Matlab.

Prerequisites: MATH F253X; MATH F314; or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed with GEOS F627.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

PHYS F626      Fundamentals of Plasma Physics
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Single charge particle motion in the electromagnetic fields, plasma kinetic theory, Vlasov equations for collisionless plasmas, magnetohydrodynamic equations, linear plasma waves and instabilities, nonlinear plasma waves and instabilities.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F627      Advanced Plasma Physics
3 Credits

Vlasov description of small amplitude waves in magnetized plasmas, advanced particle orbit theory, fluctuation and incoherent scattering theory, plasma discontinuities and collisionless shocks, weak turbulent theory, statistical theory of turbulence.

Prerequisites: PHYS F626 or equivalent; graduate standing; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F628      Digital Time Series Analysis
3 Credits

Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Applied time series analysis, including correlation, convolution, filtering and spectral estimation of multivariate data. The statistical properties of estimators; signal detection; and array processing.

Prerequisites: MATH F401 or equivalent; familiarity with a programming language such as C or Fortran; graduate standing; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F629      Methods of Numerical Simulation in Fluids and Plasma
3 Credits

Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

The fundamentals of computer simulation for fluids and multi-particle systems. Topics include methods for the discretization of numerical solutions, and boundary and initial conditions. Methods will be applied to convection, diffusion, and steady states in fluids and plasmas.

Prerequisites: Experience in programming; graduate standing; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F631      Electromagnetic Theory
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Electrostatics, magnetostatics, Maxwell's equations, and potentials. Lorentz equations, field energy, gauge conditions, retarded potentials, waves, radiation and tensor formulations.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F632      Electromagnetic Theory
3 Credits

Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Electrostatics, magnetostatics, Maxwell's equations and potentials. Lorentz equations, field energy, gauge conditions, retarded potentials, waves, radiation and tensor formulations.

Prerequisites: PHYS F631 or the equivalent; graduate standing; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F639      InSar and its Applications
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to the concepts of repeat-pass spaceborne SAR interferometry and practical use of the technique to derive displacements of the solid Earth, glaciers, and ice sheets to a precision of a few centimeters and accurate digital elevation models of the Earth's surface.

Prerequisites: Basic remote sensing course or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed with GEOS F639.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 2 + 0

PHYS F640      Auroral Physics      (a)
3 Credits

Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Survey of aurora phenomena, the associated physical processes, and techniques used to investigate the aurora. Includes electron and proton impact spectra; physical processes that accelerate and precipitate electrons and protons; auroral currents; ionospheric effects of auroral activity; and principles for ground-based satellite spectroscopy and imaging and the measurements of magnetic and electric fields.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F647      Fundamentals of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Introduction to the mechanics of fluid systems, the fundamental processes, Navier-Stokes' equations in rotating and stratified fluids, kinematics, conservation laws, vortex motion, irrotational flow, laminar flow, boundary layer phenomena, waves, instabilities, turbulent flows and mixing.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed with ATM F647.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F648      Nonlinear Dynamics
3 Credits

Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Introduction into the dynamics of nonlinear systems. Continuous and discrete dynamical systems, stability analysis, bifurcations, limit cycle, chaos and strange attractors, fractals and dimension algorithms, controlling chaos, synchronization processes, and stochastic dynamical systems.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F650      Aeronomy
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

The physical and chemical processes that govern the response of planetary atmospheres to solar radiation and energetic particles. Formation of and characteristic processes in the layers within the ionosphere and basic magneto-ionic theory. Includes principles of remote sensing by lidar and radar techniques.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F651      Quantum Mechanics
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Schrodinger's equations, operator formalism, correspondence principle, central force problems, perturbation theory, quantum statistical mechanics, and applications of quantum mechanics to collision problems, radiation and spectroscopy.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F652      Quantum Mechanics
3 Credits

Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Schrodinger's equations, operator formalism, correspondence principle, central force problems, perturbation theory, quantum statistical mechanics, and applications of quantum mechanics to collision problems, radiation and spectroscopy.

Prerequisites: PHYS F651 or the equivalent; graduate standing; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F672      Magnetospheric Physics
3 Credits

Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

The physics and dynamics of Earth's magnetosphere. Discusses the magnetosphere as a test bed for microscopic plasma processes equilibrium configurations, plasma instabilities, highly nonlinear eruptive plasma processes, and global dynamics which involve the interaction of various regions of the magnetosphere. Introduction to various aspects of magnetospheric physics with a systematic discussion of the various elements of the magnetosphere, their structure and dynamics, and a discussion of the relevant plasma physics.

Prerequisites: PHYS F626; graduate standing; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F673      Space Physics
3 Credits

Offered Alternate Fall Odd-numbered Years

Plasma physics of the heliosphere from the solar core to the interstellar medium. Includes coronal structure, interplanetary magnetic field and solar wind, shocks, interactions with planets, planetary magnetospheres, cosmic rays, solar-terrestrial relations and instrumentation.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PHYS F692      Seminar
1 Credit

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

PHYS F692P      Seminar
1 Credit

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

PHYS F698      Non-Thesis Research/Project
1-9 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

PHYS F699      Thesis
1-12 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0